Easter time in Krakow – 5th April until 14th April- Easter in Poland remains a powerful experience, observed fastidiously – and with fantastic visual flair – by the majority of the populace.
MISTERIA PASCHALIA 2009 – 6th April until 14th April – various places – The sixth edition of Misteria Paschalia will see performances from the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Europa Galante, Le Poeme Harmonique and many more. As always the venues are winners in themselves, including the Wieliczka Salt Mine, the brand new Opera House, and the Art Nouveau Franciscan Church. See the official site for more details.
REKAWKA FESTIVITIES – 14th April – Kopiec Krakusa (The Mound of Prince Krak), Podgorze – Besides chanting and dispensing festive victuals, the pagans will be putting on a jolly show, with swordplay and a full-blown camp replete with a smithery and carpenters. Children love it. Get there at 12 to catch the ceremonial start. Catch a tram to Podgorze (No: 3, 6, 8 – Korona Stop) and walk across the new footbridge at ul. Dembowskiego.
POLISH FILMS IN ENGLISH – 14th April & 28th April – Kino Pod Baranami, Rynek Glowny 27 – luckily for us, the cult Kino Pod Baranami is offering the chance to watch classic Polish movies throughout Spring. All come with English subtitles so there’s no need to worry about getting lost in the linguistic realm.
CONCERT: POLISH-ISRAELI CONCERT – 14th April – Galicia Jewish Museum, ul. Dajwor 18 – Some much-loved Jewish music will be given a twist tonight at the Galicia Museum. Konstantin Vilensky (piano) and Anatolij Kogan (flute) in classical and jazz. Starts 7 pm, 20 zl.
CLASSICAL: ROYAL CASTLE CONCERT – 15th April – Wawel Royal Castle – Serene music in superlative surroundings. Tickets 40 zloty, starts 7.30 pm.
OFF CAMERA 2009 – FESTIVAL OF INDEPENDENT CINEMA 17th until 26th April – various places – New kid on the block Off Camera has added a dash of fresh blood to Krakow’s festival canon. Championing independent cinema from around the globe, the festival also boasts retrospectives of pioneering films that have often been overlooked. Singularity of vision is the key.
CLASSICAL CONCERT: RUSSIAN RHAPSODY – 17th & 18th April – Philharmonic Hall, ul. Zwierzyniecka 1 – Acclaimed Russian pianist Olga Kern will be performing alongside the Krakow Philharmonic this weekend with a foray into the realms of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. Tickets 30 zloty.
THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS & VOICES FROM THE HOLOCAUST – From 20th April – Opera Krakowska, ul. Lubicz 48 – he SS banned the performance, suspecting that the “Emperor” was modelled on Hitler himself. The second spectacle is David Eddleman’s Voices from the Holocaust, an oratorium devoted to victims of the Holocaust. The first performance will be on Sunday 20th, 6.30 pm.
34TH KRAKOW THEATRICAL REMINISCENCES – 20th April until 26th April – various places – Devotees of avant-garde theatre have a smorgasboard of drama in store with the return of Krakow Theatrical Reminiscences. This year’s edition is running under the banner of “polyphony → consonance”.
CRACOVIA MARATHON 2009 – 26th April – various places – A 30,000 zloty prize awaits the proud winner, so if you feel like burning off all those pierogi that you ploughed through this winter, now’s a fine time to get back into shape. The race is set to start at 9.30 am and the fastest fellows should be hitting the finishing line at about midday. Cheer them on as they battle through town.
CLASSICAL: NOVA CASA – 4th March – Royal Castle – Wawel, Settle in for an evening at the castle, where Nova Casa will be coasting through Handel’s cantatas. Anna Mikolajczyk steps up for some soprano shenanigans. Tickets 40 zloty
EXHIBITION: DESIRE – 6th March – 4th April – Galeria Zderzak, ul. Florianska 3, Women’s Day is upon us once again, and artist Katarzyna Majak has created a rather atypical tribute, based around the iconic image of the wedding dress.
EXHIBITION: ISABELLA HOLLAUF – Until 2nd April – Bunkier Sztuki, Pl. Szczepanski 3a, Austrian photographer Isabella Hollauf is fascinated with utopian models of society, particularly the now faded leisure park complexes that offered everyone the chance to lead a hearty, socialist life.
FILM: ANDRZEJ WAJDA FESTIVAL – 6th until 26th March – Kino ARS, ul. sw. Jana 6, Besides recent works such as Katyn, viewers can expect his Solidarity duo, Man of Marble and Man of Iron, amongst many others. Check the official website for a full program.
