Lublin’s culture is unique and inclusive, authentic and original, since it is rooted in the local context. It is characterised by participation and diversity, encounters of different cultures, religions and ideas, motivating inhabitants to discover themselves, other people and the world. Lublin’s culture also represents the most important phenomena of Polish and global culture.
Numerous outdoor festivals and artistic shows are held in the city.
Brothers Henryk and Józef Wieniawski belong among the top echelons of world-class composers and individuals of global music world. The value of Henryk Wieniawski’s compositions and the renown of his virtuosity are second to none. His younger brother Józef is perhaps less known and for that reason his heritage ought to be dusted off. Fittingly, the International Wieniawski Brothers Festival serves as a reminder of their dual contribution to the history and development of music, providing an opportunity to become familiar with not only his works but also with outstanding composers and performers of world-class music.
Henryk Wieniawski Philharmonic in Lublin
t +48 81 531 51 20
“Codes” Festival of Traditional and Avantgarde Music is an international event devoted to the idea of combining the archaic and the new in music. Presentday composers and improvising musicians often formally and thematically allude to archaic musical forms and seemingly antiquated sonic patterns. The mixture of two distinctive canons of aesthetics forms a completely unique listening experience where the magic of archaic melodies and the artistry of contemporary music co-exist. The festival provides a rare opportunity for excellent contemporary music composers, representatives of the avant-garde jazz, traditional musicians, and artists reconstructing old music to meet together and co-work. The following musicians have so far performed in Lublin during the Festival: Laurie Anderson, Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk Evelyn Glennie, Iva Bittová, Thurston Moore, Kronos Quartet.
The Centre for Intercultural Creative Initiatives - “Crossroads”
t +48 81 466 61 67
The Night of Culture inspires both Lubliners and tourists to explore the charm of the city by artistically enlivening its main streets as well as back alleys, its less prominent districts and somewhat forgotten squares. During this special Night Lublin does not sleep as its residents‘ cultural sensibilities are re-awakened, encouraging even the most passive and culture-wary of inhabitants to be active, to stay awake and be day and night receptive to artistic and cultural initiatives. During the Night of Culture all Lublin’s cultural institutions throw their doors wide open, offering not just free but also specially commissioned events to cultural night-crawlers walking the city’s streets till the early hours of the morning. Lublin’s cityscape – its urban setting – be- comes the Night’s number one stage, where world-famous theatres share spotlight with buskers, and where symphonic music be- comes intertwined with jazz, folk, rock and dance-inducing electronica. Anything can happen and everything happens: concerts on rooftops, in courtyards and in squares, performances and happenings in backstreets, visual art in the city’s main artery, theatre plays in Old Town’s gates or in the city’s fountains, fashion shows on the stairs leading to public institutions, drive-in cinemas, film screenings in the parking lot of the City Hall. All the events - rising in numbers every year – attract tens of thousands of visitors.
Workshops of Culture
t +48 81 533 08 18
Lublin-based “Open city” is one of the most important presentations of contemporary art in Poland and the biggest event of this kind in the east of Poland. The Festival is founded upon the principle of opening art, liberating it from the confines of institutionalised exhibition space, and de-contextualising it from museum space. Instead, the city - with its fluidity and malleability - becomes open-air exhibition space. For a month artists allow their output to be judged and commented upon by residents and tourists. by being exposed not only to the fleeting emotions of the passers-by but also to the elements, the artworks become inscribed in the both historical context and the modern problems of Lublin as an urban centre. They become a living commentary and a chapter in the city’s historical narrative. Full documentation of the Festival in the shape of a catalogue and the non-temporary artworks that are also part and parcel of Open city provide an additional dimension, becoming the added cultural value of the Festival and Lublin.
The centre for Intercultural creative Initiatives “crossroads”
t +48 81 466 61 67
The Different Sounds art’n’music Festival is a meeting of world-class artists that represent various nationalities and practise diverse music styles. For that reason, the Festival does not intend to limit itself by focussing on one pre-defined art form. constantly looking for and aspiring to greatness, the organisers scout rock, reggae, electro and even classical musicians. What inspires the Festival programmers the most is the liminal space where genres, traditions and cultural influences overlap. For that reason, they focus on originality, premium artistic quality and unforgettable aesthetic experiences provided by handpicked headliners. So far the Festival’s line-up has included the following artists: morcheeba, Tinariwen, asian Dub Foundation, balkan beat box, Goldfrapp, arrested Development, ebo Taylor and Tiger Lillies. Focused on music, the Festival is a multi- disciplinary event: apart from concerts, there are organised debates concerning european identity, workshops and exhibitions as well as a special “Little Different Sounds” programme dedicated to children.
