EXCLUSIVE: TFN reader sends surprise package from the US containing an original June 1939 edition of NatGeo magazine. One article entitled ‘Pedalling through Poland’, details the adventures of photographer Dorothy Hosmer who travels from Kraków, to the Polish Tatra mountains and through territories of present-day Ukraine.
Set between the city centre and the leafy suburb of Oliwa, till now Wrzeszcz has possibly been better-known as the childhood home of Nobel prize-winning author Günter Grass. However, its patchwork of architectural styles also offer a telling glimpse into the chronology of the city.
Used to decorate wall panels as an alternative to wallpaper, as upholstery for furniture and as a decorative covering for bags, boxes, chests and jewellery, gilt leather was once used to adorn the most luxurious noble interiors, including castles and palaces.
Designed by one of the eminent ceramic artists of the PRL era, Bolesław Książek, the tiles were revealed while renovations were being conducted on Złota Kurka, a milk bar that first opened in 1952 in Warsaw’s MDM district.
The lead roles have all been taken by actresses who are relative newcomers, and while Polish fans may recognize a few of the recurring characters, the show has become a hit for the quality of performances and content, rather than star power.
In this edition of The Debrief, we speak to chairman of the Cultural Heritage Foundation, Michał Laszczkowski, about the protection and promotion of Polish cultural heritage both in Poland and abroad.
Entitled simply ‘Augustów’, the English language production is the result of a collaboration between London-based historian Tomasz Muskus, who worked as a consultant on 303 Squadron and Cursed, and Hollywood stuntman Jacek Jagódka known for his work on Spectre and Game of Thrones, as well as being stunt double for Alexander Skarsgard in ‘Tarzan’.
Composed of over 3,000 elements with figurines to imitate how a living audience would absorb sound, to test the acoustics, sound was played at a frequency 10 times higher than usual to shorten the sound waves so that they would reverberate in precisely the same manner as those in the completed hall.
Included are extraordinary gifts given to the late Pope such as a metal relief excavated from a mass grave of Polish officers murdered by the NKVD, a crucifix carved by a concentration camp prisoner from a toothbrush, handwritten notes and never-before- seen archival documents from his student life in Rome.
Carla Fernandes who was born in London to a Polish mother and Spanish/Portugese father, has already clocked up over 3.5 million views on YouTube and has been streamed over 1 million times on Spotify since the release of her song ‘Ok’ on April 22nd.