The Szczecin amphitheatre was selected as the best “Public Space” in Poland. Nominations to the Property Design Awards included investments completed in 2022. The rebuilt and modernised Summer Theatre is managed by the Szczecin Artistic Agency.
For the seventh time, the Property Design Awards competition honoured unique investments and the best commercial and public projects that were completed by the end of 2022. The Summer Theatre (in Polish: Teatr Letni) received the distinction thanks to the votes cast by Internet users and the competition jury composed of prominent architects, including Robert Konieczny, author of many great projects, including the Dialogue Centre Przełomy in Szczecin, which won the World Building of the Year 2016 title at the World Architecture Festival, Berlin 2016; Krzysztof Koszewski, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology; Ewa Kuryłowicz, General Designer and Deputy President of Kuryłowicz & Associates; Pete Kercher, Ambassador of Design for All Europe; and Oskar Zięta, artist and innovator, graduate of architecture at the Szczecin University of Technology.
Great success and strong competition
During the gala event of 4 Design Days 2023 in Katowice, the statuette was collected by Anna Lemańczyk, Director of the Szczecin Artistic Agency (SAA).
“This is Szczecin’s great success”, said the Director of SAA. “The Helena Majdaniec Summer theatre is one of the most beautiful open-air art facilities in Poland. The granting of the Property Design Awards 2023 confirms that the architecture and design of the amphitheatre are of the highest standard. I am all the more pleased and have great satisfaction that we can organise cultural events in a venue so beautifully designed and surrounded by magnificent nature”.
“We are pleased that the Helena Majdaniec Summer Theatre is appreciated not only by Szczecin residents but also by those specialising in architecture and design. This is a great honour for us, a great distinction, a motivation for further work, and also confirmation that what we do, we do well”.
The Helena Majdaniec Summer Theatre managed to win against strong competition, including the Ignacy Mine in Rybnik, the Market Square in Stary Fordon in Bydgoszcz, the Five Corners Square in Warsaw, and the new playground in the Royal Łazienki Park.
“We are happy to see yet another success of Szczecin’s investments, which also proves that Szczecin is a city that cares about the development of culture. The Helena Majdaniec Summer Theatre is an example of how important it is to combine aesthetics with functionality in public space”, said Piotr Krzystek, Mayor of Szczecin. “I would like to congratulate the Szczecin Artistic Agency on their successful participation in the competition and a great first season in the new Summer Theatre, and I kindly invite you all to attend the events scheduled for 2023”.
The Helena Majdaniec Summer Theatre
The Szczecin amphitheatre is one of the most beautiful open-air art facilities in Poland. Following its reconstruction, it has become one of the most modern theatres of this type in Europe, in terms of functionality, technology and acoustics. It also accommodates major artistic events in Szczecin in the summer season.
The decision to rebuild the decades-old facility was taken by the city authorities in 2015. The design for its modernisation was created by Flanagan Lawrence, a London-based architectural practice with substantial experience in numerous sectors, including the implementation of large-scale commercial projects, high-class residential buildings, cultural and educational facilities, as well as hotels, logistics and infrastructure projects.
The theatre is capable of accommodating up to 2700 guests under a fully covered auditorium. Last year, during the first artistic season of the Summer Theatre (from July to October), almost 1000 artists performed on stage, including Dawid Podsiadło, Ralph Kamiński, Monika Brodka, Daria Zawiałow, the Kult band, and Golec Orchestra, and their artistic qualities were admired by around 70 thousand people. Some events were held in rotation, and were not limited to the Summer Theatre area, such as the Szczecin Illuminations ‒ an event open to the public, which also included the area of the Kasprowicz Park.
We would like to remind you that the terrace of the Summer Theatre is open daily to residents and tourists, from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. In May, with the start of the artistic season, the Szczecin Artistic Agency is planning to launch tours of the facility.