The SLOT Art Festival is 5 Days Without Chemicals and Violence
Anyone not following these rules will be removed from the festival grounds by security.
After 22:00 please keep quiet in the campground so as not to disturb the neighbors.
The festival day runs from 11:00 to 11:00.
The history of the palace reaches back to the XII century. This exceptional setting lends a unique atmosphere to the festival. The entire property is two and a half times larger than Poland's royal palace, Wawel, in Cracow with over 300 rooms. All this adds to the unforgettable nature of the event.
The palace comes alive for 5 days as thousands of participants arrive with an openness and a desire to share themselves, their art and their talents.
Check it here .
Patronat Honorowy nad Slot Art Festival obejmują:
Ministerstwo Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego
Marszałek Województwa Dolnośląskiego - Rafał Jurkowlaniec
Wojewoda Dolnośląski - Aleksander Marek Skorupa
Burmistrz Miasta i Gminy Wołów - Dariusz Chmura
Starosta Wołowski - Marek Gajos
Patronat honorowy / festiwal dofinansowany ze środków:
How to get to the festival?
Lubiąż is a very small town 50 km to the north-west of Wrocław which is the largest city in South-West Poland.
Information for drivers: This year at the Slot Art Festival, there will be parking for 300 cars. It will be guarded by members of the security team. Parking will cost 25 PLN for the whole festival or 6 PLN per day.
If you plan to get to the festival by public transport you should first get to Wrocław (railway station: click here ) and then to Wołów by train or bus. Wołów is a town between Wrocław and Lubiąż (close to Lubiąż) and it has better connections with Wroclaw. From Wołów you can go by bus to Lubiąż.
Below you will find some of the major airports in Poland with information about transport between the airports and railway stations.
Poznan Airport is linked with city centre by City Public Transport Company (MPK).
Express Line L: Airport - Central Railway station (journey time about 20 min.) | check timetable
Night bus line 242 : Airport - central railway station (journey time about 30 min) |check timetable
More information: here
Krakow Airport is served by two bus lines and fast railway line:
Bus lines: 292 and 208. Check here
Fast railway line to the centre of Krakow – Operted by “PKP Przewozy Regionalne Sp. Z o.o.” The train service provided by PKP Przewozy Regionalne Sp. Z.o.o is the fastest link between the centre of Krakow and the airport. Travel time is 16 minutes. More information: here
Warszawa Airport -Bus lines provide transport service between F. Chopin airport and Warsaw districts:
Line 175 goes to:
» "Warszawa - Centralna" railway station - "Dworzec Centralny" bus stop (approx. 25 minutes)
» city centre - "Centrum" bus stop, transfer to the underground (approx. 30 minutes) See the route of 175 bus service
Line N32 (night) will take you from Frederic Chopin Airport to "Warszawa - Centralna" railway station. See the route of N32 bus service
See the bus fares: here
Bus No. 406 operates every 20-30 minutes on weekdays and every 40 minutes on Sundays and holidays to the Central Railway/Coach Station.
See precise timetable: here
Buses and trains
Buses from Central Station in Wrocław
buses to Lubiąż: 08:10, 16:40
buses to Wołów: 08:20, 09:55, 11:05, 12:20, 13:05, 13:55, 14:50, 15:20, 17:30, 18:15, 18:40, 22:35
Buses from Nadodrze Station in Wrocław (North of Wrocław)
buses to Lubiąż: 08:25
buses to Wołów: 06:00, 08:45, 10:15, 11:20 , 12:40, 13:25, 14:10, 15:05, 15:40, 17:50, 18:35, 19:00, 22:45
Buses from Wołów
buses to Lubiąż: 06:15, 07:20, 08:40, 11:45, 12:50, 13:10, 14:15, 15:40, 18:25
The journey from Wrocław to Wołów takes about 70 to 100 minutes. Journey from Wrocław to Lubiąż takes about 100-110 min.
Trains from Wrocław / Central Station
trains to Wołów: 06:43, 16:43, 18:43 20:02, 20:43, 21:46
Trains from Wołów
trains to Wrocław: 04:52, 06:23, 07:22, 07:55, 15:23, 17:23, 21:15
The journey from Wrocław to Wołów takes about 1 hour.
In case you are wondering about having to get a visa for Poland:
Within the European Union's borders, visas are not required.
Citizens of the following countries can travel to Poland without a visa:
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong (special administrative region), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (special administrative region), Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uruguay, the Vatican, Venezuela.
Visas are required for citizens of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.
Detailed information about visas: www.msz.gov.pl
Najczęściej zadawane pytania na temat Slot Art Festival
- Where and when?
- When can i come?
- What is included in the festival pass price?
- Do I have to reserve a place at Slot Art Festival?
- Do I have to pay for anything additionaly?
- Do I have to pay for the workshops or any supplies used?
- Is food calculated in the festival pass price?
- Are the festival grounds a safe place?
- Is the capsite guarded?
- Is it true that a kindergarten is run during the festival and do I have to pay for it?
- Is there a bathroom and toilets on the festival grounds and do I have to pay for them?
- Can I charge my phone?
- Is there a deposit on the festival grounds?
