St John’s Fair in Cracow

St John’s Fair is an annual event organized by the Krakow Festival Office in Czerwieński Boulevard, near Wawel Castle since 2009.

For a few days, medieval and Renaissance craftspeople have stands at the foot of Wawel Hill. There are shows of knights’ battles, dances, falconry and many other activities. During the fair we move to the erstwhile reality of Poland. For several years now, the time we reconstruct has been the Golden Age. The members of reconstruction groups, craftspeople and artists bring visitors to the fair closer to the old-Polish customs.


For the last five years , we have been taking part in the fair as the SCHOOL FOR SCRIBES, introducing both adults and children to the art of writing. Every year, our school has a stand on Czerwieński Boulevard. There, you can find out what ink used to be made from; why you would not buy parchment by reams; and how many times a day a scribe had to sharpen his goose quill. Everyone can try their hand as a student at our school.


We invite you to the 2019 edition!


The theme of this year’s fair will be: “The university and the street, that is students and the plebs”.

Cracow in the Golden Age was a rich and vibrant city. Important events for Poland took place here, such as weddings of the rulers or coronations on Wawel Hill. Cracow attracted merchants and traders to numerous fairs and markets where products from all over the world could be found. Excellent craftspeople worked in here. The city also attracted professors and students, hungry for knowledge. The Cracow Academy was founded in 1364 by Casimir III the Great. In the 15th and the beginning of the 16th century, the university enjoyed a period of prosperity. Numerous students came to Cracow. Student life flourished.


We invite all students to our school from 14 to 16 June.

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