The Royal City of Krakow, the capital of Poland until the 17th century, has witnessed and absorbed more of Poland's history than any other city in the country. Historical buildings make up the city: there are 6 thousand of them in the city center. They are supported by "mobiles" - about 2.5 million masterpieces gathered in museums, churches and archives in the city. With its student population of almost 100.000, Krakow is Poland's liveliest and happiest cities. Its Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364, belongs to the oldest universities in Europe. In appreciation of the city's exceptional historic and artistic value, in 1978 UNESCO placed the center of Krakow on its first World Heritage List. Krakow is a home city of many famous representatives of Polish culture: outstanding Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki or Nobel prize winners - poets Czeslaw Milosz and Wislawa Szymborska. It is also the city of the previous Pope John Paul II.
Krakow is famous for countless clubs, restaurants and pubs, located in the cellars of medieval mansions, many of them are to be found in the former Jewish district of Kazimierz. Many clubs are famous for jazz concerts. Such Polish musicians as Komeda, Urbaniak, Stanko, Makowicz started their careers here.
For the first time in its history, the IASJ Jazz Meeting will take place in the country of Mid-Eastern Europe.