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Tartan Design Competition

19th April - 19th May 2017

Krakow is full of colourful traditions

Emmaus - the name of the church fair organised on the Easter's Monday nearby the Norbertine monastery in Zwierzyniec/ Salwator. There are playgrounds for children, stands with toys and balloons. The tradition of śmigus-dyngus when young people sprinkle one another with water is also connected to the Easter's Monday.
Krakow's nativity scene (crib) - has originated from the tradition of static cribs and Nativity plays which used to be displayed in churches during the Christmas period. The most often these were the Bethlehem stables with rocky landscape in the background. The first cribs were made in the middle of XIX century. In 1927 the yearly competition for the most beautiful Christmas crib was launched.
Bugle call of the St. Mary Church - tune in the key of F major, played every hour from the tower of St. Mary's church by a trumpeter who is a fireman. Every hour a bugle call is played for four cardinal points to commemorate brave guard who was killed when warning Krakow inhabitants against invasion of Tatars in 13th century.
Parade of dragons - during a day parade of children from Krakow's schools and culture institution dressed up with dragons costumes and figure with orchestras march from the Wawel castle to the Main Market Square.
And in the evening big show at the Vistula river with music, lights, smoke, lasers, fireworks and giant blown dragons once again will dance, breathtakingly crowds of locals and tourists who specifically for this event attracts from all over the world.
ARTISTS / AUTHORS and famous people connected with Krakow
  • Stanisław Wyspiański (1869-1907) and his work, for example: stained glass, characteristic elements of decoration, ornamentation
  • Jozef Mehoffer - a painter
  • Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) - writer
  • Veit Stoss (c. 1448-1533) - sculptor, author of the altar in the Basilica of St. Mary
  • Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004) - poet, Nobel laureate
  • Helena Modjeska (1840-1909) - actress
  • Jan Matejko (1838-1893) - the most famous Polish historical painter
  • Slawomir Mrozek (1930-2013) - playwright, writer
  • Krzysztof Penderecki (b. 1933) - composer
  • Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) - astronomer, founder of the heliocentric theory
  • Stanislaw Lem (1921-2006) - writer
  • Helena Rubinstein (1872-1965) - the owner of the world renowned cosmetic company
  • Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012) - poet and Nobel Prize winner
  • Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990) - theatre director and creator
  • John Paul II - bishop of Krakow, the pope, the holy of the Catholic Church