Ten years ago, in the autumn of 2013, following a lengthy application process, Kraków was granted the title of UNESCO City of Literature. When we look at the history of the decade, we see various programmes supporting bookshops and the book industry, the Conrad Prize for up-and-coming authors, new and growing festivals and everyday events at the Potocki Palace. This autumn, over the course of two weeks we will attend the 15th Conrad Festival, the International Book Fair and the Megabit Bomb Festival – quite a dose of literature and an antidote for longing for the summer.
Still, we’ll have to put off some of our new reading, since autumn also abounds with other festivals: Etiuda & Anima is celebrating its 30th anniversary, Sacrum Profanum presents a multiverse of contemporary music at its two instalments in September and November, while Unsound recruits AI as a co-director in a truly Dadaist gesture. Jazz Juniors returns with a refreshed formula and, together with Zbigniew Seifert Days, comprises the Kraków Jazz Week.