It’s a New Year’s Eve tradition in Poland to have open for public parties to celebrate the coming new year (Polish: Sylwester miejski), all funded by the city. Every year goes off and comes the new one with a bang of fireworks and music.
I usually don’t attend those, but this year I made an exception. My friend was interested in how these things look like, so I crawled out of my bed, stopped re-watching The Black List and went to the city centre.
This year’s New Year party was in Plac Bankowy (The Bank Square). It’s a place with the 1st line of subway called Ratusz Arsenał (a tramway and bus hub). For the evening, the subway station and all stops were non-operational. People have been going to the site from the closest station/stop available. For me, it was subway’s Metro Świętokrzyska stop.
I tried to go via Ogród Saski, a park that spans between Metro Ratusz and Metro Świętokrzyska. Nope, most of it was closed, but I saw some fireworks set off from there.
On the way to the site, there were food stands and food trucks with fast foods like hot dogs, hamburgers, French fries. If I’m not mistaken, there was something vegetarian.
There were barriers of course, and it took time to get close to the scene. There was a line to the security check.
Warsaw New Year’s Party 2017/2018
The co-host was TVN, a private TV station. There was a range of young and old Polish musicians and bands, just to name a few: Perfect, Kayah, Ewelina Lisowska, or Future Folk. I went there around 23:00. The fireworks were already continuously popping off. They were so loud that I couldn’t hear anything until I’ve arrived at the stage.
Few minutes before the midnight, the official wishes have started. Both hosts and the city’s president have wished a (more elaborate) Happy New Year to all.
At midnight, the fireworks show started. Nothing special, just more than earlier.
If it’s not enough, you can check out the official Warsaw New Year’s Party’s Facebook page.
Happy New Year! All the best in 2018! May your Fate lead you to places and people who will have a positive impact on your life.