Workshops of culture
t⁄f +48 81 533 08 18
The Magicians Carnival is the time of the so-called New Circus and assorted street extravaganza. The Carnival is Lublin’s one of a kind calling card. The city is a magnet for performers from all over the world, who not only perform circus-theatre crossover spectacles but conduct workshops as well, which are dedicated to experienced professionals and aspiring beginners alike. The Festival features also urban Highline – the biggest slackline festival in the world. Inspired by the figure of the Magician of Lublin – the title character of noble Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer’s novel, the Carnival is the biggest and the most important New Circus festival in this part of europe.
Workshops of culture
t +48 81 533 08 18
The event has been organised annually since 1984, which makes it one of the oldest and most important events of its kind in Poland. Organised under the auspices of CIOFF - International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts, the event showcases children’s and adult ensembles in alternate years. There are street parades, concerts in Lublin, nałęczów, and throughout the entire region. There are also special, charitable concerts organised for the benefit of the young patients of the Lublin-based Children Research Hospital. In addition, dance and music workshops are organised as a way of enabling young artists to get to know Polish music and familiarise themselves with national and folk dances.
Wanda Kaniorowa Folk Song and Dance Ensemble
t +48 81 532 78 43
The Jagiellonian Fair is a commercial and artistic event. The Fair gives a chance to admire handicraft goods from craftsmen who come here form all over Poland, ukraine, and belarus. The Fair harks back to the famous Lublin Fairs, which – in the late 15th and early 16th century – were one of the most famous international merchant events. The Fair is also accompanied by a host of cultural events, including historical re-enactments. The event is linked to a number of late-evening folk concerts, which attract a lot of attention, as well as traditional open-air dances.
Workshops of culture
t +48 81 533 08 18
“Meeting of Styles” - The International Graffiti Festival focuses on presenting graffiti as one of the progressive art modalities in public space. In accordance with the city’s mission statement, “Lublin - a city of Inspiration”, the municipality promotes all initiatives underpinned by the ideas of creativity and activism on the part of the younger generation. The acclaim generated by previous editions of the Festival is evidence of its popularity and of public demand for this type of events. Lublin’s increasingly active graffiti circle further testifies to the Festival’s evolutionary diversity.
City of Lublin’s marketing Department
The Festival focuses on multiculturalism and the culinary heritage of the Lublin region. It is also the biggest culinary festival of the region, attracting residents and tourists alike through its confluence of cultural events and the traditions of Lublin’s cuisine. This is a splendid opportunity to wind down and get familiarised with assorted specialities of the Lublin region. To this end, the organisers would like visitors and local participants to slow down and unhurriedly partake in and partake of surrounding flavours and scents. recharged, suffused with the positivity offered by a diverse set of dishes available, the tourists will return home relaxed and satisfied. The Festival’s signature features include: a wide-ranging repertoire of cultural events, including among others concert of Balkan and Ukrainian music, exhibitions and expositions, contests and culinary workshops.
Kresowa akademia Smaku association
t +48 605 848 848
International Festival Theatre confrontations is one of the best and most highly regarded theatre festivals in Poland. It was first organized in 1996 by the outstanding theatre directors: Janusz Opryński, Leszek mądzik, Włodzimierz Staniewski and Tomasz Pietrasiewicz. Initially, all of them constituted the Festival’s Programming board. Then, each consecutive edition of the Festival was programmed by an artistic commissioner, selected every year. at present, Janusz Opryński is in charge of the Festival’s programming, setting the event’s tone through a syncretic approach to theatre traditions. The Festival focuses on most intriguing and inspiring artistic achievements that provide new ways of understanding the theatre as a form of art. Since 2010 the main programme has been supplemented by a “Lublin showcase”, which is a presentation of the Lublin-based theatre troupes, performers, actors, actresses, and directors. In addition, 2011 saw the inclusion of the maat Festival, which is built upon the idea of theatricality and the theatre stemming from the corporeal, the expression of the body. International Festival Theatre confrontations is accompanied by a series of interdisciplinary events: films - Festival cinema, concerts – musical confrontations at night, exhibitions – confrontations’ Gallery, as well as debates and Q and as.
The centre for culture in Lublin
t +48 81 466 61 19/20
Falkon is one of the biggest fantasy con - ventions in Poland. Every year it attracts over 1000 participants. It embraces all that fits into the notion of fantasy and science fiction and as such it focuses on literature, film, art and computer games. The three days of the conven - tion are filled with lectures, discussions, competitions, tournaments, performances and other attractions. The distinctive fea - ture of Falkon is that all the participants learn and have fun; they broaden their horizons, create a community of a kind, which, although colourful and varied, is bound by a common pursuit – the desire to develop their interests. The aim of the convent is to promote and preserve the interest in fantasy among both teenagers and adults. The aim of the con - vention is to promote and pre- serve the interest in the broadly defined fantasy and science fiction among both teenagers and adults by exposing them to literature, film, art and games.
