Lodz – Creative Capital
Lodz, the third largest urban center in Poland with a population of almost 1 million, is unique in its own way. While the history of Lodz goes back a very long way (it obtained the city rights in the 15 th century), the city saw the biggest boom in the 19th century when it became a center of the textile industry. Today Lodz features among other things an art nouveau (new art) architecture, exciting nightlife and the internationally acclaimed Polish Film School. The film school has produced excellent cameramen, actors and directors, including legends like Andrzej Wajda and Roman Polanski. The local Museum of Art is a fine collection of contemporary Polish art. Lodz is widely known for its events and festivals: the ballet meetings, Alexander Tansman International Competition, Lodz – the City of Four Cultures festival, to mention a few.
The city has a thriving contemporary economy, which is based on creativity, as well as independent cultural and artistic education.
Since 1991, the city has seen the rise of business and industry, alongside a steady decline in textiles output. Today Lodz is considered an ideal location for investments, thanks to its well-educated and highly skilled workforce – comprising graduates from a number of both state-owned and private universities. The BPO sector, with over 5,000 employees working in the Lodz-based BPO/SSC centers, is an indicator of how economically vibrant Brand Lodz is.
Tourist Must-Sees in Lodz
PiotrkowskaStreet: Most trips to Lodz will start, end or focus on this street in particular. Measuring little under five kilometers, Piotrkowska Street is Europe’s longest pedestrian street and is lined with restaurants, beer gardens, hot dog stands, and buildings representing a mix of neo-renaissance and art nouveau, some of which have been restored to their former glory.
Lodz is sometimes called “HollyLodz”, the Polish Hollywood, which has made an undeniable impact on world cinema. Opened in 1986 and housed inside Karol Scheibler’s remarkable 19 th century palace, the Cinematography Museum offers visitor two indulgences in one – a well-presented history of Polish cinema covering Polish film greats who’ve studied in the city; Ksiezy Mlyn Residence, a modern factory Scheibler opened in 1854. The factory made brisk progress through the years, leaving the competition way behind. Visitors can see 70,000 spindles as well as the first private gasworks in the city, and a superb museum (which survives in a former workers’ tenement) that serves as a documentary evidence of those great days.
Lodz was also home to the famous industrialist Izrael Poznanski. His former palace is now home to the History of Lodz Museum. The museum is indeed an unmissable journey through the history of the city, and features a variety of artworks that once belonged to Poznanski. His factory has since been developed into the Manufaktura shopping and leisure complex.