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Public New Year's Bash Draws Crowds
January 9, 2008 By P.M.    
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For the first time in three years, Warsaw residents saw in the New Year at an outdoor party for the public. The event, a joint project by the city authorities and the TVN TV station, attracted tens of thousands to the square in front of the Palace of Culture and Science.

When the Warsaw authorities canceled the outdoor New Year's Eve party in 2005 for security reasons, Varsovians felt disappointed. They envied other Polish cities, such as Cracow, Poznań and Wrocław, where no such restrictions were in force. The New Year's Eve party finally returned to the Palace of Culture with music concerts and a fireworks display. Mayor of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz and Katarzyna Ratajczyk, the head of the City Promotion Office, began preparations for the big comeback a few months in advance.

Two stages mounted in front of the Palace of Culture hosted performances by popular Polish music acts Lady Pank, T. Love, Kasia Kowalska, Tatiana Okupnik and Feel as well as Swedish vocalist September and dancers from the popular TV show You Can Dance. At midnight, the foggy air above Defilad Square was lit up with fireworks. The party was televised live on TVN.

Alongside parties in Cracow and Wrocław, the Fall in Love with Warsaw party was one of the largest New Year's Eve events in Poland. It cost the city zl.3.5 million.
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