Due to the current circumstances the meetings at Świdnicka 8b may not continue as usual. With the help of PIK Wrocław the cultural initiatives that have thus far been held at Barbara, meaning: “Shuffle”, “City Academy”, “Kitchen for dummies”, and “City Gardener Academy” have moved online. Meanwhile the workshops: “Cardboard and Paper” and “Let's embroider!” will be back in Barbara in September, though the groups will be smaller. During the autumn semester the “Wrocław Cinematograph” meetings will be back as specially recorded interviews (premiere episodes are available online).
Barbara in the past
The precursor of today's Barbara was a fast food joint operating from 1962 until the end of the '90s. Being situated in the prime location of the Świdnicka Passage for decades it became a cult spot, while also bearing witness to the city's key historical events. For example in the '70s it became the refugee for first Wrocław hippies. A decade later it became the starting point for most anti-communist demonstrations, including the Orange Alternative happenings (commemorated with a sculpture of Papa Dwarf by Olaf Brzeski located near the venue's entrance). The renovations of the venue, which is the future showpiece of the European Capital of Culture, following the designs of Major Architekci architect studio not only did not erase, but rather helped bring out the proud heritage of this place. The reconstruction was inspired by the plans of modernist architects from over 50 years ago. As part of the renovation efforts for example the sliding window designed by Jerzy Tarnawski, as well as columns decorated with a characteristic black and white mosaic were reconstructed. As a result the modern interior, now furnished with the works of contemporary Polish designers, still feels likes Barbara of the olden days, where you would go on a date and order the Sultan cream.
Being the combination of a cultural space, a café and information centre, Barbara is the ideal spot for a meeting at the very heart of the city. The venue holds cyclical artistic activities, such as workshops, meetings, and discussions with experts and artists. The bistro is managed by the staff of Wrocław artisanal coffee roaster – Etno Cafe. The menu, apart from coffee brewed in dozens of ways, offers delicious breakfasts, lunches, and desserts prepared by local confectioners. An information centre and a ticket office are located right next to the café. While being temporarily closed they still provide their services. If you're looking for information about Wrocław cultural events, feel free to call (71 712 75 75) or send an e-mail to (firstname.lastname@example.org). Barbara also has a reading room with various magazines and books published by cultural institutions from around the country.