Six Senses Festival in Krakow, a year-long series of
first-class cultural events.
Krakow’s Six Senses Festival (Szesc Zmyslow in Polish) is
actually a diverse sequence of events that stretches over a
year – from two-day pop jamborees through week-long feasts
of theater performances or classical concerts to even longer
strings of shows. In 2008 the municipality of Krakow decided
to single out the city’s worthiest culture festivals and
promote them packaged properly under the ‘6 Senses’ label
meant as the hallmark of quality. City hall has picked out a
handful of events from numerous cultural offerings available
in Krakow every year and it conceived a few more from
Component parts of the 6 Senses Festival in Krakow
have various organizers even if the majority of its events
consist in the pet projects of the municipal Krakow Festival
Office (Krakowskie Biuro Festiwalowe in Polish). Plus, as a
rule, the city’s local government provides the lion’s share
of financing, the rest covered by other public funding,
business sponsorship, and lastly, box office receipts.
Endeavors that make up the Six Senses Festival in Krakow are
grouped into three tiers reflecting importance attached by
the city hall: Main Events, Premium Events and, yes, Events.
Main Events of the 6 Senses Festival in Krakow
Misteria-Paschalia Festival of classical music
in the Holy Week (since 2003)
* Off Camera International Independent Cinema
Festival in April (since 2008).
Photomonth, ‘Photography Month in Krakow’, Festival in
May (since 2006).
Film Music Festival in May (since 2008).
Selector Festival in June (since 2009).
Art Boom Visual Arts Festival in June (since 2009).
Festival of classical and contemporary music
in September (since 2002).
Joseph Conrad Literature Festival in November (since
in November (since 2004).
Divine Comedy International Theater Festival in December
Premium Events of Krakow's Six Senses Festival of Culture
* Cracow Theatrical Reminiscences International Theater
in April (since 1975).
* International Old and Young or Jazz in Krakow Festival
in April (since 1994).
Krakow Film Festival
in May (since 1960).
at the first week of July
* ‘Crossroads’ Festival of Traditional Music
in July (since 1998).
Summer Jazz Festival
in July (since 1995).
* International Street Theatre Festival
in July (since 1987).
International Gala of Pyrotechnics Art in July (since
* Cracovia Danza' Court Dance Festival
in July (since 2005).
Coke Live Music
Festival (pop music) in August (since 2007).
Music in Old Krakow’ International Festival
of classical music
in August (since 1977).
International Print Triennial
every third year in September and October (since 1966).
Unsound Festival of electronic and experimental
music in October (since 2005).
Genius Loci Theater
Festival in October (since 2007).
* Student Song Festival in October (since 1964).
* Science Night in October (since 2004).
* Etiuda&Anima International Film Festival in November
Other Events of the 6 Senses series of festivals in Krakow
* Cracovia Marathon in May (since 2001).
* Krakow Museum Night in May
* Krakow Theater Night
in June (since 2006).
Wianki festival of garlands in June (from time immemorial).
* Jazz Night
in July (since 2008).
Tour de Pologne (cycling race).
Cracovia Sacra Night
in August (since 2007).