Podlaskie
Fuelled by Nature
Bug River Valley
Podlaskie

geographic centre of Europe

Located

in north-eastern Poland

On the borders

with Lithuania and Belarus

Capital city

Białystok

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Does Podlaskie equal Podlasie?
What does the multicultural character of Podlaskie mean today?
How come Poland's lowest temperatures are noted right here?
Read on to get a grasp of Podlaskie.
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Kupala Night / Photo by Paweł Tadejko

Understand Podlaskie

Nature is the key to Podlaskie. It is in perfect harmony with the region's culture as well as its architecture, both traditional and modern. Discover why Podlaskie is "Fuelled by Nature".
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Podlaskie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok / Photo by Michał Heller

Understand Podlaskie

Podlaskie is the most culturally diversified of all Polish regions. It has the largest Orthodox population in Poland, as well as Tatar, Belarusian, Lithuanian and Ukrainian minorities.
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Mosque in Kruszyniany / Photo by Agnieszka Sulik

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Podlaskie boasts the largest free-ranging population of European bisons in the world. The regional logo, which features a colourful bison, was designed by Prof. Leon Tarasewicz – a famous Polish painter, who was born near Białystok.
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European bison / Photo by Jan Walencik
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Podlaskie TOP 10

People and economy
Leon Tarasewicz

Prof. Leon Tarasewicz

One of Poland’s most significant contemporary artists. He lives in a small village of Waliły near Białystok, where he was born in 1957. In his works Tarasewicz constantly crosses the boundaries of the old and seemingly unsurprising art of painting. He created the logo of Podlaskie: a European bison woven with colours.

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Anna Sokólska

The best woman horseback archer in the world.  She was born and bred in Podlaskie. Friends sometimes call her “SatAnn”. Why? She likes snowboarding, bridge jumping and is a professional mounted archer. She has been winning international competitions for years, in a sport, in which women make only about 30% of all athletes.

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Sebastian Nietupski

Kotniz was established over 40 years ago by Zdzisław Nietupski, Sebastian’s father. It produces accessories for the yachting industry. Kotniz’s products can be found on boats sailing all over the world under the colours of virtually every state.

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Cezary Chwicewski, Jędrzej Dondziło

Creators of Up to Date Festival – one of the major electronic music festivals in Poland. Cezary is the Festival’s creative director, co-founder of the Pozdro Techno brand, “Personality of the Year 2017” Award in the Culture category. Jędrzej, aka DJ Dtekk, is the programme director and a one-man-institution in the Polish scene of electronic music.

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Aleksandra Krasnodębska-Gwardzik

For the last couple of years, under the brand name of SVOJE, Aleksandra has been crafting natural cosmetics based on local ingredients: soaps, peelings and oils. SVOJE is a family business. Aleksandra works hand in hand with her father Krzysztof and her husband Piotr.

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Zenon Martyniuk

The king of “disco polo” music genre and co-founder of the legendary “Akcent” band. His smash hit “Przez Twe oczy zielone” (“Because of Your Green Eyes”) is the second most popular Polish song on YouTube with over 100 million views. In 2018, Zenon Martyniuk received the Honorary Ambassador of Podlaskie Award.

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July in Podlaskie

Summer holidays in Podlaskie are marked by a multitude of music festivals of various genres, e.g. famous Suwałki Blues Festival, Basowiszcza – a rock festival in Gródek, Podlaskie Octave of Cultures – a folk festival which stages concerts in many towns across the region. Relax and follow the lazy current of Podlaskie rivers in a kayak or on a raft.

Taste Podlaskie

Podlaskie has for ages been a melting pot for many different nations and cultures. This unique mix is reflected in the cuisine of the region, which features a one-of-its-kind mosaic of flavours, aromas and sensations. Here are some of the typical dishes that you should try when in the region.

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