Warsaw has plenty of culture to offer, no matter what Krakowians may like to tell you. From opera to experimental theatre to klezmer music concerts and photography exhibits, it’s hard to get bored in the capital. But if you’re itching to get out of town and see something beyond Warsaw’s walls, here are four worthwhile day trips for your every cultural whim. Read more »about: A Hop, Skip & A Jump: Cultural Day Trips from Warsaw
If you ask Polish Jews living in Warsaw, Kraków or Wrocław about the revival of their communities, they’ll tell you that’s old news. But for anyone who isn’t a member or is visiting Poland from abroad, the fact that there is a small, but thriving Polish Jewish community is a surprising revelation. Read more »about: Polish Jews are Alive and Well
In May 1978, a 71-year-old peasant from the small village of Emilcin in eastern Poland began telling a story about how he met aliens and was taken onto their spacecraft. He never renounced it. Even today, there are people who seem to believe in his fairy tale, which is possibly the most famous account of a Polish close encounter with extra-terrestrials… Read more »about: The Emilcin Incident: A Polish Encounter of the Fourth Kind
The traditional Polish wedding is no longer what it used to be. For centuries, a wedding in Poland was a two or three-day affair that included many unique traditions. But globalisation and social media have begun to change the way many Polish couples plan this important day of their lives… Read more »about: Polish Weddings: Then & Now
The city of Kraków has been chosen to host the next UNESCO World Heritage Session in 2017. The Secretary General of the Polish UNESCO Committee said that the session in Kraków will consider the Polish request for the inclusion of the historic ore-mining region of Tarnowskie Góry on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Read more »about: Kraków to Host UNESCO World Heritage Session 2017
The pair travels around the world and speaks about the necessity of knowing your own history and the ability to forgive. Nearly ten thousand people have attended Gabi and Uwe’s lectures and the book about their story and the lives of their ancestors has become a best-seller. Read more »about: Memory, Guilt & Forgiveness: An Unlikely Love Story
Łazienki Park, the Royal Castle and the Old Town have always been on the must-see list for foreigners and first-time visitors to Warsaw. But where do you go if you have been to Warsaw before and don’t want to run into tourists? Read more »about: 10 Little-Known Gems of Warsaw
Poles had been learning capitalist economics long before it became a part of the official state policy. Their ‘school of life’ was the black market, especially difficult in the Eastern context due to cultural differences and physical distance, but at the same time very lucrative. Read more »about: How We Learnt The West in The East
Stuck for Xmas present ideas? How about a beautiful book on Polish cuisine, a board game set in an alternative 1920s, or a photo album showcasing a star of the Polish Poster School? These items and more are among Culture.pl’s pick of potential Christmas gifts that’ll bring a bit of this year’s Polish culture to your loved ones, even the non-Poles. Read more »about: 9 Great Polish Gifts for Christmas 2016
Dziady, Halloween’s Polish counterpart, has a rich tradition dating back to old Slavic times. Rather than Jack-O’-Lanterns, it’s linked to Karaboshka masks, the great literature of the Romantic era and, by some, to the Greek god Dionysus. Read on to find out what this grave custom is about and what place it holds in the universe of Poles. Read more »about: The Polish Halloween: All You Need to Know about Dziady
Industrial tourism has been on the rise everywhere in recent years, but Silesia’s numerous attractions outrank any other destination in Central Europe. The region’s rich industrial past combined with its modern approach to tourism has been bringing tourists in droves. Read more »about: Trend Watch: Industrial Tourism in Silesia
Some consider the urban gardening phenomenon a continuation of peasant traditions, while others would rather trace back its origins to rural properties of the gentry. Either way, 'działkowanie' – the art of cultivating and relaxing on a small piece of land, and looking after it is our national activity. Read how it all began before setting off for your getaway trip.
Read more »about: Grow Your Own Beetroot: Poland's Allotment Culture
Friedrich Nietzsche claimed to be Polish in writing at least five times in his books. Why on Earth would this icon of philosophy deny being German and instead insist he belonged to a nation that at the time wasn't even on the map? Read more »about: Was Nietzsche Polish?
