Open’er Festival – Fashion Shows and Discos Held in Bunkers at Kosakowo Airport (Babie Doły Military Airport)…Insane Party!
Open’er is everything that you might not expect, and more!
Welcome to the Airport Party!
Every year a little over 50,000 people gather to share in great music, good vibes, and an incredible time all around. If you’re a fan of great music festivals, you need to experience Open’er at least once. This fest is held each year at a former military airport in Poland. Open’er generally brings in performers that are popular in the indie, alternative rock, EDM, reggae, and jam band genres.
The kind of musicians you’ll see at Open’er range across all different genres and popular styles. One of the most loved aspects of this festival is that the lineup is kept a close secret until just a few days before the actual festival! Take a look through past videos of the festival and former lineups to get an idea of who you may be seeing at Open’er this year.
Open’er began in 1997 as a camping music festival destined to bring its attendees together to create a kind of utopian community, just for the festival. Held at an abandoned Airport in Poland, this festival is certainly full of crazy places to explore. The partiers and artists take over the runways and bring the parties through the forests and landing strips around the location.
After almost two decades of the festival,Open’er is usually held towards the end of June for four – six days. One of the most interesting aspects about Open’er festival is the fact that it’s attendees are people that really want to be there. Tickets for Open’er can be bought either directly online or in person.
These attendees really have a hands-on experience at the festival and actually become a part of it. Check out the festival website for a chance to volunteer and work with the festival producers and performers.
Tickets and Pricing
Open’er festival is one of those festivals that tries their best to make the most of your ticket price. For the full four days, attendees pay a whopping $180 and if you are coming for just a day, tickets are $70 a person. Be sure to make the most of your stay and snag the four day passes. Maybe come and stay a week so you can see the most of Poland!
Workshops and Seminars
Open’er is very much a transformational experience as well as a music festival. The festivals most popular events include a majority of intellectual talks and seminars. Open’er features several informative workshops on healing practices and life changing techniques. You can spend these sessions learning from experts on everything from plants for medicinal uses, learning better meditative techniques, and many other things.
These talks also include artistic classes like offer songwriting for attendees as well as mentorships from some of your favorite musicians at Arise. If you are interested at all in getting better as a musician or just having a great time singing your heart out, be sure to stop by this tent for a great time.
Showcases and Performances
Visual artists are invited to show their paintings, do live art, and create giant installations that attendees can immerse themselves in. Many of the featured artists at Open’er’s showcase work that is meditative and invites viewers to pause and take a moment to self reflect.
One of the most transformative aspects of art is watching artists performing live painting. Watching a work of art come to life right in front of your eyes is inspiring and beautiful all at once.
Camping at Open’er
For all those that are camping at Open’er, take a look at a map of the camping grounds to figure out where you want to stay. Another really fun aspect of this festival is that campers are allowed to set up their tent anywhere on the festival grounds. This really allows visitors to create a space for themselves and settle into the community a lot better.
If you are going to camp at Open’er, try to get the best camping gear possible! Though your may focus may be on where to find the best artists, having quality equipment will make your experience that much better.
For those of you attending the festival that would like to make accommodations elsewhere, that is not a problem. Check out the local hotels and Air BnB offers that are close enough to the venue. Keep in mind if you are staying somewhere else you will most likely need to rent a car to shuttle back and forth each day.
Silent Discos and Yoga
While many other transformational festivals out there proudly offer yoga classes for attendees, the Open’er festival goes all out. With over 20 different yoga instructors from around the globe, this festival truly offers a well-rounded meditative experience for all festival goers. Arise hosts yoga classes during the entire weekend whether they be Rise and Shine morning yoga or night time meditative sessions.
The silent discos at Open’er offer you a chance to party with others in the avant-garde form of a silent dance party! With the assistance of headphones, party goers can be seen getting down in the dark in complete silence to those that are watching.
What to Wear to Open’er
When deciding what to pack for your Open’er attire remember two things: You will be there in August and you will be in the mountains. This means that your outfits for the day will be summery shirts, dresses and shorts while the nighttime will call for heavier pants, jackets, hats, and several layers.
While temperatures may very well fall to the negatives during the night, you’ll forget all about that by midday the next afternoon. Stay prepared by keeping some extra layers in your backpack so you can adjust whenever necessary.
What to Bring to Open’er
When in the audience for the weeklong fest that is Open’er, there are some specific things you should avoid doing and bringing. Bring a friendly open attitude as most of the attendees are incredibly warm and inviting. Follow all festival rules and do your best to make the festival grounds cleaner than you found them.
Consider taking ear plugs with you as all the shows at Open’er as the noise will start to wear on you from day to day. When you can, try to stand away from the speakers and bass so you minimize the intensity of the music. Be sure to take prescription medicine and vitamins to help keep you healthy, flags or totems in order to locate your friends in a crowd, and a camera or Go Pro to make sure you remember it all!
On the actual days of the Open’er, always take your driver’s license of a form of identification with you. Carry your ticket with you as well and keep in mind that there is no re-entry once you walk through the main gates. Make sure you’re dressed comfortably, because once you’re inside you will have a long day ahead!
Tips for Open’er
Fusion is an amazing week of dance parties, fun times with friends, and amazing adventures making new friends. Try to prepare as much as you can before you leave to go to the festival. Get very familiar with the surrounding areas to avoid getting lost. Prepare yourself for an almost all vegetarian diet, as most of the items served at Open’er are very healthy and plant base. Know the times of entrance so you don’t arrive too early or too late.
Remember to be as detailed as possible as you plan out your schedule. Though you probably won’t get to see every act that is on your MUST SEE list, it is a good idea to have a plan that you can follow throughout the event. If you find yourself at someone’s set that you didn’t plan to see, take a chance on a different artist! Stay for a bit and dance around. You may have just found yourself a new favorite song.
Staying Healthy and Safe at Open’er
Week long music festivals are notorious for leaving attendees dehydrated, intoxicated, and sometimes in the hospital. There are key tips to follow for a safe Open’er experience, though most of it involves common sense.
Firstly, make specific steps to stay hydrated throughout the day. Bring a reusable water bottle with you to fill up at the water stations that are set up throughout the area. Try your best to avoid drinking alcohol in the day as it is incredibly dehydrating when combined with exposure to the sun.
When it comes to roaming around the festival grounds, always take an Open’er festival buddy with you! The buddy system always works for every festival, even one like this.
So whether you have been to Poland before or you’re just visiting for Open’er, make sure you find yourself there this summer for one of the most interesting festivals of your life!
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