Concert Hall

The heart of the site is a concert hall for an audience of 650. With an area of 200 square meters, the stage was designed for a variety of purposes. The moving orchestra pit allows one to mount works of opera and ballet. Moreover, the whole auditorium is furnished with the equipment necessary for the organisation of conferences, symposiums, and meetings.
The acoustics of the hall meet the highest international standards. Only natural materials – oak and spruce wood – were used for the finish. Specialist consultations in vibro-acoustics were provided by BBM Müller, a recognised German consultancy. As a result, the concert hall belongs to a small group of prime sites among comparable European venues which are forging the way forward, which is attested to both by the eminent artists performing in Lusławice and the experts in the recording sector coming there. The hall was equipped with state-of-the-art studio facilities that allow professional audio and video recording of the events.


Educational programmes, courses, and artistic workshops are organised in the educational section of the Centre. The participants have a chamber hall, conference hall, rooms for practice, library, recording studio, dressing rooms, and a kitchen with a canteen at their disposal. The spacious residential pavilion can host 100 people on the campus. The entire complex is furnished with the latest technical infrastructure. In the near future, five hectares of land surrounding the building will be transformed into a monument of nature. This is because the site is earmarked for park development: a project whose implementation will be affectionately overseen by Krzysztof Penderecki himself, patron of the Centre, and a great lover of trees.

EU Investment

Project name: “Construction of the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice”

Project number: POIS.11.02.00-00-047/08

Beneficiary: The Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music

Agreement: On 1 June 2010 the Secretary of State for Culture and National Heritage signed the financing agreement for the Project from the European Regional Development Fund. The Project was placed on the list of projects under the Operation Programme Infrastructure and Environment (OP IE).   

Project description: The project named “Construction of the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice” received funding under the OP IE’s category of expenditure  “Developing and improving the state of supra-regional cultural infrastructure”. The project consisted of the construction and the fitting out of the facilities for the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music, and involved the following phases: preparation of site, construction and finishing works, construction of supporting infrastructure, connection to the grid, and fitting out. Natural materials such as wood and sandstone were used in the construction. The high glass façade over the foyer is encircled by a wooden colonnade. The building houses a concert hall, a didactic wing, a dormitory, library, conference rooms, etc. The site is perfectly equipped to fulfil the mission of the Penderecki Center, which is to serve as a music education facility, and a cultural hub on a national and international level. The overarching statutory aim of the Centre is to help develop musical talent of young instrumentalists, singers, and conductors with a special emphasis on new music. The Penderecki Center has officially opened its doors to the general public on 21 May 2013.

Project timeline: 2010-2013

Activity: 11.2. Developing and improving the state of cultural infrastructure of supra-regional importance

Institutions engaged in the Project:

Ministry of Infrastructure and Development

Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Implementing Authority for European Programs

Source of financing: European Regional Development Fund

Operation Programme: Infrastructure and Environment

Priority: XI Culture and National Heritage 

Investment costs: 65 081 275,56 PLN

The breakdown of costs:

  • 54 583 877,89 PLN contribution from the European Regional Development Fund (OP IE)
  • 10 500 000,00 PLN contribution from the national budget: 5 M PLN from the Małopolska Voivodeship; 4,9 M PLN from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage; 0,6 M PLN from the Krzysztof Penderecki Association


Interactive exhibition “Krzysztof Penderecki: A Heritage of 20th and 21st Century Polish Music”

In the 2017/2018 season the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music is launching a permanent interactive exhibition on Polish music of the 20th and 21st century. Exhibition will be integrated into the existing interior of the site by using multimedia audio-visual equipment. The interplay of light, sound and image will help enhance the content of the exhibition and will guide visitors though the space designed to symbolise the process of composing, while the narrative is desgined to portray biographical and artistic aspects of the artists’ life. While focusing mainly on Krzysztof Penderecki and his enormous contribution towards the development of musical culture of Poland and Europe, the exhibition will also present other significant Polish composers: Karol Szymanowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Witold Lutosławski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Andrzej Panufnik, Wojciech Kilar, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, and modern-day artists. The project aims at enhancing understanding of the national music legacy and enriching cultural sensitivity of our diverse communities.

The cost of the project is estimated at 3 439 509,42 PLN. In accordance with Agreement POIS.08.01.00-00-1022/16-00 the partial funding equal to 2 318 090,90 PLN will be secured from the European Regional Development Fund (priority axis VIII: Protection of Cultural Heritage and Development of Cultural Resources; Activity 8.1; Operational Programme: Infrastructure and Environment 2014-2020). Other sources of funding include a grant from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (409 073,10 PLN), Małopolska Voivodeship (409 073,10 PLN), and the Krzysztof Penderecki Association (233 172,32 PLN). 


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Culture should be accessible to everyone regardless of age, ethnic and economic background, or physical ability status. With this in mind, the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music was designed to secure complete access to the building to people with physical disabilities, maximizing their ability to enjoy the cultural offer of our institution. Scroll down to learn more about our location, accessibility to patrons with disabilities, and see our floor plans.

If you wish to contact us for more information or to let us know about your visit and required assistance, please get in touch with our Accessibility Coordinators.


Katarzyna Cygan


Tel.:  +48 14 665 10 30,

Mob.: +48 608 388 313


Jan Tomala


Tel.: +48 12 333 40 01



The Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music is located in Lusławice. The nearest bus stop for transportation to and from Krakow, Tarnow and Gorlice is located 2 km away in a neighboring town of Zakliczyn nad Dunajcem. The best way to get to the Music Centre from there is to take a taxi. The taxi stands are located in front of the bus stop in Zakliczyn.

