Raising the Tytanic
After the demolition of the former Miraculum cosmetics factory in Zabłocie - which had for several years hosted art studios, start-ups and cultural venues like the aforementioned Fabryka - the search was on for a space that could replace it. The former cigarette factory fit the bill, exceeded it in fact, and the Tytano Foundation (tytano.org) was formed by Ania Maria Kwiatek and Łukasz Kumecki - two local visionaries intent on turning the unused space into an ‘Urban Ecosystem of Ideas’ - their name for a project that would integrate local businesses and community initiatives in food, nightlife, art, culture, design and entrepreneurship to create a small city within the city. They succeeded in renting the entire complex from the Spanish owners (the contract runs until 2020) and announced an invitation/competition in winter 2015 for local business proposals interested building a creative community there. The response was overwhelming, with everything from climbing centres to music recording studios being put forward.The results have been in motion since early summer 2016, as new hangouts have seemingly opened one after another - each straining to be more hip than their predecessor - alongside a steady series of outdoor concerts and film screenings. Below we list the most interesting commercial businesses currently based in Tytano, but the site isn’t destined to only be a giant pod of bars, shops and restaurants. Confirmed non-commercial ventures that are coming soon include a photography gallery, film studio and independent cinema, and a rich cultural programme is carried out through the entire year. Whatever the case at the time you arrive, Tytano has already asserted itself as a must-visit destination for anyone who wants to see the young, inspired, innovative, entrepreneurial side of Kraków.