A FUNtastic welcome of the New Year!
Add date: Friday, 1 January 2016
Krakow welcomed the New Year in a spectacular way! 150 thousand people enjoyed the New Year's Eve party in Krakow, of which 20 thousand partied right by the stage, which was set up on the other side of the Main Square for the first time. For over six hours, we guaranteed excellent fun worthy of celebrating the most special night of the year. The impressive multimedia show featured over 50 artists. The unforgettable performances with the striking visual accents lasted until 1:30 AM, but the party continued in the crowded Main Square well after the end of the show. Thanks to the cooperation of the City of Krakow, the Krakow Festival Office and TVN Television, the New Year’s Eve party straight from Krakow was an unforgettable experience both for the audience gathered in the Main Square and the television viewers.
30 trucks of equipment, kilometres of cables, a thousand square metres of backstage, enough electricity to power more than one Krakow housing estate, and a multimedia stage 50 metres wide, 20 metres high, along with a light and sound show created by nearly 1500 lights and lasers, including over a thousand smart lighting points, provided a superb, spectacular show, during which heard famous and popular hits performed by the biggest stars of the Polish music scene.
Preparations for the party started at the beginning of December. Specialists in acoustics, lighting and stage technology were involved in the work, as well as a whole team of experts in organisation and promotion of concerts and mass events. We said goodbye to 2015 in the excellent company of the biggest stars of Polish music. Among them were Edyta Górniak, Justyna Steczkowska, Agnieszka Chylińska, Patrycja Markowska, Magda Steczkowska, Ania Wyszkoni, Natalia Kukulska, Maciej Maleńczuk with the Jazz for Idiots project, Honorata Skarbek, Mrozu, Afromental as well as Kozak System and Red Lips. The artists were supported by the best vocalists, performers and dancers from X-Factor and Mam Talent!: Sabina Jeszka, Marta Podulka, Michał Szpak, Sabina Jeszka, Paweł BIBa Binkiewicz and Natalia Capelik-Muianga. The party was hosted by popular TVN presenters: Magdalena Mołek, Patricia Kazadi, Marcin Prokop and Olivier Janiak. All of this with excellent stage design created by Giorgios Stylianou, and directed by Maciej Sobociński. The show choreography was prepared by Agustin Egurrola.
Safety of the participants was ensured by 150 police officers, supported by the Krakow Municipal Police, as well as over 200 security staff, a Fire Brigade unit and five ambulances. The maintenance of the event area and surroundings was provided by nearly 70 employees of the Municipal Sanitation Company. The Municipal Infrastructure and Transportation Administration, along with the organisers, ensured a safe way for everyone to return home, and prepared a special bus and tram schedule for the night.
The event’s organisers: the City of Krakow, the Krakow Festival Office and TVN Television would like to thank all participants, viewers and artists for welcoming the New Year together and wish everyone the very best for the coming year 2016.
Pic. Wojciech Wandzel, www.wandzelphoto.com
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