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Cultural Life in Kraków

Krakow, with its royal legacy, is today not only a city of museums and architectural landmarks, but also a vital centre for contemporary art and a thriving organiser of festival life.


Krakow teems with events. Annually nearly 100 festivals and other events of international renown are held here. The European Capital of Culture 2000, spares no effort – the events covered by the urban 6 senses strategy have built themselves, just in recent years, a global brand. Misteria Paschalia and Opera Rara, Sacrum Profanum and the Polish Music Festival, Selector Festival and Unsound – a musical journey from the Baroque to the 21st century, impressive and attractive for thousands of fans.

Krakow, a city of writers, also has the country's largest Book Fair, as well as great literary festivals; here there is the sensational recently launched theatrical review of The Divine Comedy, and here, finally the ArtBoom Festival boldly introduces the latest art into the historical fabric of the ancient centre. Off Camera, the Krakow Film Festival and the Film Music Festival attract cinema lovers, who soon return here to shoot their next films.

In addition to these events, there are the daily events – theatre, concerts by Krakow's orchestras, a wide range of museums – the traditional and the cutting-edge, created and produced in the past two years – and the abundance of jazz and pop concerts create the unique atmosphere of Krakow – a city where there is always something to do...

From the diversity of Krakow's festivals and sporting events we have chosen just a few examples:


remember that at any time of the year Krakow is full of events:it can happen that several large festivals are being held at the same time here.There is plenty to choose from!A detailed programme of Krakow's events can be found at the portal

Opera Rara Rarissima!

A rare opportunity to admire baroque works, recreated by Europe's leading interpreters.

Organiser: Krakow Festival Office

Opera Rara - Bogdan Krezel fot_www_bogdankrezel_com

Misteria Paschalia
Lead Musical Mystery

During Holy Week and Easter, Krakow hosts the greatest stars of early music, and the city is filled with the sound of Baroque masterpieces.

Organiser: Krakow Festival Office

Misteria Paschalia - 1_fot_tomasz_wiech

Czesław Miłosz Festival
Literature in Krakow

Among the guests of the festival can be found such celebrities as:Julia Hartwig, Jane Hirshfield, Ryszard Krynicki, Zadie Smith, Marian Stala, Aśok Wadźpeji and Tomas Venclova.

Organisers: Krakow Festival Office, The Book Institute, Jagiellonian University

Festiwal Czesława Miłosza - 5_fot_tomasz_wiech

Tour de Pologne
Cycling finale

Part of the UCI WORLD TOUR, the event includes the best cycling teams in the world.

Organiser: Lang Team

Tour de Pologne 2011 fot. W.Majka

Sacrum Profanum Festival
20th-Century Music

The prestige of the festival is highlighted by the presence at the concerts of composers considered icons of new music.

Organiser: Krakow Festival Office

Festiwal Sacrum Profanum - wojciech wandzel_www_wandzelphoto_com

Film Music Festival
A Visual and acoustic duet

The boldness of production, innovation in the field of technology of sound and image, as well as the highest artistic standards.

Organisers: Krakow Festival Office, RMF Classic

Festiwal Muzyki Filmowej - 5_fot_wojciech wandzel_www_wandzelphoto_com

Conrad Festival
Literary Worlds

Literature is discussed by prose writers, poets and journalists, literary critics and directors from around the world.

Organisers: Fundacja Tygodnika Powszechnego, Krakow Festival Office

Conrad Festival - 5_Fot_G_Ziemianski_fotohuta_pl0034

"Divine Comedy" International Theatre Festival
A Kaleidoscope of Theatre

Nine days, like Dante's nine circles, a great stage festival – a competition of performances, a showcase and an overview of premieres and debuts in one.

Organiser: Łaźnia Nowa Theatre, Krakow Festival Office

Międzynarodowy Festiwal Teatralny „Boska Komedia

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News author: Małgorzata Rajwa
News Publisher: Biuro Kongresów EN
Published: 2019-05-09
Last update: 2023-06-20