Get ready for the highly anticipated Carnaval Sztukmistrzów, a celebration of new circus and ludic culture! From July 27th to 30th, 2023, Lublin will be buzzing with street performers and circus artists, ready to showcase breathtaking spectacles and shows that will leave you feeling thrilled and laughing uncontrollably. While most events are free, the organisers have a few special highlights that require tickets, and their sale has just begun. You can purchase tickets for the stage performances at this year’s Carnaval Sztukmistrzów through Going or at Empik stores.


This year marks the 14th edition of the festival, where circus artists take over the streets and squares of Lublin. The audience will be treated to performances in the circus tent, as well as daredevils walking above their heads  on lines stretched between the rooftops of buildings in the Old Town. During the last weekend of July, Lublin will offer unforgettable circus experiences and a lively Carnaval atmosphere. As usual, Carnaval includes stage performances held in the Big Top and in theatre.

 Today marks the start of ticket sales for closed performances at  Carnaval Sztukmistrzów. The majority of festival events is free and open to the public, but we always strive to include shows that are presented in theatre or under the Big Top.. This year, the closed performances will take place in two locations – in Błonia near the Lublin Castle and in the Old Theatre. In the tent, we will enjoy artists from Belgium – Marina Cherry and Be Flat group, while the Old Theatre will offer the opportunity to admire two Polish illusionists – Wojciech Rotowski and Roman Słomka,” says Iwona Kornet, Carnaval’s director.

Paid performances are just a part of this year’s festival offering. The programme also includes street performances, buskers’ shows, workshops, and numerous attractions for audiences of all ages. The full festival programme will be soon available on


Marina Cherry | Only Bones v1.6

Lanky loidlings.
Squishy Schloompings.
Spiky Spa-doo-dlings.

Marina Cherry squeaks and darts like possessed or tiptoes in her peculiar microcosm. In the midst of this wild chase, she exudes elemental energy and inundates astonished viewers with her extraordinary ingenuity.

An exceptional contortionist, teetering on the edge of theatricality and physicality, she showcases her superpower – an unparalleled creativity in conquering the apparent limits of the body. This intriguing, at times unsettling, and peculiar concoction of artistic feats is a veritable explosive blend of physical and mental manipulations. Marina Cherry sweeps us into the whirlwind of a madcap play, seeking new crazy ideas and uncovering entangled paths of artistic mastery. With her mastery of the art of maximising minimalism, she beckons us to transcend the boundaries of what exists.

27.07 2023, 20.00 BUY A TICKET
28.07 2023, 19.00 BUY A TICKET

Where: Błonia near the Castle – Big Top
Ticket: 40 pln

Country: Sweden / Belgium
Duration: 50 min
Age: 10+

Language: English – only a few words
Techniques: contortions, acrodance, physical theatre

Rotowski&Słomka | The Trick

“The Trick” is a unique theatre show in which two artists show how illusionists have used illusions for centuries. However, the principles of illusion extend beyond magic and are also used in the manipulative techniques employed by politicians, media, and religious leaders. While the artists disclose many secrets, they still aim to surprise the audience, leaving some puzzles unsolved and questions unanswered. The performance takes us behind the scenes of a magic show and explores the mechanisms behind major social manipulations. is it easier to deceive the eye or the brain? How can attention be controlled and vigilance lulled?  Exposing tricks can be useful in many different situations, not just when you are watching an illusionist’s show. . By understanding how they work, we may be able to protect ourselves from the manipulative traps that await us every day. How can we avoid falling into these traps? Watch “The Trick” to find the answer.

28.07 2023,  17.00 BUY A TICKET
28.07 2023, 20.00 BUY A TICKET
29.07.2023, 17.00 BUY A TICKET
Where: The Old Theatre, Jezuicka 18
Ticket: 40 pln
Ages: 7+

Language: Polish

Techniques: theatre, dance, stand-up, illusion

Be Flat | Double You

“Double You” is an intriguing circus show with a social focus and delves into the themes of identity and boundaries.  The performance features five multi-talented artists who perform on a stage divided by a curtain, creating two different shows that complement each other to convey a universal message. This unique concept offers each viewer a distinct and one-of-a-kind experience, showcasing the artists’ acrobatic skills of the highest caliber that deliver maximum emotions, ignite the imagination, and inspire reflection.

Be Flat, the group behind “Double You,” is a versatile circus troupe that adapts their performances to the environment and infiltrates public spaces to raise questions about how we utilise and function in shared spaces. They bring together diverse audiences, encouraging contact and interaction during and after their interventions. Be Flat believes in equality and actively promotes these values, as demonstrated in their show “Double You”.


29.07 2023,  18.00 BUY A TICKET
30.09 2023, 18.00  BUY A TICKET

Where: Błonia near the Castle – Circus Tent
Ticket: 40 pln
Country: Belgium
Duration: 60 min
Ages: 6+
Language: non-verbal
Techniques: tightrope walking, acrobatics, breakdance

 Carnaval Sztukmistrzów
27–30.07 2023
Old Town, Błonia near the Lublin Castle
Admission free, selected shows require purchasing tickets


workshops of Culture in Lublin, Lublin – the City of Inspiration, The Cultural institution of the city of Lublin

 Media patronage:  TVP 2, TVP Kultura, Radio Lublin, Radio Eska, Gazeta Wyborcza Lublin, Presto,,, Onet

Sponsors: Ball Packaging Europe Lublin Sp. z o.o., PGE Obrót S.A., Tavex Sp. z o.o.

The event is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Krzysztof Żuk, the Mayor of Lublin has assumed Honorary Patronage. This year’s edition of Carnaval Sztukmistrzów is part of the programme of the European Youth Capital Lublin 2023.