A Mickiewicz marathon, musical biographies, performances inspired by cinema, and a TV series inspired by theatre. Culture.pl recalls eleven important theatre premières and international co-productions from 2016. Read more »about: Polish Theatre in 2016
The growing popularity of domestic crime films has become more than noticeable in Poland in recent years. Titles like Traffic Department and I’m a Killer attract sizeable audiences and have set a new, higher standard for Polish genre pictures. So who are the big names in Poland’s cinematic crime world and what are the key factors fuelling its rise? Read more »about: Trend Watch: Polish Crime Cinema on the Rise
One of defining artists of Polish independent music of the turn of the 21st century. Guitarist and DJ, radio personality, talent scout, propagator of electronic music and many more. Read more »about: Maceo Wyro
In the modern era of digitalisation one may think that the fate of traditional books has already been sealed, but in photography the situation looks completely different. Thanks to new means of financing artistic projects, such as crowd funding, an increasing number of artists finish their projects with book publications. Culture.pl presents the best of them.
Read more »about: Best Photo Books of 2016
One of the most recognisable Polish video game creators, co-author of, among others, The Mystery of the Statuette, Teenagent, Painkiller, Bulletstorm, and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. Born in 1971 in Lubin.
Read more »about: Adrian Chmielarz
The Polish wintertime may sometimes be harsh but it never fails to be strikingly beautiful. Here you can behold its stark glory through seven late 19th-century paintings created in the realist style by masters like Julian Fałat and Józef Chełmoński, along with some info about these iconic pieces and their authors. Read more »about: 7 Classic Polish Winter Landscapes
Plastic is possibly the only big Polish game developer that focuses on ambitious artistic projects. The main designer, Michał Staniszewski, was awarded Polityka's Passport in the category Digital Culture. Read more »about: Bound – Michał Staniszewski
Late Andrzej Wajda’s portrayal of Władysław Strzemiński is a production with lots of unfulfilled potential. What we could have got is an ambivalent, fractured depiction of Strzemiński. What we got instead is a lifeless story about a steadfast artist, overwhelmed by the system. Read more »about: Afterimage – Andrzej Wajda
After inventing an alternative history 1920s world where diesel-powered war robots are part of the interwar period, Jakub Różalski became a world-famous graphic artist and co-created one of the hottest board games of the past year. Now he's working on a new project called Iron Harvest, a video game that builds yet another layer upon the 1920+ world he has created. Read more »about: Painter's Art Turns into Video Game with Dieselpunk Robots
Which artists most influenced culture in 2016? Whose works were presented at the most prestigious events, and who had the greatest retrospectives in the most important museums? Here’s the list of the Polish artists you may have heard about in 2016. Read more »about: The Most Important Polish Artists of 2016
Polish designers have broken yet more records. In the previous year, they were awarded with 15 ‘Design Oscars’ – Red Dot Awards – and 13 prestigious iF Design Awards, one of the most important design distinctions in the world. We’ve selected the 10 most interesting products which grabbed the public’s attention in 2016. Read more »about: 10 Highlights of Polish Design from 2016
A Polish-German book inspired by a mysterious line from David Bowie’s song Warszawa brings together fictional stories inspired by Bowie’s Eastern European legend and succeeds in bringing the two cities even closer on the imaginary map of Europe.
Read more »about: Helibo Seyoman: A Tale of Two Cities
He works in Poland and abroad creating choreographies in theatres in Kalisz, Warsaw, Poznań and Wałbrzych. In 2016, he was nominated for the Polityka Passports for 'scenic charisma full of irony and wit'. Read more »about: Paweł Sakowicz
Julia Sokolnicka's short film Side Roads won the award for the best student documentary at the 5th Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival, held in December 2016. On 25th December the film was also presented at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival in Pune. Read more »about: Side Roads Awarded in Mumbai
Until April 2015, only architecture buffs had heard of the Mies van der Rohe Award. That all changed when for the first time in history, the greatest architecture award in Europe was given to a Polish building – the Szczecin Philharmonic. Now a squad of Polish nominations have been announced for the next edition of this prestigious competition. Read more »about: 11 Polish Buildings Nominated for the Mies Van Der Rohe Award 2017
Though perhaps not quite as spectacular as previous years, 2016 was certainly no less interesting for Polish architecture. Some long-awaited investments appeared likely to change the quality of life in their city, while others turned out to be controversial. Read more »about: Architecture in Poland: 2016 in Review
A Polish-French theatre director, translator and graduate of literature studies at the Paris-Sorbonne University. In 2016, she was nominated for creating intimate and empathetic theatre in which she deals with commonly marginalized topics. Read more »about: Anna Smolar
The tradition of organising New Year’s Eve parties in Poland goes back to the mid-19th century. Before that, New Year celebrations could hardly be described as boisterous. The night didn't differ much from others, apart from the custom of trying to predict what lay ahead in terms of marriages, harvests and the weather. Read more »about: New Year Carnival Parties: What Did People Eat?
Tomasz Jakub Opałka seeks for inspiration in history of music (including the relatively new one – the 20th century), science and his own experience in creating film and theatre music. Opałka is not looking for a novelty, he continually emphases it, creating his own identity as a composer.
Read more »about: Emerge – Tomasz Jakub Opałka
An internet platform dedicated to the output of a legend of Polish post-war photography will be launched on 16th December 2016. The archive is going to showcase not only Plewiński’s work as Przekrój’s photographer and theatre documenter, but also his most important reporter series that are less well-known to the public. Read more »about: Wojciech Plewiński Photo Archive Comes Online