While industry still plays an important role, the centrally located city in the middle of a two million conurbation, is increasingly becoming a centre for academic and business. It also strives to be a vital cultural centre with its most visible cultural ambitions displayed during the unparalleled preparations of its European Capital of Culture 2016 application. This was the time when the creative character of the city and culture enabled to transform the stereotypical vision of Katowice as an industrial town only.
Project Partners in Katowice
Katowice City of Gardens was created in February 2016 when the Cultural Institution Katowice – City of Gardens and the Krystyna Bochenek Cultural Centre in Katowice merged together. It focuses on cultural, publishing and educational activities as well as on organising artistic events such as the Katowice JazzArt Festival, the Gardens of Sounds, Katowice Street Art Festival, Ars Independent Festival and the Interpretacje Festival of Theatre Directorial Art. Additionally, Katowice City of Gardens supports non-governmental artistic projects on education and cultural animation such as as Medialab Katowice. In 2015, Katowice became a UNESCO City of Music as a part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Since then, the key task of the institution is to follow the UNESCO programme.