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FotoFestiwal 2017

Festivals | 01 June 2017 - 11 June 2017

Fotofestiwal was born in 2001 as one of the first photography events in Poland. Since then, both photography and the ways of organising cultural events have changed. Fotofestiwal has always been up to date with these changes. It is intended as a space for various forms of photography and a forum for discussion on art and society, but also as a search for alternative methods of talking about photography and presenting it. The festival is held annually in May. Since the very beginning, it has been meant as a place for meetings and exchanging ideas. The festival was launched as an initiative of students and teachers of sociology and this has always influenced its character. Among the different forms and types of photography the humanist and social aspects of the exhibited works have always played an important role.
As we opened the fourth Fotofestiwal (2006), we also launched Łódź Art Center – from then on the headquarter of the festival and other events. It is located at 3 Tymienieckiego Street, in a 19th- century factory complex, a part of the former empire of Łódź’s industrialist Karol Scheibler and the Uniontex plant. In 2011, a revitalisation project of this area was initiated, to be completed by 2014. The main organiser of Fotofestiwal is the Foundation of Visual Education which has been cooperating with Łódź Art Center, Art Factory and the City of Łódź Office for a number of years. The organisers have also created the Photo Festival Union – an association that brings together European photography festivals, and the festival itself is a member of the Festival of Light – a similar association operating globally.