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Poznan Film Fund

Regionalny Fundusz Filmowy Poznań (Poznan Film Fund)
Estrada Poznańska (Poznań ‘Estrada’)
ul. Masztalarska 8
61-767 Poznań, Poland
ph. +48 (61) 852 88 33 ext. 35
fax: +48 (61) 852 88 35
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website: www.poznanfilmcommission.pl
contact person: Michał Ferlak, tel. +48 691 637 752
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Poznań - It is worth to leave here

Poznań remembers the beginnings of Poland. Poznań along with Gniezno was the first capital city of Poland. It remains the capital  and the largest city of Wielkopolska – one of the main regions of the state.

Get to know this city of tolerance and openness to other cultures. Poznań has been a place of coexistence of Poles and representatives of other nationalities (Germans, Jews, Italians, Greeks, Scotsmen, Hungarians, et al.) for centuries. Tolerance and practical approach to life characteristic to many generations of Poznań, resulted in unparalleled phenomenon of the history of Poznań Bambers.

Poznań is monuments. The relics of Poznań remember the late Polish rulers as well as the vibrant evolution the city – “the golden XVI century”. Monumental, representative edifices coexist with striking varied architecture of tenement-houses, and wide streets and lively arteries with charming alcoves of the Old Town.

A walk along the Royal Imperial Route is a discovery of Mieszko I, Napoleon, Prussian kings and German emperors’ trails. Wilhelm II built in Poznań a colossal imperial palace, which is one of the largest residence of the kind in Europe.
Each part of Poznań has its particular character. Everyone can choose among the magic of medieval Ostrów Mazowiecki and Śródka, the renaissance-baroque ambience of the Old Town, urban atmosphere of down-town and secessionist Jeżyce, Łazarz and Wilda.

Poznań is theatre. Both classical and avant-garde. The capital of Wielkopolska is admitted to be the centre of alternative theatres: Theatre of the Eighth Tay, Travel Agency Theatre, Zone of Silence Theatre, Body Kidnappers Theatre and Mouth Mouth, which have been winning laurels at the international theatre festivals. Twice a year, Poznań is possesed by the theatre madness - International theatre festival “Malta” and International Theatre Festival “Maski” transform streets of the city into the largest stage in Poland.

Poznań is cinema and film. Few months before the Lumière Brothers’ discover was revealed to the world, the first cinematographic demonstration took place in Poznań. The future excellence of cinema was foretold by the discoveries of Ottomar Anschutz from Greater Poland. The public of Poznań have heard of cinema long before his renowned birth. Currently, there are 6 art house cinemas and 4 multiplexes (Kinepolis is the third largest cinema in the world) operating in the city with further ones under construction. Poznań takes the lead in terms of  the number of viewers for every 1000 citizens in Poland. In 2008 we are celebrating a 100 years of activity of the oldest cinema in Poland – Muza, managed by Estrada Poznańska. Muza holds the International Film Festival “Off Cinema” and International Film Festival of Young Audience Ale Kino! Furthermore, there is a number of previews of national and independent productions.  It is in Poznań, where the TV Animated Film Studio and the Department of Animated Film at the Academy of Fine Arts operates.

Poznań (4)Poznań is galleries. Over 50 galleries awaits for art connoisseurs. A lot of works are being created at the Academy of fine Arts, where the lead of polish artists lecture. International Sculpture Triennial and Festval Performance are some of most interesting forums of presenting art in Poland. Poznań is also a place of contemporary sculpture. The first to be realised in Poland site-specific sculpture made by Magdalena Abakanowicz is located in Cytadela Park.

Poznań is museums. There are 25 museum institutions operating in Poznań. For amateurs of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, vintage cars, Egyptian mummies, arms, etc... The needs of most demanding tourist will be satisfied by such unique institutions as one of three existing in Europe - Museum of Musical Instruments, or the most recent - Museum of the Poznań June 1956 Events.

Poznań is music. Classical? Jazz? Hip-hop? All fans of music will find something appealing. Concerts are being held in various locations: churches, clubs, pubs, squares and parks. Distinguishing itself amongst other festivals, concerts and contests is International Violin Competition named by Henryk Wieniawski, the oldest violin competition in the world. Arte dei Suonatori, one of a kind orchestra with travelling festivals of baroque music is also run in Poznań.

