TFN’s Alex Webber finds that as welcome as the news of pubs reopening has been, choppy waters lie ahead and will need to be navigated carefully by an industry left listing by the pandemic.
The trail hopes to revive dying professions such as brush makers and clock makers, and make the young aware of the value they bring.
The annual trade fair has carved out a reputation as the most prestigious Polish festival in its genre which, hailed by titles such as Wallpaper* and Elle, has become firmly established as one of the Łódż’s calling cards, drawing in excess of 435,000 visitors since its inception and casting a universal spotlight on the city.
Founded by Dominika Diller just three years ago to provide an antidote to the masculine brews being supped around the nation, the all-female Browar Hoplala is now firmly ensconced on Poland’s buoyant craft beer market.
Behind a series of heavily secured doors lies a dusty, 15-square-metre room holding over 1,300 devils. Most are carved from wood but others are sculpted from coal, cast from metal and even put together from old railway engine parts. The curious museum is not an anachronistic joke, though. It offers a fascinating and unique look at how the devil has been portrayed in Polish folk culture over the centuries.