ECTAA semi-annual meeting in Łódź/Poland June 2019

The semi-annual meeting of ECTAA will take place in Lodz on 3rd and 4th of June 2019. This event is organized at the invitation of the Lodz City authorities and in cooperation with Lodz Tourism Organization. 

Lodz is the 3rd largest city in Poland, acclaimed in 2018 as the world’s second best value destination by Lonely Planet travel enthusiasts as part of the prestigious Best in Travel competition. Lodz is a city of contrasts that intrigues almost everyone. It is a city full of factories and at the same time very green, eclectic and also avant-garde. Dazzling with the splendor of factory palaces and amazing artistic street installations. 

For more information, please visit the website of the Lodz Tourism Organisation and watch the short video 
You can also consult the brochure of the City of Lodz 


Lodz City authorities and Lodz Tourism Organization have organised a full programme for the ECTAA delegation: 

Venue of the meeting is the Vienna House by Andel's Lodz hotel. The hotel used to be a red brick spinning mill in Izrael Poznanski factory complex that after refurbishment is now known as the Manufaktura, a commercial, cultural and historical attraction.

The program will include Piotrkowska Street, the postindustrial complex of Manufaktura together with the Museum of the Factory. A visit will be organised to the Museum of the City of Łódź, housed in the most magnificent Lodz palace that once belonged to Izrael Poznański. The guided tour will be combined with the TamTu urban game prepared by Acora Events, which allows to explore the city, its history and culture and involve the participants in a creative way. The day will end with a gala dinner at the Quale Restaurant (48 Narutowicza St.) serving Polish cuisine by master chef Paweł Pyra.

The official part of the semi-annual meeting of ECTAA will begin on June 3. On this day, for those accompanying the guests, there will be a tour following in the footsteps of Jewish citizens of Lodz. Participants will see places like the second largest Jewish cemetery in Europe and the Radegast Station, which was the place where Jews were transported to the Nazi extermination camps. At the Marek Edelman’s Center for Dialogue they will become acquainted with the rich heritage of Lodz Jews, who co-created the city at the beginning of the 19th century alongside with Poles, Germans and Russians. Next to the Center there is the Survivors' Park, which is a symbolic place where trees were planted by Holocaust survivors.

On the last day the participants will go on a bus tour "Lodz - the city re-invented" showing the changes taking place in recent years in Lodz in the area of tourism and culture. They will visit the revitalized complex of the former EC1 power plant, including the Planetarium and the largest Science and Technology Center in Poland with 3D spherical cinema. Then they will go to the area of the former cotton factory of Franciszek Ramisch, where the OFF Piotrkowska Center operates. This is a unique project bringing together representatives of the creative industries that recently became one of the trendiest places in Lodz. Last stop will be the Priest Mill (Księży Młyn), a complex of red brick factories once owned by Karol Scheibler, that was recognized by the President of Poland in 2015 as a Historical Monument.


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