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Koncerts, shows parades competitions and a ceremonial gala were just some of the attractions in store for the participants of the 2nd World Gdańsk Reunion. The weekend-long fun and festivities attracted dozens of thousands of people from Gdańsk and many visitors from abroad. It was a real festival for the lovers of our city...


The Reunion began on Friday with the opening of an exhibition of Gdańsk on Post Stamps. Friday also saw the announcement of the book which won the title of the most popular literary work associated with Gdańsk. The winner was The Girl In the Window by Deotyma (aka Jadwiga Łuszczewska). At 7 p.m. the colourful Gdańsk Parade went down the Long Market and Długa St. which was followed by a feast in the Coal Market which lasted until late in the evening. At 8 p.m. the Gdańsker of the Year was announced at the special Gdańsk Gala. As it happened, there were two winners Jean Michel Jarre and Lech Wałęsa. The evening was graced with a concert by pianist Leszek Możdżer at the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Hall.
On Saturday morning Gdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz and GPEC President Thomas Schroter  opened the largest playground and skatepark in Pomerania by the seashore in Gdańsk.
A quarter to noon, the Inlet Powerade Bike Marathon started from the Long Market and at 1 p.m. came the official opening of the longest bicycle lane in Gdańsk: a 10 kilometre section linking our city with neighbouring Sopot.
The highlight of Saturday was the concert by Jan Garbarek on Ołowianka Island and the spectacle by Sławomir Łosowski with an impressive fireworks display. It is well worth adding that many of the city’s restaurants and pubs were opened throughout the night well into Sunday morning.
Sunday, the final day of the Reunion, was dominated by sports attractions such as the Bike Parade and the City Circuit International Bicycle Race along the streets of the Main Town – a big treat for cycling lovers.
Sunday’s cultural programme included the Gdańsk on the Staff concert by such lumiaries as Waldemar Malicki, Artur Banaszkiewicz and the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra. The 2nd World Gdańsk Reunion closed with a parade of sailing boats on the River Motława and a spectacular fireworks display.

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