Here is the second part of our guide to the most interesting cultural events in Kraków. Architecture, music, photography, and cinematography – visit the heart of Lesser Poland for truly unique experiences and emotions. Kraków, culture, and spring – it’s a perfect blend
Festiwal Otwarte Mieszkania (Open Apartments Festival) is a unique, architecture-focused event on the map of Kraków. It’s the festival of walking into, visiting, and getting to know the usually unreachable spaces of private apartments and their occupants’ stories. During one weekend – May 13-14 – the organizers will open for the public (and for free) several dozen interiors in buildings we pass every day. Each space will be presented to guests by occupants, architects, or guides. This year’s “open” spaces include private apartments and houses, artists’ workshops, and latest retail and commercial projects among others. The festival is by all means a one-of-a-kind occasion to get to know the city and its inhabitants. The event, coming to Kraków for the first time, is giving us a chance to meet extraordinary individuals who create, live, and work in the already-mentioned “open” spaces. What’s more, the festival will feature meetings with interior designers as well as specialists in urban planning and architecture in Kraków.
The Kraków Photomonth Festival is one of the most important European events devoted to photography. Apart from the main program, those thirsty for photography can visit the ShowOFF Section and attend the Portfolio Review as well as numerous accompanying events including meetings, workshops, screenings and lectures attended by leading specialists from all over the world. Traces left by the unknown, dancing with erotic undertones, drone operators throwing deadly missiles in Pakistan from their base on the desert near Las Vegas… Artists featured in the 15th edition of Kraków Photomonth Festival will take us on a journey balancing on the verge of truth and fiction – a journey through the world as seen through the eyes of the one hidden behind the camera.
Krakow Film Festival is one of the oldest events in Europe devoted to documentary, animated, and short films. At the core of the festival are four competitions of equal rank focusing on documentaries, Polish films, short films, as well as music documentaries DocFilmMusic. Eight days of the festival will feature 250 Polish and international productions, as well as exhibitions, concerts, open-air screenings and meetings with directors. This year’s edition coincides with the 70th anniversary of Polish animation. That’s why the organizers have prepared “Industry”, a series of events – including panels, pitches and the Animator’s ball – dedicated to Polish animation.
Article: Kasia Pilitowska
Photos: courtesy of institutions and festival organizers