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Carnaval Sztukmistrzów – the best event in Lublin!

If you didn’t notice by now I’m a huge local patriot. When someone asks me what places they should visit in Poland I always point to Lublin area, as I really believe we have the prettiest landscape, the best beer or the cutest town – Kazimierz Dolny. But an absolute gem out there is Lublin – the capital city of the region and probably the most underrated city in the whole country! Poland has been changing really fast in recent years, most of our cities are becoming the newest hip spots with cool events (like Industriada in Silesia) yet it’s always Lublin that make my heart beat faster.


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There are so many reasons to visit Lublin! The city has always been on the crossroads between East and West and a melting pot of cultures and religions. Not only there’s an extremely picturesque and very charming Old Town, with hidden lanes, colorful houses and beautiful architecture. Since it’s the students city the atmosphere is very lively and in past years Lublin has become a cultural hub of Eastern Poland. The city even tried to become the European Capital of Culture in 2016 (sadly Wrocław got the title) but even if it didn’t make it there’s still always something going on there, every week there’s an event worth attending. You just cannot get bored in Lublin.

This week Lublin will be taken over by numerous artists and performers who will be part of probably the best and most unique of all Lublin’s events – Carnaval Sztukmistrzów (Performers’ Carnival), known also as the festival of modern circus’ art and culture. For four days (Thursday, 23rd – Sunday 26th of July) the city will be a huge artistic venue with an overwhelming number of attractions of all kinds. You can expect to see theater plays (both in traditional locations and on the streets), fire shows, circus, clowns, music or walking on the lines (even those located up high between the rooftops of the Old Town)… The list can go on and on, the number of events is really impressive – 155 – and everyone will find something interesting for themselves! And the best thing is that the entrance to all but 6 performances at Carnaval Sztukmistrzów is free of charge!

I can’t think of a better place than Lublin for the alternative festival like that! I guess most of the people share my thoughts as this event is so deep connected with the city that no other Polish place try to do a similar performances on such a big scale. There’s just some magic in Lublin and during the Carnaval Sztukmistrzów it is felt stronger than ever. The city stays awake till late hours, streets are full of clowns, fire eaters or jugglers and the feeling of joy and pure happiness peers out of every corner!

Sadly this year I won’t be able to join the fun at the Carnaval Sztukmistrzów (I confused the dates and have other plans for that weekend). But if you are around and don’t have plans for 23rd-26th June you should definitely visit Lublin and take part in that incredible event! You won’t regret you, I’m sure of that! And if you still have doubts just take a look at the programme!

So, who is going to visit Lublin and attend Carnaval Sztukmistrzów? Do you know similar festivals anywhere in the world?

If you think of visiting Poland or just want to read more about the country take a look what else I wrote about it!

Note: this post was brought to you in partnership with Carnaval Sztukmistrzów however all the thoughts are 100% mine.

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19 Lip '15

There are 35 Comments.

  1. I have been devouring all of your Polish posts lately – makes me think I need to get there sooner rather than later! The only problem will be narrowing down where to go…So far I feel the need to see Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, and now Lublin! I think I’ll need at least a month to see everything I want to :)
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    • kami
      20:48 02/08/2015

      I’m glad you like them! All of these places, and definitely Lublin, are pretty great and you definitely should come and visit! I can recommend you even more awesome spots to check out! Just plan a trip for 2 to 4 weeks :) or even longer!

  2. słyszałem… trąbią o tym w radio – może być fajnie :)

  3. Kami and the rest of the world Gdybyś była w LU, daj znać, chętnie umówię się na piwo/ kawę lub pokażę ciekawe miejsca. Jestem do lipca, później od k. września.

