Cultural heart of silesia

Fot. Katowice City Hall.Fot. Katowice City Hall.

Katowice is considered as a culture and entertainment center. Inspirational cultural heritage is one of the distinguishing features of the artistic circles in Katowice. The city constantly invests in the development of culture, there are new festivals and centers for cultivating art. Every year in Katowice there are events that attract hundreds of thousands of spectators from different countries. These are events that bring together artists and athletes. The most popular festivals are: Rawa Blues Festival, Tauron Nowa Muzyka, Silesian Jazz Festival, OFF Festival. The World Men's Voleyball Championship 2014 and the Men's Handball 2016 Championships have also taken place here. In recent years, Katowice has become the cultural capital of the region, a meeting place, a center of unconventional, alternative events. The largest exhibitions, film, music and theater events take place here.

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. In 2019 took place the XIV edition of 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 was opened 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.


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 Festival of Performing Arts 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 an Oscar nomination for Bartek Konopka's film Rabbit - la Berlin.

In Katowice there are numerous film festivals, i.a.: Ars Independent Festival - an international festival of film, animation, video games and music videos, dedicated to contemporary audiovisual culture; KilOFF Independent Film Festival, which promotes the creative work of young, creative people; Coal Film Festival, whose idea is to present the filmmaking work of film school students from all over the world to a broader audience, as well as the mutual exchange of creative experiences and the integration of schools. An interesting event on the cultural map of Katowice is also the International Festival of Film Producers REGIOFUN. It is the only event in Europe dedicated to films that have been created through the support of regional film funds and the help of cities, rewarding producers.


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 new seat od Silesian Museum is located in the Culture Zone, near the Spodek and the International Congress Centre. It was opened in 2015.

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