A moving event at the beginning of the conference

A talented boy, whose parents have been struggling to support him, find the joy of
fulfilment. A perfect recipe for both an award-wining movie and for a moving evening
screening to start our conference. If you plan to attend the conference but are still
considering if you should be there on September 11, please feel invited to both the
screening and the meeting with the filmmakers

The main protagonist of the movie Sonata is Grzegorz Płonka. At the age of 14, he
was diagnosed with hearing impairment. Previously, it was assumed that the boy had
autism, but the breakthrough diagnosis changed his life. It gave him new dreams and their
fulfilment in playing the piano. Come and discover the story about the daily struggle of the
protagonist and his family, as they discover the truth and develop his talent.
The film has won many awards - including the Audience Award and Special Award at
the OFF Camera Festival, Złote Lwy (Golden Lions Award), and Orły (the Eagles Award).
The screening of Sonata will open this year's ISBA Conference. I will be held on
September 11 at the Lower Silesian Film Centre (DCF), which is a Conference Partner.

Join us at the meeting with authors of the book "People Who Care"

Please join us at the meeting with the authors of the book People Who Care (Personas que cuidan), published by the Chilean Foundation for Disability in 2022. The team – Matias Poblete Sandoval, Catalina González Maldonado and María José Salazar Soto  – will share their experience. The meeting will be led by Aleksandra Matyja and will focus on creating specific type of services and on the situation of people with disabilities and their families in Chile. 

The event is part of the Polish Network of Respite Tourism networking activities and will accompany this year’s International Short Break Association (ISBA) conference, held between September 11 – 14 in Wrocław, the capital of the Lower Silesia in Poland. 

The meeting with representatives of the Chilean Foundation for Disability is addressed to all people active in the area of respite services – both within official institutions and NGOs. During the meeting, we will discuss good practices related to establishment of this type of services, as well as good practices and solutions that are effective in the daily work within the respite services sector.  

lmportant information:

The meeting will be held on the 11th of September at 2 p.m – 3.30 p.m in Dolnośląskie Centrum Filmowe (Lower Silesian Film Center, address: Wrocław, Piłsudskiego 64A). The meeting is open to all public and no registration is required. The meeting will be held in Spanish, with consecutive interpretation into Polish provided. The meeting will also be interpreted into Polish Sign Language.

Participation in the event is deemed to signify acceptance of the Terms and Conditions available both at the venue and online by clicking this link: [LINK].

The meeting is held within the framework of the task "Polish Network of Respite Tourism - networking meeting". The task is financed from the funds of the Marshal's Office of the Lower Silesia Region.

The event will be hosted by the institutional partner, the Lower Silesian Film Center - one of the cultural institutions of the Local Government of the Lower Silesia Region.


Although the nearby open-air bathing sites close in September, the beach bars along the Oder embankment are still open. There, you can enjoy refreshing drinks, chill-out with music, see live performances, and benefit from workshops and other attractions prepared by the bar staff. 

Or would you prefer to swim or relax in an open-air jacuzzi? Or perhaps you wish to take part in a sauna ceremony? If so, visit the Aquapark in Wrocław (www.aquapark.wroc.pl). It is one of the largest swimming pool complexes in Europe and is famous for its tropical ambience and a plethora of attractions.

There are slides for adults and children, rafting slides, a river, waves and a pirate ship. You can also enjoy sauna sessions, relax in the salt water and bubble bath, use the sports pool and have lunch. The pools and saunas are located both inside and in open air. Aquapark also offers special events or fitness classes.

If you accidentally forget your swimming gear or just do not feel like swimming, we encourage you to take a dip in nature (www.zoo.wroclaw.pl). Our Wrocław Zoological Garden is one of the largest in Europe and a home to a great number of animal species. Some of them are quite unique. A stroll on the ZOO grounds can take many hours. Its winding alleys will lead you to many surprising discoveries: there are special shows, camel rides, animal feeding sessions, special pavilions dedicated to nocturnal animals, deep-sea animals, butterflies, great reptiles and more....

You can also stop for lunch or a snack, there is a playground and a space where you can pet farm animals and relax surrounded by nature. The ZOO's biggest attraction is the "Afrykarium", a complex including pools and aquariums inhabited by African and tropical zone animals and an underwater tunnel which allows visitors to come eye to eye with marine predators.

