Fun and free; the International Street Art Festival is a feast for the eyes that ticks all the boxes on the streets of Warsaw.
If you love art and performance, we've found a festival that's going to be right up your street. Enter Warsaw's International Street Art Festival, where audience participation is encouraged. If you were always hiding at the back hoping not to be picked on in class this might sound like your worst nightmare, but rest assured it'll be worth it.
Running since 1993, the International Street Art Festival is well-established in Poland and sees several thousand people flocking to the streets of Warsaw to be entertained by the weird and wacky performers. This unique event brings the streets of Warsaw to life, presenting new forms of art outside the typical spaces we have come to expect.
Artists from all over attend the festival, with past years seeing participants from the likes of Poland, the Czech Republic, Belgium and Ukraine. In 2016, the event moved from its usual summertime spot in July and took place in September instead. This saw less international acts taking part and instead the performers were mostly from Poland.
Get ready for street theatre, open-air concerts and art installations in the streets, spanning popular spots like the Old Town Square but also making use out of slightly more obscure public spaces such as bus stops. Expect aerial acts descending from the sky, theatre performances that will get your heart racing and acts that create such strong social commentary they'll leave you reeling. There will also be a host of stilt-walkers, juggling acts, fire dancers, mime artists and hula-hoopers to get the party started.
For those looking to get in on the action, visitors can try their hand at some of the more tame acts such as hula-hooping or juggling, and the low ropes reel in participation from adults and children alike. Grab your performing hat and take to the streets, there'll be no hiding at the back to get out of this one.
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