The poetry that you can listen to and watch | Miłosz Festival

The poetry that you can listen to and watch

The 4th edition of the Miłosz Festival will include not only poetic peregrinations, but also a rich program of music events and a film screening. Outstanding poets Miron Białoszewski and Yuri Andrukhovych together with musicians from the alternative scene, a film recollection of Kornel Filipowicz and, most of all, sensational poets from Lithuania and Belarus.

Everything began with sound. ‘My intention is that the written word should be a record of the spoken word. … I have always regarded poetry as something to be read aloud,’ that’s how Białoszewski commented on his activity when he began to record his works in April 1965. The poet’s recordings from the 1960s have never been known to the general public before. The music project Białoszewski do słuchu [Białoszewski to be heard] makes use of the poet’s original recordings and presents radio dramas inspired by them that were created by young representatives of indie music: Patryk Zakrocki, Marcin Staniszewski, Asi Mina and Mikrokolektyw. This special literary & music project is an attempt to refresh the memory of less known recordings left by the author of the poetic volume The Revolution of Things. The first part of this exceptional concert will be performed by Asi Mina and Marcin Staniszewski on the 14th of May at 9.30 p.m. in the Re club (ul. Św. Krzyża 4). The second part to be performed by Patryk Zakrocki and Mikrokolektyw will take place on the 16th of May at the same time and in the same place.

Another impressive experience will be delivered by the Ukrainian poet and novelist Yuri Andrukhovych together with the Wroclaw band Karbido. Together they created a literary & music trilogy: Samogon [Moonshine], Cynamon [Cinnamon] and Absynt [Absinthe]. The festival audience will see and hear their new program Atlas Estremo, which is based on Andrukhovych’s Lexicon of Intimate Cities and strongly inspired by current events in the Ukraine. Referring to avant garde, punk or jazz music, the compositions sketch an intriguing map of anxieties, tensions, images and stereotypes. This will be a powerful conclusion of the four-day Poetry Festival. We invite you to attend this concert in the Re Club on the 17th of May at 8.00 p.m.

We have also something for cinema fans: the screening of a film about Kornel Filipowicz, which is organised by the Wisława Szymborska Foundation together with the Krakow Festival Office and the City of Literature Foundation. This year is the 25th anniversary of the death of this outstanding prose writer, novelist, poet, scriptwriter and important figure of the literary and cultural life of Krakow. Outstanding writers and intellectuals as well as Filipowicz’s friends, including, among others, Jan Józef Szczepański, Wisława Szymborska, Jerzy Turowicz, Ewa Lipska and Jan Błoński recollect Filipowicz not only as a writer, but also as a friend. The screening of the film will be preceded by a meeting devoted to Filipowicz, which will be hosted by Professor Teresa Walas and Bronisław Maj. The screening of the film and the discussion will take place in the Kino Pod Baranami cinema on the 17th of May at 1.30 p.m.

The Miłosz Festival continues the tradition of Krakow Meetings of Poets of the East and the West that are organised under the patronage of Czesław Miłosz and Wisława Szymborska. This is why, during this year’s festival, we will proudly welcome literary guests from behind the eastern border: the Lithuanian poet Kornelijus Platelis and two guests from Belarus – Valzhyna Mort and Aleś Razanaŭ. The literary output of Mort, who will visit Poland for the first time, has often been compared to Miłosz and Szymborska, and Razanaŭ is said to be a born classic.

Tickets to concerts:

The 14th of May (Thursday), 9.30 p.m. Białoszewski do słuchu [Białoszewski to be heard] part 1
venue: RE Club
ticket price: PLN 15

The 16th of May (Saturday), 9.30 p.m. Białoszewski do słuchu [Białoszewski to be heard] part 2
venue: RE Club
ticket price: PLN 15

The 17th of May (Sunday), 8.00 p.m. Andrukhovych/Karbido
venue: RE Club
ticket price: PLN 20
Package for 2 concerts ‘Białoszewski do słuchu’
price: PLN 20

Package for all 3 concerts
price: PLN 30


– Persons having the Krakow Family Card 3+ are entitled to discount tickets (-70% on the normal ticket price). The number of tickets is limited. The offer does not apply to packages.
– No half-price tickets will be available.
– Before purchasing tickets or festival passes, the customer is obliged to read the rules of sale of tickets for events organised by the Krakow Festival Office. The purchase of the ticket and the package is treated as an acceptance of the rules.

Tickets for festival concerts will be available from the 20th of April, 10.00 a.m., in four InfoKraków tourist information network points: at ul. Św. Jana 2, at the Wyspiański Pavilion (Pl. Wszystkich Świętych 2), in Sukiennice (Rynek Główny 1/3) and in the Tourist Services Centre (ul. Powiśle 11).

Entrance passes to the screening of the film

Free entrance passes will be available from the 4th of May in the box office of the cinema or in the office of the Foundation (Pl. Wszystkich Świętych 2, Wyspiański Pavilion, the 2nd floor, between 10.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m., Monday-Friday).

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