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City of the 19th Century

Łódź has many beautiful examples of 19th century architecture, so look up when walking down the streets and you’ll find all elements Neo-Renaissance, Neo-Gothic, Neo-Classicism and Art Nouveau mixed up in an eclectic manner. According to the 19th century urban planning schemes, the streets were arranged perpendicularly, so that you can find your way in the center very easily.
Typically for Łódź, factories don’t form an industrial district, but are dispersed throughout the city and accompanied by residences of their owners. Lacking a medieval city core may be a disadvantage, but it is compensated by Piotrkowska Street (the longest pedestrian zone in Europe) and the Manufaktura complex. You will also find many churches, not only Catholic, but Protestant, Orthodox and Jewish temples as well. In Łódź, there is the biggest Jewish cemetery in Europe.

City of Arts

Muzeum Sztuki (ms), founded 1931, is one of the oldest museums of modern art in the world. It possesses a unique collection of European pre-war avantgarde and works of many internationally recognised, more recent artists; Łódź avantgarde tradition was crucial for the creation of Academy of Art in 1945 and many artistic groups afterwards – it is still one of the factors making the city an important place on the art scene of contemporary Europe.
 

City of Four Cultures

Second World War put a brutal end to the 120-year long Polish, German, Jewish, and Russian coexistence in Łódź. Nowadays, the Festival of Four Cultures is being held yearly. Exhibitions, plays, happenings and meetings promote intercultural dialogue.

City of Festivals

Over 30 festivals take place in Łódź every year. You’ll find the best of them below.

City of Film

Worldwide famous Łódź Film School (www.filmschool.lodz.pl) and Poland’s biggest film studio make Łódź the capital of Polish cinematography – so-called ‘Hollyłódź’.


Exhibition in ASP
Capital of Culture 2016

Łódź is a candidate for the European Capital of Culture 2016 and has good chances to win the title – the area of Łódź Fabryczna Station and the post-industrial quarters around it are to be rebuilt into a new city centre filled up with art; museums, theatres, cinemas, monuments, art schools, music, film, multi-ethnic heritage and numerous festivals are the strong points of Łódź!
www.lodz2016.pl

Juwenalia

annual student holiday in May, lasting for several days. Usually, the University, the Technical University and the Medical University organise their juwenalia separately, so that the whole party cycle can take up to two weeks. During this time you can participate in parades, concerts and music parties in campuses, clubs and pubs. People usually dress up and there are no classes. www.juwenalia.p.lodz.pl


Piotrkowska street
Chosen monuments

Manufaktura – one of the largest 19th century industrial complexes in Europe, originally a canvas factory, now transformed into a commercial and cultural centre.

Poznański Palace – a grand neo-baroque residence of Łódź’s biggest industrialist. Situated just next to Manufaktura.

St. Joseph Church (‘Kościół św. Józefa’) – 18th century wooden church, the oldest preserved building of Łódź, moved to the current location from the Old Town. Ogrodowa St., in a backyard opposite to Manufaktura.

Stary Rynek (‘Old Market’) is a remnant of medieval Łódź, even though all the houses there there are no older than 60 years. This is where the Jewish ghetto was formed during the World War II. Located next to Park Staromiejski and Manufaktura.

Wolności Square (‘Plac Wolności’, ‘wolność’ = liberty) – with the statue of Tadeusz Kościuszko, is a good meeting spot; unique for its octago-nal shape, the square is where Piotrkowska Street begins. It was planned as the centre of the ‘New Town’, founded in 1821 for German weavers coming to Łódź from the neighbouring countries. Kościuszko was one of the great freedom fighters of the 18th century and national hero of Poland and the USA.

White Factory (‘Biała Fabryka‘) – first steam-powered factory in the city, founded by Ludwig Geyer. Nowadays, it holds the Central Textile Museum and an open-air museum of Łódź wooden architecture in the backyard. | 282 Piotrkowska St.

Księży Młyn (‘Priest’s Mill’) – well-preserved, complete industrial quarter with a factory, workers’ dwellings, hospital, school, fire station, owner’s villa, stalls and garden. In recent years the factory has been redeveloped into exclusive apartaments. The villa holds a museum presenting the luxurious 19th century interiors. Not far away, there’s the Scheibler Palace with the Cinematography Museum. Corner of Przędzalniana St. and Tymienieckiego St.

Kindermann Villa - beautiful example of art nouveau style, holds a municipal art gallery. Worth a visit just for its interiors. 31/33 Wólczańska St.

Jewish Cemetery – the biggest Jewish necropolis in Europe, deserted after the World War II. Countless historic graves and unique atmosphere. Entrance from Chryzantem Av., half a kilometer from the Academy.

Radegast Station Memorial – commemoration place located in a small railway station; during World War II, Jews from the Łódź ghetto were sent to the death camps from here by the German Nazis. | Corner of Stalowa St. and Admiralska St., near the Jewish Cemetery.

Franciscans’ monastery in Łagiewniki Forest, with church and cloister from XVIII cent.
 

Cinemas

In Poland, TV is dubbed, but cinemas use subtitles (except for cartoons).

