Warsaw In Your Pocket no.99

DOWNLOAD A FREE PDF | NEW REVIEWS Welcome to the Summer edition of Warsaw In Your Pocket! This is THE best time of year to drop into the capital and “Love Warsaw” (cover translation). It has long been this editor’s favorite time of year to put paper to pen as well. I only mention this dear readers,…

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Picasso’s Warsaw Syrenka

When Picasso visited Warsaw in 1948 he drew the Warsaw’s Syrenka on a wall at ul. Deotymy 48 in the Wola district. The family who lived in the apartment got sick of the constant flow of visitors wishing to view the work and grew to hate the drawing on their wall. They were finally granted permission to paint over the charcoal drawing! Today there’s a recreation of the symbol on the wall of the house at ul.Obrońców 28/30 in Saska Kępa.

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New Reviews in Kraków In Your Pocket #103

Get the PDF at krakow.inyourpocket.com Feature: Christmas po Krakowsku Khinkalnya  This modestly decorated restaurant full of traditional patterns and folk motifs just before the footbridge to Podgórze is an ode to moustaches and Georgian feasting. The concise menu of traditional specialties offers stuffed flatbreads (khachapuri, our fave) and hot, hearty stews like kharcho and chashushuli, accompanied by a choice selection of…

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Life wasn’t here and now – Wajda (1926-2016)

Photo: Jakub Kamiński/EPA Source: theguardian.com Andrzej Wajda has died at the age of 90. Born in 1926 in the Polish town of Suwałki, he is regarded by many as the father of Polish cinema. Director of films including Kanał, Katyń and the Palme d’Or-winning Man of Iron, he was also awarded an Oscar for lifetime achievement. Speaking about his birthplace and travels,…

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Cleansed Stained Glass

Featured image: Vita somnium breve by Józef Mehoffer (1904) at Mehoffer’s House Totally guilty here. I’ve been in Krakow for more than a while now and I’ve never been to the salt mines in Wieliczka or to skinny-dip in Kryspinów. I actually only visited Auschwitz after five years of being based here. To be fair, isn’t that what being a local…

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Gdynia’s Street Art

Featured image credit:  trafficdesign.prowly.com A relatively new port city compared to its better known neighbour on the Baltic, Gdynia has a lot to offer to its visitors. It is a wonderful example of a 20th century city with its construction covering the Art Deco period of the 20s and 30s, the Socialist era of post-war Europe and…

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“Responsibility for the Present” – Poznan’s Malta Festival

Featured image credit: Marcin Oliva Soto, malta-festival.pl The Malta Festival in Poznan is a major event in the cultural life of the city. It’s robust programme (17-28 June) covers theatre, visual arts, dance, music and includes workshops and gatherings. The theme for this year’s edition, the Spectator, proposes a relevant reflection on todays world, our role in it and our…

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Rhythmic Geometry – Wacław Szpakowski

all images © reserved www.waclawszpakowski.pl While browsing the calendar of events in Wrocław European Capital of Culture 2016, I stumbled upon a few lines that caught my eye. The intricate simplicity of Wacław Szpakowski‘s lines is just mesmerising. The line’s turns, bends and elongations result in beautifully arranged patterns that underline the continuum of a tread that evokes the natural…

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