Poetry Night

fot. Bartek Cieniawa

On the night of 3 October poetry lovers were invited for the fifth annual Krakow Poetry Night. The main event of the programme of the Poetry Night 2015 was prepared specially for the occasion; it was an outdoor multimedia show on the Main Market Square called Neomonachomachia written by Bronisław Maj, based on texts by Ignacy Krasicki and Bronisław Maj, directed by Jerzy Zoń, with actors from the KTO Theatre.

As part of the Poetry Night, many meetings with poets were also held, including Marzanna Kielar and Agnieszka Kuciak, as well as the winner of the Anna Świrszczyńska Competition for the best debut book of poetry, Patryk Czarkowski.

There were also poetic experiments. The Ha!art Foundation prepared an exhibition of glitch art and games inspired by the poems. Special projects were also prepared by the City of Literature Foundation, Teatr Nowy [New Theatre], Fragile Association and the Śródmiejski Cultural Centre (Transpoetica).

This year’s edition was preceded by a nationwide conference dedicated to the work of Ewa Lipska, organised in collaboration with the Faculty of Polish Studies at the Jagiellonian University and Śródmiejski Cultural Centre. The Krakow Municipality held a meeting devoted to the poetry of Rafał Wojaczek to celebrate the late poet’s 70th birthday. The poems of Rafał Wojaczek were read by eminent Polish poets: Ryszard Krynicki, Jerzy Kronhold, Julian Kornhauser, Leszek Aleksander Moczulski, Józef Baran, Krzysztof Lisowski, Stanisław Stabro, Jan Polkowski, Adam Ziemianin. The event was MC’d by Bronisław Maj.