Culture in Poznań


Dusty photos

The latest photobook by Mariusz Forecki entitled Kurz (Dust) is a terrifyingly topical factual record in which the Poznań-based author seeks to explore the roots of today's superpower Russia. Naturally, the book ponders the causes of the war in Ukraine.

Laboratory of the future

Geological Evidence is a futurological reflection on the impact of advances of industrial civilisation on both the environment and society. Matthew C. Wilson, an American visual artist, experimental filmmaker, and scholar draws on his current research to discuss the helplessness of modern man and explore the environmental crisis. His view brings together the past, the present and the future.

Caution: Risk of Destruction

Thirty-four paintings by Jacek Malczewski will be on view at the National Museum of Poznań until the end of March next year. The works come from the Borys Woźnicki National Art Gallery of Lviv. Named I go out into the world and live on, the display is intended to show solidarity with Ukraine and stir deeper reflection on protecting cultural heritage.

Relationships in dance

As December approaches, so does the next edition of the 1 Page, 1 Look, 180 Seconds festival of the Polish Dance Theatre. For several days, Poznań will throb to the rhythm of story-telling dance that - as every year - will tackle vital, topical, and often difficult issues.

Poznań to celebrate a century of musicology

This year marks exactly a century since the founding of musicology department, Poland's third after those established in the universities of Kraków and Lviv. The centennial celebration will feature a scientific conference, an exhibition, and a symphony concert by the Poznań Philharmonic.

Lift up your hearts! 100 years of KKS Lech Poznań

More than a mere sports club, Lech Poznań is a social phenomenon. Radosław Nawrot once called it "Lechism". In Poznań, or more broadly, in the region of Wielkopolska, Lech is ubiquitous. A frequent topic of conversation at work, school, the local greengrocer's, or hairdresser's, it may even be raised in a childcare centre by parents waiting for their kids to finish their afternoon tea... The Posnania Municipal Publishing House simply could not ignore an event as socially significant as the club's centenary celebration. Therefore, to mark the occasion, we cordially invite you to the exhibition "Lift Up Your Hearts! 100 years of KKS Lech Poznań".

Inclusion through culture

Here is an event that may not interest everyone but that strives to embrace all. From 8 to 10 December, the WŁĄCZNIK! (or "on switches", a pun on the Polish word "włączać", which is "include") International Engaged Culture Forum will take place in the Zamek (Castle) Cultural Centre.

Best of the Best!

A month after the cream of violinists battled it out during the Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition, Poznań will once again become the scene of a musical competition, this time among choirs. The Stefan Stuligrosz Polish Choral Singing Grand Prix Competition is renowned for remarkable contenders.

Family diseases

Happy Family: A Home Counselling Centre is an exhibition that sums up findings of research on a family carried out by Karolina Balcer, a visual artist who explores painting, video, textiles, and architecture. Balcer embarked on her project in 2020 seeking to understand how one person's addiction and disorders can affect other family members. To that end, she examined Aleksandra (mother and wife), Karolina (daughter and sister), Sławomir (husband and father) and Filip (son and brother).

A new take on Saint Martin

Instead of St. Martin (Św. Marcin) Street Nameday, this year's event will celebrate St. Martin's Days. The street's extensive reconstruction in the city centre has compelled the organisers of this unique and popular Poznań event to change its venue as well as its format.

Music - A Better World

The star of this year's autumn Jazz Era gala is Indra Rios-Moore. Fans of stylish female jazz vocals are sure to be delighted!

Who doesn't like posters?

The Posters Are Up exhibition in the Courtyard Gallery (Galeria na Dziedzińcu) of the Old Brewery (Stary Browar), curated by Wojciech Piotr Onak, offers an overview of work by Polish poster artists from times ranging from the post-war period to the present day. What is on offer? Is it poster history or a casual, eye-pleasing presentation?

Cinema, war, nature

Between 18 and 23 October, the organisers, documentary filmmakers, guests and film experts will meet in the Zamek Cultural Centre to discuss the rapid social, geopolitical, and environmental changes taking place in today's world. The OFF CINEMA Documentary Film Festival will be held in Poznań for the 26th time.

A photographic journey

Spanning from Zbąszyń to Konin and from Piła to Kalisz, and of course, well represented in the region's capital, here comes another edition of Ireneusz Zjeżdżałka Wielkopolska Photography Festival scheduled to kick off on 14 October. Unlike most festivals, this one is more of an artistic review than a great joyful fiesta culminating with a party and musical bacchanalia. Don't count on foreign headliners either. In the end, audiences are invited on tours of local art galleries.

A loan in which talent is currency

Due to its ongoing remodelling, Święty Marcin is a street that most Poznań dwellers steer clear of and only visit when absolutely necessary. Its intersection with al. Niepodległości will not be restored to full functionality any time soon. For the time being though, we suggest you ignore what you see and shift your focus to what you can hear, and specifically to violin music, which once again will resound in Poznań as the city turns into the world capital of violin.

The spring of solidarity

Fifteen years ago, the Ukrainian Spring Festival of Culture would only draw Eastern scholars, students of Ukrainian philology and members of the small local Ukrainian community. With every successive edition, audiences grew more numerous as more Ukrainian people settled in Poland. This year's edition, set to begin seven months after the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, marks another watershed.

A matter of well-being

Poznań Design Festival organisers see design as a way of thinking and creatively solving social and environmental problems. This attracts the attention of people interested in design. The festival's upcoming edition is scheduled to take place in late September and early October.

The triumph of independence

An unmistakeable element of perversity comes across in the title of an exhibition coming on view in the Zamek (Castle) Cultural Centre on 10 September. It has been named The Triumph of Colour: French graphic masterpieces from the late 19th and early 20th centuries from the collection of the National Museum in Kraków. Although the predominance of colour identifies more readily with paintings than graphics from that period, colour, of all things, is what has become the focal point of this latest display curated by Krystyna Kulig-Janarek.

Verdi for a good start

Hans von Bülow, conductor, pianist, and composer, and, in his personal life, Richard Wagner's father-in-law, described Verdi's Messa da Requiem as "an opera disguised in liturgical vestments", accusing the author of utterly corrupting the Italian style. In stark contrast to von Bülow, Brahms regarded Verdi's composition as a work of genius.

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