Autumnal colours in Cieszyn and a zero waste exhibition
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Last weekend, I had a chance to visit Cieszyn. It is a town I have known since I was a child and I love going back there whenever I can. This time, apart from visiting my aunt, I had another reason for making this trip. My goal was to see a zero waste exhibition organized by the The Castle Cieszyn Design Centre (Zamek Cieszyn). The exhibition’s title is “Public space design. Do we have a problem?” and its motto is a thought expressed in 2014 by Janez Potočnik (a former European Commissioner for the Environment): “There is no such thing as waste – there are only resources. Today’s use is tomorrow’s resource”. Reflecting this idea, the exposition presents photos, videos and written description of many different kinds of initiatives and inventions created to limit waste and productively use what we now consider as rubbish. Visiting the exposition, you become familiar with innovative solutions implemented both in Poland and abroad, actions driven by local communities as well as advanced technological and scientific projects, run by universities or private companies. Although generally, based on scientific reports, our impact on the planet makes the future look rather gloomy, I left the expo with a broad smile on my face, full of admiration for human ingenuity.
The exhibition takes up a very small amount of space – a single room only. In spite of this, the organizers managed to present such a huge number of fascinating ideas, that I literally couldn’t stop watching. When preparing this post, I had a serious problem deciding which of them I should describe. It’s impossible to present them all! Finally, after long and thoughtful consideration, I have picked a few of the most interesting projects that I would like to show you. Below you can see some photo coverage from the exhibition – and not only.
If you would like to find out about more ideas and you are not staying too far from Cieszyn, I recommend you visit this unique exhibition. Unfortunately, the show will be held only until October 22 – though maybe you will still have a chance to visit within the remaining few days. If not, Cieszyn on its own is also definitely worth visiting.
The magical Cieszyn
Despite its small size, this picturesque town located on Olza river (its right-bank side belongs to the Czech Republic) boasts a vibrant cultural life with a wide variety of events, concerts, festivals, conferences, exhibitions and theatre plays. You can drop in one of many charming cafés and restaurants; drink a pint of beer from the Castle Brewery (Browar Zamkowy) and have a long stroll while admiring the panorama and the hills of the nearby Beskid on the horizon, as well as enjoying the cosy and chill vibe of the Old Town. This is a place where time slows down, encouraging the visitors to a lazy contemplation of the things around. It might be because of the closeness to nature and the relaxed way of being of our neighbours from across the Southern boarder.
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