FILM: TOLLYWOOD MOVIES NIGHTS – 6th – 8th March – Kino Pod Baranami, Rynek Glowny 27, Tollywood has two incarnations, one being films shot in Telugu (one of the four classical languages of India), and the other those made in the movie district of Tollygunge, Calcutta.
OPERA: THE HAUNTED MANOR – Performances on 7th, 8th and 9th March – Opera Krakowska, ul. Lubicz 48, The Haunted Manor (Straszny Dwor is a jaunty tale of pushy aunts attempting to matchmake for their nephews, the latter sworn to forsake girlies for the noble cause of fighting for Poland.
OPERA ON THE SILVER SCREEN – 7th & 21st March – Kino Kijow, al. Krasinskiego 34, Kino Kijow is transmitting performances from the marvellous Metropolitan Opera in New York.
INTERNATIONAL IRISH DANCE COMPETITION – 7th – 8th March – Nowa Huta Cultural Centre, al. Jana Pawla 232, If you want to enliven your weekend with something more zippy than a glass of Zywiec at the local, head over to the Huta for some righteous jiving, Irlandski style. Venerable judges Danny Doherty, Francis Curley and Mairin Ni Ruairc-Tuathaigh will be sorting the wheat from the chaff, whilst Seamus O’Sullivan provides musical accompaniment.
CONCERT: NIGEL KENNEDY PLAYS HENDRIX – 10th March – Philharmonic Hall, ul. Zwierzyniecka 1, Nigel “Nutter” Kennedy dusts off his electric violin for an assault on the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The eccentric Brit will be joined by some of Poland’s most celebrated musos: Jaroslaw Smietana on guitar, Wojciech Karolak on Hammond Organ, Adam Kowalewski on double bass and Krzysztof Dziedzic on percussion.
OPERA: RIGOLETTO – 13th, 14th, 15th March- Opera Krakowska, ul. Lubicz 48, Verdi’s romp about a dastardly duke and his hunchbacked henchman gets a trio of performances this month.
MARCH OF REMEMBRANCE: 66TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIQUIDATION OF THE KRAKOW GHETTO – 15th March – Plac Bohaterow Getta, The March of Remembrance is a deeply affecting experience echoing the liquidation of the Krakow Ghetto by the Nazis in March 1943.
CONCERT: NEW CENTURY CLASSICS – 15th March – Pod Jaszczurami, Rynek Glowny 8, After what seems like an aeon of agonizing delay, Cracovians New Century Classics are finally releasing their first full-length album. The album, titled Natural Process, will be released by the FDM record label, and is the cumulation of two years of the young band’s material.
CLASSICAL: UNIVERSITY CONCERT – 18th March – Collegium Novum, ul.Golebia 24, An evening of chamber music in the splendid hall of the Collegium Novum, introduced by eminent historian Professor Jacek Purchla.
MUSIC & WORLD: DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL – 19th – 22nd March – various places, This third edition of the Music and World documentary film festival will be showcasing some of the most interesting musical documentaries of recent years such as Lomax, the story of legendary American folk song collector Alan Lomax, Respect Yourself exploring the history and importance of the vital soul label Stax as well as Dub Echoes, a film exploring the persistent influence of dub music, particularly in hip-hop and electronic genres.
CLASSICAL: THE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA – 20th – 21st March – Philharmonic Hall, ul. Zwierzyniecka 1, Guest conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud conjures a taste of things to come with Stavinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Debussy’s .
OPERA: THE DEVILS OF LOUDUN – Saturday 21st or Sunday 22nd March – Opera Krakowska, ul. Lubicz 48, Widely regarded as Krzysztof Penderecki’s finest opera, The Devils of Loudun originally premiered in 1969. Based on Aldous Huxley’s account of a notorious seventeenth century scandal, the libretto delves into power politics within the Catholic Church, with a spicy brew of corrupt cardinals, hysterical nuns and the dastardly Beelzebub himself.
FILM: 9TH WEEK OF SPANISH CINEMA – 22nd until 28th March – Kino Pod Baranami, Rynek Glowny 27, There’s much more to Spanish Cinema than the great Pedro Almodovar. And if you’re curious about finding out who’s leading the pack in the land of Lorca, head on over to Kino Pod Baranami, the Krakow host of this Poland-wide event.
CLASSICAL: THE SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA – 24th March – Philharmonic Hall, ul. Zwierzyniecka 1, One of Europe’s finest ensembles hooks up with celebrated pianist Piotr Anderszewski. Mozart and Bach dominate the programme. Tickets 80-100 zloty.