Before you book your accommodation for the ISBA conference, please consider if you can extend your stay in Wrocław to explore the local attractions and our city.

Registration for conference - lates news!

We would like to inform you that due to the great interest, the organizing committee of the International Short Break Association ISBA 2023 conference has decided to put the registration on hold due to limited conference space.

We are happy to announce that we have received applications from almost 250 people from all over the world! Therefore, we are temporarily suspending registration. Thank you for joining the next ISBA 2023 conference - together we will Build Better Breaks!

The registration is still available for workshop presenters, speakers and panellists.
Registration form for Speakers/Panellists and Workshop Presenters

Are you interested in participating in the event, but you did’t manage to register? Follow our news on social media! After verification of applications in mid-June, we will you inform about the reopening of the registration.
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Developing your network – how to create nice stories together

This conference will be something special, and not only due to the speakers and workshop facilitators, who will be sharing their unique expertise - it will also be the time to meet and talk. How will be break the ice? We invite you to a read conversation with Maria Zięba and Krzysztof Bielaszka, who run the Ładne Historie (Nice Stories) Foundation and who will facilitate networking during  our conference. 

The conference will begin with the movie screening of Sonata, which will provide the first opportunity to spark conversations among conference participants. Is networking important during such events?

Maria Zięba:  Networking - which is a part of the conference agenda that creates a space to foster new contacts and meet new people active in our field - is a vital aspect of such events, ensuring participants can reap their long-term benefits. Naturally, conferences and seminars are, first and foremost, an opportunity to develop our competences, get inspired and learn new skills, but we know from experience that they also address our need to meet new people in a less formal atmosphere. 

Krzysztof Bielaszka: Networking involves not only building and expanding professional collaboration networks, but is also a great opportunity to share experience and our practices, to talk about key topics, and to meet other professionals in our area, people who are involved not only in similar activities, but who might also share our ways of thinking about projects and the various needs of our project participants.

Do you have your own, secret ways to animate conference participants’ communities?

Maria Zięba: Based on our experience so far, we know that a recipe for successful networking is quite simple – when we develop the agenda, we start with opportunities to get to know the participants (their professional profile, working methods, the projects they have completed). We then create a space for them to „break the ice” in an informal (and creative) atmosphere. After that we just ensure that each day during the conference the participants have the time to talk to each other.

Krzysztof Bielaszka: The vital part? We put no pressure and just focus on ensuring that each conference participants can feel at ease and be inspired to continue their work.

You represent Ładne Historie (Nice Stories) Foundation. Can you tell us more about that name?

Maria Zięba: We are involved not only in project work, but mostly in telling the stories of extraordinary people who have created a lively and dedicated community around our foundation.

Krzysztof Bielaszka: Yes, these are stories of people, but also of places – cities, neighbourhoods or regions, sometimes even individual buildings. Stories we hear from our neighbours or people we meet on mountain trails.   

Maria Zięba: For us, each of these stories is equally valuable and each inspires us to work together.

Will the upcoming conference be such a nice story?

Krzysztof Bielaszka: This year’s edition of the International Short Break Association (ISBA) conference will definitely be filled with many precious stories that we will hear from our experts and from each other, during our daily activities.

Maria Zięba: Most definitely! I am convinced that the venue, Concordia Design in Wrocław, will be full of people who see respite care as a space for innovation, exploration of new and alternative solutions, but also a space for shared experiences, emotions and touching moments. We simply cannot wait to see you all there!


Preparations for this day began several months ago. The first meeting was full of excitement and joy that now we will be able to organize the ISBA conference in Wroclaw. Needless to say, there was fear at that time. But it's such an anxiety that gives wings and is familiar to even the greatest artists...

Then there were talks and searches. Topics of conversation, partners, authorities. All this to make this year's edition of the conference well remembered. It was worth it… Already in March we compiled a list of people and organizations that will conduct workshops at our conference. We wrote about it on our website and in the newsletter. However, we love to build tension - that's why we will announce the detailed program of the conference just in a moment. What you can already do is to get acquainted with our conference key note speakers.

Nevertheless the day is coming, the day that should be marked on your calendar. The  day on which we will open registration for our conference i.e. May 8, 2023!

