Why Kraków is UNESCO City of Literature?
CULTURAL CAPITAL OF POLAND AND EUROPEAN CITY OF CULTURE 2000
Kraków is the most readily recognisable Polish city – the country’s cultural capital and a city of literature and poetry. In 1978, following the decision by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, Kraków was included on its first list of the most important sites.
In 2013, Kraków was the seventh city in the world to be granted the prestigious title of City of Literature, awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The title recognises Kraków’s heritage and contemporary literary potential, as well as serving as inspiration for further growth.
In 2016, Kraków developed an innovative programme bringing together public institutions, municipal cultural institutions and non-governmental organisations involved with literature. The Kraków UNESCO City of Literature programme, operated by KBF, is a pioneering venture on a national scale.
We have plenty to work with: Kraków is the cradle of Polish language and literature, it has been home to Poland’s most important writers, and it has been the melting pot of the most important literary trends across the ages. The first scriptoriums were founded in Kraków in the 11th century, and it was here that the first printed materials in Poland were produced, first in Latin and later also in Polish.
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