‘Sopocianie’ is a project that presents the city through biographies of inhabitants - individuals who have their place in the history of Sopot, but are usually neglected in various accounts. They are distinguished and anonymous, famous and forgotten
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‘Sopocianie’ is a project that presents the city through biographies of inhabitants – the variety of lives, attitudes and achievements in the multicultural community of Sopot since the end of the 18th century until modernity.
Protagonists of the project represent various nations, occupations and denominations. They are individuals who have their place in the history of Sopot, but are usually neglected in various accounts. They are distinguished and anonymous, famous and forgotten.
The project embraces a few sections. The first one assumes outdoor exhibitions in various parts of the city. In places where selected Sopot citizens lived or worked there will be plaques with their photos and biograms. The second part which will embrace post-war times until modernity, assumes multimedia screening including a documentary by Jarzy Afanasjew.
Within duration of the project we gather memories, photos, films and documentaries concerning post-war generation of the city dwellers. Post-war community of Sopot has not been thoroughly researched until now. Migrants from the Eastern borderlands, Silesia, Warsaw, Pomerania and other regions of Poland came to Sopot. We want to find out where exactly they came from, how many of them lived in Sopot before the war and what their lives looked like in the new reality. This is interesting not only in relation to historical, national or social changes. This movement continues. Sopot is still attracting people from all around Poland as well as from other countries.
Opinions and memories can be contributed on a special website www.sopocianie.muzeumsopotu.pl, on www.facebook.com – Sopocianie 1945-2011 and during cyclical meetings that are organized in cooperation with the Public Library in Sopot. The website will serve as a place to present history as well as a forum to exchange opinions.
We hope that inhabitants of Sopot will share their memories and opinions and that together, we will create the profile of Sopot dwellers. All materials: documents, memoirs, archives and photos provided by members of the project will be returned on demand at any moment. The Museum of Sopot will not use or copy them without prior consent of the contributors. Involvement in the discussion forum and publication of memories in the Internet are voluntary and the Museum serves only as an administrator and moderator here.
People who would like to get involved in the ‘Sopocianie 1945-2011’ project can also participate in a cycle of meetings during which they will have a chance to present the history of their families and friends in Sopot as well as share some fleeting memories about people connected with the city. These meetings are held in the Museum of Sopot and in various branches of the Public Library, on selected Thursdays at 4.00 pm. So far, four of such meetings have been held.
Dates of the next meetings:
May 26 – Public Library, Branch 8, ul. Mazowiecka 26
June 9 – Public Library, Branch 5, ul. 3 Maja 6
June 30 – the Museum of Sopot, ul. Poniatowskiego 8
The originator of this project is Małgorzata Buchholz-Todoroska.
Curators: Justyna Gibbs, Karolina Babicz
Organizer: The Museum of Sopot
More information: www.otwartykurortkultury.eu, www.muzeumsopotu.pl
This event is part of Attention Culture!, the Cultural Program of the 2011 Polish EU Presidency, which comprises a six-month series of exceptional events and artistic projects, including the European Culture Congress, held as a part of the Polish presidency in the EU council.