Katowice is a fairly young city, with over 155 years of history. It’s located in the South of Poland and is one of the biggest business centres in the country. It is the capital of the Silesian Voivodship, and from July 2017 it is the largest city of the Upper Silesia and Zagłębie Metropolis, with over 2 million inhabitants. Home to renowned academic, medical and cultural institutions, the hallmark of Katowice is the Spodek arena which has hosted many international music and sport stars and looks like a flying saucer.
Katowice used to be the leader in coal mine extraction but today it is recognised for its cultural and business events. A wide range of hotels, state-of-the-art conference halls and the perfect access attract various organisers who find the best venues in the centre of the agglomeration.
The festivals and cyclical events include regional and international projects. Music lovers and theatre fans visit the city every year to get to know the current trends, listen to world stars and feel the unique atmosphere. The Silesian Jazz Festival, Rawa Blues Festival, Off Festival or Tauron Nowa Muzyka have become recurring events in the music calendar and the A PART International Theatre Festival, the International Summer Theatre Garden and the Festival of Directing Art are significant events for the theatre community.