Concerts, dances and sports events – these are just some of the plans for this year’s Final of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity 2023 in Krakow. The event will take place on Sunday, January 29. Volunteers with cans will take to the streets to collect donations for the fight against sepsis.
The 31st final of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity will take place on January 29. As usual, the street fundraiser, during which volunteers will collect donations in cans, will be combined with a number of events encouraging people to support the charitable campaign. Proceeds will be used to fight sepsis. As the organizers of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity emphasize, this year the orchestra plays for both small and large.
Some of the events will take place before the final day. For example, “climbers for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity” who will climb the walls of the building of the University Children’s Hospital in Krakow. “Rope access technicians” – commonly known as industrial climbers – will dress up as superheroes and wash hospital windows in such clothes, to the delight of patients.
The day before the final – on Saturday, January 28 – for the 13th time, as part of the nationwide “Rowing for WOŚP 2023” campaign, residents of 10 Polish cities will break rowing records at the same time. The duel consists in mobilizing as many people as possible, each of whom will cover a distance of 500 meters. In Krakow, you will be able to try your hand at Galeria Kazimierz at 10.
On the same day you will be able to try your hand at diving. On Saturday, Krakow’s divers will invite you to the YMCA swimming pool (ul. Krowoderska 8), where from 10 am they will share not only their knowledge and skills, but also the appropriate diving equipment with which you can immerse yourself in the water. Registration is required, but the classes do not have a fixed price – just throw something into the WOŚP can during the event.
…and in the water.
However, diving is not the entire “water” offer of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity in Krakow. On Sunday, during the final of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, from 11.30 am in Bagry there will be a joint morsing, during which gifts will be auctioned.
Too much water? At the end of the 31st final of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity in Krakow, the “III Fiery Show” is planned. This is a fire theater show performed by the Spontan Fire group. Start at 19.30 in front of the Nowa Huta Cultural Center.
Dogs play with the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity
Dog lovers will also find something for themselves. For the first time in Krakow, as part of the final of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, chartotherapy will be organized, i.e. a meeting with greyhounds – more or less purebred, adopted or rescued from various types of interventions. “We invite you on Sunday, January 29 at noon, we will go for a walk from Błonia Krakowskie, the corner of 3 Maja Avenue & Aleja Marszałka Ferdynanda Focha opposite the National Museum Building” – we read in the description of the event.
Right next to it, because from the Main Market Square, also at noon, another dog walk will start – not greyhounds anymore, but bassets. Also at the Cloth Hall and at the same time, another dog group of about 40 golden retrievers will gather, which together with their guardians will encourage support for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity.
All dogs, regardless of their breed, will be welcome at the Borek Sports Club (ul. Żywiecka 13), where on Sunday at 9 o’clock training for four-legged charges will begin. Group obedience training for beginners and advanced, as well as sports obedience training – PT, obedience, IGP are planned. Registration is required, and the possibility of entering the event is paid for with a donation to the WOŚP piggy bank.
WOŚP 2023. Concerts in Krakow
As usual, there will be concerts during the final of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity. The musical feast will begin on Saturday (January 28) at 6 pm, when – traditionally – a concert of religious music will take place in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
During the very final of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity in the Studio Club (ul. Budryka 4) – in the AGH student town – at noon the Representative Orchestra of the AGH University of Science and Technology will play for the Orchestra. Students will present film music to the audience.
In a slightly different part of the city – in the Nowa Huta Cultural Center – a ceremonial concert will be played at 4 pm by groups and bands associated with the NCK. In turn, at Dali Club Lunch Bar-Cafe at 5 pm, musicians associated with this place will gather, who will play for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity for the 10th time.
Concerts on Saturday and Sunday will also be organized at the Rockhouse Studio (ul. Na Zjazd 8). The performances are planned by 10 bands that will present original material, but also covers of popular groups, such as Metallica. Lovers of strong sounds will also be able to come to the Garage Pub on Sunday (ul. Piłsudskiego 27), where four bands will perform from 5 pm: INCLUSION, HORTA, SUTENER and STYXX.
MotoOrkiestra and ZŁOMBOL at WOŚP 2023
Traditionally, lovers of the smell of gasoline will also find something for themselves, because MotoOrkiestra will return to Krakow. From 11 a.m., motoring enthusiasts will gather in the car park at the M1 Shopping Center (Aleja Pokoju 67). There will be sports cars, heavier and lighter vehicles, as well as automotive legends.
Four-wheel enthusiasts should also consider a visit to Rynek Podgórski, where the ZŁOMBOL team will arrive at 11 am. This is a group of lovers of old cars – straight from the People’s Republic of Poland – who will present about 30 vehicles. At the Podgórski Market Square, attractions will also be provided by the Grot Military Association. The program includes a military camp, an exhibition of weapons, a shooting range, a military photo booth and a presentation of uniforms.
There are more attractions, as evidenced by the extensive program of the final. Details can be found on the official website the Kraków staff of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity.
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