Polish News Translated - Torun & Zagan News May 15

By Bethany HuffMay 15, 2024

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.

First Night of Museums in Toruń on May 18, 2024

The Regional Museum in Toruń is excited to announce the inaugural Toruń Night of Museums, set for Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 6:00 PM to midnight. This special event offers a unique opportunity to explore the rich history and vibrant culture of Toruń through a variety of additional attractions and activities. Throughout the night, all museum branches will be open to the public with free admission, and visitors can enjoy a range of special events at no cost.

For more information, please visit the official website.

Anniversary Rides in Retro Style

On May 16, 1891, the first horse-drawn trams made their debut on the city's streets, marking the beginning of public transport in the city of Copernicus. To celebrate the 133rd anniversary, the Municipal Communications Department invites everyone to enjoy free rides on a vintage tourist tram on May 16 and 17.

This tourist tram, a true historical gem, was originally manufactured in 1960 and served Toruń as a regular scheduled tram for many years. After being retired from regular service due to the arrival of a new fleet, it underwent a thorough modernization in 1993 and now operates as a special attraction during anniversaries and significant city events. It is also available for hire for occasions such as school outings, workplace events, special celebrations, and advertising purposes. Remarkably, it was even used for a wedding a few years ago! The tram can be decorated with company advertisements, providing a unique way to promote services and products.

The free anniversary rides will take place on the afternoons of May 16 and 17, 2024. The route will run from the University to Solidarity Street. While the rides are complimentary, seating is limited to ensure passenger safety.

Additionally, this year marks the 100th anniversary of bus transport in Toruń. Starting May 17, the Museum of the History of Toruń will host the exhibition "Buses and Trams of Old Toruń." More details about the exhibition will be available soon.

Bricks and Hammers to Fly at Polish Masters Championships

On Saturday, May 18, 2024, the Toruń stadium on Bema Street will host the 21st Polish Masters Championships in Unusual Throwing Events. Both men and women will compete in this unique event.

The competition begins at 9:30 a.m., with nearly 100 participants registered, including a significant representation from our voivodeship. About one-fifth of the competitors are women. The event will feature 10 unusual throwing competitions, including: shotorama (five different shot put throws), schockorama (triathlon of shot put, discus, and ball throws), speorgorama (tricycle throws from a stationary position), ancient discus, sports grenade throw, Scottish hammer throw, 25.4 kg weight throw, brick throw, and ball throw. New Polish records are anticipated during the event.

Join us for an exciting day of unconventional athletic feats and cheer on the competitors as they aim for new heights and records.

Night of Museums 2024 at the Ceramics Museum in Bolesławiec

The Night of Museums is a fantastic opportunity to explore our exhibitions. We invite you to visit on Saturday, May 18, 2024, both during the day and at night from 7:00 PM to midnight. Admission will be free during the evening hours.

At the Centre for Ancient Pottery Techniques, we will host ceramic workshops as part of the international “Buongiorno Ceramica!” campaign, focusing on floral themes. Participants can choose between two types of classes: creating ceramic flowers or decorating dishes with plant motif stamps. No prior registration is required. Classes will begin at 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 10:00 PM, with a limit of 42 participants per session.

In the Museum of Ceramics – Palace of Plakler, several attractions are planned. At 8:00 PM, join us in the conference room for a Night Meeting with the Master, featuring Mariusz Ochocki, the main designer and artistic director at the Artistic Handicraft Cooperative. Additionally, from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM, visitors can participate in pilot classes previewing the museum's new educational offerings. Activities include minting commemorative coins, creating special pins, enjoying animated fun in the Professional Ceramic School exhibition, and learning about the history of Bolesławiec monuments by building models. We also invite you to participate in a historical-themed prize draw.

Night of Museums in Żagań

This Saturday, May 18, 2024, the Museum of P.O.W. Camps invites you to enjoy a free guided tour at 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM.

A special highlight will be the evening tour of the camp areas, starting at 8:00 PM. "The night tour lasts around 2.5 hours," says the museum director.

Additionally, on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at 8:00 PM, you can join a guided tour of the Żagański Palace of Culture. The tour will begin in the main hall, with registration available at the Tourist Information Centre.