The winner in the “best promotion of cultural events” category and the winner of the title of best film in the “promotion of cultural events” category of 11th FilmAT Festival 2016, the best cultural event of summer 2015 in “Brief for Poland” competition, winner of the Certificate and the Internet Users’ Certifitate in the Polish Tourism Organisation competition for the best tourist product of Poland in 2014
The organisers of Bella Skyway Festival are the City of Toruń and Toruń Cultural Agency. The nominal sponsor of the event is TZMO SA and Bella brand. The main partner of the festival is Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship.
The cultural landscape of Toruń has been enriched by another European-scale event — Bella Skyway Festival. A festival that is fresh, unique and reality-changing. A festival that breathes new life into the gothic town walls of Toruń.
The Festival has been organised in Toruń since 2009 and its beginnings are connected with the fact that the town tried to become a European Capital of Culture 2016. The programme of this event is based on three pillars:
Science and art combined with a strong social dimension are the aspects that have always intermingled and complemented one another in Toruń. They make the town so special. So does Bella Skyway Festival.
All entities move and nothing remains still
The aliveness of a city depends on the bond between its water and its flow of dreams
Bella Skyway is a rare breed of Light Festival, a celebration of both the particular cityscape of Toruń and the urban communication of scientific ideas. In its ninth edition, Bella Skyway turns to Water through the lens of Light to celebrate locality, its landscapes and a region but also a playful spirit of curiosity, change and movement.
This year, we have imagined different ways for Light to enter into an aesthetic dialogue with Water. Light, arguably the source of All Life – on the most fundamental level through photosynthesis, but also in religious myth is perceived by us Humans essentially in relation with material surfaces it touches – the lights we see in the landscape or in artworks are the result of the play between colours and shadows. Water is not only the very humus of Life, the origin of our species, but a fundamental element in our Being. And in this sense, Bella Skyway ‘17 – where Water becomes Light and Light becomes Water – echoes ecosophical principles concerning the very way we should use and experience water in our everyday. In this context, the river Wisla is not only an extraordinary urban asset in the landscape, but a truly wise witness to the development of our awareness.
We expect the programme to present innovative Water & Light situations, reminding us of key scientific ideas. We also expect the programme to evoke the many ways we relate to water, be it in the perspective of the Past or of the Future. We want Contemporary artists to feel inspired to share their boldest visions and experimentations with the visitors.
In the near future, all the secrets of waters might not be unravelled. But dreams, fuelled by the visions of art, will continue to make us enter into a challenging dialogue with the Cosmos. So, let Light inspire us to enjoy a great ride of fluidity and fun! Everything will flow.