The Heineken Open'er Festival, PolandJoin seasoned ravers and avid festival goers in Poland's acclaimed Open'er Festival
Heineken Open'er Festival, which takes place in the first week of July, is located in the small coastal destination of Gdynia. Discover this unique region as it becomes a platform for one of Poland's most acclaimed cultural festivals. Festival fever grips this young city: whether you've planned your excursion to Poland to coincide with the festival, or are specifically travelling to northern Poland because of the impressive line-up, explore the intriguing coastline and wider region. Situated on the Babie Doly airfield, Open'er Festival blends a star-studded lineup with a four day party atmosphere that brings together 70,000 festivalgoers from across the world. Open'er fuses influences from other well established European music festivals and has helped place Poland on the map for music lovers and ravers alike.
Embrace the festival ambience and enjoy the comfort of a home from home experience in one of our fantastic rentals nearby to the festival site. Wind down, soak off the glow paint and mud flecks, and reflect on your dynamic itinerary!
Top five destinations in Gdynia
Although relatively young, Open'er dominates the country's cultural calendar. Established in 2002, Open'er has grown from strength to strength in recent years. Now recognised as one of the biggest musical events in Poland, Open'er competes with the prominent summer music scene in Central Europe. Since winning the 'Best Major Festival' Prize at the European Festival Awards in 2009, as well as in 2010, thousands of festivalgoers from across Europe descend on Gdynia every year. The Polish festival experience surprises new travellers, and continues to impress seasoned ravers!
Naturally, as one of Europe's critically acclaimed music events the festival secures critically acclaimed headliners. Previous acts have included Blur, Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Pulp and The Strokes. Phew! The main stage dominates the site, but the atmospheric 'Talents Stage', the electric 'Alterklub' and 'Alter Space', as well as the 'Tent Stage' help cater for passionate festival goers with eclectic tastes!
In addition to the celebrated artists booked annually, Open'er provides a platform for less established acts, as well as Polish musicians with cult followings on homesoil but with limited success over the borders. Festivals are a fantastic place to scout upcoming talent: scan the festival line-ups and discover your new favourite band during a live performance! Visitors can expect new and exciting performances from Open'er's seven stages and tents. Discover the 'Young Talents Stage' for Poland's and Europe's best unsigned and uncharted artists.
Expect a climatic opening night as the festival's airfield setting transforms into a carnival-like scene. For panoramic views across the site, ride the giant ferris wheel, or join the muted shiftshapers at the silent disco! For literature enthusiasts, trawl the festival library. Alternatively, autograph hunt at the signing tent or explore the art gallery and fashion stage. Performances that fuse theatre, dance and music are popular with the crowds, and premieres like 'Kabaret Warszawski', in 2013, received critical acclaim.
Gydnia and the surrounding area
Considered Poland's sunniest city, visitors can expect to enjoy sun-dappled walks along the city's harbour. Moreover, the nearby forests offer idyllic picnic spots. Most areas of the city can be reached by foot, allowing you to enjoy Gdynia's ambience and gorgeous promenade without any hassle. The stunning waterfront, and stretches of beach, make the city an ideal escape from the festival frenzy. Visit a market stall and have an authentic Polish meal in your holiday home, or mix a traditional Polish cocktail from an apartment overlooking the water!