Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in Poland and the safety measures introduced by the government and local authorities concerning cultural events and gatherings, we are sad to announce that the Kraków Festival Office and programme coordinators Róża and Mariusz Wollny have taken the joint decision to cancel the St. John Fair in 2020.

The Kraków Festival Office, a cultural institution of the City of Kraków, has been organising the St. John Fair since 2009. In 2020, we were due to gather at the foot of Wawel Hill for the 11th time. Unfortunately, the increasingly serious epidemiological situation in Poland means that holding the event has already been in question for several week. We have been closely following the latest developments and decisions aiming to maintain preserve public safety.

Izabela Helbin, director of the Kraków Festival Office, says: “Given the current situation and based on decisions not to hold cultural events and mass gatherings, introduced in order to prevent the further spread of the SARS-COV-2 coronavirus, we are sadly forced to cancel the St. John Fair planned for mid-June 2020.

The fair has been gathering thousands of Cracovians and tourists at the foot of Wawel Hill for many years. We work hard with artisans, reenactors and historians to take the assembled crowds on a journey to mediaeval Kraków. Unfortunately this will not be possible this year – your health and safety are paramount to us. I’m sure that the traditions cultivated by fans of the Fair will survive, and we will meet again in 2021. Meeting falconers and taking part in the dazzling parade through Kraków are unforgettable elements of the Fair, so we are already looking forward to the next edition of this exciting event,” she continues.

“We would also like to extend our warmest thanks to Róża and Mariusz Wollny, who have been looking after the practical side of the St. John Fair since its beginning and are its patrons.”

“The time has come to take a difficult decision – a decision forced by the pandemic, the increasing restrictions on public life and the need to redistribute funds towards the healthcare system. Simply, the decision to move the 11th St. John Fair to next year. We are disappointed we will not be able to all gather at the Czerwieński Boulevard this coming June, but we are already looking forward to next year’s event. In the meantime, we wish you the best of health,” say Róża and Mariusz Wollny, founders and programme coordinators of the St. John Fair.

We would also like to extend our warmest wishes and thanks to all participants in past Fairs and the historical reenactors without whom it would be impossible to prepare this extraordinary journey to past Kraków. We sincerely hope that we will all gather again on the banks of the Vistula next year to enjoy the celebration that is the St. John Fair.

See you there!