The glittering nightlife and thriving culture of interwar Warsaw

With its illustrious theatres, revolving dance floors, and cutting-edge cinemas, the social world of interwar Warsaw was as glitzy as it gets. Already nicknamed the “Paris of the North”, Poland’s capital in the interwar period saw its traditional architecture complemented by the city’s first skyscrapers – including the Art Deco style Prudential building – neon lights, film studios, and expanding transport networks.

The Forgotten Polish-French Couple at the Heart of the European Tango Craze

There are several stories about the origins of tango in Europe – and the true tale of its arrival on the continent remains unclear. But the activities of one Polish tenor and opera star who lived in Paris, Jan Reszke, and his French wife Marie de Mailly-Nesle, proved instrumental in the initial popularity of tango across the stages, ballrooms and dance halls of the French city, and then across Europe and beyond…

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.
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