Access to the sea is essential for the prosperity and defence of a nation. For Poland, regaining a coastline after long years of foreign rule was so significant that the nation actually ‘married’ the sea – three times.
The first was at Puck, in 1920, and there were two more ceremonies as the second world war drew to a close, at Mrzeżyno and Kołobrzeg, on March 17 and 18 1945.
It’s not so surprising, then, that, though it may be hundreds of miles distant, the roar of the oceans echoes in Kraków’s heart. And every year this maritime matrimony is recalled with the Kraków Shanties Festival.
This year’s event will take place from February 21-24, at Rotunda and Stary Port, will have the theme ‘Hej, my Baltic Sea’. The programme features traditional and modern sea music from international and Polish performers. Adults and children will be catered for with a range of other events too, including talks from experienced divers and salvage experts.
Visit the Shanties website for the full 2013 programme.
Picture: Poland’s Wedding to the Sea by Wojciech Kossak.
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