Rolling Stones in Poland

April 9, 2014
Still Can't Get No...

Still Can’t Get No…

The manager of the Rolling Stones has announced that a concert will take place at the National Stadium in Warsaw at the personal request of the President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski on the 25th anniversary of the free elections held on 4 June 1989. The Rolling Stones want to do something similar to U2 who had a concert to mark the anniversary of German reunification, reports Polish Radio One. “We knew that 4 June is an important day for Polish people, although we were not fully aware of what happened on that day,” admits the manager. “The Stones have prepared a surprise. They will sing the famous Maryla Rodowicz song “Niechżyje bal” (‘Long Live the Ball’). There is no lack of great Polish rock songs that Mick Jagger could sing. So, we are not ruling out the possibility of other Polish songs being sung. The Rolling Stones remember the Warsaw concert of 1967. There were a lot of people and it was really hot,” continues the manager. A group of Polish artists wrote a letter to Bronisław Komorowski protesting against the Warsaw concert. “We oppose this cultural initiative, which will result in making a substantial financial contribution to a foreign artist. The celebration of our national victory should be an opportunity for the global presentation of Polish music,” wrote Krystyna Prońko, Robert Chojnacki and others. However, much to the annoyance of Polish Stones’ fans, it turned out that the concert announcement was an April Fool’s joke by Polish Radio.
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Steps Return to Poland

April 3, 2014
Palatial Return

Palatial Return

Germany has returned one of Poland’s most valuable paintings. The Palace Stairs palace” will be the only painting of Francesco Guardi in Poland. It was one of the most precious paintings before the war. The painting was stolen during the occupation and now, after over 70 years, this precious work of art returned to Poland, to the National Museum in Warsaw. Although the dimension of the painting is not so big, it is great and extremely valuable. An 18th century painting ‘Palace stairs’ by Venetian artist Francesco Guardi was one of the most precious paintings in Poland during World War II. The small oil painting depicts the stairs of Venice’s Doge Palace. There are the bearers walking up the stairs and there are also noblemen standing in the shadow of the palace arcades. Grażyna Bastek from the National Museum in Warsaw says that the unique composition of the painting shows the greatness of this work. Despite of its small size (a little bigger than A4 sheet), the image gives the impression of grandeur. There is also a play of light: the shadow in the foreground perfectly transforms into a lightened courtyard. The painting was bought by the National Museum in Warsaw in 1925 from an art collector Leon Kranc. The National Museum paid for the painting 8,5 thousand zlotys. On Monday 31 March, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier handed back the painting to his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski. The ceremony took place in Berlin. Recently ‘Palace stairs’ was at the National Art Gallery in Stuttgart.
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Dr. House in Poland

April 3, 2014
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

British actor and musician Hugh Laurie, best known for his role as Dr. House, will come to Poland on the 27 July for a concert in Poznań, followed by one in Szczecin two days later. Laurie’s tour will be promoting the two albums “Let Them Talk” and “Didn’t It Rain”. The Poznań concert will be held in the Adam Mickiewicz University Concert Hall whereas the Szczecin gig will take place in the Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle. In 2011 Laurie released his debut blues album “Let Them Talk” with the follow-up album, “Didn’t It Rain”, coming out in 2013. He studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge, where he joined Footlights, the university dramatic club where he discovered his talent for acting. In 1985, he starred in the movie “Abundance” with Meryl Streep, Sting and Charles Dance. He went on to play roles in “Sense and Sensibility” (1995), “101 Dalmatians” (1996) and “The Man in the Iron Mask” (1998). Hugh Laurie has received two Golden Globe awards for his role as Dr. Gregory House. Laurie returns to Poland after his successful Warsaw concent in 2013.
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Greatest Discovery

April 2, 2014
Eclipsing Tutankhamen

Eclipsing Tutankhamen

Archeologists from the University of Warsaw are one step away from discovering the sarcophagus of Egyptian Pharaoh Herihor. If they reach the burial chamber of Herihor, the discovery will equal that of the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb. Andrzej Niwiński, a professor at the University of Warsaw, head of the Polish expedition and a well-known Egyptologist and archaeologist said that Pharaoh Herihor was probably one of the best known Egyptian Pharaohs. “As a Pharaoh, Tutankhamen had no claim to fame. He is well known in history mostly thanks to the discovery of his tomb, which was completely intact, filled with treasures and not violated by grave robbers. In 11th century BC, a rebellious Egyptian army plundered all the temples and tombs in the Valley of the Pharaohs except one, that of Tutankhamen. As for Herihor, he was a general and Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian army. He was the first to arrive to crush a rebellion. After that he decided to make his own tomb impregnable.”It has already taken fifteen years to reach the tomb. It is difficult and laborious work. Andrzej Niwiński continues: “Herihor’s tomb is exceptionally protected with tons of huge stones.  According to our assumptions, up to 5000 tons of stones were crumbled and up to 1500-2000 are left to reach the tomb this autumn.”
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Dietrich, Bacharach and Niemen

