poniedziałek, 27 sierpnia 2012

środa, 1 lutego 2012

Wisława Szymborska: 2 July, 1923- 1 February, 2012

Article in commemoration: http://www.culture.pl/web/english/resources-literature-full-page/-/eo_event_asset_publisher/eAN5/content/in-memory-of-wislawa-szymborska

sobota, 14 stycznia 2012

An Online Festival of Polish New Music at WQXR's Q2 Music Radio

"The Polish Cultural Institute New York
and WQXR Radio present

An Online Festival of Polish New Music at WQXR's Q2 Music Radio

Monday, January 16, 2012 - Sunday, January 22, 2012

Q2 Music Radio

Inspired by the outpouring of local and international attention around the recent one-year anniversary of Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki's passing, Q2 Music, WQXR's online station for contemporary classical music, offers an in-depth exploration of Polish contemporary music. The festival will range from 20th Century greats Lutoslawski, Penderecki and Gorecki, to lesser-known and emerging Polish composers such as Krzysztof Wolek, Agata Zubel and Aleksander Nowak.

Festival highlights include:
An audio stream of In Memoriam Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki recorded at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City in November, 2011 in front of a sold-out audience (the concert was co-presented by the Polish Cultural Institute New York)

Two full-day, 24-hour marathons of contemporary classical Polish music during the week

Polish-born, New York City-based composer Jakub Ciupinski plays D.J., exploring the breadth of Polish contemporary music

An interview with Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki's son, the Texas-based composer Mikolaj Gorecki

Highlights from Warsaw Autumn Festival and UNSOUND Krakow, as well as UNSOUND New York and Focus! Festival, both presented in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute New York

Muzyka Nowa is presented by Q2 Music in association with the Polish Cultural Institute New York."

wtorek, 4 października 2011

Czech Club and Polish Club Joint Film Screening
November 1, 2011 at 7pm in Dey Hall Room 402

Submitted for Best Foreign Language Film in 2008, the Czech film The Brothers Karamazov (2008), directed by award-winning Czech playwright and director of theatre and film Petr Zelenka, follows a theatre company from Prague as it arrives in Kraków to present a stage adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novel at the city’s alternative drama festival; the production is to be staged in an unusual venue – the local steelworks. As rehearsals get under way, we follow not only the emotional story examining issues of faith, immortality and the salvation of the human soul, but also the relationships within the acting troupe itself, which strangely reflect Dostoevsky’s “great” themes. The stage drama is transferred to the real world when a tragedy occurs during rehearsal involving one of the spectators.

The DVD is in Czech (and some Polish) with English subtitles. The film is 100 minutes long.

poniedziałek, 5 września 2011

Polish film posters exhibition in Canada

An exhibition of posters to films by the famous Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski has opened in Toronto.
In addition to posters by Polish designers, it includes works by artists from Spain, Italy, Israel, Japan, the United Kingdom, France and Germany.
The exhibition is located at the Steam Whistle Gallery, close to one of the city’s major tourist attractions – CN Tower and Rogers Center.
The event is a run-up to the International Film Festival, which opens in Toronto next week, with three Polish films on the programme: Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness, Paweł Pawlikowski’s Woman in the Fifth and Malgorzata Szumowska’s Elles.
During the festival, the Kieslowski exhibition will move to the event’s main venue.
Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941- 96) was universally acclaimed as one of the masters of modern European cinema.
He established a worldwide reputation with such films as The Decalogue series, The Double Life of Veronique and the Three Colours trilogy. (mk)


czwartek, 23 czerwca 2011

Battle of Grunwald

The anniversary is approaching; on July 15, 1410, one of the largest battles in medieval history took place. It was one of the most important victories in Polish and Lithuanian history.
Every year, there is a reenactment in Grunwald, just outside of Olsztyn. Here are some pictures from previous years, as well as the promotional video for last year's event.

czwartek, 2 czerwca 2011


For those wishing to participate in Polish Club in the fall, here is a survey for meeting times. Please only fill it out once and only if you intend to be an active member!
Click here to take survey

poniedziałek, 30 maja 2011

piątek, 1 kwietnia 2011

Pictures from Afternoon with Wisława Szymborska

Some Like Poetry, translated by Pani Regina Grol
Some -
thus not all. Not even the majority of all but the minority.
Not counting schools, where one has to,
and the poets themselves,
there might be two people per thousand.

Like -
but one also likes chicken soup with noodles,
one likes compliments and the color blue,
one likes an old scarf,
one likes having the upper hand,
one likes stroking a dog.

Poetry -
but what is poetry.
Many shaky answers
have been given to this question.
But I don't know and don't know and hold on to it
like to a sustaining railing.

niedziela, 6 marca 2011

Wisława Szymborska Afternoon

26 March 2011 | 2:00-4:00pm | Kenan Rehearsal Hall, 1st Floor

An Afternoon Dedicated to Wisława Szymborska, the 1996 Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature

-Introductory remarks by Professor Richard Kotek, NCSU, President of the Polish Club
-Lecture on Szymborska by Professor Regina Grol, Fellow, CSEEES
-Recitation of Szymborska’s poetry by students of Polish at UNC and Duke, presented in both Polish and English
-Musical interlude, featuring Michael Asmara’s composition based on Szymborska’s poem “Homecoming,” performed by Marzanna Poplawska’s gamelan students in the UNC-Chapel Hill Music Department.
-Documentary film on Szymborska’s work titled “Life is Bearable at Times”

Sponsored by the Polish Club of the Research Triangle

niedziela, 13 lutego 2011

Global Village

The UNC Polish Club will be maintaining a booth at the upcoming Global Village. We are the only group representing Europe! We'll have some pictures, music, books, costumes, and tasty treats! Come stop by our table between 4:30 and 8:30 on Monday, February 28, 2011!