  4. Genialne! W Lublinie dzieje się ostatnio mega dużo i na mega poziomie

    • kami
      20:48 02/08/2015

      dokładnie! jestem pod wrażeniem jak bardzo Lublin się wyrobił i jakim fajnym miastem się stał :)

  5. w Lublinie tylko raz i bardzo mi się podobało! Trzeba wrócić ;)

  6. Właśnie pisałem u Natalia, że ciekaw jestem jak zmieniło się to miasto, nie byłem tam całe wieki!

  7. ja bardzo żałuję, że nas wtedy nie ma :(

  8. Never been to Poland but its on my list….. carnival is a good excuse to visit

  9. It’s a shame that I have been there just once, passing. But I totally agree the city has its charm, I hope to finally give it some more time this year.
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    • kami
      21:05 02/08/2015

      You definitely should visit Lublin soon, you’d be surprised how much it has changed and how cool it has become!

  10. Those costumes look amazing! To be honest, I know Lublin only from the title of Isaac Bashevis Singers’s book – so now I have one more reason to go there :)
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    • kami
      21:11 02/08/2015

      every reason is a good reason to visit Lublin :) and this event actually is connected to the Singer’s book!

  11. Very cool, probably cooler than when I was there. I’d like to check out this fest.

  12. O dammit! We have already other plans for this weekend as well! But next year – Lublin be aware, we’re coming for sure :)
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    • kami
      21:13 02/08/2015

      you definitely should include it in your plans for next year!

  13. Tomek
    07:56 21/07/2015

    Nigdy nie byłem w Lublinie i bardzo żałuję. Słyszałem i widzę tu wyżej, że w tym mieście dzieje wiele świetnych rzeczy! Będę musiał się kiedyś tam wybrać ;-).

  14. I heard from Lublin before but never realized it’s actually your favorite place. It’s been way too long since I was in Poland so I’ll keep it in mind fr a next visit … the way the people are sitting in that wheel is really interesting btw … would love to see that live!
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    • kami
      21:16 02/08/2015

      it is one of my favourites but well, I’m a big local patriot so it couldn’t be any different ;) You definitely should return, there’s still so much Poland for you to see! and you might like Eastern part of the country!

  15. Look at all those amazing buildings

  16. I’ve never been to Lublin! Maybe it’s a good occasion to change that :)

  17. Krakow and 3-city is much better.

  18. Hej Kamila, Lublin to miasto, w którym spędziłam osiem lat, pamiętam ten Karnawał. Pamiętam też, że w Lublinie zawsze dzieją się fajne, alternatywne rzeczy. Miło wiedzieć, że ci się podobało!
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    • kami
      21:21 02/08/2015

      ja Puławianka, więc Lublin dośc dobrze znam :) i jestem zachwycona jak bardzo się to miasto zmienia i w jak fajnym kierunku idzie, oby tak dalej!

  19. Całkiem niewykluczone, że w bliskiej przyszłości trochę się uczepię Lublina. Na festiwal nie trafię, ale cieszyć się będę z odwiedzin. Jakoś nigdy po drodze mi nie był. Teraz tylko szukam pretekstu -)

  20. Impreza wygląda bardzo ciekawie! Ja mieszkam w Aoście we Włoszech i na początku wrzesnia mamy podobny festiwal i przyznaję, że bardzo mi się podoba. Miasto zmienia się niesamowicie pod wpływem zabawy :-). W Lublinie jednak widze, że jest to na dużo większą skalę. Super!
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    • kami
      21:35 02/08/2015

      super sa takie imprezy! fajnie, że i u Ciebie podobna się odbywa! nie ważne jak wielka, ważne żeby klimat był!

  21. I must say that yes, indeed, you are a local patriot! And that’s good, seriously! I believe that people have their small countries, areas with which they are strongly connected and it’s important that they want to show it to the world. Lublin looks fantastic on the photos, as well as people that you photographed! Good job, I might consider coming this year!
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    • kami
      21:47 02/08/2015

      to be honest I’m annoyed at people who cannot appreciate their region/country and always eulogize over everything but home! You definitely should visit Lubelszczyzna properly, it’s a great part of Poland with so much to offer!

  22. „Sadly” Wrocław got the title? You were enchanted by the city… ;-)
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    • kami
      21:47 02/08/2015

      I was indeed! Still I was hoping Lublin would win ;)

  23. This sounds awesome!

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