Poznań is dance. The city is a home for dance theatre. This is where the Polish Dance Theatre – Poznań Ballet operates. The Ballet is characterised by exceeding the boundaries of genre, technique and style and exploration of new theatrical spaces. Every year, Poznań organizes the largest in Europe International Workshops of Contemporary Dance and International Festival of Dance Theatres.

Poznań equals over 130 thousands of students, several dozens of universities, two academies of art and few thousands of young people studying at art schools, including two choral schools. Adam Mickiewicz University, Academy of Medicine, Academy of Physical Education, Academy of Agriculture, Academy of Music and Academy of Fine Arts belong to the best Polish universities. Students can choose from 119 courses.

Poznań is the “window to the world”. Thanks to Poznań International Fair, the city has been called “the window to the world” for nearly 80 years. Until today, the Fair remains the most significant Polish display, the principal place of Polish economics promotion and Polish and foreign business meeting space. Classifies at the 21st place in the world, Poznań International Fair overtakes, among others, Brno, Moscow, Barcelona, Leipzig and London. Currently, there are 50 exhibitions taking place in Poznań. Thanks to its rich, amounting for over one thousand years history and tradition of gatherings, the city dynamically develops itself in the domain of congresses and conferences, in terms of both congress infrastructure and increasing participants’ migration. Every year, there are over 2,000 various conferences and congresses organized in Poznań, which utilize the scientific potential of the city and its dynamic economy. In 2008, Poznań welcomed over 10 thousands visitors at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Poznań 2008 which took place between 1-12 December.

Poznań is the host of Euro 2012. Advanced infrastructure, nice people, good organization, great fans and unforgettable atmosphere – these are words which best characterise Poznań as the Euro 2012.

Poznań (3)Poznań equals tradition. The people of Poznan are known for cultivation of regional traditions, cuisine and language. Most acknowledged symptoms of Poznań local identity are as follow:
• Wielkopolska Cuisine - pyzy drożdżowe, plendze, szagowki (noodles), pyry z gzikiem, rogale barcińskie, rura, Eintopf (vegetable soup), brzdąc (cake)
• Dialect and customs (Old Marych – Blubry of Old Marych, City’s Name Day – Peter and Paul)
• Folk celebrations: Awiatomarcińskie Days, Uhlan Days, Festival of Good Taste
• Religion, tradition, youth: the largest in Europe Mystery of the Passion, the Corpus Christi ceremonial procession with participation of dressed up Bamberki, Lednickie Meetings of the Young
• Values: order, diligence, rectitude, notability.

Poznań is clubbing. „Clubbing, Man! That’s what everybody loves in Poznań!”. Cosy pubs and clubs await all funs of night entertainment. Eskulap, Blue Note, SQ Club are the compulsory points on the night map of the city.

Poznań is design. The majority of Polish designers have graduated from Pozan academies, they come from Poznań or work for one of Wielkopolska’s companies. Particularly dynamic are such trades as: furnishing, clothing and advertising agencies.

Poznań is technologies. Our students and scientists are in the ranking of the best information technologists in Poland and in the world. Every year, they win world’s contest (for example, Imagine Cup, World Cup), amongst which a large number refers to multimedia industry.

Poznań (1)

Touristic Offer

Modern Poznań is a vibrant metropolis, a good location for culture, entertainment and business (the famous Poznań International Trade Fair).The city, located on the most important European route, linking Moscow and Warsaw with Berlin, London and Paris, makes the most of this opportunity provided by geography and history. Poznań is a city attractive to tourist, which lives up to the most experienced globetrotters' expectations.

Urban and cultural tourism
Are you a tourist whose principal objective when travelling is to see monuments and participate in cultural events? Poznań has a lot to offer you.
First-class monuments representing a wide range of styles – from Romanticism to Art Nouveau – await tourists. Each part of Poznań has its unique character. The Royal Imperial Route, leading through monuments which depict the history of the city and the region, has been created to show visiting tourists that Poznań is a remarkably tourist attractive city.

