Cultural heart of the agglomeration

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Katowice is the cultural heart of an agglomeration of over two million people. The city is one of the leading cultural centres in Poland. It is host to the biggest cultural events in the region. Exhibitions, as well as film, music and theatre events have firmly established themselves on the city's cultural map.

Music events

Cyclic music events such as the Rawa Blues Festival, the Tauron New Music Festival, the Silesian Jazz Festival, the Mayday Festival, the May Music Festival and dozens of other concerts attract yearly hundreds of thousands of music fans from all over the world. For the fifth time this year, Katowice hosted the OFF Festival - the most important alternative festival in Poland.

The city of Katowice is home to the internationally renowned Academy of Music, as well as The National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The Silesian Philharmonics is also located here. The opening of the new seat of the National Polish Radio Orchestra took place on October 1, 2014. The International Congress Centre and the new seat of the Silesian Museaum, all in the vicinity of Spodek, are due to be completed in 2015.

A showcase for Katowice is The "Camerata Silesia" - The Katowice City Singers' Ensemble promoting the city in Poland and abroad. Classical music plays an important role in Katowice. The city hosts numerous concerts and festivals such as The International Festival of Young Music Competition Laureates, The Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors, summer promenade concerts entitled "From Bach to the Beatles", The Organ Festival "Organ Music in the Cathedral", The Festival of Premieres, The Chamber Music Festival - "Silesian Quartet and its Guests", The Ars Cameralis Festival and Katowice's opera ballet and operetta events. In 2010, as part of the Chopin Year Celebrations, Katowice held the International Chopin Knowledge Challenge - "All About Chopin", which took place in Spodek.

Theatres

Katowice's theatre stage features a rich variety of work. Everyone can find something for themselves, from light and amusing themes, through presentations of the latest trends in Polish theatre, to experimental and innovative theatre. Events such as The Katowice Comedy Festival, The International Theatre Festival A PART, The International Festival of Doll's Theatre "Katowice - for Children", The International Summer Garden Theatre and "Interpretations" All Poland Festival of the Art of Directing have been leading events in the cultural calendar for years.

Film festivals

Cinema from Katowice occupies an important position on the world's film map. Students of Katowice's Film School have received numerous and prestigious awards, including the Złota Kijanka (Golden Tadpole) and the Jańcio Wodnik (Johnnie the Aquarius) awards, and most recently an Oscar nomination for Bartek Konopka's film Rabbit - la Berlin. The Cult Films Festival has been attracting a loyal audience for years. For the second time this year, Katowice hosted the International Film Festival "REGIOfun" - an international film festival promoting the activity of Regional Film Funds.

Art

The BWA Contemporary Art Gallery in Katowice is one of the largest and most important institutions in Poland dealing with contemporary art and fields relating to it. Every three years, it organises the Polish Graphic Art Triennial, one of the top events in the world of graphic art. The fairly new International Festival of Naive Art "Nikisz-For" has already managed to achieve renown. The event features an exhibition of the works of artists from over 30 countries alongside with film screenings, workshops for kids, Plein-Air painting workshops and an art fair. The Silesian Museum in Katowice, established in 1929, comprises in its collections works by Józef Chełmoński, Artur Grottger, Tadeusz Makowski, Jacek Malczewski, Jan Matejko, Józef Mehoffer and Stanisław Wyspiański. The grand opening of the museum's new residence on the premises of the former Katowice Coal Mine is planned for 2015.

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