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May 31, 2012   
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Some know Milanówek as the home of Poland’s silk industry, others associate the town with the popular Polish candy brand Krówki, and historians remember that Milanówek used to be the informal capital of Poland, a role it briefly played after the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, when it was even nicknamed Little London in reference to the fact that London was where Poland’s government-in-exile was based at the time. The beauty of Milanówek with its quiet streets lined with trees draws those who appreciate peace and quiet. Some come here for a day trip, others choose to stay for good.

The town’s annual attractions include the Open Gardens Festival, which this year will for the first time feature Milanówek’s sister towns and cities: Poland’s Lidzbark Warmiński and Gdańsk and Germany’s Welzheim. During the festival, the “Garden of Gdańsk” will host an exhibition of works by visual artists from Gdańsk. The town of Lidzbark Warmiński will invite festival audiences to see a play entitled Kapelusze maj± dusze (Hats Have Souls), performed by the Miej marzenia (Have Dreams) women’s association, and a photo exhibition featuring the most beautiful spots in Lidzbark Warmiński. Finally, visitors to the “Garden of Welzheim” will see an exhibition of crafts by German artists complete with handicraft workshops.

The festival in Milanówek starts on Friday, June 15, with a concert by the Perła Warmii folk ensemble. The fun will continue until Sunday, June 17, when the festival will close with a concert of Jewish-Sephardic and klezmer songs performed by Anna Riveiro and band. Along with exhibitions, philosophical discussions, concerts, lectures and workshops held in over 20 venues, attractions will include a tour of landmarks related to World War II as part of a project entitled Milanówek—Little London.

For further details on the Open Gardens Festival and other information go to www.ckipmilanowek.pl
and Milanówek’s homepage at www.milanowek.pl
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