There is plenty of parking space for cars and couches around the building, as well as a spacious car park in the front. Wheel chair users may be dropped off at the main entrance. Our front-of-house staff will be happy to provide information and assistance. There are no designated disabled parking spots, however our Coordinators will happily arrange and reserve an accessible parking spot for you with prior notice of your visit.


The Music Center is a rectangular, modern structure with the floor area of 1 hectare. The glass foyer is surrounded by the wooden colonnade. The main entrance is located on the south, and the office entrance on the north side of the building. The property is surrounded by the fence with 2 entrance gates. Parking is available around the building, as well as in the front by the main entrance gate. The property of over 5 ha is surrounded by extensive green spaces and trees.


The main entrance door opens outwards. The information stand is located on the right hand-side of the entrance hall. There, guests can collect tickets and receive additional information regarding the event, seats, etc. The entrance to the foyer is to the left from the information stand. The cloakroom is located directly in front of the main entrance and is accessible to wheel-chair users. Restrooms are located on both sides of the cloakroom – men’s room is on the left, and the ladies’ room as well as accessible toilet is located on the right. The orchestra seats are located on the ground floor and can be accessed from both sides of the foyer. All doors open outwards. The area is completely flat and wheelchair friendly. The hall accommodates 650 patrons, with 401 seats located on the ground floor. There are 16 rows on the ground floor, of which 11 are on the flat area and accessible for patrons with restricted mobility. The remaining 5 are terraced and can be accessed only by steps (the floor plan is attached). The balcony seats are only accessible via stairs. There are 10 rows on the balcony, 7 of which are terraced and accessible by steps, while the remaining 3 (rows A, B and C) are located along the walls around the Hall, by the railing. During every event at the Music Centre the Front-of-House Staff is ready to show patrons to their seats or assist them with directions. The Front-of-House Staff is available one hour before an event.

The Music Centre also houses a Chamber Hall, Conference Hall, practice rooms, library space and a dormitory wing (available only to the participants of the education activities – floor plan attached). Internal pathways are sloped to enable access to wheelchair users. 

 The front of house as well as the back of house are equipped with accessible restrooms for wheelchair users and visually impaired guests. 



The visually impaired guests are welcome to attend any of our events and concerts with an assistant or a guide dog. The Centre is currently in the process of installing a “beacon” information platform with audio-description services. Beacon devices are installed in the building allowing patrons to connect with a smartphone using Bluetooth.



To serve our guests with a hearing disability, the Concert Hall has been equipped with the audio induction loop. The system is fixed and covers  53 seats in the first 2 rows on the ground floor. Should you wish to reserve seats covered by the hearing loop, please get in touch with our coordinators electronically or by phone. Unfortunately, our ticket booking system does not allow selecting seats at the moment.


The building is fully accessible to guests with restricted mobility. Sloped pathways enable our patrons and participants to move freely around the building. For participants with restricted mobility the Center offers a spacious dorm room equipped with an accessible shower and toilet. The Concert Hall has designated spaces for wheel chairs located on both sides of rows 1 to 11 on the ground floor (2 in each row), allowing for up to 20 wheel chair users simultaneously. Unfortunately, the balcony seats can only be accessed by stairs. There is no elevator or wheelchair lift.



The Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music organizes or hosts dozens of concerts a year. All events are free of charge, however prior reservation is required. Reservation can be made online via the link to the reservation page located on the website



The building is fully equipped with a fire alarm system. The sound and light alarm is activated by smoke detectors. Illuminated signs connected to the fire alarm system are located above each exit in the Concert Hall.  Prior to the arrival of fire department, the Technical Director is in charge of evacuation procedures. All personnel in charge of evacuation must ensure that people with restricted mobility are evacuated first.

Evacuation paths are equipped with emergency lighting and florescent signs that direct towards a safe place.

In case evacuation path has been filled with smoke, bending down while walking helps prevent smoke inhalation, as there is less smoke immediately above the floor. Walking along walls helps to maintain spatial orientation in the building. The evacuation path from the Concert Hall is 20 meters long.   

Sculptures Gallery


"(...) This unique place not only stimulates the development of young musical talent, but it also allows its guests to see all of the other forms of creative work, considered the most outstanding in Polish art, through the idea of the “Correspondence of the arts” Gallery. There is the Polish Poster Gallery, from the collection of the Poster Museum at Wilanów, presenting the works of outstanding Polish designers from the period of the Polish poster school. There is the Gallery of Sculptures by Professor Adam Myjak, who is also the gallery’s donor.

The work of Adam Myjak is an absolutely unique phenomenon, and he is one of the most important contemporary Polish sculptors. Permanent creative anxiety and a wish to express his own vision of the world are characteritic of Adam Myjak’s art. And he expresses that vision through the medium that is most obvious to him – sculpture. He found his world beyond the clichéd patterns and forms of art. A place full of human heads, busts, figures, or their fragments. Man, his corporeality and spiritual states, are the subject matter that Adam Myjak finds the most appealing. Before the artist gives his works a final form, an idea is born in his mind, an impetus for the imagination that creates images, subsequently forged into spatial beings."

(Excerpt from the gallery's catalogue by Maria Kurpik)