City of Lodz
CITY OF LODZ – CITY OF FOUR CULTURES
The city of Lodz is located in the heart of Poland at a crossing point of many important European routes. At the beginning of the 20th Century, Lodz was influenced by four cultures. The Polish, Jewish, German and Russian inhabitants contributed to the rich and diverse cultural background of the city that the University strives to sustain. The local architecture and history attract a great number of tourists. The history of Lodz is linked to the rapid 19th century development of the textile industry when the place was called the city of factory chimneys and the Promised Land.
CITY OF FESTIVALS
Every year dozens of cultural events are held in Lodz. Concerts, film, music and theatre festivals attract more and more outstanding guests and tourists. The events worth recommending are:
• Lodz Design (www.lodzdesign.com)
• Festival – Lodz of Four Cultures (www.4kultury.pl)
• Explorers Festival (www.festiwalgor.pl)
• Lodz Biennale (www.biennalelodz.pl)
• Fotofestival (www.fotofestiwal.com)
• International Festival of Comics (www.komiksfestiwal.com)
• Film Music Festival (www.kinomuzeum.pl)
• International Triennial of Tapestry (www.muzeumwlokiennictwa.pl)
• Se-ma-for – Film Festival (http://www.se-ma-for.org/)
Lodz is the cradle of Polish cinematography and is famous for its film traditions. The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School is invariably one of the best film schools in Europe. The most known graduates are: Krzysztof Kieślowski, RomanPolański, Krzysztof Zanussi, Jerzy Skolimowski and Andrzej Wajda. Just like on Hollywood Boulevard, one can find the Walk of Fame on Piotrkowska Street in Lodz. Moreover, you can learn the history
of Polish cinematography in the Museum of Cinematography, the only one of its kind in Poland.
The city’s night life is concentrated predominantly along Piotrkowska Street in the centre of town. Here are more than 100 pubs, restaurants, clubs, discos and cafes. Łódź Kaliska (founded by art students), Lizard King (for rock fans), Czekolada (popular with university students), Piwoteka (serving more than 140 brands of beer), Irish Pub, Klub Siódemki, Biblioteka, Bagdad Cafe and Rolling Stone are among the most popular. Enthusiasts of Eurodance rhythms are welcome to party all night long at the Lordi’s, Kokoo, and Bedroom discos. Also, don’t forget to see the OFF Piotrkowska, a renovated factory yard packed with trendy hangouts. Average prices are: a glass of beer about $2.50 and dinner for two people about $20-25. Just visit Lodz and turn the night into an exceptional journey!
Tenement houses and great residences are now regaining their splendor. The revitalized structures have been transformed into lofts, commercial and entertainment complexes and art centers. Nowadays the complexes of the 19th century industrial age are unique on a European scale. You will find here some of the finest examples of Classicism and Italian Neo-Renaissance, through Neo-Baroque and Art Nouveau to Neo-Gothic and Neo-Roman styles of architecture.
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street view of Piotrkowska Street (main street in Lodz)