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£ód¼, Full of Festivals and Things to Do
June 25, 2008   
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£ód¼ is one of those irresistible places that will lure you back again and again. The city is packed with galleries and pubs tucked away in quaint little nooks and crannies and abounds in all sorts of festivals and cultural events.

The special atmosphere of contemporary £ód¼ was shaped at the turn of the 20th century when the city's myriad opportunities for moneymaking made it a "Promised Land" for Germans, Russians, Jews and others.

A lot of the industrial architecture those cosmopolitan pioneers left behind is not less impressive today than in the past. There are more than 200 palaces and villas, religious buildings and necropoles in £ód¼. The city boasts of the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe and the famous Old Cemetery with buried bodies of Catholics, Protestants and the Orthodox.

Art Noveau residential buildings are being restored and industrial-era mansions are regaining their former splendor.

The redeveloped facilities house apartments, retail centers, entertainment complexes, as well as cultural and artistic interiors. You won't find anything like it anywhere else in the world. Particularly noteworthy are the Manufaktura - cultural, entertainment and trade center, once the site of the manufacturing empire of textile magnate Izrael Poznański (1833-1900), and Ksiźæy M³yn (Priest's Mill), housed in what used to be an industrial-residential district entirely owned by his competitor Karol Scheibler (1820-1881).

£ód¼ is home to no end of cultural and entertainment events and the city's concerts, film, photo, music, and theater festivals attract people from all over the globe. The most important festivals in £ód¼ are the Festival of Dialogue of Four Cultures, Camerimage - The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, the Explorers Festival, the Art Biennial, Fotofestiwal - the International Festival of Photography, the International Festival of Comics, and the Film Music Festival.

£ód¼ is famous for its film traditions. The Leon Schiller National School of Film, Television and Theater is one of the best known and most prestigious in Europe. Internationally acclaimed directors Andrzej Wajda, Roman Polanski, Krzysztof Zanussi, Krzysztof Kie¶lowski and Kazimierz Kutz are among its graduates. The city has its own Walk of Fame on Piotrkowska Street, modeled after Hollywood Walk. The Museum of Cinematography is the only one of its kind in the country and is a treasure-trove of Polish cinematic history.

Piotrkowska Street, with its slew of stores and its 100-plus pubs, clubs, restaurants and discos, is the city's main entertainment area. The most famous clubs include £ód¼ Kaliska where art school students get together, Lizard King, a rock music hangout, Klub Jazzga, the place to be for jazz concerts and club events, Peron 6, which offers more than 160 kinds of beer, Irish Pub, Rolling Stone and Bagdad Cafe.

£ód¼ was one of the first cities in Poland to apply for the nomination of European Capital of Culture 2016 and has been campaigning hard since January 2007. The city has the support of an honorary committee that includes film director Andrzej Wajda, translator and promoter of Polish literature Karl Dedecius, world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, Scottish artist and modern art collector Richard de Marco, and European parliament deputy Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, a member of the European Parliament. Moreover, the city's promotional campaign has been enjoying the support of reliable Kapitan Kultura (Captain Culture) (www.kapitankultura.pl).

The incomparably rich cultural and artistic life of £ód¼ with its countless entertainment venues make it far and away the best candidate for European Capital of Culture 2016. But don't take our word for it. See for yourself at www.cityoflodz.pl and www.lodz2016.com or, better still, come and visit the city. We guarantee that once you've seen it for the first time, you will surely want to return.

City of £ód¼, Promotion, Tourism & International Cooperation Office, 87 Piotrkowska St., 90-423 £ód¼, Poland
tel. +48-42 638 44 76, fax +48-42 638 40 89
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