Poland’s Instytut Festival promoters compile their Warsaw city guide

Instytut Poland is fast approaching this weekend at the historic and atmospheric old fortress near Warsaw from June 22nd to 24th will be the likes of Nina Kraviz, Marcel Dettmann, Dax J, Randomer, Perc, Siga, Chris Liebing, Speedy J, Kobosil and many more. Instytut have been throwing Poland’s most famous and authentic raves for decades now. This festival uses all their know how to make for an essential event that takes place across three stages: Rave, Underground and Main, and offers world class DJs and live acts from around the world. The location is Garnizon Modlin, the longest building in Europe and the second largest in the world with three rivers surrounding it, picturesque sandy beaches hidden among forests nearby and over 200 years of turbulent history contained within its walls.

Playing on the Main Stage on the first day will be Nina Kraviz, Manoid, Marcel Dettmann, Orphx live, Oscar Mulero, Sigha and These Hidden Hands live, while the Rave Stage sees Dax J, a love show form Headless Horseman, sets from Melania, Randomer, Kobosil and T A K A live, plus Capo, Concept of Thrill, Hedrome, Lawrence Kurt and more on the Underground Stage. Saturday on the Main Stage is Chris Liebing, Dasha Rush, Function, New Romare, Oake, Speed J and Telefon Tel Aviv live, the Rave Stage will be home to Abstract Division, Cleric, Nath, Perc live, Radial, Sept and VTSS live and the Underground Stage welcomes Anja Kraft, Blazej Malinowski live, Frank Heise, His Dirty Secrets, Peter Van Hoesen, Polar Inertia live and Volte-Face.

Ahead of Instytut this weekend the festival organisers and promoters share ten of their personal favourite hot spots in this Warsaw city guide exclusively for Decoded Magazine. The scene is now all set for the most exiting new techno festival in Europe.


Every weekend, we fill up empty green areas in Warsaw, and together with the family, friends, known and unknown neighbours, we celebrate eating breakfast together in a picnic atmosphere. Every weekend, you can try many regional specialities from different parts of Poland, various types of exotic food, or choose something else from a wide variety of original recipes prepared by true enthusiasts.

All we do is relax after a busy week in a casual and friendly atmosphere. We gorge ourselves on our favourite food, take part in numerous workshops, play with children on the playground, or just lay on the grass, chasing after rainbows. We spend time together, the air is full of cheerful voices. It’s nice, just as it should be. So drop by to meet friends and people who leave nearby; introduce yourself to the neighbours and start the day with the locals.


In 2012 the building of Hala situated on more than a hectare plot was bought by Griffin Real Estate who restored Koszyki its’ previous glory. In autumn 2016 Hala came back to life as Warsaw’s social and culinary centre, where you can choose to eat a fantastic meal in one of numerous restaurants and pubs or buy fresh products to prepare a delicious meal at home. Thanks to Hala Koszyki Warsaw joined the world’s metropolis like New York, London, Oslo, Rotterdam or Florence where such places teem with life around tables laden with all cuisines of the world.

CENTRUM NAUKI KOPERNIK / Copernicus Science Centre

A great place for people in every age, who want to experience science in a very special way. You can visit here exhibitions, planetarium and do the workshops.


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Vistulan Boulevards are located on the western side of the River Vistula. The place is full of cafes, bars, places to do some sports. You can have fun day at night. And you can dance in the summertime in summer clubs like BarKa or Miami Wars where house, techno or Nu-disco is being played by local and foreign DJ’s.


Yes, Polish people drink pretty much of vodka, but Russians even more! But there is only one Vodka-Museum in the world. The Polish Vodka Museum is located at 1 Konesera Square in a 19th century historic rectification plant within the premises of the former Warsaw Vodka Factory “Koneser”. No other location would fit the purpose better, because this is where one of the most famous vodka factories in Poland was built at the end of the 19th century to develop its own recipes of Polish Vodkas. The Museum has five thematic exhibitions and a screening room. A tour of the Museum and several centuries of the history of the Polish drink will begin with a screening and take about an hour to complete. A modern multimedia installations seamlessly merged with the historic interiors.


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Soho Factory is situated on Warsaw Kamionek which is one of the oldest parts of right-bank Warsaw. The whole area is outlined from the west (railway bridge) and north by the railway tracks (the border of South Praga district), from the east by Podskarbińska and Międzyborska street, from the south with George Washington Avenue, Prince Józef Poniatowski Avenue, and Poniatowski Bridge up to the Vistula river, and finally following the Vistula up to the railway bridge. Kamionek is the homeland of such landmarks as Wedel factory, Skaryszewski Park, Warsaw Wschodnia and Warsaw Stadion railway stations, Powszechny Theatre, The Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, the seat of the Orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia.

After the success of Praga neighbours – Koneser Factory (polish name: Fabryka Koneser), Trzciny Factory ( Fabryka Trzciny) as well as the one operating the longest and unquestionably the most reputed Koronki Factory situated on the border of the city centre and the district of Żoliborz, on the street Burakowska – now has the time come for a completely new urban space! Soho Factory on Warsaw Kamionek is rather a unique place in comparison with the places mentioned before since it expands over 8 ha of beautiful, green land with many postindustrial buildings that provide a great opportunity for adapting and developing. All of this is only 4 km distant “in straight line” from PKiN! Soho Factory is setting its goal which is the development on a postindustrial tissue of the former shop floor new artistic and architectural quality. It creates exceptional working conditions which already have been used by numerous companies among others the editorial office of MaleMan as well as architectural firm WWAA ( the parents of Polish Pavilion Expo 2010 in Shanghai). They hold offices in original, revitalized industrial buildings adapted especially for their working needs and requirements.

Soho is also extremely active in the field of culture. It willingly loans its spaces to interesting and attractive cultural initiatives as well as fashion and lifestyle ones. Since its kick-off there has passed only few months, yet so much has happened here that it is hard to recall… Worth mentioning is the concert of Warsaw Autumn, vernissage of well-known artists, festival of dance or campaigns of young designers. The artistic neighbourhood is gaining spirit while the calendar of the future initiatives fills these recently dead walls with human elements and energy. Every particular initiative adapts another revitalised real estate.


The Night Market is another great place for foodies and music lovers. You can visit the market and enjoy many different cuisines, listen to the music and chat with friends.

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