Bałtyk
20 Narutowicza St. behind the Concert Hall | www.heliosnet.pl

Polonia
67 Piotrkowska St. in the courtyard | www.heliosnet.pl

Silver Screen
5 Piłsudskiego Av. | www.silverscreen.pl

Cinema City
Manufaktura | www.cinema-city.pl
 

Independent cinemas

Charlie and Cytryna are cosy cinemas where you can watch alternative, rare or simply older films. They also organise exhibitions and festivals. In Cytryna, you pay 1 zł less for every yellow element of your outfit; in Charlie, you get a discount if you subscribe for a newsleter.

Charlie
203/205 Piotrkowska St. | www.charlie.pl

Cytryna
81/83 Zachodnia St. | www.kinocytryna.pl

 

Opera and ballet

Teatr Wielki (Grand Theatre)
Dąbrowskiego Sq. | www.teatr-wielki.lodz.pl

 

Philharmonics

Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
20/22 Narutowicza St. | www.filharmonia.lodz.pl


 


 


Poznański Palace
Museums

Muzeum Sztuki & Muzeum Sztuki 2
museum of modern art; free on Thurdays
ms: 36 Więckowskiego St.
ms2: Manufaktura
www.msl.org.pl

Centralne Muzeum Włókiennictwa
Central Textile Museum
282 Piotrkowska St.
www.muzeumwlokiennictwa.pl

Muzeum Książki Artystycznej
Art Book Museum; appointment via e-mail required, no tickets24 Tymienieckiego St.
www.book.art.pl

Muzeum Fabryki
Factory Museum
Manufaktura | muzeum.manufaktura.com

Muzeum Historii Miasta Łodzi
Łódź History Museum; Poznański Palace, next to Manufaktura
15 Ogrodowa St.
www.poznanskipalace.muzeum-lodz.pl

Muzeum Kinematografii
Museum of Cinematography; free on Tue.
1 Zwycięstwa Sq. (Scheibler’s Palace)
www.kinomuzeum.pl

Muzeum Archeologiczno-Etnograficzne
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography; free on Tue.
14 Wolności Sq.
www.maie.art.pl

All museums are closed on Mondays, except for Łódź History Museum, closed on Fridays.

Galleries

Miejska Galeria Sztuki (Municipal Art Gallery) www.miejskagaleria.lodz.pl
Bałuty Gallery | 2 Stary Rynek
Willa Gallery | 31 Wólczańska St.
Ośrodek Propagandy Sztuki | Park Sienkiewicza

Galeria Kobro, ASP Łódź
121 Wojska Polskiego St. | www.asp.lodz.pl

Zona Sztuki Aktualnej
3 Tymienieckiego St. | www.zona-art.pl

FabryStrefa
138/140 Piotrkowska St.
www.fabrykancka.org/en/fabrystrefa

Galeria FF (photography)
18 Traugutta St. | www.galeriaff.infocentrum.pl

Galeria Manhattan
15 Wigury St. | www.galeriamanhattan.pl

Galeria Opus
29 Łąkowa St. | www.galeriaopus.pl

Galeria 86
24 Kościuszki Av.

Galeria Wschodnia
29 Wschodnia St., Flat 3

Galeria Fotografii ŁTF
102 Piotrkowska St. | ltf.com.pl


Cameras
Festivals

January

Polish Festival of Pleasant and Unpleasant Plays
Teatr Powszechny, 21 Legionów St.
www.powszechny.pl/festiwal.php
 

February

Carnavalia - festival carnaval traditions
Manufaktura and other places | www.carnavalia.pl
 

April

ReAnimacja - festival of anima-ted films
Charlie Cinema, 203/205 Piotrkowska St. and Toya Studios, 29 Łąkowa St.
www.reanimacjafestival.com

Mediatravel - Civilization and Media Art Festival
www.mediatravel.pl
 

May

Fotofestiwal - world-known festival of photography
Łódź Art Center, 3 Tymienieckiego St.
www.fotofestiwal.pl

Złota Nitka - fashion shows and designer contest
Łódź International Fair,
199 Wólczańska St.
www.nitka.moda.com.pl

Łódź Ballet Meetings
Teatr Wielki, Dąbrowskiego Sq.
www.teatr-wielki.lodz.pl/LSB.htm
 

June

OFF Jak Gorąco - Festival of Independent Cinematography
Charlie Cinema, 203/205 Piotrkowska St.
www.offjakgoraco.pl

 


September

Festival of Four Cultures
Teatr Wielki, Poznański Palace, municipal galleries www.4kultury.pl

Soundedit – international festival of music producers
and sound designers
Toya Studios, 29 Łąkowa St.
www.soundedit.pl
 

October

Łódź Design Festival
Łódź Art Center, 3 Tymienieckiego St.
www.lodzdesign.com

International Festival of Comics
Łódzki Dom Kultury, 18 Traugutta St.
www.komiksfestiwal.com

Łódź Biennale – modern art biennale
Muzeum Sztuki and municipal galleries
www.lodzbiennale.com

Mediaschool - International Festival of Film and TV Schools
PWSFTViT (State School of Film and Theatre),
61/63 Targowa St.
www.filmschool.lodz.pl
 

November

Explorers Festival - travel and extreme sports festival
Politechnika (Technical University), 3a Politechniki Av.
www.festiwalgor.pl

Camerimage - international festival of the art of cinematography
Teatr Wielki, Dąbrowskiego Sq.
www.pluscareimage.pl

Otwarta Wystawa - open exhibition for young artist who want to show off their works
Muzeum Książki Artystycznej, 24 Tymienieckiego St.
www.otwartawystawa.pl


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