This year we meet in Lubiąż from 10 till 14 July 2018*. Find more info on how to get there here.
*the volunteers come earlier.
The campsite for volunteers will be open from Tuesday, 10 July, in the morning.
No. But you can purchase your festival pass for a lower price in advance booking. Details on our website.
·showers: 6 pln
·car park: 12 pln for one day. A parking carnet for the whole festival – 50 pln
No, but if you want to, you can bring your own supplies (e.g. paints etc.). Also, this year, an offer of paid workshops might also be created for those who are advanced in certain fields. Details will be provided soon.
No. You need to provide your own food. However we try to guarantee a lot of meals opportunities on the festival grounds. There will be special points offering cheap dinners, bread etc.
The festival is protected by a professional security company and 140 volunteers from the security team. On the festival grounds there is a total ban on selling and consuming alcohol and any drugs. We do not let anyone under the influence enter the premises (see: festival rules). This results in Slot Art Festival being a safe place.
Yes. Slot Art Festival is the only event of the sort where campsites are guarded and patrolled by the security team. Nevertheless, we call for not leaving any valuables or money in your tents.
Every year there is a kindergarten called "The Little Discoverers Club". It provides professional carers and a special programme for children which lets the parents leave their children in safety and enjoy the festival. It is free of charge.
The festival has the whole sanitary infrastructure – shower containers, toi-toi sanitary toilets and washbasins. The toilets and washbasins are free of charge. The shower costs 6 pln.
We offer a phone charging point (price per charging: 2 pln). It is right next to the Info Point.
Yes, you can leave your things in the deposit. It is located in the same place as the phone charging point – next to the Info Point. It is open from 8 am till 10 pm and the price per day is 5 pln.
Slot Art Festival 2017 - 4-8 07
|AGE **||- 6 yrs||7-12 yrs||13-25 yrs||26 yrs +|
(payment type transfer)
|before festival||12.06 - 03.07||0,00zł||150,00zł||250,00zł||300,00zł|
|4 days ticket *||at festival 4-8.07||0,00zł||130,00zł||220,00zł||260,00zł|
|3 days ticket *||3 days at festival 4-8.07||0,00zł||100,00zł||170,00zł||200,00zł|
|2 days ticket *||2 days at festival 4-8.07||0,00zł||70,00zł||120,00zł||140,00zł|
|1 day ticket *||1 day at festival 4-8.07||0,00zł||40,00zł||70,00zł||80,00zł|
** border birth date in calculation is 31.12.2017
* fesetival day is 11.00 - 11.00.
SLOT ART. FESTIVAL
The Art of Life
The Slot Art Festival is one of the largest alternative culture festivals in Poland. It’s five days filled with dozens of workshops, concerts, parties, films, and seminars. It’s also something much more- five days away from the daily rat race, battles and rush.
This colorful festival village has blossomed for over 10 years in an exceptional location- within the walls of the Baroque, Cistercian monastery-palace complex in Lubiąż in Lower Silesia. Shady trees, cool, ivy covered walls, hidden corners and the arches of the cathedral give a timeless dimension to the modern art forms presented.
The Slot Art Festival is five days of high quality fun as well as a gateway to new possibilities, friendships and contacts. The festival will leave you with not only memories, but also with dreams and fresh energy for action.
MORE ABOUT SLOT:
Where did the idea for the festival come from? What is the history of it?
The festival’s history goes back to the 80’s and the counter culture of that turbulent time. A few Polish people invited the Punk/New Wave band, No Longer Music, from Amsterdam to come here. They were to play at a rock festival in Jarocin, Poland, but because the concert was really more of an evangelistic rock opera based on the passion of Christ, the band was not allowed to play at the festival so they performed unofficially off the festival grounds. Of course, the “forbidden band” was the one everyone wanted to hear so a large crowd gathered.
After that the people who today organize SLOT organized a few tours for NLM in Poland. These concerts were unique, magical, spiritual meetings. People stayed after the concerts to talk and pray. Then instead of organizing more concerts we organized a “gathering.” This was in 1993 in the north of the country and we had about 60 people. It was a total punk atmosphere. The main area was the stage which was under a huge tarp hung between two army barrels. Two bands made up of the same people played there. One of the bands was called, of course, “Tarp Band”!
This event quickly became a legend and soon thereafter we needed to find a bigger venue. We found an old military fort in Gizycko. The festival then started to snowball in every way. Without any real promotion each year the number of participants, bands, then workshops, performances, films etc. doubled… along with the time needed to organize it all!
In 2001 the Slot Art festival was moved to Lubiąż? Why there?
There were several reasons. With all the growth we needed a larger venue big enough for a few thousand people and not just a few hundred. Slot started to be well known outside of the country so we looked for a place more accessible for foreigners. A friend of ours lived in Lubiąż and suggested we look into this castle. During the first visit we were amazed and a bit overwhelmed. The place was unique and magical but totally unprepared for such an event. Everything needed to be installed: stages, electricity, toilets, showers, fencing, etc. but we like challenges and fairly quickly we made our decision. The openness, trust and support that we received from the property managers, the Lubiąż Foundation, and local and state authorities was and is very important to us. Without their favor and practical help we couldn’t organize SLOT in Lubiaz.
