The Krakow Festival Office is the direct continuator of the work and mission of the Krakow 2000 Festival Office established in 1997 to organise a series of events emphasising Krakow's role as the European City of Culture. Just like then, all the more today, the tasks that the KFO sets itself do not come down only to the annual organisation of over a dozen large and several dozen smaller undertakings of various nature. Organisational efficiency and the ability to build the festival brand of an international dimension from scratch constitute the strength and prestige of cultural institutions, but the entire spectrum of the Office's activity in various fields, presented on the following pages, proves its role as the key factor for the realisation of municipal cultural strategies.

A natural consequence of such an approach is an expansion of the KFO's purely organisational activity by including the development of the creative industries, cultural tourism, the meetings industry, and the free-time industry. Examples of programmes such as Krakow – City of Literature and Reading Malopolska, the activity of the Krakow Film Commission and the Krakow Regional Film Fund, as well as the management of a large tourist information structure and the ICE Kraków Congress Centre show important directions in the development of the KFO initiated in the recent years. It is worth emphasising that these activities are not carried out in isolation from the surrounding reality: to the contrary, many initiatives are created in cooperation with relevant environments, and the compromise reached in this way enables further partnership cooperation. This, in turn, allows the Krakow Festival Office to be perceived as an initiator of a network of connections, within which municipal and central institutions, as well as non-governmental organisations, but also commercial companies, may contact one another and communicate on the culture – knowledge – innovation – business plane. Also the model of organising large events changes around a network created in this way – an example of which may be the Conrad Festival.

Human rights and minority rights campaigns, engaging the local communities, for instance by introducing contemporary art into the public space, but also campaigns opening doors to all those who may have felt excluded before – such priorities make the KFO an active participant of the process of building a civic society.

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The main purpose of the operations of the Tygodnik Powszechny Foundation, which was founded in 2002, is to develop and promote the democratic model of society based on Christian values and the idea of freedom of speech and free and independent mass media, as well as promote readership and education and Polish culture and science in Europe and the world. The objectives of the Foundation also include taking care of the Jerzy Turowicz Archive and the supervision over the heritage and traditions of the Tygodnik Powszechny weekly. The statute includes many other tasks, as well, such as documenting and archiving Catholic social, cultural and scientific life and supporting the development of Christian culture and science, as well as educational and artistic activities and the promotion of such activities.

As part of its operations, the Foundation has organised or co-organised a number of cultural events, including musical concerts accompanying the annual ceremony of awarding St. George Medals (with participation of Collegium Vocale Gent directed by Philippe Herreweghe and Kevina Kenner), the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Tygodnik Powszechny in 2005, or the "Days of Tango" festival of Astor Piazzolla's music in 2007. The Foundation was the originator of the award-winning PIAZZOFORTE project combining the music of Piazzolla and the classics: Bach and Chopin. In collaboration with the Tischner European University, the Foundation has organised the "Open University" series of debates, and with the Multikino and the Kijów Centre - premieres and special film screenings, as well as workshops, training sessions and educational activities. Since 2009, the Foundation and the University of Łódź have been running the Reading Lessons public campaign: meetings with writers and essayists intended for secondary school students where they learn to discuss literature.

The Tygodnik Powszechny Foundation is the originator of the Joseph Conrad International Literature Festival, which it has been organising since 2009 in co-operation with the City of Krakow and the Krakow Festival Office, and the 20th Century: Anamneses historical festival, co-organised since 2012 with the City of Wrocław and the Memory and Future Centre of Wrocław. In co-operation with the University of Illinois in Chicago, the Foundation has been organising literary festivals in Chicago: in September 2011, the After Miłosz poetic festival took place, with After Schulz planned for December 2012. The Tygodnik Powszechny weekly is always the strategic partner of all literature-related events organised by the Foundation.

The Tygodnik Powszechny Foundation also finances the publishing and editing work with respect to the Tygodnik Powszechny. The financing from the Foundation allows the Tygodnik Powszechny to offer thematic add-ons and inserts with documentaries and music. The Foundation finances and takes part in running the Jerzy Turowicz Archive in Krakow. This institution was founded in January 1999, after the death of the editor-in-chief of Tygodnik Powszechny, in order to save and organise the vast body of writings once kept in the flat of Anna and Jerzy Turowicz. The Archive includes a digital reprint of the 1945-2005 issues of the Tygodnik Powszechny and a digital catalogue of Jerzy Turowicz's correspondence with over 1,200 people. Currently, a monograph on the life and works of the co-founder and long-time editor-in-chief of the Tygodnik Powszechny is being edited by Tomasz Fiałkowski.