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Agnieszka Smoczyńska, photo: Wojciech Olszanka/East News

Film director, the mind behind movies such as Aria Diva and The Lure.

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Stills from The Lure directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska, photo: Kino Świat

The Lure filmmakers, Agnieszka Smoczyńska and Robert Bolesto, were awarded a Sundance Institute grant to create a David Bowie-inspired ‘science-fiction opera'. Deranged, their forthcoming post-industrial science-fiction musical, will be inspired by David Bowie’s 1995 album 1. Outside.

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Visual materials from the Polish-English experimental publication Helibo Seyoman: A Tale of Two Cities, published by Foundation Bęc Zmiana, Warsaw 2016. Artists & authors: Sandra Bartoli, Agnieszka Brzeżańska, Jerzy Goliszewski, Ulrich Gutmair, Tymek Jezierski, Christin Kaiser, Hari Kunzru, Krzysztof Pyda, Agata Pyzik, Gregor Różański, Ariane Spanier, Olga Szczechowska, Andreas Töpfer, Aleksandra Waliszewska, Gregor Weichbrodt, Jakub Żulczyk. Curators: Martin Conrads, Franziska Morlok, Bogna Świątkowska

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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.

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Did Esperanto inspire the lyrics of one of David Bowie’s most famous songs? And what could he have gathered from the Polish dialect of Beskidy mountain herders on that Śląsk LP?

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But what was it exactly that Bowie saw during his short stay in Warsaw?

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Dawid Celek, concept design for David Bowie mural in Warsaw, 2016, photo: promo materials

A mural depicting Davie Bowie is to be created in the Warsaw district of Żoliborz. The giant artwork will commemorate how the recently-deceased musician's brief time in the capital of Poland inspired his 1977 song Warszawa.

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David Bowie, photo: REUTERS / Forum

On the gloomy morning of 11th January 2016, media around the globe reported the death of David Bowie, one of the most original music stars in history. At Culture.pl, we would like to pay tribute to him by telling the story of his song Warszawa, inspired by his short visit to Poland’s capital.

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