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Culture in KRAKÓW: the top 10 exhibitions, festivals, and cultural events to attend this spring (Part 2)

10.05.2017 City

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
May 13 - 14

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.

Information: artemieszkaniakrakow/

10th Krakow Film Music Festival
May 17 - 23

Every year, Krakow Film Music Festival abounds in special events and this year’s edition is no different. The stunning film music composed by Abel Korzeniowski (“The Lonely Man” and “Nocturnal Animals”), Howard Shore returning to the festival with his music for “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Star Wars” soundtrack by John Williams – beloved by movie aficionados and, finally, cinematic masterpieces – “The NeverEnding Story” and “Titanic” with live music; together with an enormous birthday dance floor with legendary, three-times Oscar-winning musician Giorgio Moroder as the DJ, these are just some of the attractions prepared as part of the 10th edition of Krakow Film Music Festival.


Krakow Photomonth Festival
19 maja - 18 czerwca

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.


XIX Małopolskie Dni Dziedzictwa Kulturowego “Od kuchni” (The 19th Małopolska Days of Cultural Heritage)
May 20 - 21 & May 27 - 28

Two May weekends, several dozen carefully selected locations, including those unknown and unavailable on a daily basis; interesting stories and traditions; passionate guides – it’s the one-of-a-kind, annual Małopolska Days of Cultural Heritage. This year’s edition theme “Od kuchni” refers to “kuchnia” – a Polish word for “kitchen” or “cuisine” – seen as one of the fundamentals of our civilization. “To us, kitchen stands for the warmth of hearth and home – it’s where we share bread and talk to our family and friends gathered around the table. Kitchen also means various customs and traditions of cultural and spiritual value to us. That’s why, as part of the event, we’ll invite you to find out the stories behind the art of cooking and to search for fascinating stories about kitchen and with kitchen in the background. Sometimes, we will just enter historical buildings through the kitchen door” – say the organizers. During the days you will have a chance to visit 11 historical buildings located along four sightseeing routes – two in Kraków and two near Bochnia and Szczawnica – as well as to enjoy mini-exhibitions, meetings, concerts, walks, and themed trips.


57th Krakow Film Festival
May 28 – June 4

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

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