The Bydgoskie Przedmieście Festival
is an informal event initiated by the inhabitants themselves. It is held once a year, in May. The idea of this Festival is based on discovering and celebrating a unique atmosphere of Bydgoskie Przedmieście – the district of Toruń – full of sentimental charm, beautiful trees and exceptional people. The Festival focuses on small events that take place in the same time in backyards, park alleys and the recesses of the district. All activities aim at encouraging neighbours to get to know one another, and other inhabitants of Toruń – to take a closer look at architectural details of the district and discover its recreational values.
This is an action organised by Joanna Górska and Rafał Góralski as part of the Bydgoskie Przedmieście Festival in 2014. The artists prepared a poster with a text: “ONE word” and invited the inhabitants of Bydgoskie Przedmieście and the guests to think about the value of words they say every day. The artists asked the participants a question: “If you could say just one word, it would be …?” It turned out that the choice of this one word was quite difficult. There appeared such words as: hello, I am, joy. However, the most frequently used word was LOVE. It seems it is one of the most important words for the participants of our action.
Bydgoskie/Heavenly Przedmieście – A new picture of the District
As part of the Bydgoskie Przedmieście Festival in 2013, the artists from the Rusz Gallery decided to invite the inhabitants to create and co-create a new, more positive picture of the district. The way we perceive our area directly reflects whether we are satisfied with it, whether we consider it a good place to live in and whether we want to act for it. The artists suggested the inhabitants that they look at their place of residence as HEAVENLY Przedmieście. Owing to the fact that the artists visited the entire Bydgoskie Przedmieście, many people were able to take part in the action.
The reading room of the Rusz Gallery: “Give Yourself More Freedom”
The reading room of the Rusz Gallery was organised as part of the Bydgoskie Przedmieście Festival in 2012. The reading room was opened at the intersection of Mickiewicza and Klonowicza streets at 12.00 sharp. Colourful deck chairs with a text: “Give Yourself More Freedom” encouraged people to rest for a while. The inhabitants of Bydgoskie Przedmieście were intrigued by a non-standard reading room. They stopped to talk to the artists, lie and read. It turns out they really enjoyed this moment of freedom they gave themselves.