34th ULICA Festival

Saturday, September 4, 2021 - Sunday, September 5, 2021

  • Saturday, September 4, 2021 - Sunday, September 5, 2021
  • Friday, July 9, 2021 - Sunday, July 11, 2021

Every summer, the Rynek Główny, squares and streets of Kraków turn into a vast stage hosting street theatre ensembles from Poland and all over the globe presenting their spectacles. The ULICA Festival, organised by KTO Theatre, brings together performers for the 34th time!

This year’s events are held in two instalments. The July section features 15 theatres from Poland, Spain, the Netherlands, the UK and Italy. The remaining seven groups from France, Spain, Belgium, Czechia and the UK perform in September.

We want our festival to bring emotions, but more than anything we want to remind our audiences that nothing can replace real contact between actors and audiences, between people, promises Jerzy Zoń, director of KTO Theatre.

So what can we expect during the July instalment?

Alongside KTO Theatre, Teatr Biuro Podróży is one of Poland’s leading street theatres. They present the premiere of their Eurydice, recalling the timeless story of Orpheus and Eurydice whose love was stronger than death. The unease brought on by the pandemic and the ongoing isolation from our nearest and dearest have been affecting us all for well over a year now. The latest spectacle by Teatr Biuro Podróży is an artistic response to the pain of separation from our loved ones.

Fire symbolises love and hate, creation and destruction, struggle and purity. This primal, mysterious energy is at the centre of the I’m Aflame performance by Teatr Akt.

Teatr HoM presents Monsieur Charlie – a tribute to Charlie Chaplin following the stylistics of silent cinema.

Teatr Migro, at home in little streets and squares, present two silent shows based on movement and dance: DROM – On the Paths of the Roma exploring the lives of the travelling community and The Bench taking a light-hearted look at the “charms” of our everyday lives.

Pjoter AKA Piotr Chlipalski presents a 40-minute long The Bachelor taking a look at a rather handsome and smart-in-his-own-way chap who is totally unprepared for sharing his life with another person.

The Dutch group Hendrick-Jan de Stuntman meets Merel Kamp presents Springtime – a silent, expressive, playful performance following traditions of silent cinema and suitable for all ages. Gender stereotypes are blown up to create a tragicomic story about love, from first encounter to they-lived-happily-ever-after.

Other guests from abroad are the extraordinary British clown and acrobat Imre Bernath, Joan Català from Spain whose Pelat crosses the boundaries of dance, circus, theatre, performance arts and the performer and the public, and Stefano Di Renzo from Italy who seems to defy the laws of gravity, counterweights and centrifugal force in Hold On! 

As usual, make sure you don’t miss the performances by the hosts KTO Theatre. They present The Fragrance of Time – one of their most spectacular outdoor plays directed by Jerzy Zoń recalling the magical days of childhood filled with wonder and fears. There is also the monumental outdoor spectacle The Blind offering a bitter diagnosis of the mechanisms ruling today’s world, irrational decisions, fears, dishonesty and misinformation, and the travelling street spectacle Peregrinus taking a look at a day in the life of a contemporary everyman.

The ULICA Festival takes to Rynek Podgórski to present events held as part of the “Four Shades of Theatre” project, featuring Bogumiła Delimata La Bogusha & Cristo Osorio and the Tatar Song and Dance Ensemble Buńczuk.

The Szczęście, Pinezka, Scena 96 and Wagabunda theatres present joyful performances for children. But beware! Laughter is infection – there’s a risk of grinning from ear to ear, or even dying laughing… But let’s also remember that laughter is the best medicine!

The ULICA Festival takes particular care to include seniors and people with disabilities. There will be special zones and staff on hand to provide any assistance with getting around and securing the best seats.

Full programme at KTO Theatre’s website.

For whom: for children, for seniors, for families
Other: open air event, free admission, acceptable for people with disabilities
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