Krakow

Wianki in Kraków

Monday Jun 15 - Wednesday Jun 24       Wisła Boulevards beneath Wawel
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Update: The scheduled Wianki celebrations have been adapted and moved online for 2020 due to the global pandemic. More info here.

Described by the city as 'Święto Muzyki' (Music Holiday), Kraków's annual Wianki (Wreaths) celebrations follow the French formula of Fête de la Musique, with free outdoor concerts taking place all day on 20+ stages across the city. A family-friendy festival atmosphere pervades throughout the city centre, but particularly on the river boulevards beneath Wawel Hill, where the corresponding St. John's Fair takes place. Under the official patronage of the City of Kraków and Kraków Festival Office, Wianki in its contemporary form is one of Kraków's premier summer festivals, headlined by top Polish musicians and culminating in a huge fireworks display.

The tradition of Wianki in Poland actually has Slavic roots, the pagan rituals of which were repackaged as 'St. John's Eve' with the arrival of Christianity. Some of these pagan traditions are still in practise today, however, most notably the weaving of flower garlands which you will see worn by young maidens during this time. These garlands were then traditionally placed in the river (sometimes with candles) and floated downstream, where young men would attempt to capture them in hopes of capturing the interest of the young woman it belonged to. Each year during Wianki you can participate in a competition for the most beautiful flower garland, weaving one yourself during workshops.

Check out the full Wianki programme here.
 

Date

Venue

Jun 15 2020 - Jun 24 2020
Czerwieński Boulevard
Wisła Boulevards beneath Wawel
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Price/Additional Info

Access free

Website

www.wianki.krakow.pl www.facebook.com/Wianki/
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