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KRAKÓW: Top cultural events this Fall

12.10.2017 City

Even though Autumn does its best to keep us wrapped in a cozy, red blanket with a cup of tea in our hands, the Kraków cultural scene does quite the contrary! Next to well-known and famous festivals which have already gained international recognition, there is something going on in every corner of the city, be it a basement, pub, café, small scene or a grand stage. If you’re still in the dark about all the where and when – we are gladly coming to the rescue.

8 – 15 October. UNSOUND Festival 

Half a century ago the world witnessed the birth of the hippie movement. To celebrate the moment, this year’s edition of Unsound – the electronic music festival – embraces the theme of Flower Power. Key artists include Einstürzende Neubauten, a subversive embodiment of the Flower Power spirit, Zonal – Kevin Martin (the Bug) and Justin Broadrick (Godflesh) – a duo that used to work together as Techno Animal, and Moor Mother. Dark electronic and ambient music will be delivered by Visible Cloaks (Spencer Doran and Ryan Carlile), Gas Wolfgang Voigt, as well as a Russian producer and DJ – Nina Kraviz. Other DJs such as Noncompliant, DJ Sprinkles, Umfang, DJ Bone and DJ Stingray will own the old banquet rooms of the Forum hotel over the weekend. Apart from music, the festival program features a sound installation Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement set in Krakow Botanical Gardens, a workshop on how to react to sexism, and a screening of "Fuck for Forest" followed by a talk with the director Michał Marczak.


11 October. A Polish premiere of “Ach, Śpij Kochanie”, Kino Kijów 

Kino Kijów (Kijów Movie Theater) is hosting a Polish premiere of “Ach, śpij Kochanie”. A thriller by Krzysztof Lang has everything it needs to win the hearts of the Polish audience. Walking down the red carpet will be directors as well as stars, including main actors, Andrzej Chyra and Tomasz Schuchardt, as well as Andrzej Grabowski and Bogusław Linda. Since the movie was shot in Krakow and the Małopolska Province, we will have a chance to see Krakow museums, tenement houses, mid-war villas, as well as open areas of the Nowa Huta district. The plot draws on a true story and, let us tell you, it is going to give you chills!

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12 – 13 October. MBA Krakow 2017 International Biennale of Architecture 

The idea behind Krakow 2017 International Biennale of Architecture focuses on the notion of creating friendly and beautiful city landscapes. “Backyard - field of imagination” is the leading theme of this year’s edition, the participants of which had to confront spaces bordering the private and the public, i.e. Krakow backyards, urban blocks in the city center, and squares, including the ones in the Post-Communist housing estates. The conference features competition exhibitions, and in the next three weeks it will be possible to see all the submitted works in the building of the former Cracovia hotel.

12 – 15 October. Photo with Kościuszko! 

A collective portrait of the residents of Krakow wearing traditional folk hats is part of the official closing of the Year of Tadeusz Kościuszko that welcomes native- and non-native-born Cracovians. 10 thousand hats have been prepared for the participants! A photograph will be taken from a fire truck ladder by a professional photographer, Wiesław Majka, on 14 October, 3 p.m., in front of the Main Market Square Town Hall Tower. Interestingly, posing for the picture will be…Tadeusz Kościuszko himself. You will be able to download the photo from, and print it, or share it with friends. 


14 October. Something Must Break – a new music project in the Małopolska Garden of Arts

Artur Rojek – the creator of OFF Festival – will organize a series of concerts to mark the beginning of his co-operation with the Małopolska Garden of Arts (Małopolski Ogród Sztuki – MOP). The program includes artists from all over the world – the rebellious and the unconventional. The first to perform will be a post-punk sensation from Washington – Priests. Following concerts will be given by the representatives of the alternative scene from across the ocean: Mount Eerie (13 November) and Cities Aviv (1 December). 


9 – 19 October. The 12th Krakow Jazz Autumn

Krakow Jazz Autumn (Krakowska Jesień Jazzowa) is the Polish most important event for the creators and fans of improvised music. This year’s edition will be inaugurated by a three-day residency of Per-Åke Holmlander – a Swedish tuba virtuoso and his new project – Carliot-It’s Never Too Late Orchestra – co-created with a group of Swedish musicians. The band will be joined by a clarinetist and saxophonist Mikołaj Trzaska, a Portugese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva and an American drummer Tim Daisy. Concerts to follow include a collaboration of Krakow Improvisers Orchestra and Satoko Fujii – a Japanese jazz pianist and composer – on 15 October, Michael Zerang’s concert on 17 October, and the concert of a Polish trio, Lotto, on 19 October.

21 October. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to Krakow with the second part “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert”. The unforgettable soundtrack by John Williams will be performed by a symphony orchestra Simfonietta Cracovia, while the audience will be watching the movie in HD on a 480-inch screen. 


21 October. “Kraków Łał” - Kids’ fashion, toys and accessories fair

A fair for the youngest – though most of them visits while still in a mom’s belly or a stroller – has become one of the most awaited events in Krakow. Exhibitors are going to present the best Polish design for the youngest, with the representatives of European brands exhibiting fair trade products. There will be plenty of stalls with books, toys, jewelry, healthy food, and cosmetics for both newborns/toddlers and parents-to-be. 


22 October. Najedzeni Fest! Culinary Festival presents “Ethnically”

Once again, the banquet rooms of the Forum hotel will be transformed into the most diversified restaurant in Krakow. The role of the host will be played by Krakow’s bars, restaurants, small producers, specialized food shops, bakeries, and culinary initiatives of all sorts. That’s what the Najedzeni Fest! culinary festival is going to look like this year. “Ethnically” (Etnicznie) is the theme of this year’s edition, which means you will have a chance to try dishes from all around the world (offered by around 80 exhibitors) and do some extraordinarily exotic shopping. 



text: Kasia Pilitowska

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