International festivals (“Malta”), concerts, happenings, museum and gallery exhibitions, performances, presentations, festivities (the interesting St. Martin's Day) – Poznań lives life to the full! The city is set in motion by 130,000 students; numerous pubs, cafés and clubs are filled in the evening and the fun is not finished quickly!

Educational tourism for children and young people
Do you support the development of future generations? Want to get to know the city in a modern way which is attractive to a young audience? Poznań is also your city. Museum lessons, theatre workshops for children and young people, talks and meetings with artists - these are only examples of some new forms of education more and more widely used to make the youngest tourists interested in the attractions of the city. With the potential of Poznań cultural and scientific institutions, interesting monuments and the history of the city, many attractions can be offered to the very educational tourism. The city promotes quality and innovative arts for children and young people and modern cultural education methods, including through the organisation of several international artistic events, such as: Biennial of Art for Children.

Holiday tourism
Feel like taking a short holiday trip to a location which will satisfy all your family needs? Choose Poznań.
A rich history of the city, which goes back to the origins of the Polish state, attractive location of Poznań, extensive accommodation establishments, very rich and diverse cultural offer, friendly people, and local traditions are the undeniable assets of the city. The tourist offer is complemented by some interesting attractions, including: Stary Browar (Commercial, Arts and Business Centre), Sports Centre at Malta, narrow-gauge train at Malta, Zoo, shows and traditions of the Uhlan Regiment.

Conference and training tourism
One of the motives which make businessmen, scientists and members of various professional organisations travel is trainings, seminars, conventions, and conferences.  About 1500 conferences are held in Poznań each year. New office and conference centres are built. The Poznań Finance Centre and the Andersia Tower buildings built in the recent years are the marks of the city. Major conferences to be held in 2008 include: 14th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Global Competition and European Companies.

Poznań (2) Touristic values of the city:
A rich history of the city, which goes back to the origins of the Polish state, including:
• Poznań as the first capital of Poland,
• a place where the emblem of Poland was established,
• a participant city in landmark events in the history of Poland,
• the history of Poznań Bambers,
• interesting figures related to the history of the city, based on whom an attractive tourist offer and the city's image can be created (e.g. a group of scientists who broke the code of the ENIGMA encryption and decryption machine);
• Royal Imperial Route;
• Numerous sacred and secular architectural monuments;
• Imperial Castle - the last one to be built in Europe ("The last such castle in Europe");
• "Poznań Goats" - a symbol of Poznań which is easily recognisable by children in particular;
• An attractive location of Poznań on the route linking the western border with the central part of Poland, including Warsaw;
• Numerous green belts and lakes, including two Zoos, a Palm House and a Botanic Garden within the city borders;
• One of the leading political and economic centres of Poland;
• Well-developed accommodation establishments;
• A variety of catering facilities able to offer attractions for all potential tourist groups;
• An extensive conference and training base;
• The City Information System and access to free publications for tourists;
• Cultural institutions which have a good reputation both in Poland and abroad;
• A very rich and diverse cultural offer of Poznań (from September to June in particular) which may attract a wide range of audience;
• Cyclic cultural events of international rank (including Malta International Theatre Festival, Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition);
• Numerous Modern art galleries - Poznań is one of the leading modern art centres;
• A leading alternative theatre centre;
• Interesting attractions which complement the tourist offer of the city, including: Stary Browar (Commercial, Arts and Business Centre), Sports Centre at Malta, narrow-gauge train at Malta, Zoo, shows and traditions of the Uhlan Regiment, sightseeing boat sailing on the Warta river;
• Well-prepared online information and promotion services of institutions and the city;
• The Poznań City Card.

foto:
1. Poznańskie dudy z Muzeum Instrumentów Muzycznych MNP
2. Ostrów Tumski
3. Stary Browar w Poznaniu
4. Zamek w Poznaniu

fotosy: Dariusz Krakowiak
(Biuro Kształtowania Relacji Społecznych
 Urzędu Miasta Poznań)

Film Commission Poland
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