The National Gallery of Art is a local cultural institution. During the year the gallery organises over 20 exhibitions and other activities (The National Art Gallery is co-organizer of the ARTLOOP festival, OSA, and is the organiser of the International Bipolar Performers Meeting in Sopot and a series of meetings with intellectuals and people from the art world entitled ‘Porozmawiajmy’ (Let’s talk).The most important projects realized so far include, among others Jacek Malczewski and the exhibition ‘Masterpieces of Polish Painting’ from the collection of the Lviv National Art Gallery; the work of Ivan Trush, ‘Metamorphoses’ by Georges Braque, the ‘Russian Avant-Garde’, international photograph exhibitions. The National Art Gallery also places great emphasis on showing the most important phenomena in contemporary art, so it has also been possible to see the work of Robert Kuśmirowski, Nicolas Grospierre, Janek Simon, Oskar Dawicki, Agatha Bogacka, Zbigniew Libera and Wojciech Bąkowski .The National Art Gallery also focuses on educational activities and publishing.The National Art Gallery cooperates with other educational exhibitions from Poland and abroad and its work has been recognised by local and international media. The National Gallery of Art in Sopot was ranked in the top 10 best exhibition institutions in Poland in 2013.
The Forest Opera is an unique amphitheatre built originally in 1909. Experts consider it offers some of the finest acoustics in Europe. Every year stars of classical and popular music, give joy to thousands of music lovers in the Forest Opera and previous years have seen James Brown, Charles Aznavour, Whitney Houston, Annie Lennox, Sir Elton John, Lionel Richie, Bryan Adams and Simply Red all perform here. The Forest Opera stage has, for over 40 years, been the home of the Sopot International Song Festival.
In 2009 the Opera was the focus of a major refurbishment resulting in a wonderful modern venue capable of accommodating an audience of over 5,000 people and offering comfortable facilities for performers as well as conference and training rooms.
The Sopot Museum is housed in the historic Villa Claaszen which dates from 1904 and is located close to the seafront promenade. The prestigious rooms on the ground floor, along with the former facilities were reconstructed using archival photographs from the early twentieth century. It is currently available to view as a permanent exhibition of historical interior decor. On the first floor of the villa temporary exhibitions are held. Each year the museum presents temporary exhibitions on various aspects of Sopot’s history, culture, fashion, art and the architecture of Baltic bathing resorts. In the garden surrounding the historic villa concerts, meetings with artists and art and historical workshops for children, young people and adults are organised during the summer.
The Theatre on the Beach is a theatre with no permanent company of its own but which hosts other performers. Commonly referred to as the ‘Atelier Theatre’ which is taken from the name of one the resident theatres, its new profile sees it not only put on theatre performances but also host cinema, music and meetings and discussions about culture. In its repertoire are also festivals (including the Two Theatres festival, the Between festival and the Artloop festival) and other special events.
The theatre is located in the North Park, at Al. Mamuszki 2 and currently thee theatres reside at the Theatre on the Beach - the Sopot Dance Theatre, BoTo Theatre and the Agnieszka Osiecka Atelier Theatre whose performances can be seen during the holiday season. Throughout the whole year in the Atelier Club (Klub Atelier) operates from the foyer of the theatre.
The Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot was established in February 1982, this 17-piece string orchestra is regularly invited to prestigious festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Prague Spring and La Chaise - Dieu. The Polish Chamber Philharmonic has performed in the major concert halls of Europe including Munich, Leipzig, Paris, Vienna and Amsterdam and its outstanding soloists have been honoured, among them Mstislav Rostropovich, Natalia Gutman, Sabine and Wolfgang Meyer, Misha Maisky, Raphael Oleg, Gil Shaham and Gary Karr.
The orchestra has recorded more than 60 CDs for a number of renowned record companies, including EMI, Thorofon, Sonomaster, Opus, and DUX. The director remains the founder of the orchestra, Wojciech Rajski.
One of the oldest buildings in Sopot, the historic Sierakowskich Manor, is the home of the Society of Friends of Sopot, which organises cultural, educational and artistic activities for residents and the large number of visitors to Sopot.
A year-round gallery exhibition is held in the manor as well as meetings organised with global drama named ‘Theatre at the table’. The manor also hosts ‘Thursday Musical Evenings’ which are chamber music recitals which have been held continuously since 1974. Among the other cyclical events that the manor has hosted over many years are the ‘Resort’ Film Discussion Club; the Sopot Poetry Festival, Sopot Art Street as well as a much newer event which has already made a home for itself among in the society’s calendar called ‘Poems on the First Floor’.
The Agnieszka Osiecka Atelier Theatre in Sopot was founded in 1989. The creator of the artistic vision of the theatre is the singer, actor, designer and director of the Atelier Theatre, André Hübner-Ochodlo. Along with George Satanowski, master of the song theatre and co-founder of the Sopot Summer Theatre, it is the organiser of two important festivals – the International Meeting with Jewish Culture and the Interpretation of the Songs of Agnieszka Osiecka competition. For over twenty seasons in the summer these directors have created an excellent repertoire, contributing to the atmosphere of this magical place with performances which have enjoyed acclaim from both critics and audiences and provided some unforgettable experience for those who have seen them.
The new headquarters of the Scena Kameralna Teatr Wybrzeze (the Chamber Stage of the Wybrzeze Theatre) is one of the most modern theatres in the country filling 1,000 cubic meters, with a 250m2 movable. Equipped with air conditioning and a new stage, the theatre can hold an audience of 250 people. The building has access for the disabled and has modern facilities.
The Zatoka Sztuki Centre for Art & Business is situated in a beautiful location, on the edge of the beautiful beach in Sopot bordering the North Park on the site of the former Northern Baths. It is close to the heart of Sopot and the famous Monte Cassino street and pier are nearby.
Zatoka Sztuki is unique, housing over three floors performance and conference rooms, sound systems, a theatre and concert hall and a concept-store with the best Polish design. There’s also a restaurant with an exclusive beach, where during the summer season a beach club is open offering 250 beds beach and VIP area to guarantee privacy.