Dialects & Subcultures: Polish Interwar Music

Interwar Polish music has many unique qualities – but few are as telling as its linguistic and structural diversity. Reflecting not only the array of influences from the multi-ethnic Polish state, but also the ceaseless virtuosity of Interwar Poland’s artistic sons and daughters, the music of the era was designed to appeal to all. And this proved true, even if it meant indulging in some surprising trends and fashions…

Interwar Music Revivalists: The Bands & Singers Playing Polish Music of the 1920s & 1930s

The centenary of Poland’s regained independence might have already passed, but a revival of interwar culture, particularly music, is still on the up. In recent years, an increasing number of bands have sought to re-popularise the classic and the forgotten Polish hits of the 1920s and 1930s. Culture.pl picks out the best of many modern-day artists who are breaking into the Polish vintage music scene.

New album celebrates rich heritage of Polish-Jewish interwar tango

A new album of interwar Jewish music, “Hebrew Polish Tango”, premiered at Warsaw’s POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews on Saturday. The album, curated by two scholars, Tomasz Jankowski and Katarzyna Zimek, is the result of several years of research into interwar Polish-Jewish tango, with the songs digitally restored from a private collection. It features both well-known and long-forgotten hits, with recordings in Hebrew alongside versions in Polish.

Chór Dana & Poland’s Revellers’ Choirs

Historically, choirs in Poland had been a traditional and religious affair, with musical prowess held back by the Partitions. But there’s another side to the story. Culture.pl looks at one of the finest and most successful examples of Polish choral history: the prolific work of revellers’ groups in the inter-war period, and how the very first – Chór Dana – achieved a legendary status in Polish musical history. Poland’s initial choral development was certainly haphazard: whilst choral societies

Incognito Ina Benita: The Actress's Newly Revealed Post-War Life

Incognito Ina Benita: The Newly-Revealed Post-War Life of the Actress Thought to Have Died in WWII Over 74 years after Polish Interwar actress Ina Benita was thought to have died in the Warsaw Uprising, new evidence has revealed the famous Interwar starlet actually went on to live a quiet life in the US. The revelation has meant her remaining family today are only now discovering Grandma’s glamorous past – and each other...

The Pre-War Story of Syrena Record

The Irresistible Siren of Warsaw: The Pre-War Story of Syrena Record Established in 1908 by Juliusz Feigenbaum, Syrena Record – Poland’s first and most charming recording company – was a pillar of the Polish music, culture and entertainment industries in the Interwar years. In the first of two articles, Juliette Bretan explores the role of the company, from its inception during the heyday of Polish modernity to the moment all was nearly lost: WWI.

‘Pakty i Fakty’: The Last-Ever Polish Interwar Cabaret Revue

On the evening of 2nd September 1939, and just before the third premiere of the new show Pakty i Fakty (Pacts and Facts) was about to begin at his Ali Baba cabaret, Kazimierz Krukowski was met with the harried theatre secretary Władysław Kieszczyński. It’s not over till the ‘Pakty i Fakty’ sing The birth of the Ali Baba Powerful politics did not interest him at all, and he was never persuaded to write sketches or political monologues. I was even asked why I took the ‘graphic designer’ with me

SPEAKING: Ms Juliette Bretan, author of "Visions of the Vistula", meets Natolin students | College of Europe

On 28 August 2019, Ms Juliette BRETAN, journalist, blogger and author of the blog Visions of the Vistula, came to the College of Europe in Natolin to visit the campus and meet with Natolin students for a talk entitled "Retro Warsaw and Creating a Successful Blog". The talk was based on the research of Ms BRETAN on the interwar period and the history of tango in Warsaw. The meeting offered Natolin students an alternative view of the city’s landscape and encouraged them to explore Warsaw by thems

Retro Rewind: Poland's Hospitality Industry Revives Interwar Chic

The speakeasy-style in the food industry is all about borrowing the flavours, cultures and lifestyles of the interwar period. And Woda Ognista is no different, even down to the menu. “We always try to match our menu themes to a season,” said Oponowicz. “‘Skamander’ (inspired by the pioneering 20th-century Polish poetry group) was our spring menu, just because poetry was the first thing which we connected with this particular time, with love and a lightness of being. For this season, cocktails we
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