January events in Krakow – UNESCO City of Literature

The start of a new year is conducive to resolutions – yours may be to participate in literary events! Some of them will take place on a regular basis, other ones will be one-time only. Part of them will invite the audience to the bright places, widely associated with literature as such (such as a library), the other part will encourage the participants to enter the space of night live and discover new ways to decadence.

Many attractions are awaiting the lovers of literature and encounters with this outstanding art – starting with the Krakow Poetry Salon, through meetings with various authors of famous books, such as Katarzyna Kubisiowska and Kamil Janicki, to literary evenings with music from Podhale and the evening with Chochla Literacka, inspired by the creations of various artists. Join us for the January meetings with literature!


Selected events:

  • ArtCafe Barakah 

The Barakah Theatre will offer another event in the Chochla Literacka series, devoted to the poetry of the dives and artists such as Marek Hłasko and Jan Himilsbach. According to the well-known and loved formula of the event, everyone will have an opportunity to take the microphone and present their favourite poem or one’s own creation. The second event in January will take us on a journey to the world of Kafka and Schulz, obsessions and blasphemies. The meetings will take place at 9:00 p.m. on the 6th and the 19th of January, at Paulińska 28. Admission is free!

  • Krakow Poetry Salon

The meetings in January will be devoted to the creations of Juliusz Słowacki, Jan Kott, Raymond Queneau and Anna Piwkowska. Those, who are interested will discover the allures of poetry recited by actors in theatrical atmosphere – devoid of unnecessary pathos. Among the readers and performers, we are going to see Anna Dymna, Anna Polony, Sławomir Maciejewski, students of the 3rd year at the Acting Department of the PWST National Academy of Theatre Arts and others. Free tickets can be obtained from the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre ticket office.

  • Podgórze Cultural Centre

On the 9th of January, the Podgórze Cultural Centre will invite everyone for a meeting with the famous and controversial book about Jerzy Pilch, featuring Katarzyna Kubisiowska – author of Pilch w sensie ścisłym. Biografia, and three weeks later, on the 30th of January we are going to have another “Meeting around the book” with Kamil Janicki, author of Dama ze skazą (ZNAK HORYZONT 2016), a book about the women who brought Poland a crown. Admission is free!

  • Podgórze Cultural Centre

Apart from the “Meetings around the book”, we are also going to see some meetings with literature and music: two evenings, one filled with Russian songs and romance books, second one with sung poetry from Podhale. The meetings will take place at 6:00 p.m. on the 18th and the 19th of January, at Sokolska 13. Admission is free!

  • ArtCafe Barakah

In January, fans of events crossing the borders between literature and music will enjoy the Rock Dramatorium. During subsequent events of this series, the organisers will offer the attending participants the best musical pieces from their times, the most unreal films and the most honest literature. January will be the month of ROCK and… a bit of folk. What’s in the plans? The Doors, Beautiful Losers, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen, Maanam, The Rolling Stones, Hell’s Angels, Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg, Siekiera, Bob Dylan, Coffee and Cigarettes, Elvis’ sideburns, Direct Cinema, Candy, Hunter S. Thompson, Exotica, Republika and legendary concerts. “Because the night belongs to life” – as Patti Smith would certainly say. The event will take place at 8:00 p.m. on the 20th of January, at Paulińska 28. Admission is free!


You will find the full schedule of the events here.

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