“Trip around Kato” (PL: Rajza po Kato) is a guidebook to Katowice (city in n southwestern Poland) written by activists and enthusiasts for those who like to know new places, exploring local traditions, discovering unknown history, admiring architectural gems or taking part in urban activities. Katowice’s new identity and original style are both intriguing and alluring. Roaming around is definitely the best way to discover the capital of Upper Silesia for yourself.
The book is the result of a project which the organisers — Griffin Art Space & Fundacja Sztuk Wizualnych — had invited artistic circles and inhabitants to. For over a year, various events took place: workshops, meetings, artistic actions — aimed at searching for elements that form the contemporary identity of a city. The image that emerged from these experiments went on to find its place in the publication, which perfectly depicts this balancing of Katowice and Silesia between the things that are local and our own, and the ones that are global and international.
THINGS HAPPENED: This is a personal tale of the city and a subjective selection of events that made Katowice what it is today.
ARCHITECTURE: Here is a selection of buildings that tell the story of the city, its traditions and the present day.
THE LOCALS: Meet the artists, activists and entrepreneurs to whom the city owes its unique character.
MUST-SEES: Where to go and what to see? Where to eat, party and spend the night?
THE CULTURAL KATO: Find out about the most interesting events that are held in the city.
TRIPS ROUND KATO: A list of unconventional routes, forgotten places and things that are worth doing in Katowice.
SPEAKING SILESIAN: Ten words that convey local identity and provide an insight into the region’s history, culture and the character of its inhabitants.
KATO IN SHORT: Going off the beaten track. Here’s a few tried-and-trusted solutions
Editing: Hanna Kostrzewska
Language: English and Polish | Number of pages: 280 | Size: 165 mm x 216 mm | Cover: Soft | ISBN 978-83-62978-29-8
Patron: Supersam | Organiser: Griffin Art Space | Concept and production: Fundacja Sztuk Wizualnych & Geszeft