Street theatres galore.
/2017-06-26/ The 30th International
Festival starts in Krakow on Wednesday, July 5th to end on Sunday,
July 9th or actually Monday as the final show called
F451-Krakow is planned to last 24 hours.
The Krakow Rynek Glowny central square
remains the principal venue for the festival's numerous
neighboring squares, Maly Rynek and Plac Szczepanski, will serve as
the festival stages every afternoon and evening with four to seven
shows back to back.
Sinfonietta class fest.
/2017-06-20/ This year Sinfonietta Festival of classic music
goes on in
from June 30th through July 4th. Concerts take place
every day. The program for
Saturday, July 1st
looks hectic indeed, with 13 free concerts on that
Krakow Summer Jazz Fest.
/2017-06-12/ The 22nd Summer
Festival in Krakow takes place from June 18th
to July 29th, 2017 though it gets in full swing throughout
July. The main venue is the Piwnica Pod
Baranami cellar club at 27 Rynek Glowny (Grand Square) where
jazz concerts are scheduled every night at 9 pm from July
3rd through July 29th. The culmination falls on July 15th,
aka Jazz Night, with numerous free concerts - in
Krakow clubs as well as
The UNESCO World Heritage talks.
The 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee
takes place in Krakow from July 2nd through July 12th, 2017.
After the opening at the Wawel Royal
Castle the delegates will take up the
ICE conference center. The
main conference is to be accompanied by a number of side
Science festival in central square.
/2017-05-24/ Science Festival takes place in Rynek Glowny
central square from Thursday, May 25th through
Saturday, May 27th. A showcase for Krakow
universities, it enables visitors to watch and
participate in various experiments. Free admission.
Leonardo's Lady in new place.
Leonardo da Vinci's Krakow
Lady with an Ermine, has been moved from the Wawel
Royal Castle to the
in Krakow. The
picture is placed in an upstairs room of the museum's main
hall (Gmach Glowny) at 1, 3 Maja street. Initially free of
charge, from June 23rd, 2017 the regular ticket is to cost 10 zloty
(PLN). Opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
/2017-05-06/ In 2017 the Museum Night takes place in Krakow
on Friday, May
19th. Krakow museums will keep long
hours, admit free of charge, and offer special attractions. Visitors
need to purchase a token for one zloty that will allow to access the
museums and travel for free on trams and city buses from 5 pm to 2
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Leonardo's at the Royal Castle somewhat longer.
The exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine in the Wawel Royal Castle
has been extended for a week. It closes permanently on May
7th, 2017 rather than April 30th as originally planned.
Euro 2017 U21 Championship in Krakow.
Five matches of Euro 2017 U-21 are scheduled to take place
in Krakow in the second half of June.
It co-hosts the European
football youth championship together with five other
Polish cities. Apart from Poland eleven national teams
qualified, all players aged 21 years or younger.
Krakow's Stadion Cracovia stadium, situated just
a ten minutes’ walk from the central square, is
the venue for the final on June 30th, 2017 as well as one of
semifinals on June 27th. Earlier – on June 18th, June 21st,
and June 24th – it is to host matches of Group C consisting
of Germany, the Czech Republic, Denmark, and Italy.
2017 Folk Art Fair.
/2017-04-24/ The 41st Cepelia Folk Art Fair in
Krakow takes place this
summer in Rynek Glowny central square from August 10th through
August 27th, 2017. As usual, visitors may expect rows
of stalls selling
assorted traditional village crafts and arts, that is embroidery,
pottery, woodcarving, painting, iron, metalwork, etc. There are also
varied special attractions and entertainments such as gigs by acts
performing traditional village tunes and songs..
Student revelries peak in May.
This year Krakow's Juwenalia traditional student festival
takes place from May 9th throuigh May 14th. It culminates in a wild and colorful pageant
in Rynek Glowny central square, scheduled for
Friday, May 12th. Expect the parade of Krakow
students to reach the square at noon or so.
Summer opera festival in Krakow.
/2017-04-18/ The 2017 Krakow Opera
Summer Festival starts June 9th and ends July
2nd. Three events take place in the courtyard of the
Wawel Royal Castle but otherwise the venue is the
Opera House at Lubicz street.
