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Through a child's eyes

This year's 39th International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! is set to be held online between 5 and 12 December at alekino.com.

Komeda's worlds and deconstructions

Komeda's music will soon be heard in Poznań again as the Era Jazzu Festival is returning with a series of gala concerts. An array of outstanding artists will appear between 14 and 21 November as part of unique projects.

Happy Name Day!

One of Poznań's most positive and joyful holidays, Święty Marcin Street Name Day, will again, for the second time, be overshadowed by the Covid-19 pandemic. And yet, by all indications, we should be able to meet in person and celebrate together. Don't miss it: it's Święty Marcin Street on 11-14 November.

Paint your history

My suspicion, bordering on certainty, is that whenever you drop the topic of Congolese art in a conversation, people will think of all those traditional folk masks and jewellery made by the locals. The exhibition "The Congolese Self-Portrait. Congo paintings from 1960-1990" may well surprise you, prompting you to revise your notions.

Noriaki: on and off the wall

Mindful of how the opening of the exhibition of works by Noriaki in the Piotrowicz Gallery played out in 2019, with massive crowds effectively blocking the view of the works of art, I put off my visit to The Safe Behind the Painting exhibition in the Old Brewery until a few days after its opening. I didn't just want to attend the event, I wanted to see the display!

In the lens of a camera

Nearly 500 documentary films from 64 countries have been submitted to the 25th edition. The jury ended up selecting 31 documentaries from 14 countries in two categories: short and feature film, among them an astounding 11 productions from Poland. Each of their makers trained their camera on the nightmares and dreams that preoccupy people in the second decade of the 21st century. The Off Cinema International Documentary Film Festival is set to kick off on 19 October in the Zamek (Castle) Cultural Centre.

The century-old Polish photography scene

Blamed for the demise of painting and accused of being mechanical and thoughtless, photography has long and consistently been denied recognition as a true form of art. Ever since 1839, when it was officially invented, it has sparked controversy and heated debates in the artistic community. It seems that echoes of long decades of such disputes persist to this day, coming to the fore every time one mentions a camera while actually referring to a smartphone accessory. Let us briefly explore the history of photography, as it is the main theme of the exhibition Memoryscapes. Landscape in Polish Photography to be held in the Piekary Gallery.

Things are bound to get better!

The twelfth edition of the LGBT film festival is here. From its modest beginnings in just one Warsaw cinema, the event has come a long way and is now touring all of Poland. Its sojourn in Poznań is planned to take place in the Pałacowe Cinema.

Warships in the Citadel!

Enormous, fearsome-looking battleships alongside small, swift destroyers are placed at your fingertips, way inland and in fact in the very centre of Poznań.

13th Poznań Old Jazz Festival

On 11 September, come to the Old Brewery for some good old traditional jazz with renewed energy. The musical stars of this unique celebration of music are the bands Klaipėdos Diksilendas Memeland of Lithuania, Sunny Grove Dixie of Latvia, Medikus Jazz Band Lviv of Ukraine and the Polish groups Dixie Company and Happy Jazz Band.

A world music kaleidoscope

The Ethno Port Festival invariably astonishes its audiences with multihued music from all over the world. All past editions have been held in June, at the start of the holiday season, when the weather was the warmest and the days the longest. This time around, our yearly dose of ethnic inspiration is delivered on the first weekend of September.

The World Awakens

A year ago, Poznań joined the club of the cities that host the Millennium Docs Against Gravity. The local audience will finally get their chance to view the latest documentaries from around the world on large screen in what is Poland's biggest film festival. Its 18th edition will be held on 3-12 September under the slogan "The World Awakens".

Get vaccinated and get closer to the music

The Mayor of Poznan invites you to take part in a unique concert organized on 4 September as part of the #NaFalach cycle. This time the stage on Lake Strzeszyński will be filled with the sounds of music of the young generation. The concert is dedicated to those who have been vaccinated - it is a form of thanking residents for their responsible attitude in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Ptaszyn" for starters

Blue Note club will kick off its new season on the last day of August with a performance by the legendary Polish jazz musician, the artist who started the club's history with a concert over 23 years ago, Jan "Ptaszyn" Wróblewski.

Jazz on Strzeszyńskie Lake waterfront

Leszek Możdżer has held his festival on Lake Strzeszyńskie waterfront near Poznań for a decade now. This year's eleventh edition of the event will again provide a marvellous opportunity to experience in person the power, diversity and exceptional energy of jazz.

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