A debate titled Chapter 1 on the world of tomorrow will bring will take place on 24th September 2016 in Ufficio Primo on Wspólna Street. Discussing topics such as asteroid mining, pharmacology and the future of the unconscious will be Julieta Aranda, Mareike Dittmer, Natasha Ginwala, Antonia Majaca, Anda Rottenberg, Rory Rowan and Marcus Steinweg. Read more »about: Imagining the Future: 9th Futurological Congress in Warsaw
The year 2016 saw the inauguration of the Eastern Cycle Trail, one of the longest bikeways in Europe. 2,071 kilometres long, it follows Poland’s picturesque eastern border, and is made up of 12 parts called bicycle ‘kingdoms’, each of which has its own touristic attractions. Read more »about: Eastern Poland's New Cycling Adventure
Three years ago, there were hardly any craft beer pubs in Warsaw. The vast majority of beer came from a few large factories, and they were made to get drinkers drunk rather than to enthrall foodies. But things have changed... Read more »about: Trend Watch: The Craft Beer Revolution
Already popular during the interwar period, the Tour de Pologne cycling race is among the most important competitions of its kind in the world. This year’s edition ¬– starting on July 12 – features a special route connecting cities particularly important to Polish and European history. Read more »about: Tour de Pologne: A Tradition Dating Back to 1928
Crispy Prince Polo, chewy caramels…what other sweets gained popularity in Poland under communism and are still bought today? Here is our subjective and probably incomplete guide to iconic Polish candies. We encourage you to complete the list in the comments below. Read more »about: Polish Food 101 ‒ Iconic Sweets
Hipsters, as well as almost everybody else, change their habits when it is getting hot, and instead of hanging around in the city centre or Praga, they go to the riverside to party in one of many temporary venues and relax in the ultimately casual atmosphere.
Read more »about: A Hipster Guide To Warsaw - Summer Edition
Over the past few years playing board games has become something of a tradition in Poland. The country has emerged as one of the top game designers, and an increasingly large number of venues have a game shelf ‒ stacked with Polish and foreign classics ‒ so that patrons can play while they eat and drink. Read more »about: Trend Watch: Poland Goes Crazy For Board Games
Summer doesn’t have to be synonymous with beach time. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the warm weather months in urban surroundings: the Polish cities mentioned below offer a lot of great stuff to do in the summertime, like open-air film screenings or mini-golf. Read more »about: 7 Summer Destinations in Poland
There is no Polish cuisine without soured milk, sour cream, and fresh cheeses. Traditionally manufactured dairy is wonderful and people hunt for it through trusted local producers or at outdoor food markets.
Here is a brief guide intended to help you figure out how to choose the good stuff. Read more »about: A Mini-Guide to Polish Dairy
Every February, Poland goes nuts for doughnuts. Fat Thursday, the last Thursday prior to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, is one of the most important holidays, and it mainly revolves around eating as many doughnuts as possible. Read more »about: Fat Thursday: Poland’s Tastiest Tradition
The Polish diaspora numbers about 20 million and often forms large and influential communities within cities outside of Poland. The first part of this article listed well-known Polish hotspots like Chicago and London, but in this follow-up we take a look at some smaller cities that are no less Polish at heart. Read more »about: 7 Most Polish Cities Outside of Poland – Part 2
Since the relaxation of laws on beekeeping in 2014, urban beekeeping has been on the rise in Warsaw. Today, there are hundreds of beehives in the capital ‒ some of them in places you’d least expect, like on the rooftop of an upscale hotel. They provide honey that’s not only delicious, but often healthier than its equivalent from rural regions. How’s that possible? Read more »about: Trend Watch: Warsaw’s Urban Beekeeping on the Rise
Awaken Realms, the world-famous miniature painting studio from Wrocław, is getting ready to publish a tabletop wargame of its own design. Entitled The Edge, it will take place in a steampunk fantasy world where spectacular battles will be fought with an original playing mode.
Read more »about: Awaken Realms to Publish Tabletop Wargame
Dating, as most of our readers will have already found out, can be tricky, and even more so if your date is of a different nationality. We gathered 12 useful tips in case you have your heart set on a Polish boyfriend or girlfriend. Read more »about: How to Survive a Polish Date
Marking the 15th anniversary of our existence, the year 2015 was an exceptional one for us at the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Operating under the Culture.pl brand, the AMI presented 5000 cultural events, bringing them to an audience of 50 million people on 5 continents across the globe. Read more »about: Culture.pl Sums Up the Year in 2015
After the major international success of the video game This War of Mine and its mobile edition, there will now be a board game to accompany them. It will be made by Jakub Wiśniewski and Michał Oracz, Polish specialists in role-play and board games. Read more »about: This War of Mine: the Board Game Version
It is estimated that the Polish diaspora numbers 20 million people, which is more than half of Poland’s population. Persons of Polish descent live across the entire globe, sometimes forming a large and influential population segment of foreign cities like Chicago or Toronto. Read below where to find a bit of Poland away from the homeland. Read more »about: 7 Most Polish Cities Outside of Poland
A brand-new awareness of the need for up-to-date perspectives on Poland has led to several promising Polish studies programmes, the latest of which is an ambitious initiative in the making at the prestigious University of Cambridge. Read more »about: Studying Poland in Cambridge