December Kaleidoscope

30 November 2016

Before Christmas bells ring out, there’s plenty to see and hear in Kraków. December starts as it means to go on: first there are anniversary concerts of the Jazz Juniors festival with the electrifying performance by four pianists at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre, followed by spectacles as part of Divine Comedy – an event which has become the most hotly anticipated theatre festival in the country. This is something we are delighted by, since the festival reveals the dazzling everyday of Polish theatre, instantly responding to social and political changes, never shying away from difficult subjects and never hesitating to get involved.

December is also a time to remember Christmas traditions, admire the latest festive decorations (this year inspired by art deco) and take a walk All Around Nativity Scenes. Just after the traditional competition held by the Historical Museum, selected nativity scenes from its extensive collections once again find their way to shop fronts and other venues in the centre of Kraków. New this year are five huge scenes commissioned from renowned constructors, placed in the city space. Finally, the New Year’s Eve party comes in a brand new, expanded format – this year revellers will be welcoming in 2017 at the Main Market Square as well as in Nowa Huta and the Podgórski Market Square. There will be plenty of hot music and warm words...

  • The motto of this year’s Divine Comedy festival is “Poland has not yet perished so long as theatre still lives”! We have a great celebration of Poland’s stages in store! read more
  • Dazzling traditional Cracovian nativity scenes take us into a festive atmosphere! read more
  • It’s a night unlike any other, and this year’s New Year’s Eve party in the city is going to be special! read more
  • This festival never gets old. Held since 1976, Jazz Juniors has always focused on young, talented musicians, and the anniversary 40th event will be no different (2-5 December). read more
  • Trains, planes, automobiles, horse-drawn carts… From the dawn of history people were always heading somewhere! The 17th Silent Film Festival (1-4 December) takes us on a magical journey in time and space at Pod Baranami Cinema. read more
  • The 14th Krakow Mountain Festival (2-4 December, University of Economics) welcomes wads for whom guppy, choss and mantelshelf are everyday lingo as well as mere mortals who simply love the mountains and mountaineering films. read more


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