Cracovians often liken their city to a big village, and in many respects this is true. However, although the scale and character of Cracow are intimate, culturally, there seems to be more going on here than in many other bigger European cities. Perhaps this isn't surprising given Cracow's long-standing reputation as the country's cultural capital. It certainly is rich in the arts, with more museums and music venues than you could possibly hope to visit on a short trip. Whilst the sheer variety may seem a little overwhelming to the outsider, we hope that our events calendar gets you off on the right foot.
To begin with, Cracow plays host to an array of festivals throughout the year, including film, classical music and photography, as well as the internationally famous Festival of Jewish Culture. There are plenty of treats in store then, not forgetting numerous one-off events, from retrospectives of great artists to Klezmer concerts through to evenings of experimental drum and bass in old medieval cellars - there's certainly something to suit all tastes.
Cracow is riddled with marvelous old cellars, and in recent years they have enjoyed something of a renaissance, playing host to exhibitions, jazz concerts and experimental drama. More often than not these places double up as bars and cafes, offering a quintessentially Cracovian experience that's not be missed. To kick things off, we have opened a calendar that focuses on one-off cultural events. These include concerts and theatre plays as well as pickings from the weird and wonderful world of Cracow's nightlife (only of the savoury variety of course...!)
Also worth bearing in mind are exhibitions. Although the openings of exhibitions can be found in the events calendar, we will also be highlighting long-running events here on the Events homepage. Cracow sees some of the best exhibitions in the country, and the city can draw some marvelous surprises from the vast resources of the National Museum, not to mention the collections of the Royal Castle at Wawel. There is always something that's worth catching in town, be it a small photography exhibition in a cafe or a grand museum retrospective of a legendary artist.
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Conrad Festival Vol. 8: IntensityOct 24th 2016 - Oct 30th 2016 Festival
Richard Flanagan, Michael Cunningham, Eleanor Catton and Géza Röhrig &ndaRead more »
Is it possible to make shoes from food?Oct 22nd 2016 - Nov 12th 2016 Exhibition
Is it possible to make shoes from food? Artur Blusiewicz October 22nd - November…Read more »
Art Taken Out of the OrdinaryOct 21st 2016 - Dec 30th 2016 Exhibition
One can judge an artist by whether he has discovered his own method of ‘processRead more »
Rodin/Dunikowski. Visions of WomenOct 8th 2016 - Dec 30th 2016 Exhibition
The exhibition on display in the Szołayski House will be an attempt to confront the…Read more »
ExhibitionSep 16th 2016 - Nov 27th 2016 Exhibition
The exhibition presents the artistic community of Košice in the 1920s. This…Read more »
The Unattainable EarthAug 23rd 2015 - Dec 31st 2016 Exhibition Plac Wolnica 1
After a year's break, an exhibition in the second floor of Kazimierz City Hall rRead more »
Permanent Exhibition at Glass and Ceramics CentreJun 12th 2014 - Dec 31st 2020 Exhibition Lipowa 3
"Glass in Kraków. Industry and Art.1931-1998" exhibition presents the history…Read more »
All Krakow "to-do's" at your fingertipsJul 1st 2012 - Dec 31st 2020 Other Krakow
It's already proved a massive hit in Warsaw, thanks to local knowledge presented in…Read more »
Lady with an ErmineJun 1st 2012 - Dec 31st 2020 Exhibition Wawel Castle
Polands most valuable work of art, Leonardo da Vincis Lady With an Ermine, is…Read more »
Jewish Culture All Year RoundApr 1st 2011 - Dec 31st 2020 Other Jewish Community Centre, ul. Miodowa 24
Every so often, a new place springs up in Krakow that sets itself apart from others.…Read more »
Traces of MemoryJan 18th 2011 - Dec 31st 2020 Exhibition Galicia Museum, Ul. Dajwor 18
Photographs by the late Chris Schwarz and text by Professor Jonathan Webber are…Read more »
In the Footsteps of Krakow's European IdentityOct 2nd 2010 - Oct 3rd 2020 Exhibition Rynek Glowny
A space the size of a football pitch has been transformed into a subterranean museum…Read more »