Polish News Translated - Torun April 24

By Bethany HuffApril 24, 2024

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Editor's Note: These are courtesy translations of local news provided by the U.S. Army Garrison Poland Public Affairs team for the benefit the military community stationed here. Views or opinions are not endorsed by USAG Poland or the U.S. Army.

Toruń Prepares for Exciting May Weekend 2024

Toruń, Poland - The upcoming May Day weekend promises to be a spectacular affair in the historic Old Town Square of Toruń. From April 30 to May 5, 2024, residents and tourists alike can look forward to a plethora of outdoor concerts, the eagerly anticipated Dance Festival, captivating performances, engaging workshops, and patriotic state celebrations. With a vibrant array of activities planned, this year's May in Toruń is set to be an unforgettable experience.

Organizers have curated an event program that not only promises fun and excitement but also encourages a healthy lifestyle. Whether you're a local or a visitor, there's something for everyone to enjoy. For a comprehensive schedule of events, interested individuals can visit the Toruń Cultural Agenda website (https://www.tak.torun.pl/co-robimy/wydarzenia-2024/majowka-miejska-2024/).

Highlights of the festivities include the Dance Festival on April 30th, Medieval workshops on May 1st, a stirring Military Orchestra concert on May 2nd, and on May 3rd, revelers can immerse themselves in the Polish national festival, commemorating the anniversary of the Polish Constitution, the first in Europe. Additionally, Saturday and Sunday will feature an abundance of musical performances to delight audiences.

Meanwhile, the Curve Tower will transform into a haven for art enthusiasts and admirers of Pablo Picasso's masterpieces. From 10:00 to 18:00, visitors can marvel at a captivating exhibition showcasing the iconic works of this renowned artist. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the exhibition serves as a platform for contemplation, sparking conversations about Picasso's enduring relevance in contemporary art. These diverse events promise a blend of education, inspiration, and entertainment for attendees of all ages and interests, making the May 1-5 celebrations at the Teutonic Castle and the Curious Tower an unmissable experience for families and friends alike.

Cities Across Poland Gear Up for Bicycle Capital Competition

As Poland sets its sights on claiming the title of the Bicycle Capital, municipalities and cities across the nation are intensifying their preparations. With 31 presidential cities and 41 municipalities vying for participation, the official training phase is well underway.

Scheduled to continue until May 21, 2024, the city training initiative has seen a steady stream of new participants joining each day. This preparatory phase serves as an excellent warm-up ahead of the main event in June, when the Bicycle Cup of the Polish Capital will be contested. Hosted by the city of Bydgoszcz, the sixth edition of this prestigious competition promises to be a thrilling affair.

Residents of participating cities and municipalities are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the intricacies of the Active City app, which will be pivotal in tracking their cycling activities. Unlike the main competition, where kilometers traveled are converted into points based on population size, the training phase focuses solely on accumulating kilometers for the selected city.

The upcoming competition will feature two parallel contests, determining the most cycling-friendly presidential city and the most bicycle-friendly commune in Poland. Cyclists can easily join the action by selecting the appropriate competition within the Active City app and logging their kilometers.

Curious about how to get involved? Here are some simple steps to join the Active Cities Training Application:

  1. Download the free Active Cities app from your preferred app store.
  2. Select your city or municipality from the drop-down list to join the competition.
  3. Choose a group from the provided list or create a new group with friends to participate together.

By downloading the app, participants gain access to a wealth of training resources, individual rankings, and activity history. Engaging in the competition not only offers the chance to compete on a national stage but also provides an opportunity for camaraderie and community spirit as participants pedal towards their shared goal. For added convenience, the Active Cities app seamlessly integrates with the Garmin Connect app, enabling users to import workouts effortlessly. With the training phase in full swing, participants are well-positioned to make their mark in the June competition and vie for the prestigious title of Bicycle Capital of Poland.