The unexpected sound of Poland's freshest club music broke through stale categories and boundaries, bringing new and innovative sounds to get people moving and partying. Two of the most successful bands on the Polish rock scene also performed - KAMP! and L. Stadt brought an impressive dose of energy, melody, skilled instrumentals and smooth vocals. Read more »about: Poland Guest of Honour at Afisha Picnic
Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau hosts close to 800 pieces ranging from artworks to documents detailing the spiritual and scientific development of both Poland and Germany. Exhibition pieces have been donated by major private and institutional collections in Poland, Germany and other European countries and reveal a shared cultural past of the two bordering nations.
"Side by Side. Poland - Germany. A 1000 years of Art and History" presents some 250 paintings, 30 sculptures, 60 historical volumes, 80 manuscripts, 60 etchings, 70 documents, 100 craft items and150 photographs, film, music, and printed matter will feature. Read more »about: Side by Side. Poland - Germany. 1000 years of Art and History
Personal stories brought a unique quality to the events taking place at the grand finale in Moscow on the 24th of September. There were a number of vibrant characters taking part in the project, such as Panika and Vladimir, a couple of designers from Syberia. They grew up in a region where most people still had a hand in craftsmanship up until quite recently, from baking bread to carpentry and making clothing. Read more »about: I, CULTURE in Moscow - Link in the Global Crafts Network
Theatre du Chatelet was the prestigious setting for the inaugural gala concert performed by the Kraków Philharmonic. The grand venue, opened in 1862, has a history of opera and dance performance. The Philharmonic concert presented the best in contemporary Polish music, inspired by Highlander traditions and folklore
Szymanowski's"Harnasie" is a ballet-pantomime derived from highland folklore. It is a kind of mythological generalization of highland culture - the plot is symbolic, the characters have no names, they are simply "the Girl", "the Shepherd" and "the Robber". It tells the story of an expected wedding, with the bride falling in love with a robber shortly before taking her vows. Work on the ballet lasted eight years and it was completed in 1931. It premièred in Warsaw in 1935 although today it is largely performed in parts, the most famous scenes illustrating highland folk culture (i.e. "Taniec góralski" / "The Highlanders' Dance", and "Hala" / "In the Mountain Pasture"). Other examples of Podhale folklore are found in Szymanowski's mazurkas as well as his acclaimed "Stabat Mater".
Górecki's influences are also located in the diverse, local folk culture. Of his home town of Silesia he once said: "It is old Polish land [but] there were always three cultures present: Polish, Czech, and German. The folk art, all the art, had no boundaries." His tutor, the composer Bolesław Szabelski (a former student of Szymanowski's) was especially influenced by Polish highland folklore.
The performances featured conductor Paweł Przytocki (who has performed with such orchestras as the Budapest Concert Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica de Xalapa in Mexico, Real Filharmonia de Galicia in Spain and the Everett Symphony Orchestra in the Unitetd States) and tenor Rafał Bartmiński (who has performed in London's Sadler’s Wells, the Lithuanian Opera, Spain's Peralada festival, and across Japan in Martina Ottaw's production of Strauss's Salome).
It may be hard to believe, but in the 17th century, over 6,000 kilometres away from Poland’s capital, there was a Polish state bordering China. Called Jaxa, this little-known political organism stuck between Russia and China was founded by Nicefor Chernichowski, a Polish nobleman whom the Chinese called ‘the wise Khan’. Read more »about: When Poland Neighboured China: A Secret Polish History
The 20th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) will feature a programme of contemporary short animations from Poland. The event will provide the Chinese cinema lovers with a great opportunity to see not only the classics of Polish animated film, but also works of the younger generation of Polish animators. Read more »about: Polish Animation at Shanghai International Film Festival
Lights! Camera! Action! Thanks to the famous Łódź Film School, Poland has given rise to some of the best cinematographers the medium has ever seen. These six Polish cinematographers know what to do when the cameras are rolling and are behind some of the best and most highly-acclaimed films of the past century. Read more »about: 6 Polish Cinematographers You Need to Know