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More than festivals
More than festivals Prime Kraków festivals, spectacular events for audiences counted in hundreds of thousands, events organised around music, theatre, film, the beaux arts, and literature recognised throughout Poland and Europe – this is what Kraków Festival Office (KBF), one of Poland’s most active public institutions, does today. The operator of the ICE Kraków Congress Centre is the direct inheritor and continuator of the activities and mission of the Kraków 2000 Festival Bureau set up in 1997 to organise a series of events emphasising the role of Kraków in its capacity of the European City of Culture. It was the initiative and effort of the KBF that allowed the inception of such festivals as award-strewn Sacrum Profanum and Misteria Paschalia besides the Kraków Film Music Festival and Grolsch ArtBoom Festival.

Organisational agility and efficiency, and the skill of building from scratch a brand of international recognition for festivals are decisive for the power and prestige of the institution, much like the entire spectrum of activity of the KBF in various fields.

A  natural consequence of such an approach was the expansion of the purely organisational operations of the KBF by adding championing functions in support of development of creative industries, cultural and business tourism, the meetings industry, and leisure time industries. An array of endeavours promoting and disseminating literature, notably Kraków UNESCO City of Literature and Literary Małopolska, the operation of the Krakow Film Commission and Regional Film Fund, assumption of the function of the cultural operator of the Kraków Arena, Poland’s largest and most modern sports and event hall, and management of the vast structure of tourist information under the brand of InfoKraków and ICE Kraków Congress Centre indicate the directions of KBF development initiated in the recent years. It is worth emphasising that these activities continue in strong bond with the environment: many of the initiatives are concerted with appropriate partners, and the consensus thus developed allows further partnership and cooperation. This in turn makes the Kraków Festival Office perceived as the architect of a network bringing together municipal and central institutions, non-governmental organisations, and notably businesses that can in this way keep in touch and communicate on the culture – knowledge – innovation – business platform.
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21 - 03 - 2017
Announcing the guests of the Miłosz Festival

Four festival days filled with meetings with authors, debuts, and concerts, as well as reading and commenting poetry. On the...
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14 - 03 - 2017
Kraków at The London Book Fair

The London Book Fair – one of the most important meeting of the publishing industry in the world – starts today, on...
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13 - 03 - 2017
Conrad Award – a call for submissions!

Only less than two months – until May 2nd – are left to submit books that will compete for the Conrad Award, a...
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07 - 03 - 2017
Easter joy

After the musical reverie of Holy Week, the Misteria Paschalia Festival will host celebratory music, full of bright colours,...
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01 - 03 - 2017
March harmonies in Karnet Magazine

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