2016 NYE in Kraków
“This year’s celebrations of the New Year’s Eve will resemble... a house party. Even better, three of them!” said Jacek Majchrowski, mayor of the City of Krakow. “This year’s celebrations in Krakow will comprise three stages, set up in three districts of the city. Thanks to that, the event will be even closer to the residents. We also heard their concerns regarding the well-being of their dogs, cats and other pets and resigned from the pyrotechnics show this year. I am sure that the new formula, based on three smaller events in three districts of Krakow will be loved by the residents.”
The Main Stage will be installed on the Main Market Square right in front of the exit of the Szewska Street, with the beautifully illuminated Cloth Hall in the background. Featured on the stage will be a band known for their electrifying performances – XXANAXX. The compositions by the duo is based on unique combinations – electronic beats enriched with samples of acoustic instruments and the warm tone of the voice of their beautiful vocalist – Klaudia Szafrańska. The Main Stage will also host the well-known and loved Charlie, whose collection of vinyl releases can be often heard in various clubs of Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin and Paris. The celebrations on the Main Market Square will start later than usually – at 10:30 p.m.
Moreover, for the first time in many years, the New Year’s Eve celebrations are also going to take place in Nowa Huta. The preparations for the celebrations will start at 9:00 p.m. at the stage near Teatr Ludowy. The residents welcoming the New Year will be accompanied by a DJ, master of ceremonies and ViniBand, who will take the audience on a journey throughout the hit songs of the past decades in new arrangements.
The tent at Rynek Podgórski will host a song battle between Waldemar Domański, director of the Library of Polish Song and Michał Wasilewski, also known as DJ Vasil, featuring broadly understood popular and dance music. Throughout the evening, they will present various artists representing diverse musical styles and genres, as well as well-known and loved hits of the past 50 years.
Traditionally, admission to all events connected with the New Year’s Celebrations in Krakow is free. This year’s events are organised in line with the Animal Friendly principle, thus there will be no pyrotechnics show in the city – a decision that will surely be appreciated by pet owners. However, the organisers – the City of Krakow and the Krakow Festival Office – still have some surprises in store. Of course, we are going to count together until midnight.