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17th Krakow Mountain Festival: what’s new?

Between 5thand 8thDecember 2019, climbers, adventurers and travellers from all over the world and from all corners of Poland will come to Krakow. We will discuss, share stories and admire photos from the most important expeditions that have taken place this year. It doesn’t matter whether your passion is rock, ice or snow – we may be different but we are all united by one quality: curiosity of the world and love for pushing the boundaries. Are you one of us? So you can’t miss this event! 

Of course, we are talking here about the Krakow Mountain Festival that will take place for the 17thtime. It will happen in December because it’s the best moment to sum up the whole climbing year. Rock climbing and big mountain seasons are over, while winter climbing hasn’t fully begun yet. That’s why we invite to Krakow famous climbers, mountaineers, trail runners and ski alpinists (and, of course, also other people connected with the mountains) to share with us stories of their adventures. We also invite you to come and listen to those fascinating tales but also to share your own experience with us. Only in this way we will be able to build a mountain community. The Internet will not manage to substitute this genuine experience. 

What’s new?

This year we will use new venues. The Festival keeps growing and its energy is too big to be contained only within the Cracow University of Economics. This year, thanks to closer cooperation with the Krakow City Council, the Festival will partly take place at the Krakow Conference Centre ICE. The most important events of the Friday night will be hosted in conference rooms and the theatre hall of this prestigious building. 

A mountain film block – presented at the Kijów Cinema on Thursday (5thDecember) – will play the role of a nice warm up before the weekend full of attractions. While on Saturday and Sunday, the majority of Festival events will move back to the Cracow University of Economics.

Who will visit us?

The Festival stage will host the very elite of rock and sport climbers, mountaineers, alpinists and big wall experts. Just to reveal a part of the secret… The long list of our renowned guests will include among others:

  • Thomas Huber
  • Andy Kirkpatrick
  • Marek Raganowicz
  • Anna Stöhr
  • Jakob Schubert
  • Said Belhaj
  • Dmitrij Golowchenko and Siergiej Nilow
  • Jim Herrington (photographer)

Krakow Mountain and Climbing Awards

For the second time, prizes for exceptional achievements in mountaineering and sport climbing will be awarded during the Krakow Mountain Festival. This year there will also be a new prize honouring exceptional mountaineering accomplishments whose character exceeds merely sport aspects. 

International and Polish Film Competitions

Traditionally, one the most important points of the Festival will be mountain film competitions. Presented films will compete in two categories: the International Film Competition and the Polish Film Competition. We hope that some of the films will have their international or Polish premières at our Festival! Entries for the competitions are being accepted at the moment so don’t loiter and hurry up to register!

Are you an explorer? Adventurer? Rider? Wanderer? Climber? Come and visit us at: KFG 2019 – Krakow, December 5-8, 2019 

Organisers of the Krakow Mountain Festival

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