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Polish people are very sociable and lively, no less than Brazilians. Our love of dance and entertainment is particularly visible during the carnival. For us it is a time of increased amusement, with its culmination during the last week before Ash Wednesday.

We like to have fun. And we know how to do it. Krakow, Warsaw, Wrocław, Lodz, Sopot … the party map of Poland is quite full. Each year new clubs, discos, concert halls or even huge club complexes are created. Take for example the Raclawickie Forts, or the back courtyard at Dobra Street in Warsaw. In Wroclaw in the Niepolda Passage there are over 13 clubs, and restaurants for those who get hungry at 2am after a night of dancing, are located in one alleyway.

In every large town you will find everything that has been invented in the field of night entertainment and night clubs: from live-acts to drag queens. During one night you can dance at a party in retro style, listen to old jazz standards or participate in a poetic gathering and a modern poet’s competition. Here you will find a cross-section of styles and epochs. There are also many clubs in Poland with no signs outside, very discreet and well guarded where only selected guests can enter.

Your cultural and social needs can be satisfied in club-cafes, where vernissages, meetings with interesting people, discussions, the screening of photos from exotic lands are organised. Student clubs, such as Stodola (Barn) in Warsaw, Od Nowa (A new) in Torun, and Eskulap in Poznan or the Rotunda in Krakow specialize in organizing rock concerts.

Jazz fans should visit Rura (Pipe) in Wrocław, Mozg (Brain) in Bydgoszcz and the cult club Aquarium in Warsaw, which will be reopened in the spring of 2007. It is also worth keeping up to date with events in Spodek in Katowice, and the Hala Stulecia in Wrocław, the Arena in Poznan and the Congress Hall in Warsaw, which is where the Communist Party meetings took place during the time of Polish People’s Republic, but where The Rolling Stones also played during those special times.

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