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Gdańsk, 1988. Strike at the Gdańsk Lenin Shipyard, photo: Jerzy Kosnik/Forum

You probably think that learning the history of Poland in a mere 10 minutes is impossible, even insane. Give 10 minutes to prove you wrong.

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Chris Niedenthal, Warsaw, December 1981. First day of Martial Law. Kino Moskwa screens Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now", photo: press material

Foreigners rarely visited communist Poland, and those who did visit were baffled. Everyday life for Poles, seemed absolutely bizarre to outsiders. Would you be able to cope with reality if you time-travelled to the People’s Republic of Poland? Would you know what’s going on and how to behave?

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Chopin, collage. photo: Dagmara Staga /

Pianists from all over the world have already taken part in the qualifying stage of the 17th International Chopin Contest and are now playing their fingers to the bone, using every minute to prepare for their performance. For us – the audience – the best way to prepare for the contest is to revise our knowledge about Chopin and get a better understanding of his output

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