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The thousand-year history was not only a time of merchants but also artists who still abound in our city. We have huge theatrical traditions and modern cinema halls. You will come across connoisseurs of the opera and philharmonic here but will also be entranced with the liveliness of culture during city festivities. And at night you can spend a romantic time in the light of flaring fireworks.

Selected permanent events in the cultural calendar:

Gdańsk Musical Summer (July-August) A cycle of classical music concerts given by world celebrities in the breathtaking scenery of the amphitheatre on the Motława River.

International Festival of Organ Music at the Oliwa Cathedral (July-August) Old and premiere hits of organ music played by world-famous virtuosos.

International Festival of Organ, Choir, and Chamber Music (July-August) Friday concerts by organ players, choirs, and soloists, chamber ensembles and symphonic orchestras in the magnificent St Mary’s Basilica.

FETA International Festival of Open Air and Street Theatre (mid-July) Miniature and large-scale theatrical performance in the authentic scenery of the historic Gdańsk lanes www.feta.pl

‘Baltic Sail’ International Sailing Rally (late July) A colourful festivity of the sails in the historic heart of Gdańsk: regattas, tall ship parades, and a shanty festival.

Gdańsk Carillon Festival (first decade of August) An overview of the rich music literature written for the carillon, from Baroque to the contemporary times.

Shakespearean Festival (first decade of August) An international review of most interesting productions of the unmatched plays by the Master of Stratford.

St Dominic's Fair (the first three weeks of August) A dashing popular ‘fiesta a-la Gdańsk’ originating from the 13th century with a rich programme of cultural events.