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.
Let us introduce you some of the Lublin's greatest festivals.
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 Festival of the Wieniawski Brothers 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.
Organizer: Henryk Wieniawski Philharmonic in Lublin
CODES – The Festival of Traditional and Avant-garde Music is an international event combining archaic and new music. The mixture of two distinctive 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 contemporary music composers, avant-garde jazzmen and traditional musicians to meet up and co-work. The following musicians have performed during the Festival so far: Laurie Anderson, Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk Evelyn Glennie, Iva Bittová, Thurston Moore, Kronos Quartet.
Can you imagine a forgotten Lublin backstreet turning for one night only into the most romantic nook and cranny in Europe, rivalling Barcelona, Venice or Paris? And perhaps concerts should not take place on the stage but on the walls of signature town houses, where musicians play suspended over pedestrians by means of dynamic ropes? Why go to the movies if you can watch a film with a starry sky stretching above your head? The Night of Culture is a festival that defies expectations and never fails to keep one surprised. Art transforms places that are either unknown or forgotten. Gates become iridescent installations, squares and yards become theatre stages and the streets of the Old Town manage to astonish even the most hardened from the locals. Museums, galleries and theatres are appealingly open till the small hours. The Night of Culture inspires visitors and residents to discover Lublin once again or for the very first time.
Organizer: Workshops of Culture
The Different Sounds Art’n’Music Festival is a meeting of world-class artists that represent various nationalities and practise diverse music styles. The organisers scout rock, reggae, electro and the classical musicians. What inspires the Festival programmers the most is the liminal space where genres, traditions and cultural influences overlap. For that reason, they provide the original, premium artistic quality and unforgettable aesthetic experiences. So far the Festival’s line-up has included the following artists: Einstürzende Neubauten, Goldfrapp, Tony Allen, Asian Dub Foundation, Yat-Kha, The Tiger Lilies. Equally inspiring is the Festival’s very name – the idea of the „East of Culture” that enables to bring to Lublin the most exciting acts from among others countries such as Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia. 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.
Organizer: Workshops of Culture
The Carnaval Sztukmistrzów Festival has become a magnet for performers from all over the world, not only performing circus-theatre spectacles but conducting workshops as well, dedicated to the experienced professionals and aspiring beginners. The Festival features The 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 Carnaval is the biggest and the most important New Circus festival in this part of Europe.
Organizer: Workshops of Culture
The Festival 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. The Festival is aimed to present in Lublin folk songs and dances from all over the world. There are street parades and concerts in Lublin and throughout the entire region. By organising dance and music workshops young artists are enabled to get to know Polish music and familiarise themselves with national and folk dances.
Wanda Kaniorowa “Lublin” Folk Song and Dance Ensemble
t +48 81 532 78 43
The Jagiellonian Fair is the time when traditional culture is presented by the goods of music, singing and dance. Featuring concerts of both traditional music and music inspired by the heritage of past generations, the event involves dance nights where obereks, mazurkas and polkas are crucial as well as the exhibitions that show folk and the neo-folk artists. The Jagiellonian Fair is a chance to meet numerous artists, artisans, craftspeople from Central and Eastern Europe. Working closely with the top ethnologists, the organisers of the Jagiellonian Fair invite long-time practitioners and artists inspired by the folk art.
Organizer: Workshops of Culture
“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 European Festival of Taste 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. The organisers would like visitors and local participants to slow down and unhurriedly try the surrounding flavours and scents. The Festival’s signature features include: a wide-ranging repertoire of cultural events, including concerts of Balkan and Ukrainian music, exhibitions and expositions, contests and culinary workshops.
Organizer: Kresowa Akademia Smaku Association
The Lublin-based “Open City” Festival is one of the most important showcases of modern art in Poland and the biggest exhibition of this kind in Eastern Poland. The rationale behind the 8th iteration of the Festival is to emphasise the symbolic dimension of the space of Lublin by introducing to it commissioned artworks. The artistic interventions of the participants of the Festival are construed as “alien bodies” growing inside the very tissue of Lublin, moments of an unexpected change in the (physical and symbolic) space, which we have so far regarded as well-known and thoroughly critiqued. As a result, art is exposed both to fleeting emotions of passers-by and to fickle weather conditions. Artists usually play the role of performers of ideological programmes formulated by the funders of monuments. For the duration of the Open City Festival we will reverse this division of labour and bestow upon the participating artists a much needed sense of agency. Full documentation of all artists’ realisations (in the form of a catalogue of temporary art) and permanent artworks constitute the added value of the Festival.
“Crossroads” Centre for Intercultural Creative Initiatives
t +48 81 466 61 67
Date: September - October
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. The Festival focuses at the 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 the “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 are accompanied by series of interdisciplinary events: films – Festival cinema, concerts – musical confrontations at night, exhibitions – confrontations’ Gallery, as well as numerous debates.
Centre for Culture in Lublin
Falkon is one of the biggest fantasy conventions 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, lm, art and computer games. The three days of the convention are filled with lectures, discussions, competitions, tournaments, performances and other attractions. The distinctive feature 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 convention is to promote and preserve the interest in fantasy among both teenagers and adults. The aim of the convention is to promote and preserve the interest in the broadly defined fantasy and science fiction among both teenagers and adults by exposing them to literature, lm, art and games.
“Cytadela Syriusza” – Lublin Fantasy Association
Highly rewarded in Poland and Europe, The International Dance Theatre Festival was launched in 1997. The idea of the festival is to enable dancers from all over the world to meet, exchange ideas and inspirations. The organizers emphasise 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 interesting performances by professional dance theatres from all over the world and promotes Polish artists seeking opportunity to present and discuss their work. It is a platform of exchange of experience and mutual inspiration for practitioners of the different types of art.
Lublin Dance Theatre – The Centre for Culture in Lublin
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, lm 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 presentation of the most interesting and original trends endemic to contemporary Ukrainian culture as well as the dissemination of the Polish-Ukrainian intercultural dialogue.
Kultura Duchowa Pogranicza Foundation
t +48 669 207 678
During The Christmas Festival the Po Farze Square (plac Po Farze) echoes with carols evoking 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 children and concerts given by the artists make the event extremely popular within the residents of Lublin.
The Chancellery of the Mayor of the City of Lublin & The Dominican Monastery in Lublin
The New Year’s Eve celebration has a special place in the event calendar of Lublin. Each year, the residents of Lublin welcome the New Year together in the city centre. Everyone can join for free. The special attractions range from sketches and DJs playing dance music to concerts of top Polish pop stars. Every year at midnight a representative of the city authorities wishes people a happy New Year and the sky is illuminated by the outstanding show of the fireworks.
Centre for Culture in Lublin