A carefully curated selection of the most important, emblematic and significant events in the coming three months.
Regardless of genre or duration, this is what makes springtime Kraków Culture!
Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival – exhibition of manuscripts
The Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival never forgets that it was founded in 2000 as part of the programme Kraków 2000 European City of Culture. Although it moved to Warsaw in 2004, its traditional prologue is an exhibition at the Jagiellonian Library exploring the theme of the current festival; this year it is “Beethoven and Penderecki. Sacrum”.
Kraków Comic Book Festival
The annual Kraków Comic Book Festival brings together fans of comics, illustration, animation and associated genres at the Arteteka Regional Public Library in Kraków.
Misteria Paschalia Festival
One of the most important early music festivals in Europe, Misteria Paschalia is held every year during Holy Week. Its programme explores Europe’s Christian traditions. This year’s events focus on the music of the Iberian Peninsula, presenting also its emanations from Latin America.
Copernicus Festival is Kraków’s celebration of science, exploring the links between the arts, humanities and sciences and our everyday lives.
Cracow Fashion Awards
The most important fashion event in Małopolska, the event centres around a competition for graduates from the Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design. The jury comprises important personalities from Poland’s fashion circles, and the gala will be streamed on YouTube.
Film Music Festival
It is one of the most important events promoting film music and its creators in the world. Every year Kraków hosts some of the hottest composers and directors, guests from Hollywood and Oscar winners.
Krakow Photomonth Festival
One of the most ambitious European festivals exploring photography; its diverse programme of exhibitions, meetings and accompanying events gives audiences a deep insight into contemporary photography and helps them answer questions on some of the most pressing problems facing us today.
Krakow Film Festival
One of the oldest European events devoted to documentaries, animations and short films. It is one of the few prestigious festivals recommending feature-length documentaries for Academy Awards.
Wodecki Twist Festival
The festival is rooted in music and joy. The beloved, versatile artist who passed away in 2017 is celebrated by leading pop, classical and jazz artists.
Zdzisław Beksiński Gallery
Paintings, drawings and photos by the artist who passed away in 2005 from the private collection of Anna and Piotr Dmochowski – art dealers and the artist’s friends – presented at the Nowa Huta Cultural Centre.
Jerzy Duda-Gracz Gallery
Nowa Huta Cultural Centre presents around a hundred of paintings of important artist of the 20th century on rotation. Over the two decades, we will see over three hundred works from the family collection.
Year of Stanisław Lem
We celebrate the author of “Solaris” on the centenary of his birth with congresses and academic conferences, exhibitions, literary meetings, concerts, theatre performances and special streams as part of other festivals. Events culminate in the autumn.
Aleksander Kotsis (1836–1877). Shades of Realism
Aleksander Kotsis was one of the most important artists working in Polish Realism. The exhibition at the Szołayski Tenement House branch of the National Museum in Krakow, prepared as part of the celebrations of the 185th anniversary of the artist’s birth, comprises over 120 oil paintings and around 70 watercolours, drawings and sketches.
The exhibition at the House Under the Cross branch of the Museum of Krakow presents a synthesised history of Stanisław Wyspiański’s acclaimed “The Wedding” and its reception, and reflects on how Poles see themselves reflected in the drama.
All the King’s Arrases. Returns 2021–1961–1921
All the tapestries remaining of the original collection of King Sigismund Augustus are returning to Wawel Castle for the next six months. Today numbering 135 arrases, the collection goes on display for the first time in over 500 years. Many of the tapestries will be shown to the public for the first time.
Music Scores and Gardens. Music vs. Images, Gardens vs. Music
Exhibition dedicated to Krzysztof Penderecki held a year after his passing, providing an insight into how the composer thought about music and the garden he established in Lusławice.
Ancient Art Gallery
The aim of the new permanent exhibition at the Arsenal of the Princes Czartoryski Museum (branch of the National Museum in Krakow) is to present a comprehensive review of ancient cultures. The exhibition is built around a collection assembled by Prince Władysław Czartoryski during the second half of the 19th century.
More than Bauhaus. German Photography Between the Wars and Polish Parallels
The exhibition explores interwar Germany and serves as a follow-up to previous displays at the International Cultural Centre Gallery, showcasing the architecture of newly independent Central Europe and avantgarde revealing the culture of countries emerging in our part of the continent after 1918.
MOCAK – 10th anniversary
In May 2021, MOCAK celebrates the tenth anniversary of its opening. The occasion is marked by a cycle of exhibitions from the museum’s collections, presenting a range of thematic series and diverse media, including artworks going on display for the first time.
From atmospheric clubs to grand concert halls; from classical repertoires to experimental art; from literary festivals to informal meetings – every month Kraków hosts myriad cultural events. Want to keep up-to-date? You’ll find everything you need on the Kraków Culture / Karnet website!