13TH LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL – 26th-27th March – Philharmonic Hall, ul. Zwierzyniecka 1, Although the main bulk of the concerts will be hosted in Warsaw, Krakow gets a short but sweet look-in. Composer and festival creator Krzysztof Penderecki will be conducting Ludwig’s Prometheus Overture at the Philharmonic on Thursday 26th. Also in the programme is Mr B’s Violin Concerto in D Major and his Symphony No. 7 in A major.
Exhibition: Mass Collecting – until 22nd of Feb – Bunkier Sztuki; Pl Szczepański 3a Robert Kusmirowski’s exhibition focuses on the addictive world of collecting.
Children’s theatre & more – Throughout February – Groteska Theatre; 2 Skarbowa street. The Ugly Duckling (Brzydkie Kaczatko), Little Red Riding Hood (Czerwony Kapturek) and A Cobbler’s Tale (Bajka o Szewczyku) are amongst the treats in store this February.
Exhibition: Jewish Theatre Posters From Pre – War Poland – until 28th February – Galicia Jewish Museum, 18 Dajwor street, This month you can catch a flashback to the dapper 1930s, when Jewish theatre groups flourished across Poland.
Exhibition: The road to the Vatican, until 8th March – Krzysztofory Palace, Rynek Glowny 35, this exhibition chimes in with that anniversary, but explores the wider relationship between Krakow and the Vatican, which stretches back many centuries.
Exhibition: Ichigo Ichie an encounter with the bowl of japanese tea – Throughout February – Manggha Museum, 26 M. Konopnickiej street, This exhibition unravels the mysteries of chanoyu, the ancient Japanese tea ceremony.
Concert: But is this Percussion ? – 18th February – Music Academy, 43 St. Tomasz street, The Sixth International Percussion Festival kicks off today. There will be workshops in the morning, followed by a belter of a concert at 7.30 pm.
VI International Festival of Percussion – 18th-22nd February – various places, Krakow will be chiming to a different tune this February, when a merry invasion of marimbas, vibraphones and other exotic instruments arrives in town.
Concert: Back to roots – 19th February – Manggha Museum, 26 M. Konopnickiej street, One of Krakow’s sleekest venues plays host to the second installment of the International Percussion Festival.
28th International Shanties Festival – 19th-22nd February – Various places – The great blue wobbly may be hundreds of miles away, but that hasn’t stopped shanty lovers from staging this bonkers tribute. Concerts will be divided between the Stary Port pub and Rotunda Club.
Classical Concert: The Cracow Philharmonic – 20th & 21st February – Philharmonic Hall, 1 Zwierzyniecka street, Guest conductor from the US Eugene Tzigane guides the Cracow Philharmonic through Verdi’s Overture to the Force of Destiny and Beethoven’s Symphony No.3 in E flat Major. Beata Bilinska plays piano. (Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 6 pm – tickets 25 zloty).
Concert: Trilok Gurtu – 20th February- Manggha Museum, 26 M. Konopnickiej street, Koncert of the maestro from Mumbai plays Manggha.
Opera: Don Giovanni – 20th – 24th February – Opera Krakowska, 48 Lubicz street, Mozart’s lively tale about an incorrigible libertine is unveiled in a new production at Krakow’s opera house.
Film: Oberhausen on Tour 2009 – 20th – 22nd February – Kino Pod Baranami, Rynek Glowny 27, The oldest short film festival in the world will be showcasing recent highlights at several cities across Europe. Krakow is one of the lucky few, and cinephiles can settle in for a celluloid banquet at the redoubtable Kino Pod Baranami.
Clubbing: Cold Lady Returns – 20th February – Face2Face, 28 Paulinska street – Cold Lady, the post-punk party that put B-Side Club on the map until it closed last year, is finally back in a new venue: Face2Face.
Klezmer Concert: IRA & Klezmers – 21st February – Cafe Camelot (cellar stage), ul. Sw. Tomasza 17, Legendary master of ceremonies Kazimierz Madej will be welcoming an inimitable lady to Camelot tonight. Irena Urbanska, the grande dame of Polish Klezmer, is performing a one-off concert promoting her new album Jewish Wedding.
Concert: Finale of The Percussion Festival – 22nd February – Philharmonic Hall, 1 Zwierzyniecka street, The Philharmonic Hall will be playing host to the final shindig of the percussion fest.
Exhibition: My Nowa – Huta – 25th February – 9th September – Nowa Huta Branch of Historical Museum, os. Sloneczne 16, Audio-visual interviews are complemented by a host of photographs and documents chronicling the highs and lows of the last 50 years.
