Chopin Concerts at the Lazienki Royal Palace, Warsaw (13/05/18 – 30/09/18)
The 59th season of Chopin Concerts at the Royal Lazienki Park will start again in May, which, as every year, is a permanent fixture of the programme on the cultural map of the capital from mid-May to the end of September. Both world renowned artists and young talented pianists, just starting their careers, will perform for audiences in the shadow of the Chopin monument. The Chopin Concerts are one of the oldest musical events performed in the capital and are now considered as one of its cultural showcases. They were organised for the first time in 1959, soon after the reconstruction of the composer's monument. Initially, the concert season began with the performance of one of Chopin's concertos with the accompaniment of an orchestra but in the 1970’s additional concerts were organised in the evenings with the music of other composers, also of his time. As late as in the 1980s, the evening concert, then at 5pm, had both a verbal and musical composition with the participation of renowned actors from Warsaw’s stages reciting romantic poetry. Today, the recitals are held every Sunday, starting at 12 noon and 4pm. Lazienki Park is the largest park in Warsaw, occupying over 76 hectares of the city centre. The park-and-palace complex lies in Warsaw's central district (Srodmiescie) on Ujazdow Avenue, which is part of the "Royal Route" linking the Royal Castle with Wilanow Palace to the south. North of Lazienki Park, on the other side of Agrykola Street, stands Ujazdow Castle. Originally designed in the 17th century as a baths park (hence the name Lazienki meaning baths) for nobleman Stanislaw Herakliusz Lubomirski and in the 18th century Lazienki Park was transformed by Poland's King Stanislaw August into a complex for palaces, villas, classicist follies, and monuments. In 1918 it was officially designated a public park. Lazienki Park is visited by tourists from all around Poland and the world and has become a renowned venue for music, the arts and other cultural events. The park is also home to many peacocks and large numbers of squirrels.