(image from http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/okopy/People.html)

czwartek, 27 stycznia 2011

Conversation Hour Returns!

Next Friday we will have our first conversation hour of the semester! Meetings will usually take place every other Friday, but with some exceptions. Emails will be sent out through the listserve and meeting times will be posted on the upper right hand corner of this page, as usual. Locations will also be supplied. If you have any questions email uncpolishclub@gmail.com

czwartek, 13 stycznia 2011

Filharmonia Opolska


"Opole Orchestra goes on US tour
13.01.2011 10:07

The Symphony Orchestra of the Opole Philharmonic in southern Poland embarks on an extensive tour of the United States.

The Opole Philharmonic is the second Polish orchestra, after the Warsaw Philharmonic, to have been invited to the United States by the prestigious Columbia Artists Management Inc. (CAMI).

The orchestra will present six different programmes, comprising works by Brahms, Beethoven, Liszt, Richard Strauss and Mozart, as well as Polish composers – Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Stanisław Moniuszko. The soloists include Marta Kowalczyk, an up-and-coming Polish violinist.

In all the concerts, the Opole Philharmonic will be conducted by its Music Director Bogusław Dawidow. He told the Polish Press Agency that when two years ago an e-mail came from CAMI with a preliminary proposal of a tour, he thought it was a joke, as the orchestra had had no contact with the agency before.

"I am convinced the tour will mark a milestone in the history of the Opole Philharmonic. We’ve been working hard on raising our musical skills for almost a decade and now is the time to enter the international circuit and demonstrate that Poland has more top-calibre ensembles than the Warsaw Philharmonic and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice," he said. (mk)"
For the complete article: http://www.thenews.pl/culture/artykul147248_opole-orchestra-goes-on-us-tour.html

The orchestra will be performing in Greenville, North Carolina. For information about the orchestra itself, tickets, and location, the website is:

czy tutaj po polsku:

czwartek, 11 listopada 2010

Narodowe Święto Niepodległości

"Narodowe Święto Niepodległości – polskie święto państwowe, obchodzone co roku 11 listopada, "dla upamiętnienia rocznicy odzyskania przez Naród Polski niepodległego bytu państwowego"[1] w 1918 roku po 123 latach od rozbiorów dokonanych przez Austrię, Prusy i Rosję. Ustanowione w ostatnich latach II RP, przywrócone w roku 1989."

Poland's Independence Day is celebrated today, November 11th. The day commemorates the anniversary of Poland's assumption of independent statehood in 1918 after 123 years of partitions by Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Russia. It celbrates the foundation of the Second Polish Republic.

środa, 10 listopada 2010

Olga Tokarczuk

One of Poland’s best contemporary writers, Olga Tokarczuk, will be reading from her work at Duke University on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 7:30.

For more information on Olga Tokarczuk and the event:
Links to information about Tokarczuk:

·Map to event: http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=Perkins+Library&fb=1&gl=us&hq=Perkins+Library&hnear=Durham,+NC&cid=0,0,7382735696125146415&ei=p17JTLywKcSAlAf-kOmVAQ&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&resnum=2&ved=0CB4QnwIwAQ

-Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olga_Tokarczuk

-Bio and info on her work: http://www.polishwriting.net/?s=author&c=tokarczuk

-Interview with Tokarczuk for RFE: http://www.rferl.org/content/Polands_Tokarczuk_Literature_Is_Always_Political__/2076499.html

-Op-ed piece written by Tokarczuk for NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/16/opinion/16tokarczuk.html

poniedziałek, 25 października 2010

Top Music

Currently one of the top Polish artists, Brodka is #2 with her song "Granda" on Polish airwaves this week. Monika Brodka is the winner of season 3 of Polish Pop Idol in 2004.

Lolek i Bolek

Introduced in 1963, Lolek i Bolek is a Polish children's cartoon created by Władysław Nehrebecki.

University Recognition

UNC Polish Club is now an official club and recognized by the University! We are pleased to be so, as this will allow us to collaborate more strongly with Duke, CSEEES, and with many more students, faculty, and staff, and members from the community! If you have any suggestions please don't hesitate to ask, and remember that we can be contacted at uncpolishclub@gmail.com

środa, 14 kwietnia 2010


Last night was Spektak'l, held in Dey Hall Toy Lounge. A fun experience, and an all together success! Here are some pictures of the Polish presentation!

sobota, 27 marca 2010

"Kiss Me! I'm Studying Polish!" T Shirts

There is a floating idea to have t-shirts made for students of Polish. Prices will vary depending on the number of people who would like to buy one. But to give an idea, here is a picture of a proposed shirt front. There IS a slash in the "L" in pocaluj, it is just hard to see!

Please email suggestions or if you think you would be interested in buying one. The more requests, the less expensive!