20 December 2011 Great capital for the future

“A smart, innovative, creative, charming and surprising city; a tourist market leader – this is the Krakow we showed to the world during the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. And this is how it was also seen by foreign guests,” reads today’s Gazeta Wyborcza.

Konrad Niklewicz, spokesman of the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, says that he can only “...praise the Krakow-based part of the Polish Presidency. All the plans were carried out successfully. (…). Each of the cities involved in the Polish Presidency came across very well, but Krakow, besides its great organisational resources, had one more advantage – its atmosphere. All the guests were genuinely impressed. Whatever more was said about Krakow and its input into the Presidency, would smack of unbearable adulation”.

The author of the article, Renata Radłowska, emphasises that the most spectacular cultural events were organised by the Krakow Festival Office. The guests of the Presidency had an opportunity to participate in the Conrad Festival, the Sacrum Profanum and Divine Comedy Festivals, as well as the Opera Rara series. (…) Hundreds of foreign journalists descended upon Krakow. Festival reviews appeared in The New York Times, The Economist and The Guardian. The overall message was that Krakow boasts a wealth of impressive cultural events and therefore, it is really worth visiting Małopolska.

Read the full article.