Then you will also be able to see in detail how the 8 plenary sessions, 36 workshops, discussion panels and networking panels will be arranged. And there's no denying it - it's also the best time to book your place at the ISBA conference. Because it's worth it and the number of places for Conference participants is limited...

We already have this date marked on our calendars. And how about you? Better do it now.

ISBA CONFERENCE: a database of nearby accommodation accessible to people with special needs 

As we received numerous enquiries, we have compiled a list of available hotels that are accessible to people with special needs and are located near Concordia Design, the venue for the ISBA conference. Of course, if you have no special needs, feel free to use the standard accommodation offer. We have checked the hotels on our list and know they are comfortable. The staff speak several languages and there are catering facilities on site.

If you plan to stay in Wrocław for longer than just the duration of our conference, we encourage you to browse the attractions we listed. Please pack comfortable shoes, in case you wish to visit the ZOO, or swimming gear, if you plan to visit the Aquapark. Please check out other sections on our website to see what else might be of interest to you during your stay in Wrocław. 

Hotel Haston Old Town – 700 m
address: pl. Nankiera 1
www: https://hastonoldtown.pl/

Hotel The Bridge Wrocław MGallery - 750 m
address: pl. Katedralny 8
www: https://europeum.pl

Great Polonia Wrocław Tumski – 120 m
address: Wyspa Słodowa 10
www: https://wroclawtumski.greatpolonia.pl

Hotel Park Plaza – 450 m
address: ul. Bolesława Drobnera 11-13
www: https://hotelepark.pl/wroclaw

Hotel Mercure – 1,0 km
address: pl. Dominikański 1
www: https://all.accor.com

Hotel Jana Pawła II – 550 m
address: ul. Świętego Idziego 2
www: https://www.booking.com

Hotel Double Tree by Hilton – 1,2 km
address: ul. Podwale 84
www: https://www.hiltonhotels.com

Hotel Ibis Styles Wrocław Centrum – 2,1 km
address: pl. Konstytucji 3 Maja 3
www: https://all.accor.com

Hotel Ibis Wrocław Centrum – 2, 7 km
address: ul. Powstańców Śląskich 7B
www: https://www.guestreservations.com

Hotel Śląsk – 4,4 km 
address: ul. Oporowska 60
www: https://www.booking.com/hotel/pl

Lower Silesia #EqualInPassion

We have already described the beauty of Wrocław, the city that is hosting our conference. Now, we wish to show you the region of Lower Silesia that you will be visiting. To this end we invite you to watch the promotional film made by our friends from the Lower Silesian Marshal's Office, which has just been submitted to the CIFFT Circuit 2023 - a global competition, in which Video Ads and Promotional Films for tourism destinations compete for the prestigious title of the World's Best Tourism Film. The film is a real feat (you will find the link below) - it shows the side of Lower Silesia that we find delightful - a friendly place for cycling amateurs and professionals. The film also demonstrates that Lower Silesia is a region for everyone - including people with special needs, who will also find suitable places for cycling here, as we are all #EqualInPassion.

By winning the award at the festival, Lower Silesia will gain valuable points that qualify for the World Tourism Film Awards. Please, cheer for Lower Silesia, so it can join the illustrious group of winners that includes: Madrid Destino, Turismo Andalucía, Hungary Convention Bureau, Business Iceland, Lithuania Travel, Uganda Tourism Board and Tourism Australia.

Before it happens, however, let us meet for our conference. Ticket sales start soon. If you wish to be kept in the loop please subscribe to our newsletter here: https://isba.me/about-isba/#section-newsletter

Murals – Wrocław’s street art


Murals are large-format paintings covering the walls of city buildings. Colourful walls and courtyards
certainly prevent Wrocław's neighbourhoods from being dull or ordinary. Following the city’s mural
trail can be one of the interesting ways of exploring the city when you come to the ISBA 2023
conference. The city guidebooks will tell you all about monuments and tourist sites, but during this
unusual walk you will gain a different perspective on Wrocław. You may find some hidden gems in
seemingly ordinary courtyards and streets.


