Kraków is a unique city, and it deserves wise cultural plans for the future. Diverse creative processes, combined with self-creation of the city, provide added value which stimulates innovation, intertwines the past with the future and anticipates new trends. Cultural differences also lie at the foundation of successful businesses and rapid growth. They have a positive impact on the economy, urban planning and local and national GDP; they are a rational and stabilising factor.
We are destroying the myth of heterogenous societies which apparently cannot compete with homogenous ones. Kraków with its huge numbers of European students, tourists, expats and business travellers, immigrants from Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Vietnam, the Middle East and North Africa, is already a cultural melting pot. This is a trend we should be encouraging to make sure that any new arrivals don’t feel marginalised. We want to make sure individuals arriving here from abroad don’t feel pressured to abandon the culture, customs or beliefs of their countries of origin, and to encourage them to join local creative processes, volunteering organisations, social initiatives and any and all other common activities. The 2016 World Youth Day undoubtedly brought an “explosion of multiculturalism” to Kraków.