Do street musicians require licenses to perform in Polish cities?
Not in Gdansk. Many of them are students from the Music Academy here and they play some pretty good music. Some of my students-not from the Music Academy-play under the Green Gate. Great acoustics.
While visiting Poland, I didn't happen to see much panhandling.
Unfortunately, it exists.While in Warsaw for six weeks four years ago, I was panhandled almost every day, either for money or cigarettes, and sometimes both. The best one was a guy who spoke to me first in Polish, then French, and then English.
After Warsaw I moved to Gdansk where I've lived for four years. Panhandling isn't limited to the destitute. Young men frequently come up to me to bum a cigarette, but if you sit outside a cafe or pub you can count on someone asking you for money or smokes. I always reply "I work so I can buy cigarettes and beer. Why don't you work?" Usually they leave muttering some Polish obscenity-thank the k word-but they always go away.