Our journey starts in Nadodrze, where we can see street art by artists from Poland, Great Britain and
Italy. Some of the Nadodrze tenement houses have been transformed due to the revitalisation
projects carried out by the city, while others have been decorated by artists and the local community.
Most of the murals in Nadodrze were created by artists invited by Wrocław's BWA (Contemporary
Art Gallery) as part of their Out of Sth project.
The courtyard between Jedności Narodowej and Roosevelta Streets is quite unique – it is actually a
great outdoor art gallery. All we need to do is to cross over to Nadodrze to find ourselves in another
world, full of art. 250-metre-tall paintings surround us on all sides. The walls are covered by ocean
blues, garden greens and blooming flowers, there are various creatures, the coral reef, dinosaurs and
quadrupeds captured in mid-movement. Every image here looks quite alive. The courtyard has been
transformed by local residents working together with artists from Wrocław. It demonstrates how
effectively we can create a sense of local belonging. Walking around the courtyard, we get the feeling
that we are participating in the daily life of the residents from nearby houses, and the pained figures
seem very vivid and realistic. Some are portraits of residents themselves. The murals tell us the story
of their hobbies and passions (also which sports club they cheer for), their favourite pets. There is a
poem and a sculpture of a very special big cat that also lives in Wrocław.
On the other side of the street, there are even more paintings - at 18 Rossevelta Street, we will find
murals related to Polish history, at number 24 - portraits of Polish women who were important
figures in Polish history - from Saint Jadwiga, the Queen of Poland, to the athlete Irena Szewińska.
There are murals inspired by the work of the world's greatest painters and the courtyard walls host
tributes to van Gogh, Munch, Wyspiański, Chagall and Frida Kahlo.
Still in Nadodrze, at 43 Rydgiera Street, there is a heart made of 430 ceramic tiles, created by people
who live or work in Nadodrze: children, young people, adults, NGO activists, artists and others. Each
of the makers has put a piece of their heart and their artistic skills into the project.

Rynek - the City Square

The location between Ruska Street and Św. Antoniego Street hosts an exceptionally colourful
courtyard, the walls of which have been painted by various artists. There is an octopus, a sea turtle
and many other creatures. After dark, the spot at 46a Ruska Street can also be admired in the glow of
neon lights.

The Botanical Garden and its vicinity

We do not always need to travel far to admire mural paintings in Wrocław, some of them will reveal
themselves during our daily commute by tram or while walking along the city's main street -
especially if you happen to be at the intersection of Sienkiewicza and Wyszyńskiego streets. The
mural on the tenement house at number 36 was one of the first to be created in Wrocław. It depicts
Wrocław buildings illuminated by the light of street lamps. The painting also features apple trees,
leaves, a black cat and a bicycle put against the wall.

Wyspa Słodowa

We propose to end our walk in one of Wrocław residents' favourite spots - the island called Wyspa
Słodowa. The entire side wall of one of the tenement houses on the island is covered by a mural
depicting a mysterious lady - a white and black figure dressed in an elaborate dress made of padlocks,

We propose to end our walk in one of Wrocław residents' favourite spots - the island called Wyspa
Słodowa. The entire side wall of one of the tenement houses on the island is covered by a mural
depicting a mysterious lady - a white and black figure dressed in an elaborate dress made of padlocks,

she even swallows one of them. It is the work of an internationally renowned artist called Blu, who
thus decorated the capital of Lower Silesia.
The Concordia Design location - our venue for this year's conference - also features a mural, one
made by the artist Alicja Biała. The painting covers over 500 square metres and focuses on the
importance of a mindful approach to others in today's fast-moving world, the significance of going
slow, in respect of the everyday, enabling contact with nature. The mural includes both real-life
characters and imaginary creatures, all placed within a landscape of four horizontal planes located on
the walls and the ceilings.
When you come to ISBA 2023, you will have the opportunity to see the city's street art with your own
eyes, enhanced by the colours painted by the autumn, adding its own charm to all outdoor art
galleries you visit. Please, feel welcome to join us!

Photographs available at (to be tagged): https://www.wroclaw.pl/extra/murale-wroclaw-mapa

Workshops in an international environment

We have just finished accepting workshop proposals from people and institutions that will participate in our conference – we now know, that are going to have inspiring meetings.

You have sent forty different proposals for discussions and presentations. The Conference Committee has now selected 36 topics that will be part of our conference. We are all very excited, as our presenters and panellists will be joining us from 13 countries and 5 continents. We will have an opportunity to  meet speakers from the US, Canada, Chile, United Kingdon, Ireland, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, India, Australia, Iceland and Croatia. We will soon publish a detailed list of topics on our webpage.

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