Four Cultures Combine in Łódź

The Four Cultures of Łódź Festival is an extensive repertoire of events that aim to bring together the four cultures of Łódź: Jewish, German, Russian and Polish

The rich program of the Four Cultures Festival features over 30 events spread all over the city including music, theatre, literature, visual arts and cinema. It revolves around the city's multicultural tradition, its roots and its colourful history.

A special guest at the festival is Ksenia Starosielska, a translator of Polish literature into Russian. She has translated and brought many iconic Polish writers to the Russian readers, such as Jerzy Andrzejewski, Marek Hłasko, Tadeusz Konwicki, Jerzy Pilch, Tadeusz Różewicz or Witkacy. Starosielska's visit in Łódź will also be a personal trip down memory lane as her grandparents were raised there. A series of literary evenings will also be dedicated to the works of poet Paul Celan, who was born on the Romanian side of Czerniowce in a German-speaking Jewish family.

Russian culture and influences will be emphasised in the movie programme. A retrospective of films from director Grigori Aleksandrov is scheduled, featuring his iconic workThe world is laughing, a 1934 musical inspired by American burlesque, with songs by Izaak Dunajewski. The festival will also host the cinematic premiere of Afterimages (Powidoki), a theatre drama made for television by Maciej Wojtyszko, which details the of relationship between two outstanding artists originally from Łódź: Katarzyna Kobro and Władysław Strzemiński. The show was honoured at the recent Two Theaters Festival in Sopot.

The theatre stages of the festival will present such plays as the controversial Dybuk, directed by Mariusz Grzegorzek from the Stefan Jaracz Theater in Łódź, The Last Such Father by Lublin based Scena Prapremier InVitro and Schitz by Israeli playwright Hanoch Levin.

Numerous art institutions in the city were invited to take part in this year's edition of the festival, such as the Arthur Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic, the Grand Theater, the Kazimierz Dejmek New Theater, the "Wytwórnia" club and "Cytryna" movie theater.

For more information, see:

    The Four Cultures of Łódź Festival
    Director: Bogdan Tosza
    Plac Wolności 5
    91-415 Łódź, Poland
    tel. (+48 42) 636 38 21
    fax (+48 42) 636 33 11

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