March 29, 2014
Star in Warsaw

Hunted for Czesław Niemen

In 1964, the Warsaw concerts of Marlene Dietrich, accompanied by Burt Bacharach, were supported by the Polish band Niebiesko-Czarni. “Marlene came to see Czesław Niemen and asked for his song ‘Do you still remember me?’. Nobody believed that it might lead to something,” said Dariusz Michalski, a Polish Radio music journalist. In the 1950s and early 1960s the outstanding composer and pianist Burt Bacharach figured as a well-known accompanist for various performers and was also musical director for Marlene Dietrich. In January 1964, they arrived in Poland together, where they gave six concerts. “On page 85 of his book Burt Bacharach. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, he recalls the Polish weather, Marlene, Polish vodka and the Bristol Hotel, a first-class hotel at the time,” says Dariusz Michalski, “Niebiesko-Czarni played as a support act at Dietrich’s concerts. As for Burt Bacharach, he conducted an orchestra of Polish musicians and American drummers and bassists, but nobody then knew who he was.” However, everybody knew who Marlene Dietrich was and her interest in a Czesław Niemen song caused a sensation. She asked Niemen for the music and lyrics of the song ‘Czy mnie jeszcze pamiętasz’. Dariusz Michalski continues: “In November 1964 Burt Bacharach conducted an orchestra while Dietrich sang her own German version of the Polish song which is called ‘Mutter, hast du mir vergeben’. This was the point Czesław Niemen was introduced to Europe.”
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Shape of Things to Come

March 27, 2014
Architectural Wonder

Architectural Wonder

The residents of Łódź have had an opportunity to visit the revitalised EC-1 complex located on Targowa Street in Łódz. The building complex won a national competition for Building of the Year in 2013. The revitalised facilities of the former thermal power plant will be used for cultural and artistic events. The power station won 8,000 votes of internet users and was unrivaled in its march to victory. The building is part of a new centre in Łódź and is a great example of the revitalisation of post-industrial architecture. The first parts of the rejuvinated thermal power plant, a planetarium and machine hall, will open in the middle of this year.
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Discovery of the Year

March 24, 2014
Pre-Columbian Discovery

Pre-Columbian Discovery

US Archaeology magazine reported that the Polish discovery of a tomb in Peru is one of the top discoveries of 2013. The team was led by Dr. Miłosz Giersz of the Institute of Archaeology and the Centre for Pre-Columbian Studies of the University of Warsaw. The research project in Huarmey, where the tomb was discovered, is one of nine research projects carried out in the Andes by the Centre for Pre-Columbian Studies. The tomb discovered by Giersz is of the Wari culture and dates back to the eighth century AD and is located 300 km north of the capital Lima. The objects found in the tomb include richly ornamented jewellery, luxury goods imported from remote parts of the empire, including obsidian and decorated ceramics, and a uniquely decorated ceremonial kero mug made of white stone. The tomb probably belonged to a wife of one of the rulers of the empire, which later laid the foundations of the Inca Empire. So far all known remains of tombs of the rich elite of this culture have long been looted or destroyed. The Polish archaeologists were the first to have an opportunity to examine an intact and complete tomb, belonging to the high aristocracy of Wari.
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Exercises from the Stone Age

March 22, 2014
Chodakowska Under Attack

Chodakowska Under Attack

Mariola Bojarska-Ferenc, Poland’s very first TV trainer, coach and TV fitness pioneer, has been criticising fellow fitness fanatic and much-loved Ewa Chodakowska for quite some time. She castigates her young colleague claiming that one course of pilates does not give Chodakowska the right to give advice to other women about what to do to lose weight and get fit. Bojarska-Ferenc has been trying to discredit Chodakowska for some time. During celebrity Agnieszka Szulim’s TV show, Bojarska-Ferenc accused Chodakowska of using archaic methods. “The exercises proposed by Ms. Ewa come from the Stone Age. I believe that she offers women very scant knowledge and doesn’t have a very large skill set.”
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Fantasy Festival

March 20, 2014

Fantasy Festival

Poznań’s Pyrkon

Pyrkon 2014, a Polish fantasy/sci-fi convention, will take place between 21 and 23 March in Poznań, temporarily changing both the Poznań International Fair, where the event takes place, and the whole city of Poznań into the capital of fantasy and sci/fi. An advert, encouraging people to take part in the event, has just appeared online and has already managed to cause controversy among Facebook fandom and other social networks. “I don’t see who the target is here and I don’t like vulgar sex-related sells,” writes Oskar on Youtube. “This is just another sex-sell. If you really want to have erotic motives in an advert for a fantasy/sci-fi convention, you should at least make the effort to connect it with the subject,” adds another internet user. In fact, the controversy is so fierce that some people have already declared that they will boycott the event. The wave of indignation has surprised the organisers of Pyrkon 2014, who made a recent statement concerning the advert declaring that they do not support either sexism or an excessive use of eroticism and that they are all in favour of equality. “We really just wanted to promote our giveaway of unique dice,” they claim, “The advert was all about showing our hobbies on the backdrop of everyday activities like taking a bath, and connecting the feeling of relaxation with this hobby”. The organisers also hope that they will succeed in winning back the confidence of fans if Pyrkon is a success.
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Met Opera Comes to Warsaw

February 28, 2014
Beyond Space and Time

Beyond Space and Time

From 1 March 2014, Praha cinema in Warsaw will begin a series of live HD broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera. Audiences will feel like they are sitting in the Metropolitan  itself. The “Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD” is a well-known and award-winning series of live broadcasts in HD quality from the most famous opera in the world. Special effects give viewers the impression of participating in the performance, even though it is being watched by thousands of people around the world. Another attraction is the fact that during the shows, we are able to follow set changes and watch interviews with the actors backstage, giving the audience of the live HD series the opportunity to look behind the scenes of high art. Despite the six-hour time difference, European audiences can watch the performaces live in the evenings, because the Metropolitan has two performances on Saturdays: one in the early afternoon and the other in the evening. The afternoon show is broadcast in Europe. Praha cinema will also show repeats of selected productions.
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