Key brands, events and festivals
We develop many of our projects and programmes ourselves. We also foster strong partnerships, patronages and collaborations. We want all our partners to know that they can always count on us. We are open to partnerships, and being engaged in myriad initiatives brought forward by the city and its residents is fundamental to our mission by supporting Kraków.
We organise major festivals showcasing early (Misteria Paschalia, Opera Rara) and contemporary music (Sacrum Profanum). The Krakow Film Music Festival, one of Poland’s most important festivals spanning the boundaries of music and cinema, is famous the world over. Our Conrad Festival, winner of the prestigious EFFE Award 2019-2020 for outstanding art festivals, is the most important literary event in Central and Eastern Europe. The Miłosz Festival is a major annual event for poetry fans. We also host outdoor summertime events including the Wianki Music Festival and the St. John’s Fair.
We are the operator of the UNESCO City of Literature programme – Poland’s first urban strategy promoting reading and supporting authors and local book markets. KBF also manages the Regional Film Fund, International Film Fund and Kraków Film Commission which all support domestic and international film productions in Kraków and Małopolska.
As the operator of the ICE Kraków Congress Centre, manager of the InfoKraków Tourist Information Network, publisher of the “Kraków Culture” quarterly and founder of the Kraków Network of representatives of the local meetings industry, we accumulate knowledge on cultural life, initiate meetings between representatives of different fields and contribute to the sustainable development of leisure and business tourism in Kraków by bringing together the worlds of culture, entrepreneurship and tourism.
When the reality of living under a pandemic hit last year, we responded immediately. In spring 2020, we launched the campaign “Become a Visitor in Your Own City! Explore Kraków”. We were also commissioned by the City of Kraków to develop and launch Poland’s first VOD platform, PLAY KRAKÓW.
Since 2021, KBF has been responsible for implementing Kraków Culture’s policies. It is a guide through all the city has to offer, a tool of international communication, a trove of articles on the most important cultural sectors, a new quarterly magazine “Kraków Culture” borne out of the old favourite monthly “Karnet”, and a sales platform for the cultural industry. Diversity is power!