Is SAF (Slot Art Festival) a Christian event? Is there anything there for the non-religious to find?
Is there anything there for the non-religious to find? You could as easily ask the same of a U2 concert, Tolkien’s stories or Bach’s fugues.
Christianity is the inspiration for many of us to be creative and to be involved in our surroundings. This is where our world view and ideas for human development comes from. That source is very foundational for SAF.
SAF could be interesting for every person regardless of their world view, religiousness or the lack there of. The results of a meeting of people with different convictions and ideas for life is valuable in and of itself.
You promote something that you call “alternative culture”. What is that?
We’re intrigued by fresh, new, seeking ideas in culture which are often missing in popular media forms. We value independent, authentic artists who create because of an inner need to express themselves and not because of the dictates of specialists who want more profit and sales.
For many that means realizing one’s ideas based on the philosophy of DIY (Do It Yourself). We look for artists/performers who treat the public and their message seriously, and who are not so self-absorbed in themselves or their art. We also look for a public who is not interested in a one-sided view of things or in just consuming, but who are interactive, willing to dialog, cooperate, and experience something together with others.
What is the biggest success of SLOT as a concept?
The festival itself and how it’s developed over the years. We’ve been able to create something new, original and valuable from nothing. We try to be serious in what we do yet remain open to changes and new ideas. We’re glad that we’re able to run the festival better each year but it’s still all done by a growing group of friends who are passionate about it. Our goal has never been just “entertainment” but to challenge and inspire. There are many festival organizers in Poland, Germany, Ukraine and the Czech Republic who tell us that SLOT was a large inspiration for them. When we see growth, positive change in peoples lives, new initiatives and valuable projects then we have a sense of success.
Summer is a time filled with events directed at young people. How is Slot different than the others?
Firstly it is a “people’s” festival and gathering and only after that comes the music, parties and workshops. That’s why besides the music stages we organize cafes and clubs in little spots all around the castle where people can talk, discuss, experience something together, and learn
from each other over a good cup of tea or coffee.
We try to continue the tradition of free festivals without drifting in the direction of holding just a big party. That’s why we emphasize reflection on important issues such as development, Christian spirituality, social responsibility and ecology.
It’s a party held by a group of people for themselves because Slot is put on by people who are passionate about it plus more than 1000 volunteers. There’s not a clear border between organizers and participants. SLOT is constructed so as to allow involvement and influence on its form by those who want to join in. If someone has a good idea for something interesting and valuable to do for others there is a place for it at SLOT.
SLOT is also a festival of involvement. We organize a Social Initiatives Fair where we present interesting organizations and projects. We’re involved in the Fair Trade movement which is an interesting way to support the poor in the southern hemisphere.
It’s an international event as well. There are not only bands from other nations but also volunteers and participants.
What regulations are there at the festival?
We have only a few simple festival regulations. They fit in a slogan: “four days without chemicals and violence.” Alcohol and drugs are not allowed in or used on the festival grounds. Drunk people are not allowed to enter. Some people are shocked at these regulations, but, time has shown us that they help create the positive atmosphere at the festival.
Are all those who lead workshops, play concerts and work at the festival volunteers? How does the festival work organizationally?
SAF only happens thanks to our volunteers. More than 1000 people are involved in leading workshops, giving lectures, working technically or administratively. Most performers play at Slot for travel costs and some don’t even want that. A couple dozen people are involved all year round in preparing the festival also on a volunteer basis. There are, of course, a few positions that require a large amount of work and time and a few people who do those things receive a salary. These are positions like production coordinator, administration, promotion and program directors. The interesting thing is that most of these people started out as volunteers.
Building such an event with people who are working together on a volunteer basis is a huge challenge but also a bigger privilege.
SLOT isn’t just a few day long event, although that is the most spectacular work that your society is doing. What happens during the year?
SLOT is more of a movement than an organization. Local creative centers are located all around Poland where groups of people co-operate with SLOT. Usually these people are connected to SLOT and realize their ideas on a local level with SLOT days, film discussion groups, concerts and parties.
The name SLOT stands for “Society of Local Creative Centers” in Polish and it reflects our vision of creativity based on relationships and common values within an autonomous network of collectives, initiatives and organizations actively involved in their world.
We try and carry the SLOT idea to the local arena by, for instance, supporting SLOT days. These are local mini-festivals similar to SAF, also put together by volunteers. The programs contain different elements i.e. concerts, parties, workshops, performances, films and lectures. Some of these events bring together a few hundred people others only 20-30. Each of these events has their own flavor. In the last few years we have seen between 60 and 80 of these events happening.
A good example of a local initiative is the SLOT group in Krakow. Many of them are travelers so they organized an event called “Slot and the East”. The main draw wasn’t a concert, but slide shows and stories of travels. The first event, held in a small pub in Krakow’s old town, was hugely successful with hundreds of people showing up and many more who couldn’t fit inside. The event has already been repeated and has become known in the city. It started simply when a few people who have a genuine passion for something got together and decided to organize an event for others who have the same passion.
Excerpts from an interview published on portal polska.pl