Culture in Poznań


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.

In the Archdiocesan Museum

A sense of surprise, anxiety and delight will grip you on entry. White, nude life-size figures bending down in despair line both sides of the arcaded courtyard of the Lubrański Academy. This is how Grzegorz Niemyjski portrays Lamentations, a Jewish prayer at the Wailing Wall.

A beautiful setting

To say that summer music festivals have been hanging in the balance is a huge understatement. Their organisers have been forced to quickly adapt to new circumstances. Some chose to postpone their events until 2022, others opted to sign exclusively Polish artists. The winners were those who, from the very get-go, based their programmes on Polish line-ups. Such was the case of Enea Edison Festival. This year's edition of this two-day event is set to kick off on 23 July in Baranowo near Poznań.

Safe sounds

Krzysztof Zalewski, sanah, Katarzyna Nosowska, and Jazz Band Młynarski-Masecki are just some of the stars of the Summer Sounds series to be kicked off this year by Kwiat Jabłoni's performance in Old Brewery Park on the last Friday of June.

Crinoline: Fashion's Most Magnificent Disaster

When lovely Woman stoops to Crinoline,

she ceases to be Woman, and becomes a Monster.

"Crinoline for Gentlemen". Punch, 31st October 1857, 183.

Crinoline was a truly vital part of the clothing of nineteenth-century upper-class women. Their distinctive bell-shaped dresses supported on metal cages or whalebone petticoats can easily be spotted today in numerous period paintings, early photographs and costume movies. The trend, which originated in the 1840s, ran strong until the 1860s when dresses gradually grew flatter at the front and on the sides while being more protruding in the back, decorated lavishly with successive layers of fabric.

Between Us

Poland's biggest celebration of animated cinematography: the 14th International Animator Animated Film Festival in Poznań, is scheduled to take place on 9-15 July.

Malta returns to its roots

This year's Malta festival is going to comprise predominantly outdoor events, which is good news for all those who have dreamed to see it return to the original formula of open street theatre that gets intimate with its audience. And yet, the Festival will continue to cater to all those who have followed its Idioms, or leitmotivs, over the years, that identify and reflect key trends in contemporary theatre. This year's edition reconciles both visions.

In search of a suitable image

As soon as 18 June, the winner of this year's Konkurs 30/30 (30/30 Contest) for the best album sleeve art of 2020 will be announced. This will also be the first day of the post-contest exhibition, scheduled to remain open until the end of July.

The sun and water

Dear Parent and/or Carer! We are well aware that for more than a year now you have been spending more time with your children than you ever expected and, frankly, probably ever even signed up for. What made things worse is that, for most of this time, you have been cooped up in your home. Schools and cultural institutions did their best to provide respite. However, the best they could do under the circumstances was to offer your kids activities that involved even more computer screen time. This severely tested the limits of your children's attention spans. Luckily, the spring has come and it is time to head for the great outdoors! Where exactly should I go?, you might ask. Here are a few ideas we have been able to pull together.

The Poznań Zoo

150 years ago, in a train station restaurant in the village of Jeżyce near Poznań, a bunch of regulars thought of a highly unusual way to mark its owner's 50th birthday: they gave him "living gifts". These were mainly farm animals: a pig, a ram, a goat, a hen, a duck, a goose and a rabbit, and a few more exotic species such as a peacock, a trained bear and a monkey. They all ended up living in the restaurant's garden. Such were the origins of the Poznań Zoo.

Museums reopen - for the second time

Museums and art galleries are again open to the public. As covid cases decline, restrictions are eased allowing some cultural institutions to return. Most museums reopened on Tuesday, 4 May, with a number of others planning to reopen within days.

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