Krakow's Borderland Cultures Fair 2023

September 22, 2023

Come to the 19th Borderland Cultures Fair in Krakow, where tradition meets modernity. Explore the diversity of crafts and folk culture. Join us!
Krakow's Borderland Cultures Fair 2023

Krakow's Borderland Cultures Fair 2023

Krakow, renowned for its exceptional cultural and historical heritage, becomes the venue for a unique event each year - the Borderland Cultures Fair. This extraordinary convergence of tradition, artistic craftsmanship, and folklore takes place in the picturesque Little Market Square, attracting both tourists and residents of Krakow and its surroundings. Organized by the "Imago Kraków" association, this fair is not only an opportunity to purchase unique crafts but also a chance to immerse oneself in Krakow's rich culture.

Diversity of Crafts

The assortment presented at the fair is diverse and crafted by talented artisans, many of whom have inherited their skills from their ancestors. It is this fusion of tradition with modernity that makes this event truly special. Among the available products are hand-sewn folk costumes, items woven from paper twine, wooden sculptures, lacework, brass bells, jewelry featuring Baltic amber and black oak, leather bags, and various eco-friendly wooden products.

Culture and Folklore

But that's not all. The fair also features a culinary section and performances by ensembles on stage, showcasing a wide spectrum of folklore. It's a perfect opportunity to savor regional delicacies and immerse oneself in the vibrant atmosphere of folk culture.

19th Borderland Cultures Fair

Scheduled from September 21st to October 1st, 2023, this event will mark the 19th edition of the fair at the Little Market Square in Krakow. The organizers emphasize that their goal is not only to promote crafts and artistic craftsmanship but also to foster an inclusive culture. Hence, they limit the number of strictly commercial stalls in favor of promoting authentic creators.

Tradition and Modernity

The Borderland Cultures Fair also provides an opportunity to explore folk art in its most valuable form. The event gathers the most talented creators, whose crafts often blend tradition with contemporary patterns. This demonstrates that the culture of the Krakow region, situated at the crossroads of Eastern, Western, and Southern cultures, still appeals to and inspires contemporary artists.

Uncovering Heritage

During the fair, visitors can discover various unique traditions, such as the toy-making heritage of the Żywiec-Suski region or the Krakow-style bobbin lace. It's a unique chance to explore the cultural heritage of this region, which is an essential part of the national identity.

Preserving Cultural Heritage

The idea of preserving intangible cultural heritage plays a significant role here. On the fair's stage, Polish national dances, such as the Krakowiak, Kujawiak, and Mazur, inscribed on the national list of intangible heritage, will be showcased. These performances guarantee top-notch quality thanks to the ongoing collaboration with the "Małe Słowianki" Song and Dance Ensemble, named after W.M. Francuz.

Join Us!

The Borderland Cultures Fair is not just an opportunity to acquire unique crafts but also a chance to immerse yourself in the rich culture and traditions of Krakow. This event bridges the past and the present, offering a glimpse into the mysterious beauty of craftsmanship and folk art. We cordially invite you to this exceptional gathering!

For more information about the Borderland Cultures Fair and the detailed program, please visit the official website of the organizer: Imago Kraków.


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