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The Polish Festival in Tokyo is an opportunity for Tokyo residents to discover Polish culture – both traditional and contemporary. Attendees will be able to sample Polish cuisine, listen to Polish music an take part in different kinds of workshops.
During the week-long Polish Festival in Tokyo, people will have the opportunity to listen to concerts of Polish music, watch Polish performances on stage, discover what different cultural stands have to offer and taste Polish cuisine.
During the festival the Adam Mickiewicz Institute is organising a special exhibition and stand around the Polish language and Culture.pl’s book Quarks, Elephants & Pierogi, as well as a concert of contemporary Polish music by the duo Sza/Za – Paweł Szamburski and Patryk Zakrocki.
Sza/Za – Szamburski/Zakrocki concert
Paweł Szamburski and Patryk Zakrocki are musicians, improvisers and animators who have been active on the Polish improvised music and independent art scene since 1999. They create music for theatre, film, silent films and contemporary dance.
The music of the Sza/Za duo is an extraordinary combination of seemingly extreme opposites – noise and silence, pop and contemporary chamber music, beauty and ugliness, as well as refined wisdom and pure, naïve thoughtlessness. With the help of clarinet and violin, voices, analogue looping effects and musical transformations, the musicians search for the unity of these opposites, to try to free both the stage and the audience from restrictive rules and rigid cultural ‘settings’.
At the Polish Festival in Tokyo, Sza/Za will perform their own, original programme, using their own method of creating music, developed during the creation of theatre performances and animated films. They will present the stylistic richness necessary for creating film and theatre music.
The Sza/Za – Szamburski/Zakrocki concert will take place on 24th November 2019 at 1pm - 1:40pm, at the Tokyo International Forum, D Hall.
On 24th November 2019, a special exhibition stand will open at Tokyo International Forum called Quarks, Elephants & Pierogi, inspired by the book of the same name. Conceived and designed by Magdalena Burdzyńska, the Quarks, Elephants & Pierogi exhibition celebrates the Polish language through creative use of space and illustrations. The official opening will be marked by an afternoon of special events.
The exhibition Quarks, Elephants & Pierogi is based on Burdzyńska’s illustrations for Culture.pl’s award-winning book Quarks, Elephants & Pierogi: Poland in 100 Words, which explores the Polish language and Poland’s history and culture in visually-arresting, inviting and fun ways. Thanks to Burdzyńska, the rich visual style she created for the book will now be brought to life in one of Tokyo’s most impressive conference halls.
David Crystal, the popular author and expert on the English language, has called the book and one of Poland’s Most Beautiful Books of the Year (awarded by the Polish Book Publishers Association):
A stunning combination of content and design... I enjoyed every bit of it, and wish there were more like this, on other languages.
The exhibition is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Polish Cultural Institute in Tokyo. The official carrier of the exhibition is LOT Polish Airlines.
The project is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute operating under the Culture.pl brand as part of the international cultural programme accompanying Poland’s centenary of regaining independence. Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2022
Source: promotional materials, compiled by AW & NR, 22 Nov 2019
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The exhibition stand will take place on Sunday 24th November 2019 in Hall D of Tokyo International Forum, accompanied by an afternoon of events:
- 12pm: Official opening of the exhibition stand
- 2pm onwards: Artistic workshops for children (aged 6-13) with illustrator Magdalena Burdzyńska, where participants can get to know the Polish alphabet and make their own books
- 12pm onwards: Prizes given to participants to our special lottery, such as a specially-made yukata featuring designs from the book
- 12pm onwards: Culture.pl’s English chief and co-author of the book will be on-hand to discuss the website, the book, and all your other questions about Polish culture
- 1:30pm: Performance by Magdalena Burdzyńska, along with aides Sylwia, Basia and Ola, to the improvisations of Sza/Za as they musically interpret the Polish alphabet