Theme I: The Incredible Cosmopolitanism of Wroclaw

Editor’s Note

The incredible part of Wroclaw’s story—here retold through the editorial vision of the city’s Mayor Rafal Dutkiewicz (2002–2018)—is its ability to project itself into the progressive reaches of the twenty-first century while not forgetting its cultural past. The 14 short essays on Wroclaw attest to its resilience through time, its destruction during the Second World War and rejuvenation thereafter, and its subsequent transformation into a pan-European city after the fall of the Soviet led communist bloc. The ‘incredible’ cosmopolitanism is of a city that over the last 1,000 years has known both Europe’s traditions and modernities: its wars, destructions, and upheavals; its humanism and religions; and its sense of community—Silesian, German, Polish, East European, and now that of the European Union. It rightfully earned its place in 2016 as a European Capital of Culture.

doi: 10.18278/aia.4.2.2

My Wroclaw
Rafał Dutkiewicz

AIA Interview with Rafał Dutkiewicz, Mayor of Wroclaw (2002–2018)
Rafał Dutkiewicz and Arts & International Affairs

Wroclaw—A Phoenix City with the Innovation Gene
Jerzy M. Langer

Green City
Rafał Dutkiewicz

Architecture in European Capital of Culture Wroclaw 2016
Zbyszek Maćków

Wroclaw—Driven by Knowledge
Ewa Kaucz

The Depot History Centre—Space for History
Marek Mutor

Reclaiming History: Why the Jewish European Experience Should Matter to All of Us
Bente Kahan

The Grotowski Institute: First 30 Years
Jarosław Fret

The Changing Faces of Literary Life in Wroclaw
Katarzyna Janusik and Irek Grin

A Space for Beauty: The National Forum of Music (NFM)
NFM team and Andrzej Kosendiak

Hydropolis—Everything Starts from Water
Rafał Zagrobelny

Nowe Żerniki—The Housing Estate of European Capital of Culture Wroclaw 2016
Zbyszek Maćków

Engagement of Youth/Students in the European Capital of Culture 2016 and Its Follow-up
Kamila Kamińska-Sztark