OFF Piotrkowska is a project whose aim is to stimulate Lodz by conducting wide-ranging cultural activities initiated in the Ramisch factory. The project is focused musicians, artists, designers, entertainers, fashion designers and other activists broad OFF culture . The old walls of the factories have become a place of development of culture, art and creative business. This location will help in the development of creative business and creative activities to ensure the activation space. The project also aims to create an alternative to the main stream consumer in shaping the area 's lively bohemian design just the right pace. People and their imagination have become the only restriction on cultural activities here. All participants through their actions they will co-create the specificity of respect for diversity of each of them. OPG Orange Property Group is the originator of the Project OFF Piotrkowska Center.
And more inquisitive fans of the film world will find here the Muzeum Kinematografii (The Museum of Cinematography), the only one in Poland, dedicated to the Polish art of photography, media and giant productions. And in order to point out to the essence of Lodz film tradition, at the main street there is also the Star Alley, copying the Hollywood alley of famous stars, with the names of famous Polish film artists recorded there.
The unique character of Lodz, so easy to notice today, is due to the variety of cultures nurtured by national minorities participating in the formation of the 19th century industrial centre. Jew, Germans, Russians and other nationalities formed a significant portion of the population. Today you may still find numerous traces that remind us on the unique and multi-cultural history of Lodz. At the Jewish Cemetary at the Bracka Street, the largest one in Europe, you will find mausoleums of factory owners and ghetto field dedicated to the victims of the 2nd World War.
Tenement houses erected by German and Jewish owners stand next to each other. You may admire the St. Alexander Newski's Orthodox Cathedral and the St. Olga's Orthodox Church, the St. Matthew's Evangelic Church, and the nearby St. Stanisław Kostka's Cathedral. Among the splendid synagogues of Lodz, the only one to survive the war was the small private synagogue owned by the Richters family. The city is full of mystery tales concerning its previous inhabitants.
The Marek Edelman Center for Dialogue organize activities promoting the multicultural and multiethnic heritage of Lodz, with particular emphasis on the Jewish culture, as well as other cultures which has a significant impact on the city.
Our city hosts Lodz 4 Cultures Festival which is an annual event, artistic and social, referring to the founding history of Lodz: city built by hands of Germans, Jews, Russians and Poles. The festival is a celebration of the city, presenting outstanding artistic events from different fields of artistry – music, theatre, film and fine arts. It is all directed to a large and diverse local and nationwide audience.
Every year Lodz celebrate anniversary of the extermination of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto (1940-1944) where during the German occupation numerous members of the Jewish community were placed.
Textile factories, industrialist's residencies, and workers parcels were making up Lodz's landscape at the XIX century. Lots of post-industrial buildings has become the part of city architecture. The most important complexes are situated within the area of so called "Ksiezy Mlyn". They were erected by a famous man of industry, Karol Wilhelm Scheibler. The unique factories turned into unusual modern apartments – lofts. Postindustrial areas become also space for new festival centers, ateliers and original clubs.
Another complex is situated in the city centre. It used to belong to Scheibler's competitor - Izrael Kalmanowicz Poznanski. The empire by Poznanski has been transformed into a commercial and entertainment centre – “Manufaktura”. Visitors find here many restaurants, over 300 shops, discotheque, bowling alley, climbing wall, multi-cinema, luxurious hotel and the Museum of the Factory.
Nowadays the biggest challenge for the city is the renovation of historic thermal power plant EC-1 together with modernization of the area which is to become a New Centre of Lodz.
Lodz is the city of festivals, hosting on regular basis a few dozen cultural events every year. The programme of Międzynarodowy Festiwal Komiksu i Gier (International Festival of Comics and Games) is composed of drawing workshops and scenario workshops, as well as numerous exhibitions and meetings. Explorers Festival should be recommended to the fans of extreme sports, mountains and travel. During the Light Move Festival you can admire illuminated by color lights buildings and multimedia projections displayed on their walls. Each year, the most famous events: Łódź Design Festival, Se-ma-for Film Festival, Międzynarodowy Festiwal Producentów Muzycznych Soundedit (International Festival of Music Producers Soundedit) and Międzynarodowy Festiwal Sztuk Przyjemnych i Nieprzyjemnych (International Festival of Pleasant and Unpleasant Plays) gather a large audience in Lodz. And the lovers of the art of photography have yearly exhibitions organized during the Fotofestival. FashionPhilosophy Fashion Week Poland, that takes place in Lodz two times a year, is the biggest fashion event in the East-Central Europe. During the Galeria Urban Forms festival prominent representatives of large-format painting from both Poland and abroad create murals in public spaces in the city.
Atlas Arena, a multipurpose hall, one of the biggest building of this kind in Poland, is the pride of the city. Thanks to its existence Lodz can host the concerts of the world`s biggest artists, sports games and grand fair events.
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