Łaźnia Nowa Theatre
Laznia NowaTheatre during ten years of its existence has earned a solid brand on Polish theatre market, creating among others: Genius Loci Theatre Festival, The Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival and Slawomir Mrozek’s Festival. Laznia’s performances were rewarded many times and invited on numerous festivals. Because of specific concert space Laznia Nowa hosts many music events such as: Sacrum Profanum or Unsound Festival and concerts – from club music to stars like Guano Apes, Apocalyptica or The Residents.
Despite localization and counter to stereotypes of hopelessness of Nowa Huta district there are many international projects and co-productions produced in Laznia. On the basis of close cooperation with inhabitants programs and author’s performances are created. Laznia’s actions are multilevel - just to bring together different types of audience. We fight for each and every viewer, we do not lock ourselves in the tower made of ivory. We revert to fundamental questions of poeple strongly connected to the place and its role in the development of local community. We firmly believe in theatre becoming axis mundi in the district – daily, inhabited place. Affirmation, belief in creative strength of human being and straightforwardness enabled Laznia to take root in the district, win over faithful audience and make plans for the future.
Krakow Festival Office
The Krakow Festival Office (Krakowskie Biuro Festiwalowe, KBF) is a leading Polish institution producing the most significant cultural events on the national and European scale. It organizes prestigious festivals: Misteria Paschalia, Sacrum Profanum and is a promoter of such cultural projects as: Krakow Film Music Festival, PKO OFF CAMERA International Festival of Independent Cinema and the cycle Opera Rara as well as literary Conrad Festival. KBF is also the publisher of the magazine “Karnet”, the operator of ICE Kraków Kongress Center and Kraków Film Commission as well as the operator of cultural events held at TAURON Arena Kraków. In addition, it administers the city information points InfoKraków and websites such as: Krakow.travel and Kids In Kraków.
For more info visit: www.biurofestiwalowe.pl
Bartosz Szydłowski is the artistic director of the Divine Comedy Festival, but also a theatre director who is in charge of the Nowa Huta Łaźnia Nowa Theatre. He is also the founder of Krakow’s independent Theatre Association "Łaźnia".
Born in 1968 in Wrocław, he is a graduate of film studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and theatre direction at Krakow’s Theatre Academy (PWST). In 1996 Szydłowski founded the "Łaźnia" Theatre Association, an independent theatre, which has been involved in interdisciplinary cultural activities since its inception. The theatre has worked on the preparation of various social and educational projects and is strongly involved in the life of the local community. Szydłowski has mostly staged contemporary plays, such as Tankred Dorst’s Herr Paul (1999) and Sławomir Mrożek’sThe Party (2000). In 2001, he staged the first Polish performance of Sarah Kane’s Phaedra’s Love and, in 2002, The Tattoo by Dea Loher. The theatre gave performances based on the plays of contemporary Polish playwright Paweł Jurek, such as The Rabies Show and Cool People (2003) and the Porno Generation (2003). In 2005, Szydłowski moved his work to Nowa Huta, creating one of the most dynamic theatrical institutions in Poland. His recent shows includeOedipus – a sentimental tragedy with Nowa Huta in the background (2006) and A bloody wedding that is a musical story about gypsy heart, loosely based on Garcia Lorca’s play (2007) Antyzwiastowanie (2012), MISSION Fanclub(2013). Since 2016, Artistic Director of the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków.