Kraków Declared IFEA World Festival & Event City 2016
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Kraków received the IFEA World Festival & Event City award on 28th September 2016 in the American city of Tucson.
Kraków was appreciated for its involvement in local societies’ festivals and for improving the city’s cultural identity. Andrzej Kulig, Kraków Deputy Mayor in charge of social politics, culture, and city promotion, said:
Without any doubt, we are a city which consistently promotes its position by organising various kinds of festivals – film, theatre, and music – and now we have a wide range of them.
Each year dozens of festivals take place in Kraków, mainly organized by the city and the Krakow Festival Office, such as: Misteria Paschalis, Sacrum Profanum, the Jewish Culture Festival, the International Festival of Street Theatres, Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival, Krakow Film Music Festival, Krakow Film Festival, Off Camera, and Krakow Photomonth Festival, as well as literary festivals: the Miłosz Festival and the Conrad Festival, which, connected with the Book Fair, is one of the most important celebrations of the written word in the UNESCO City of Literature.
In their proposal considered for the award, seventy-eight cultural projects were mentioned, which were independently organised by the city and in partnership with other institutions and commercial projects endorsed by the city. Events organised by the Krakow Festival Office (KFO) had more than 540,000 visitors, and furthermore, the events in which KFO was a production or media partner had nearly twice as many.
Andrzej Kulig said that French instrumentalist Vincent Dumestre would be next year's artistic director (more accurately, artist-in-residence) of the Misteria Paschalia. Kulig explained:
The annual change in artistic director, who is responsible for artistic programme of the event, increases the variety of choice of artists.
He added that Krakow Library would join the organisation of future literary festivals:
We are considering if Krakow Library, which is still being organised, shouldn’t become the operator of next year's edition of UNESCO City of Literature.
In 2015, Kraków, together with Edinburgh, Adelaide, Berlin, Barcelona, and Montreal, initialised the worldwide Festival Cities Network. It gathers the most important cultural centres, which analyse festivals’ influence on many other categories of social life, and recognises it as a tool for sustainable development.
We achieved access to a higher league and this award may be considered as a form of appreciation of that fact.
He added that Krakow wants to start mutual transfers of various cultural festivals between these cities and that discussion about this has already been started.
Previously, the title of IFEA World Festival & Event City was conferred to London, Sydney, Rotterdam, Reykjavik, Ottawa, and Boston. IFEA awards statues and prizes for cultural events and festivals such as the Pinnacle Awards Competition or the Hall of Fame Award for persons involved in its organization.
Source: PAP, edited by AZ, 29th Sept 2016
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