„What should we do, what should we do if we run out of all the options?”, sang Wojciech Młynarski worried that everything had already happened and nothing else would follow. Luckily, Kraków holds a lot in stock. So let’s shuffle through the pile of New Year’s invitations to find a gem that’s going to illuminate this special night.
A journey to the golden era of jazz
Welcoming New Year’s Eve is a wonderful occasion to embark on a journey to the Golden Era of Jazz. A 90-minute musical performance by an iconic Aga Zaryan in the company of a string quartet from the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, European Jazz Trio, the Cracow Singers Choir, as well as a jazz flutist Ewelina Serafin will take the audience to the unforgotten 1950s and ’60s. The performance will feature improvisations on the iconic work of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ray Charles. All of it in the luxurious scenery of the ICE KRAKÓW Congress Center.
The largest dance floor in Europe
Four locations, four stages and plenty of partying and dancing - that’s what the celebrations of the New Year’s Eve look like in Kraków. Annually, the events organized by the city gather thousands of fun-craving residents. This time, women are taking over the Main Square: we will hear Kasia Moś – our well-known Eurovision representative, Bovska – one of the most interesting young Polish singers, and Natalia Nykiel – the key performer of the evening. The final act will belong to a Kraków-based DJ Olivia – perfectly known to lovers of high-brow club music both in Poland and abroad. Those of you who’d rather celebrate their New Year’s Eve in a less commercial setting are welcome to Rynek Podgórski [the Podgórski Square] where you will move to the rhythm of Boba Jazz Band and listen to Krystyna Prońko singing in a duet with L.U.C. the rapper. Traditionally, free entrance applies to all events organized by the city of Kraków.
An operatic escapade to Italy
With its series of new year’s concerts entitled “VIVO PER LEI, VIVO PER TUTTI” (“I live for her, I live for everyone”) the Krakow Opera invites music lovers on a trip to Italy. Italian music – from the 18th century up to current, familiar melodies and rhythms – will own this special time. The most stunning Italian arias and duets as well as well-known hits from Apennine Peninsula will be performed by artists from the Opera, accompanied by the Kraków Opera Choir and Orchestra conducted by Tomasz Tokarczyk. The program includes, among others, Giuseppe Verdi’s “Traviata”, “Sicilian vespers”, “Rigoletto” and “The Troubadour”, Gioachino Rossini’s “The Turk in Italy”, Gaetan Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” and Mario Manzani’s “Vivo per lei”, as well as themes from famed “The Godfather” and Italian hits of the ‘80s. During intermission, the Opera invites the audience for a glass of wine and a snack in an Italian style. The concert will return on January 2 at 6.30 p.m.
30 Dec. 2017, 6.30
31 Dec. 2017, 6.00
31 Dec. 2017, 21.30
A slow food taste palette
Having won over the hearts of Kraków’s foodies, one of the finest restaurants in the city is preparing something one-of-a-kind for the upcoming New Year’s Eve – a seven-course dinner with a slow food flair, artistic twist, and a wine matching. What’s on the menu? Dill-sprinkled mushroom parfait with beet soup gel, smoked eel on roasted wholemeal bread, foie grass in craft beer, rabbit, zander fillet, duck assiette and an apple-passion fruit flavored dessert. All of it in a beautiful interior of an Art Nouveau tenement house near the Barbican.
A dinner with the locals
Does eataway.com ring a bell? It’s a concept that brings people together through food. Have you ever fancied a tasty meal out in a city you visited, but eventually lacked local tastes or intergenerational relations? With eataway.com, all you do is go to their website, choose a city, a date, a meal, and a cook. Then, you only need to book yourself a spot. You can also order a meal and have it delivered to your place. Małgorzata and Piotr are going to host a New Year’s Eve dinner in Kraków. The menu includes starters (herring, carp, vegetable salad), a turkey with potatoes as the main course, and for dessert – apple pie and fruit jelly. And it’s up to you how much champagne, wine, and various types of cheese you’ll have. The power of home-made food and human stories are sure to turn your New Year’s Eve into a delicious experience. Book yourself a spot before it’s too late!
text: Kasia Pilitowska
photos: courtesy of events' organizers