“ Cytadela Syriusza” – Lublin Fantasy and Science Fiction Association
Launched in 1997, the Festival constitutes one of the most important cultural events in Lublin. It is also a highly regarded dance festival in Poland and Europe. The idea of the festival is to enable dancers from Poland, Central Europe, Western Europe and other parts of the world to meet, exchange ideas and find inspiration in cul - tural differences. The organizers empha - size the universal dimension of the event and remind us that contemporary dance is a unique medium of communication – a fully democratic form of art that can convey the impact of intellect upon emotions. The festival presents interest - ing performances by professional dance theatres from all over the world and pro - motes Polish artists seeking opportunity to present and discuss their work. It is a platform of exchange of experience and mutual inspiration for practitioners of different domains of art.
Lublin Dance Theatre – The Centre for Culture in Lublin
t ⁄ f +48 81 466 61 46
The Festival is a showcase of contemporary Ukrainian culture. It consists of concerts of popular bands from Ukraine that offer a wide array of musical styles, interpretations, and aesthetic types. There are also stage performances, theatre plays, film screenings, exhibitions, art workshops - all of which have become over the years the Festival’s flagship events. In addition, there are also educational events, such as the school-level quiz on Ukrainian culture, a football tournament - known as the Friendship Cup, and a guided tour of Lublin featuring the sites of Ukrainian heritage. The aim of the Festival is the pres - entation of the most interesting and original trends endemic to contemporary Ukrainian culture as well as the dissemination of the PolishUkrainian intercultural dialogue.
Kultura Duchowa Pogranicza Foundation
t⁄f +48 669 207 678
The Christmas Festival is inseparably connected with the tradition of arranging a nativity scene in Po Farze Square. During the Festival the square echoes with carols, which help evoke the magical atmosphere of Christmas. The nativity scene is different every year; the square is decorated with colourful lights and beautiful Christmas trees. The Old Town becomes a miniature Bethlehem, where the spirit of Christmas is omnipresent. The opening of the Festival takes place during the Old Town Christmas Eve, a yearly event organised by Dominican Friars. Contests for kids and concerts by popular artists make the event extremely popular with the residents of Lublin.
The Chancellery of the Mayor of the City of Lublin The Dominican Monastery in Lublin
t +48 728 429 926
The New Year’s Eve is inscribed in the calendar of Lublin events. Every year the residents of Lublin welcome the New Year together in Litewski Square. Everyone can join in the fun. The special attractions range from sketches and DJs playing dance music to concerts of stars like Brathanki, Big Day, Czerwone Gitary, Bajm, Zakopower, and Kayah. Every year at midnight a representative of the city authorities wishes people a happy New Year and the sky is illuminated by fireworks. Glass containers or bottles are not allowed on the site of celebrations for the duration of the festivities. Special night buses operate during Municipal New Year’s Eve.
The Centre for Culture in Lublin
t +48 81 466 61 00
The idea of the Lublin Sportival event is to present Lublin’s sport offer and potential. Above all, the festival promotes leisure and active spending of free time through an event that brings together smaller and larger projects organised by aficionados from our city. Lublin is a place where young people discover their talents, create communities of enthusiasts from various walks of life. Lublin provides inspiration on how to live and develop your own ideas. The annual sport festival in Lublin has a leading theme, in line with which Polish and foreign competitors are invited. Through their talent, experience and professionalism, they inspire the participants of the event to take up their own challenges.
Two editions of Lublin Sportival are held each year: summer – on the last weekend of May and winter – on the first Saturday of December. The Lublin Sportival event is perfectly aligned with the Lublin. City of Inspiration brand, showing the historical image of the city combined with the contemporary, dynamic rhythm of festivals in Lublin.
Lublin is a highly attractive tourist destination. It is a city you have to get to know better to experience its intimate ambience and understand the unique character of the place. You are invited to embark on an exceptional adventure as part of LUBLIN SEASON – symbolic opening of the tourist season in our city. The extensive agenda of the 10-day event is an offer for the residents and guests of our city, who are ready to feel Lublin with all their senses, want to enhance their knowledge and look at Lublin from a different, richer perspective.
The first edition of Lublin Season was held in 2012. The main objective of the event is to foster the understanding of the city’s cultural and historical heritage and its tourist attractions, and also to create effective forms of cooperation through the involvement of communities engaged in the development of tourism in Lublin. An extensive programme of the event is created with the participation of local partners.
Lublin Season events are open to the public free of charge subject to registration at www.sezon.lublin.eu or directly at the Lublin Season Service Office (Lublin Tourist and Cultural Information Centre in Lublin at 1/3 Jezuicka St.).