Four Cultures festival to be held in Lodz in September
This year's Four Cultures festival in the central Polish city of Lodz will be shortened from 10 days to four due to the coronavirus epidemic and will run under the slogan 'Future with no return.'
This is the 18th year the festival, one of Lodz's most important cultural events, has been held. It presents creativity through the universal language of art recalling the multicultural roots of the city, which for years has been a melting pot of four cultures and nationalities - Polish, Jewish, German and Russian.
This year's programme has been shortened and adapted to the sanitary requirements of the pandemic. The 'Future with no return' guiding slogan is a reference to the current epidemiological reality, the organisers explained.
"However, the programme will be interdisciplinary, it will contain music and theatre, there will be dance and film," said Joanna Podolska, the director of the Marek Edelman Dialogue Centre, which is organising the festival.
Concerts and shows will also be transmitted by internet. The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has provided a grant of PLN 300,000 (EUR 67,130) towards the festival's costs, with the rest coming from city grants, partners and sponsors.