Dancing and debating, picnicking and painting, and a host of other activities come to Krakow this weekend for the second annual Interkulturalia Festival.
Organized by the city of Krakow itself, its stated purpose is to “draw the attention of the residents of Krakow on issues of cultural diversity and the fight against racist and xenophobic attitudes.”
The Festival kicked off yesterday in that spirit with a debate, “in the shadow of the migration crisis” in which Poland recently agreed to host 5,000 more refugees, about how multi- (or mono-?) cultural Poland really is. It’s a question many of our immigrant readers have found themselves struggling with as they must grow accustomed to a country that’s 98% ethnic Polish and 91% Catholic.
The rest of the weekend will feature various art, dance, music, and cooking workshops, from Indian dance to Chinese calligraphy. Saturday there will also be a “foreigner friendly” space for attendees just to mingle. Throughout will be events for children as well.
Topping it all of on Sunday will be a more serious talk by Aslı Erdoğan, a writer and human rights activist whose left-wing articles on government abuse led to persecution and threats of violence in her native Turkey, as a result of which she has been living in exile organized by the International Cities Of Refuge Network (ICORN).
You can download the full program of events in English here (PDF).