Warsaw’s range of entertainment options is the best in the country. The city is home to many classical music, opera and theatre venues, and the list of clubs grows longer every year. Film is also well represented at both mainstream and art-house cinemas.
Websites with useful English-language listings include Warsaw Insider (www.warsawinsider.pl) and Warsaw In Your Pocket (www.inyourpocket.com/warsaw).
Classical Music & Opera
Warsaw is a great music city, with regular offerings from the symphony orchestras supplemented by lively music fests and church concerts. Buy tickets, which run anywhere from 20zł to 130zł, at venue box offices. Note that many venues take a summer break in July and August.
The Chopin Society brings in pianists from around the world for its free Chopin recitals in Łazienki Park from mid-May until the end of September at noon and 4pm.
Most films (except for children’s films, which are dubbed into Polish) are screened in their original language with Polish subtitles. Admission prices range from 15zł to 35zł.
Polish theatre has long had a high profile in the capital, and continues to do so. Warsaw's theatres include some of the best in the country. Note that most close in July and August for their annual holidays.
Detailed listings of museums, art galleries, cinemas, theatres, musical events and festivals (in Polish only) can be found in the Friday edition of Gazeta Wyborcza. A free what’s-on monthly, Aktivist (www.aktivist.pl), is distributed through restaurants, bars and clubs, though the listings are only in Polish. Another useful source of listings in Polish (but it can be deciphered with some effort) is the website www.kulturalnie.waw.pl.
As for useful English-language listings, the monthly Warsaw Insider (www.warsawinsider.pl) and the entertainment columns of the weekly Warsaw Voice (www.warsawvoice.pl) provide some information on cultural events, as well as on bars, pubs and other nightspots.
Tickets for theatre, opera, musical events and visiting shows can be bought from Eventim, and from some Empik shops (www.empik.com).