JULY 4-7, 2018 GDYNIA


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In 2015, the festival theatre featured two cult TR Warszawa plays: the moving 4.48 Psychosis directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna with an outstanding role by Magdalena Cielecka and last stagings of Whatever Happens, I Love You by Przemysław Wojcieszek featuring live music performed by Pustki. The theatre programme was curated by Nowy Teatr in Warsaw.

„4.48 Psychosis”

cast: Magdalena Cielecka, Katarzyna Herman, Lech Łotocki, Rafał Maćkowiak, Adam Woronowicz

„Whatever Happens, I Love You”

cast: Marcin Cecko, Janusz Chabior, Michał Czernecki, Roma Gąsiorowska, Magdalena Kuta, Lech Łotocki, Rafał Maćkowiak, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Piotr Roguckim, Tomasz Tyndyk, Robert Wabich

live music: Pustki


After a huge success of last year’s exhibition “Show Us Your Dreams” (over 15,000 visitors), Open’er once again worked with the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, this time to focus on a local theme. NO ONE CAN TAKE OUR YOUTH AWAY! - how Art and Music of the 1980s created the alternative Tricity is an exhibition that depicts the most innovative and varied artistic scene that appeared in Poland in the last decade of the Communist era. Artists and bands from Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia created new art and new trends.

The Tricity art was led by male and female artists from the State University of Visual Arts in Gdańsk, including Grzegorz Klaman, Jacek Staniszewski, Piotr Józefowicz, Jerzy Rymar, Andrzej Awsiej & Joanna Kabala, Marek Rogulski, Borys Czernichowski and Jarosław Fliciński. The Totart group, a group of friends creating the avant-garde total art work, was a highlight on its own of the 1980s. When Tricity visual artists penetrated new areas of art, local musicians created new trends in music and fashion, with a strong presence of women in the art world. The Tricity alternative scene was formed by the now cult bands: Apteka, Bielizna, Bóm Wakacje w Rzymie, Call System, Canada, Dzieci Kapitana Klossa,  Marilyn Monroe, Oczi Cziorne, Pancerne Rowery and Po Prostu. The bands won over Warsaw and the alternative Jarocin festival, and their mythology was created with the Gdynia album.

Although artists and musicians from Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia created the most visionary and refined art at the time, the 1980s legacy of these disciplines has not aged well. The excellent art from Tricity is now underrepresented, and the music scene lives on in the memories of its “veterans”, with no continuation from the new generation of musicians. This state of things was to change with “The Subverters” exhibition, which aimed to restore the due standing and popularity of Tricity art and music in the minds of the younger generation.



There's no Open'er without books and reading! Over the festival days, you were invited to take part in debates with writers in ALTERCAFE and in informal meetings in the library, organized with the Book Institute and Polish Radio 3. All that within the National Reading Promotion Programme and the Book at Open’er project.

For the first time in 2012, Open’er organised a festival library along with the Book Institute and Polish Radio 3, placing it next to the Radio 3 area. This year, ALTERCAFE hosted special guests:

July 2: Ziemowit Szczerek

July 3: Magdalena Grzebałkowska

July 4: Zygmunt Miłoszewski.



The Comedy Club has been operating for over a year at Plac Zbawiciela in Warsaw. It is the first and only comedy club in Poland. It includes a stage, bar and café. Every day, you can watch shows that express different forms of live comedy and use the opportunity to drink coffee, wine or grab a snack. Their repertoire features improvised theatres, stand-ups, literary cabaret, sketch show, concerts, theatre plays and other scene activities that are a novelty on Warsaw's theatre and club scene. The comedy club stage featured Janusz Gajos, Jacek Fedorowicz, Szczepan Twardoch, Marcin Masecki, Mariusz Szczygieł, Jakub Żulczyk and more.

The Comedy Club performed at Open’er in 2015 in cooperation with Comedy Central.



Films about women, their strength and courage in the struggle for their rights.

–"Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem",

–"I am Femen",

–"The Amina Profile",

–"It’s a Girl!”


A musical icing on the cake at the end of each festival day.

–“20,000 Days on Earth” - a day with Nick Cave

–“Komeda - the Musical Paths of Life”

–“The Legend of Kaspar Hauser”: a black-and-white techno-western with an outstanding role by Vincent Gallo and thrilling music by Vitalic

–“Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets”


Films on what is important, up-to-date, painful, beautiful, different...

“Those Who Feel the Fire Burning”

“Yes Men Are Revolting”... and still don’t lack the sense of humour and ideas to change the world.

"Salt Of The Earth" - a feast for the eyes and sensitivity.

“Above and Below” and “In The Basement” - will surprise, provoke and show ideas for life you might not have realised they existed

“Station To Station” - a journey showing modern art in many unusual faces

“Pixadores”: graffiti as a form of protest and open criticism of society

“Visit”: a film simulation of aliens’ visit to Earth

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