- Krakow’s Night of Jazz – 19th July – at 06 pm – 02 am concerts at the Szczepański Square, at 6-11 pm – Alchemia, at Nowy Square, at 10 pm. – 02 am Night Club’s Concerts at clubs: Piec Art, Piwnica pod Baranami, Harris Piano, Alchemia, U Muniaka, Drukarnia
- Festival of Street Theatre – 10th – 13th July – 21st time theatrical troupes from all over the world came to Cracow to give their performances on Main Market Square and Maly Rynek. There is no other theater so close to ordinary people. This year leitmotif was The Bible’s Stories
- Rozstaje – 25th – 27th July – Szczepański Square, Rotunda club. Festival of etno and world music, mixing together traditional folk music with modern music forms. You will have a chance to see a lot of concerts, films and workshops.
- Festival of Pierogi – 11th – 15th August – Szczepański Square. The Festival is inspired by the oldest Polish cooking tradition: that of stuffed dumplings, and it aims to promote the richness of Old Polish cuisine among Polish and foreign tourists. The Festival is accompanied by tasting sessions, fairs, artistic events and competitions.
- Coke Live Music Festival 2008 – 22nd August – Timbaland 23rd August – The Prodigy, Missy Elliott, Sean Paul
- ‘Music in Old Cracow’ Festival – 15th -31st August – Each day from in one of Cracow’s beautiful churches you may hear music of noble compositors like Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi. Those is no better venue to listen classical music than mystic historical interiors of Gothic, Renaissance or Baroque churches.
- EnterTAIN the Dragon – every Friday at 7p.m. from 4th July to 22nd August – Centrum Sztuki Molier, 4 Szewska st – Where can a foreigner get acquainted with Polish ways and customs? Kraków has such an offer and many tourists have come to love it! It is an offer of a cabaret program for English-speaking tourists visiting Poland.This 90-minute live show ”Entertain the Dragon “ is played in English by professional Polish actors, Krzysztof Stawowy and Aldona Jankowska.
- ‘Sacrum Profanum’ Festival – 14th – 21st September – The scope of the festival is focused on presenting the masterpieces of instrumental and vocal-instrumental 20th century music that refers to the fundamental role of the intertwined motifs of ‘sacrum and profanum’. How the name of the festival shows, concert take place in unusual places like rolling mill of steel factory in Nowa Huta or Schindler’s factory.
- Autumn Jazz in Cracow at Alchemia club – This will be one of the most important events in the history of improvised music in Kraków. On the Alchemia stage will present the world leading bands of improvised music” announces the jazz web-site named diapazon.pl. The event, billed as the celebration of free jazz, was inaugurated at the end of September by Sonore band.
- International Festival of Early Music – ‘Music from Isles’ – round 5th of October – Another staple of Krakow’s classical music scene.
- Genius Loci – round 6th October – Laznia Nowa – Szkolne 26 Nowa Huta – Genius Loci is a live experience – this is a conversation about reality. This is not a contest or a competition, it’s rather a gathering around the common idea, an attention paid for a man, a bridge between streets and a place of culture.
- Etiuda & Anima Film Festival – 14th – 21st November -The prestigious and often experimental Etiuda and Anima Film Festival showcases mainly student and independent works from all over the world.
- Zaduszki Jazzowe – 29th Octber – 2nd November – Krakowskie Zaduszki Jazzowe Festival is also known as the All Souls Jazz Festival, and is Europe’s oldest jazz festival, and features some of the brightest stars in the Polish and international jazz scenes.
- The festival of Polish Music – 9th – 16th November – This new festival showcases Poland’s creme de la creme from the Middle Ages right up to today’s young hopefuls. Concerts take place in some of the most beautiful spaces in the city, from the Wawel Cathedral to the Philharmonic Hall.
- Audio Art Festival – 21st November – 6th December – Audio Art Festival presents individual artists from all over the world. Festival also presents other non-audio art events extending the whole image of the art based on sound.Audio Art Festival events are webcasted live.
- Unsound Festival, 18th – 25th November – Pauza club – 18 Florianska st, Re club – 4 Krzyża st – Electronic and experimental, cutting the edge music: Xiu Xiu, Colleen, Skream, Boxcutter, Benga, Pinch, Nôze, Melchior Productions, Bruno Pronsato
- Christmas Market – all December – Main Market Square – it is the only chance to buy presents for nearest and dearest. A lot of traditional workshops, Christmas food and drinks, mandatory try the best polish mullet wine.
- Jazz Juniors – 5th -10th December – is one of the oldest jazz festivals in Poland and the only one that presents the most talented young jazz musicians. The Festival gives opportunity to compare famous artists with those who take their first steps.
- Silient Film Festival – 5th -10th December – Kino pod Baranami, Manggha –Centre of Japanise Art and Technology. Festival of silent films accompanied by live music.