The Place - Two Weeks of Polish and Scottish Cultural Stimulation in Glasgow (9-23.11.2007)
2008-10-20

The Place - Two Weeks of Polish and Scottish Cultural Stimulation has begun last weekend in Glasgow and has already deserved itself to be called the most phenomenal event which bonds all variety of cultural elements.



The Place - Two Weeks of Polish and Scottish Cultural Stimulation has begun last weekend in Glasgow and has already deserved itself to be called the most phenomenal event which bonds all variety of cultural elements. Artistic exhibitions, movie displays, parties with participation of dj's, music concerts, theatre performances and poetic jam sessions were only a part of it. All this would not have been possible if it wasn't for the cooperation of a few associations such as PACA, Gappad Theatre from Glasgow, Polish Art of Scotland and the members of BAZA project all coordinated by Arek Kozak. The event was also supported by the General Consul of Poland, Mr Aleksander Dietkow.
Bizarre but interesting was the fact that neither did the different culture nor the age difference divide those who attended. It was nothing unusual to hear both Polish and English language spoken at the exhibitions or the meetings at Sikorski's House where haggis and “bigos” (traditional polish plate which main ingredients are cabbage and sausage) were placed on the same table and Scottish and Polish poetry and music constituted the background.














Photos: Jaromir Gąsiorek



The three displays exhibited within The Place have all included works already common to projects such as My Life, Inspiring Humanity and Polish Art Scotland, in which both Polish and Scottish artists have taken part. The fact that the exhibitions are shown in sacred sceneries such as churches has given them a mystical touch.
On Saturday, we were able to watch a few animations that have afterwards caused strong debate amongst the viewers. One of these was "Glasgow on Tuesday" drawn by Michal Stachowiak and edited by Filip Szeszula. This presentation was based on the detailed observation of the director and involved description of an everyday city life, long forgotten and unnoticed, which came to be discovered for the second time. The director regarded to the city as an odd and unnatural environment.
The Place is not all about arts and cinematography but also about electronic music, which on Friday involved performances of Dj’s linked to PACA in the House of Sikorski. From light chill out sounds to the hollow base beats, the public was fully entertained to the point that as soon as the performances finished, polish cultural music began to sound. This was undoubtedly one of the most energetic but emotional nights.








Photos: 6,7: Jacek Kocan, 8:Jaromir Gąsiorek





Theatre, poetry, cultural music and delicious food constituted Sunday’s entertainment. The whole event was organised and carried out under the supervision of MR Jurek Brzezinski. The night’s opening show, a play by Theatre Gappad which main subject concerned all aspects of immigration, was as always highly elaborated. Gappad performed a short etude based on the poems of their member, Gosia Zbudniewek. The idea was to express the difficulties and fears immigrants face day to day when living away from their most missed homes.
Enthusiasm has spread amongst all participants of the night when a stupendous duet performed Scottish folklore sounds accompanied with guitar and flout. Poets such as Joanna Jarzymowska and Grzegorz Jaroslaw Rybak will be remembered for entertaining the public in a hilarious poem battle.
The music concert at the Admiral Club under the name of "Polish-British Music Connection" was organised by PACA as the next element of the fun night. Rock music, funk and international clubbing sounds were displayed by polish and Scottish musicians together with some multimedia visual video attractions.













Photos: Michał Poćwiardowski




The weekend at The Place was full of diversion and entertainment. Its main feature was this friendly and warm atmosphere achieved throughout the event and its numerous participants are just the proof to the fact there is a need to build up culture together with the people and for the people regardless the age or ethnic background.
In this spectacular way, all Poles and Scots gathered to celebrate the Remembrance Day, The anniversary of the Victims of the World War I and II.

This is to regret for those who didn't participate.


Jaromir Gąsiorek

Translation: Agata Cywinska






                                                 Photos: Jaromir Gąsiorek

Source: www.edinburgh.com.pl