If you ever end up spending Christmas in Poland, we have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that it will be the warmest, most unforgettable Christmas experience. The bad news is that some of the traditions might be too surprising to face unprepared, so better read Culture.pl’s guide to avoid unnecessary stress and possible faux pas. Read more »about: How to Survive Polish Christmas
What does it feel like to take a space walk? Can you explain that feeling to somebody who will never get a chance to do it? In a unique story that brought art and emotion to a scientific project costing billions of dollars, a small group found that perhaps Chopin’s music was capable of explaining the inexplicable. Read more »about: Chopin: The Latest Polish Astronaut
Lato has been one of the most consistently popular stars of the Google Fonts library for the last six years. What is the secret behind its success? And how was a font that ended up being used on millions of websites created? Read more »about: What Makes a Font Popular?
Friedrich Nietzsche claimed to be Polish in writing at least five times in his books. Why on Earth would this icon of philosophy deny being German and instead insist he belonged to a nation that at the time wasn't even on the map? Read more »about: Was Nietzsche Polish?
Three years ago, there were hardly any craft beer pubs in Warsaw. The vast majority of beer came from a few large factories, and they were made to get drinkers drunk rather than to enthrall foodies. But things have changed... Read more »about: Trend Watch: The Craft Beer Revolution
Hipsters, as well as almost everybody else, change their habits when it is getting hot, and instead of hanging around in the city centre or Praga, they go to the riverside to party in one of many temporary venues and relax in the ultimately casual atmosphere.
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The iconic Polish Jazz series, encompassing albums from Polish jazz legends such as Krzysztof Komeda and Tomasz Stańko, is to be reissued by Warner Music Poland. If you haven't had a chance to acquaint yourself with the highlights of Polish Jazz, you'll have no better opportunity to do so.
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Leicestershire Council has recently made public the recorded memories of the Poles and their families living in the county. Why have Poles been living there for over 60 years now? Would you believe that people who were deported to Siberia faced even worse hardship after the war? Read more »about: 6 Touching World War II Survivor Testimonies
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. Read more »about: How David Bowie Created Warszawa
Polish DJs and producers went under the radar of the electronic music world for Until the 1990s. Two decades and a few insanely talented trailblazers later Polish electronic music is an emerging power with its distinctive sound and fresh beats. How does Polish electronic music A.D. 2015 sound? Have you ever heard Polo House? It's high time you did. Read more »about: Polish Electronic Music Is The Next Big Thing
During the unbelievable heat waves of summer 2015, KEXP, the world-famous radio and art organisation from Seattle, visited the OFF Festival in Katowice, an event known for being one of the best alternative music festivals in Europe. However, KEXP's experts didn’t come to Poland to look for international headliners… Read more »about: Seattle’s KEXP Selects the Top 10 Polish Indie Bands
Poles are well-known for their exceptional hospitality. An old saying has it that ‘a guest at home is God at home’, thus if you stay in Poland for at least a few days and make friends with somebody, expect to be invited to a Polish dinner. If you want your new friendship to last for more than one evening be warned that Polish customs can be very tricky! Read more »about: How to Survive a Polish Dinner Party
Poland is a landlocked Eastern European country somewhere in the polar circle. It is a former member of the USSR inhabited by Russian speakers...or is it? Have a look at these six real-life misconceptions about Poland and don’t hesitate to share those you've heard!
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The International Chopin Piano competition is known for its incredible power to turn unknown prodigies into pianists of global standing. Other than the actual prize, these young artists win a schedule packed with concerts in the most prestigious halls in the world and an unparalleled opportunity to bask in the spotlight for decades. Read more »about: 4 Winners of the Chopin Competition Who Became Superstars
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? Read more »about: Would You Have Survived the Communist Regime in Poland?
Apart from the huge festivals with pop star-packed line-ups, there is a smaller one that deserves a closer look – one that has been voted The Best Small Festival 3 times in the last 4 years, sells over 10,000 tickets a year while being run by a group of 5 friends. We’re talking about Festival Tauron Nowa Muzyka. I went to Silesia to talk to one of its organisers. Read more »about: How to Start the Best Music Festival in Europe
Jimek, real name Radzimir Dębski, is a composer and one of Poland's best known music producers. His popularity exploded when he won Beyoncé’s End of Time Remix Competition in 2012. In 2015 his symphonic orchestration of the most recognized hip-hop songs hit headlines worldwide and earned him the appreciation of many hip-hop legends Read more »about: Jimek
The unprecedented Jewish vegetarian cookbook published in Vilnius in 1938 has just been republished for the first time in 77 years. It would have been lost forever if it wasn't for the efforts of two students who met at a lecture at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Read more »about: The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook - Fania Lewando
He designed for the most successful companies in the world: for Ferrari, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Mazda, Citroen, Suzuki. He designed a logo for Fiat that is recognisable around the world. He founded an extremely successful design studio, gave stunning lectures, and wrote brilliant articles for DesignAlive magazine. Read more »about: A Tribute to Janusz Kaniewski
The popularity and long lifespan of Polish jokes inspired us to investigate deep into their genesis and characteristics. What do they mean? Can Poles take a joke? How Many poles does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Culture.pl presents the anatomy of a Polish Joke.
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At Culture.pl we strongly believe that true art and true artists can be at least as entertaining as pop culture idols. However, because not everything that glitters is gold, sometimes discovering an extra-interesting fact about higher culture requires a bit of extra effort. This is why we ask you to play a short game… Read more »about: Which Famous Polish Artist Are You?
Warsaw, Poznań and Białystok, as well as many other Polish cities, were virtually razed to the ground during World War II, suffering under the subsequent marches of hostile armies. Meanwhile, Kraków, the biggest and most crucial city of southern Poland, remained almost untouched. How did Kraków make it through the war with hardly a scratch? Read more »about: How Kraków Made It Unscathed Through WWII
If you think that broke people can’t travel, you’re wrong. They shouldn’t go to Doha or Copenhagen, but there are places no less interesting and far more affordable – places like Poland. You can spend all your life savings here, but alternatively, knowing a few things tourists usually don’t know, you can have a wonderful time for just a few złotys.
Read more »about: Some Tips for Travelling Cheap in Poland
There is a building everybody who has visited Warsaw remembers. It has been a bone of contention for fifty years and still evokes extreme emotions. It has 42 floors, consumes as much energy as a town of 30,000, and remains the tallest skyscraper in Poland, even though it was built in the 1950s. Get to know the twisted history of Warsaw’s Palace of Culture. Read more »about: The Controversial Story of Stalin's Palace in Warsaw