30 October 2018
Here it is at last! In the Polish consciousness, 11 November 1918 marks the return of Poland’s independence after 123 years of partitions. In Kraków, one of the cities which made the greatest contributions to liberation, the anniversary is particularly notable. This is reflected in the programmes of Cracovian institutions filled with joyful references to events from a century ago. As well as commemorating momentous times of our history, we also celebrate contemporary artists whose achievements are rooted in tradition. One such artist is Poland’s leading jazzman Paweł Kaczmarczyk whose performance at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre is inspired by compositions by musician and statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski.
A century ago, Kraków was also the cradle of Poland’s arts and crafts movement, built on foundations laid by Stanisław Wyspiański. The tradition is recalled with the project “A Thing for Art. Design in Kraków”, bringing together events presenting and promoting Polish design. The extensive programme of meetings, presentations and fairs reveals the creative and enterprising spirit, typical of present-day Kraków. We also find it in myriad other events held this November. And this month’s concerts include lively gigs at student clubs, the experimental Audio Art Festival and events marking Krzysztof Penderecki’s 85th birthday.
ul. Tetmajera 28Rydlówka, a one-of-a-kind destination, has multiple links to the art of the Young Poland...
al. Waszyngtona 1A place of remembrance devoted to a Polish and US freedom fighter, a popular destination for walks,...
St Benedict’s Church
ul. StawarzaThis small church can be seen from within only once a year, and its interior conceals a groin vault...
The Jan Matejko House
ul. Floriańska 41This is where the most famous Polish painter of the 19th century, whose paintings generations of...
WawelThe cave that the legendary dragon inhabited leads down from Wawel Hill to the bank of the Vistula....