Flower and Art Festival
“Polish Spring”

Flower and Art Festival
“Polish Spring”
April 30 to May 3, 2019

Fall in love with a Książ spring! This year, the “Floral movie spring” event awakens the Castle, bringing with it new compositions, spellbound inspirations and lively colours. The 31th anniversary edition of the Festival will be more colourful than ever!

The May Flower and Art Festival is a celebration of spring. Książ Castle welcomes the season in style: with garlands and flowers, beautiful floral arrangements, wonderful artistic presentations, displays of knightly chivalry, court dances and workshops on the art of bonsai.

What further attractions await our guests at the 31th edition of the Festival?

 

Floral arrangements

At this year’s exhibition of floral arrangements, a myriad of attractions will represent the awakening of life in movies - The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, Secret Garden. The Castle will welcome a true spring, inspired directly by nature: tree shoots, branches, and especially live plants, multicoloured flowers that reflect gardens and forests.

In the Honorary Courtyard, a floral construction will stand several kilometres high. Passionate about modern floristic techniques, where simple forms lend themselves to modern design, he is sure to enchant us with his display in front of the Castle.

The task of decorating the Castle rooms will be shared by two floristic teams: the Association of Polish Florists (SFP) and the Grajewscy Lower Silesian Flower Centre (also an SFP member). The different styles and conceptions, as well as the atmosphere of friendly competition, will assure visitors of high-quality floral presentations. Which arrangements will capture your hearts? We’ll find out between April 30 and May 3.

 

Activities for children & family

Knowing the energy of our youngest visitors, we have prepared twice as many activities for them. At special workshops, budding artists will create their own floral compositions under the guidance of masters of the art. There will be twice as many comic performances, this year involving traditional Slavic fairies, water spirits and spells, and a range of other entertainments for children. A castle such as Książ cannot be without its medieval warriors – and throughout the festival, these knights will be camped on the Castle grounds. We have also arranged competitions with sweet prizes from one of the Castle’s leading patrons, the confectioner ZPC Śnieżki. This year, for the first time, children who enter the Castle will be transformed into kings and queens at the “Kącik Małego Odkrywcy Tajemnic” (Little Explorers' Corner) , a corner for young discoverers of secrets. There, they will solve riddles and hear stories from the Castle’s enchanted past.

Accompanying the “Polish spring”, young women will appear in costumes with live flowers – the same who captured the hearts of last year’s visitors. You will be able to meet Princess Daisy herself, as well as Flora, the Castle’s guardian; the great Pan, the god of nature; and the Castle smith. There will be no lack of  dancing and other performances amidst the bubbling laughter and sheer joy of the festival.

 

“Battle of the Florists”

It’s not only the arrangements that will turn your head – the whole Festival will be in full swing! The stage will be dominated by the “Battle of the Florists”, which this year will unfold three times a day. Two teams will compete fiercely in different thematic categories – our way of presenting a truly dynamic show – and your applause will decide on the victor. Come and share the excitement, inspiration and great fun!

 

National Bonsai and Japanese Armour Exhibition

The colours of the Orient will also be well represented. In the Ballroom, you will be taken on an authentic journey to the Land of the Cherry Blossom: once again, Poland’s largest National Bonsai Exhibition takes place at Książ. It will be complemented by unique exhibitions of Japanese armour and suiseki (expressive natural stone art). Visitors can admire miniature trees – specially brought to our country for the occasion --  discover the beauty hidden in minerals, and take in the detail and colours of Samurai dress. For the first time in the Festival’s history, there will also be a Japanese Forge, a workshop where visitors can see Samurai armour and swords being crafted. Of course, there will be no lack of lectures and demonstrations about bonsai creation, which will be conducted by world-class bonsai artists; for example, those from Korea, Italy, Brazil and Great Britain.

 

Over 250 exhibitors

Again this year, over 250 exhibitors will present their plants and related products, among them many gardeners, florists, artisans, jewellers and gourmets. Visitors will feast their eyes on a wide range of plants, flower bulbs, small trees, orchids, herbs, ceramics, regional products and artistic works such as paintings, jewellery, decorations, and minerals. There will be no lack of fine wines, as well as honey and other natural products … something for everyone!

For the 31th time, spring will come to life at Książ Castle. We welcome you from April 30 to May 3 – plan to celebrate the May holidays in Wałbrzych!

 

Ticket
Prices and Opening Times

The area of the Flower and Art Festival includes Książ Castle, the castle approaches and the terraces. Festival tickets provide for admission to the castle and to planned events.

Opening times, 30 April to 3 May 2018

Ticket office opening hours  9:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
Festival opening hours 09:00 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

From 30 April to 3 May, 2018, the ticket office will be located in front of the castle gate building, and entrance to the castle approaches will require a ticket.

Ticket Prices 1

festival ticket
Purchase at the ticket office and through the online system (Polish złoty)
Date of purchase Regular Reduced3
Up to 29 April 2019  30   25 
30 April to 3 May  35   30 

Supplementary Tickets
Ticket for admission to the festival grounds is required
New Underground Route 4  25   20 
Tunnel 5  15   15 
Mausoleum 6  5   5 

1 This provides for a single entry, from 30 April to 3 May, 2018, for a non-guided visit to Książ Castle as well as the Castle approaches, with the exception of the tunnel and mausoleum (to which admission is only with a guide, for a supplementary charge). Supplementary tickets provide for admission  to all attractions, exhibitions, lectures and workshops scheduled in the programme (except for admission to the tunnel and the mausoleum). These tickets do not provide for admission to the Wałbrzych Palm House.


2 The castle online purchase system may be found at http://bilety.ksiaz.walbrzych.pl/ (after choosing individual or group tickets, please go to the Flowers Festival).


3 Reduced-price tickets are available for children and school pupils, students up to the age of 26, and those taking part in doctoral studies, those responsible for groups of school pupils and pre-school children, teachers and group leaders, the handicapped and those caring for them, retired people and other pensioners, those between the ages of 4 and 16 or over the age of 65, military personnel, people from 4 to 16 years of age, or those over 65 years of age, full regulations- check Visitor regulations.. Reduced-price tickets will be provided only upon prior presentation of a valid document entitling the purchaser to a price reduction. Admission is free to children up to the age of four.


4 The tunnel was dug, during World War II, 15 metres under the castle. Visitors have access to a 96-metre length of the tunnel, 1.5 metres wide and 2.5 metres in height, ending at an unfinished staircase. A supplementary ticket is required to visit the tunnel (a ticket for admission to the festival grounds, where the tunnel’s entrance is located, is also required). 
 

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