The Czartoryski Museum in brief.
/2017-04-07/ An exhibition called “Most Valuable. The
Princes Czartoryski Collection.” has opened today in
Arsenal building at 8 Pijarska street to go on till
April 8th, 2018. It displays roughly 350 exhibits,
including some of the most valuable items of
Krakow’s famed Czartoryski Museum, such gems among
them as Rembrandt’s ‘Landscape with the Good
Samaritan’ and Lucas Cranach’s portraits of Polish
royalty. At the same time the museum’s crown jewel,
namely Leonardo da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine’,
is to be exhibited separately in the main hall of the
Krakow National Museum at 3 Maja street from May 19th,
2017. Meant as a cross-section of the Czartoryski
collections, the Arsenal show contains not only works of
art but also antiquities, memorabilia connected with
great men and Polish history, documents, and ancient
Cracovia, Poland's hockey champ
The ComArch Cracovia aka Cracovia Krakow,
the city’s ice hockey team, has won Poland’s
championship for season 2016/2017. It is the second
time in row. Thus the club has held twelve
titles since 1937 when it prevailed for the first
Krakow, a budget break.
/2017-03-25/ A budget city break in
Krakow costs 160.55
British pounds in 2017 according to the annual Post Office Travel
Money City Costs Barometer. It’s 21.50 pounds less than a cheap
break in Prague. The report states that Krakow is the 6th least
expensive among popular city break destinations in Europe. The
cheapest comes Paphos in Cyprus with costs amounting to 138.40
pounds. Stockholm in Sweden and Reykjavik in Iceland remain the most
expensive places for frugal tourists..
Metallica to perform in Krakow in April 2018.
/2017-03-16/ Next year
the USA's famed rock band, will give a concert in Krakow. The gig,
part of the WorldWired Tour, is planned for Saturday, April 28th,
2018. Venue Tauron Arena Krakow at 7
Lema street. Tickets on sale from March 21st, 2017.
2017 Easter market in Krakow.
/2017-03-10/ This year Easter
market in Krakow starts in the city's central square on Friday,
April 7th to last through Monday, April 17th. Expect traditional
Easter decorations, foods, and village handicrafts will be on sale.
Baroque music for free.
/2017-03-02/ Krakow festival of Bach
music, 22nd Bach Days, take place from Monday,
March 13th through Sunday, March 19th with at least
one concert every day in Aula Florianka at 8
Basztowa street. All concerts are free.
Leonardo's masterpiece to leave Royal Castle.
It's all clear now. Leonardo's famous picture
Lady with an Ermine is to stay on
show in the Wawel Royal Castle to the end of April. From May
19th, 2017 the marvelous portrait of Cecilia Gallerani
will be displayed in the main building of the National
Museum in Krakow at 1. 3 Maja street.
Shanties festival in Krakow.
/2017-02-01/ This year's edition of
Shanties Krakow festival of sailor songs takes place from
Thursday, February 23rd through Sunday, February 26th. The main
festival venues are Zaczek club at 5, 3 Maja street and
Kijow.Centrum playhouse at 34 Slowackiego avenue.
Commemorating victims of KL Plaszow.
/2017-01-25/ Municipality of Krakow,
the Jewish Religious Community of Krakow, and the
City of Krakow Historical Museum have signed an
agreement that paves the way for the creation of the
Museum Memorial Site commemorating victims of
KL Plaszow, the Nazi
concentration camp situated in Krakow during World War
II. The new museum is to open before 2021 if
everything goes well.
Government has got the Lady.
/2017-01-02/ On December 29th the Polish government has
bought Leonardo da Vinci's 'Lady with an Ermine' as well as the rest
of The Princes Czartoryski Museum and The
Czartoryski Library for euro 100,000,000. The museum, however,
will not reopen before 2019 anyway, probably. Nevertheless,
Leonardo's famous painting is to be transferred from the
Wawel Royal Castle, where it's exhibited
now, probably to the Krakow National Museum's
branch at the Cloth Hall in the Rynek