70th Anniversary of Warsaw Uprising Outbreak – Warsaw tour propositions
1. Warsaw – the city of free people
During this guided, walking tour you will find out why Warsaw is called the city of free people. The guide will tell you about the history of the city – from the birth of Warsaw, through the times of democracy, Golden Liberty period and partitions to the World War II destruction of the city, its reconstruction and first free election in 1989. You will visit the St. John Cathedral, walk down the Royal Route and see the most important places in Warsaw history. (Duration: 1,5 – 2 h)
2. Reconstruction of the city
This guided, walking tour will help you to understand today’s look of Warsaw. You will discover the history of Warsaw Uprising, 63 days which forever changed the city. You will also see the places connected to the uprising events and learn about the reconstruction of Warsaw, which was a work of the whole nation. You will visit the Warsaw Museum, see the movie about the destruction and reconstruction of the city and visit the Monument Interpretation Center were you can find exhibition about the reconstruction of the Old Town Area. (Duration 2,5 – 3h)
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(7 July 2014 I.K., edit 16 July 2014 T.D.)
City of Warsaw Press Office
During the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Rising, the Press Office will be open at the Registry Office (6, Castle Sq.), where journalists will have the possibility to work, obtain their accreditation and provide coverage of the celebration, but also to find information on Warsaw sightseeing tours which have been prepared for them.
The City of Warsaw Press Office will be open from July 29 to August 2, from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm (to 4:00 pm on August 2).
On Tuesday and Wednesday, July 29-30, journalists accredited at the Press Office will be able to get their ID badges and pool cards which entitle to access media zones during the ceremonies.
At the Press Office, journalists will be provided with wireless Internet access, computer workspace and two TV sets.
Any information on the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Rising and city sightseeing tours prepared for the journalists by the Warsaw Tourist Office will be provided on the spot by volunteers (also fluent in English, German and Russian).
Access to the Press Office will be granted upon a press ID card or a passport. The City of Warsaw Press Department shall not be responsible for any items left at the Press Office by media representatives.( 2 July 2014 M.Ł.)
The celebrations will be attended by the Warsaw Insurgents from all over the world
The celebrations of the anniversary of the Warsaw Rising in 2014 will be unique. Not only because of the numerous accompanying events, but also because of the participation of Insurgents. At the invitation of the Mayor of Warsaw, more than 700 guests, including close to 400 participants of the Warsaw Rising will come - many of them from the farthest corners of the world.
Organization of the arrival and stay in Warsaw of the Insurgents is handled by the Warsaw Tourist Office. Participation in the celebrations has been confirmed so far by nearly 400 people fighting in 1944. Most of them will come along with their caretakers - due to the age and health many Insurgents require help in moving (some move with crutches, some in wheelchairs, there are blind or visually impaired individuals). Some will come with their families - children and grandchildren.
The Insurgents, despite their advanced age (most of them are more than 90 years old) come from such distant countries as Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala and South Africa. There will be guests from Europe: Belgium, Denmark, Greece, France, Lithuania, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia and Great Britain. Over one hundred people will arrive from the United States (including Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco), a few dozen from Canada. There will also be guests from Israel.
The Insurgents from across Poland will also be present - from Koszalin, Sopot, Gdansk, Zielona Góra, Wroclaw, Poznan, Bydgoszcz, Lodz, Lublin, Krakow, Zakopane, Sosnowiec and Jelenia Góra.
Some of the invited guests decided to arrive earlier and stay in Warsaw for longer than just for the duration of the event - the record holder intends to return as late as in October. For one of the guests, the visit to Poland will be the first after many years spent in exile.
The Insurgents repeatedly attached very personal, often handwritten letters of thanks for the invitation to the questionnaire sent by the Warsaw Rising Museum. They wrote about their children and grandchildren, reminisced about their participation in the Rising, their nicknames and formations and battalions to which they belonged. One of the participants signed the letter with a pseudonym - as "nurse Wisia".
Many declared that in spite of health problems they would come to Warsaw - some hope for the meeting with old friends, others want to visit family graves. In one of the letters the Rising participant wrote that she is moving to Poland after decades in exile because she wants to spend her remaining years in the country and to rest in her native land. Still others, even though they come from different countries, want to live together during their stay in Warsaw - some even in the same room.
According to the Warsaw Rising Museum, in Poland and around the world there are about 3340 Insurgents, over 400 of them live permanently abroad. The participants of the Rising living in the capital of Poland will also be invited for the celebrations - the Warsaw Rising Museum estimates that the celebrations will be attended by about 800 Insurgents from Warsaw.
The celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Rising are held under the auspices of the President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski. During the celebrations, a meeting between the president and the participants of the Rising is scheduled. The Mayor of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz will also meet with the Insurgents. (2 July 2014 M.Ł.)
Graphic design concept for the 70th anniversary
Graphic design for the promotional materials of the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Rising was created by the Truest agency. This design in soft gray-black-red color scheme represents the timeline and the changes that Warsaw has undergone over the last 70 years - from ruins to the modern metropolis.
Graphic designers prepared posters for display in public transport, as well as promotional materials such as T-shirts, bags, umbrellas, stamps, badges, invitations, banners on the website.
Truest is a creative agency, a hybrid founded by Grzegorz Piwnicki who creates under the pseudonym "Forin", and Piotr Jasiński.
Grzegorz Piwnicki - graphic artist, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw - Faculty of Graphic Arts
Piotr Jasiński - studied sound design and advertising in the Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology
Truest realized, among others, Project Freedom, a public campaign aimed at the younger generation of Poles and an educational campaign - based on an online game - for the Warsaw Rising Museum titled: "63 days in the life of Warsaw", a story of artists involved in the Warsaw Rising. These projects became educational tools with which the young audience began to identify.
The Designers say about themselves:
"We create designs for customers who want to differentiate their brand among many others. We focus on freshness and ingenuity. We are not afraid of risk, but we do not disregard optimal solutions. We address our projects to open-minded people.
Inspiration by the visual arts and light has a big impact on our work. We choose the means of production and the solutions so as to connect them to experiences and situations that happen in our everyday life. We try to connect seemingly unrelated elements - often yielding surprising results - in the implemented social and commercial projects.
We operate according to the British idea of creative economy based on knowledge, in which it is paramount to directly reach people. We base projects on networking and the creation of closed communities of professionals. They contain music, sports, healthy lifestyle and a good mood. We retain respect for multigenerationalism and we support free thought. " (2 July 2014 M.Ł.)