Żyrardów – a new place for our Festival
It’s no secret that we’ve been looking for a new place for our Festival. We felt that we had reached the tipping point in Wroclaw, and it was connected with a practical aspect of organising the Festival – we live in Warsaw, quite far from Wroclaw. When you produce an event of some scale, it takes a whole year. Sometimes meetings are lasting an hour, but we had to spend 8 hours travelling back and forth.
It meant we couldn’t implement some ideas – we did not have enough time to control the required process. But that’s not the only reason for that change.
We have always wanted the Festival to take place in a medium-sized city or town because both the event and the local community benefit in that configuration. It is easier in big cities. The entire infrastructure is there, the participants are there, and easy access by public transport is there too – just come out and play. Well, there is also bigger competition, i.e. choice for you 😉. Big cities are hustling and bustling, and sometimes you feel like staying at home.
So our search has begun. There were plenty of possible locations, from Bieszczady to Podlasie. Finally, we have made a decision… It is going to be Żyrardów.
And there are so many reasons for that. Most importantly – we feel that we can grow and get stronger here in Żyrardów. This town has untold stories and some stereotypes to break. When you are visiting it, you see a very young urban structure (it is not even two hundred years old), and it has something refreshing to offer in terms of architecture.
There is no market square, castle or old tenement houses. There are remains of a XIX century working-class neighbourhood. A museum of linen in the old factory. Some buildings are made of bricks. And there is a lot of space: a cinema where 460 people can enter a huge factory for thousands of visitors and a Resursa (entrepreneurs’ club) for 130 people. Lofts, decaying and refurbished buildings, places for workshops and the town’s beach.
There are also some things we will have to sort out like hotel accommodation or restaurants – that is the space for us to work. We will prepare a campsite, maybe on a cycling track.
Last but not least – transport. Żyradów has got a brand new railway connection with Warsaw Chopin Airport. We don’t know how long it will operate, but Żyrardów’s geographical location between Warsaw and Łódź makes it easier to get there. Moreover, there are A1 and A2 Highways. You can get direct trains to Żyrardów from Białystok, Kołobrzeg, Jelenia Góra, Wałbrzych, Bielsko-Biała, Lublin, Wrocław, Zielona Góra, Częstochowa, Świnoujście, Gdynia, Sopot and Gdańsk.
That’s pretty much:). It was essential for us to have a convenient (and cheap) transport connection with Wrocław. Everyone engaged in the Wachlarz Festival will reach Żyrardów easily.
You can see some of the places where we will meet in Żyrardów in the photos and videos. We are preparing the first edition of the Festival for 2021 (June 24-27), and the test edition will take place on June 27, 2020. It takes time to prepare proper foundations for our project, so for the first time in six years, there will be no full edition of the Festival.
This Festival can be yours, just become a part of it:).
Photos and video by Andrzej Budnik / CrazyCopter.pl