The Flame of Peace is one of the symbols of the European Games, referring to the Olympic Flame and the Torch Relay that precedes each Games. It will be lit on June 21 at the Henryk Reyman Stadium in Krakow, officially opening the III European Games. Before that happens, it will appear at meetings taking place across Poland, from Kolobrzeg to Zakopane, integrating local communities and promoting the idea of core Olympic values, all in the spirit of this year’s Games’ slogan, “We are unity.”
In April 2023, the Flame of Peace was ceremonially handed over to the President of Poland and Polish athletes in Rome, where the European Olympic Committees is headquartered. The Flame was then transported to Warsaw, and from there it went to Krakow.
Now it will be presented to almost all of Poland. The Flame of Peace Journey is a series of events that remind people of the upcoming largest multi-sports event in Europe. From the second half of May to June 21, the Flame will be lit at sports and cultural venues, while also promoting the European Games disciplines (such as canoeing, BMX Freestyle, 3×3 basketball, modern pentathlon, among others). The Flame of Peace will involve the residents of the host cities, and the events will be attended by representatives of sports, culture, politics, people with disabilities, and fans.
From seaside towns, to the capital, to the greatest attractions of the Tatra Mountains and the most important centres of the European Games, the route of the Flame of Peace Journey will cover more than a dozen towns and cities in Poland, and the important points on its journey will be unique places in Malopolska, with great historical, cultural and tourist significance.
This coming weekend, Flame will come to Warsaw. On Saturday, May 27, the Kepa Potocka Park will host the 2023 Olympic Picnic – a unique annual event co-organized by the Polish Olympic Committee, with the participation of outstanding athletes and Olympic medalists. The PKOl, together with the Polish Sports Associations, will prepare more than 50 sports zones, with more than 100 competitions and various attractions. In addition, a new Olympic discipline, breaking – which is also in the programme of the III European Games – will be presented. In addition to the Flame of Peace, the EG2023 zone will also feature games for children, rubber ball competitions, a photo booth, a quiz with prizes and event’s mascots – Salamander Sandra and Dragon Krakusek.
A detailed schedule of all upcoming events at the Flame of Peace Journey can be found here.