Things are happening in Krakow! If you want to know what, when, and where, have a look at our guide to the most interesting of upcoming events and festivals.
This year’s leading theme of the festival is Unrest. In order to help us understand and domesticize contemporary fears, Krakow brings together artists representing different cultures, worldviews, and specializations, ranging from literature, film, theater and music to plastic arts. Discussions and debates are waiting for all literature aficionados, and so are reading workshops, the Conrad Award ceremony to honor the best debuting prose writer, a concert and, last but not least, a one-of-a-kind chance to meet distinguished guests – writers and literary critics from Poland and abroad – such as Serge Bloch, Frédéric Boyer, Dan Brown, Maria Dąbrowska, Adam Hochschild, Siri Hustvedt, Achille Mbembe, and Agneta Pleijel. The festival will also host the Polish version of the most famous French literary award – Goncourt List: the Polish Choice – attended by a prominent guest, a French playwright, essayist, and novelist, Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt.
For more information and the program: conradfestival.pl
Hakanaï | Adrien M & Claire B | Théâtre de Châtillon. Patchlab 2016 | fot. G. Gadioli
Searching for innovative solutions with the support of the new media, latest technologies and programming – the 6th Patchlab Festival is all about the art of data and artificial intelligence. Focused on digital resources, the program of the festival presents the possibilities – and the dangers – of their creative implementation, featuring installations, performances, workshops, meetings and presentations with electronic media artists from Poland, Germany, Austria, France, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Belgium, Denmark, Iran, Japan, and Taiwan. A digital art week will end with a concert of a legend of the German electronic music scene – Anthony Roth.
France will be an honorary guest of this year’s Fair. As usual, an incredibly interesting program includes not only literature, but also meetings with authors and translators. Among well-known guests coming to Krakow are the following: ks. Adam Boniecki, prof. Jerzy Bralczyk, Arlette Cousture, Daniel de Latour, Jacek Dukaj, Katarzyna Grochola, Cezary Harasimowicz, Jan Hartman, Sylwia Chutnik, O. Leon Knabit, Marek Krajewski, Camilla Läckberg, Łukasz Orbitowski, Olga Tokarczuk, Michał Rusinek, Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Tomasz Sekielski, Szczepan Twardoch, Krzysztof Varga, Adam Wajrak, Adam Zagajewski.
fot. Mikołaj Zając
Audio Art Festival has been created for open-minded people ready for some musical experimentation. Goethe Institute, Music Academy, and Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art will host artists representing improvisation, noise, and a new composed music with a hint of electroacoustics and performance. All the events during Audio Art are live-streamed.
Zaprojektowani present the latest Polish and European design together with its creators and producers at around 80 stands. The program features lectures and workshops in interior and product design, as well as meetings with artists and artisans.
The internationally acclaimed work of art to be staged in Krakow for the very first time! Based on actual events, a story of two women convicted of murder has been winning accolades not only on Broadway and in theaters all over the world, but also on a silver screen (Rob Marshall’s adaptation won 6 Academy Awards). 19 actors, 14 musicians and, most importantly, a well-known and respected (by both critics and the audience) Wojciech Kościelniak as a director are a guarantee of success you need to see for yourself!
Fot. Krzysztof Pawela, Warszawa, 1984 r.
Photographs by eleven reporters working for a students’ weekly “itd” document the watershed in the Polish history – the end of the Communist era and the times of Marital law in Poland. The exhibition is an account of a period full of crucial and spectacular events that gave rise to social movements contesting the political system of the time.
An exhibition of photographic paintings that disrupt the viewer’s comfort. Photographs, chosen from the archives of the Museum of the History of Photography in Kraków as well as Jacek Dehnel’s and Wojciech Nowicki’s private collections, are crème de la crème of photographs not-to-be-explained, photographs, the purpose of which remains unclear, or simply bad photographs. Most of them are either works of error or chance – these, however, the art of photography treats with due respect.
text: Kasia Pilitowska