Three Oscar nominations for Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’

Polish-British director Paweł Pawlikowski’s award-winning film “Cold War” has received three nominations for an Oscar. The critically-acclaimed movie is the running for an Academy Award for best foreign-language film, best director and best cinematography. Pawlikowski will be battling for an Oscar against renowned directors such as Spike Lee and Alfonso Cuaron. In the

Musical tribute to Gdańsk mayor

Polish composer Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz has written a piece for carillon in memory of the late mayor of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz. The five-minute epitaph will have its premiere on Friday, performed by Monika Kaźmierczak on a carillon housed in the tower of the northern Polish city’s St. Catherine’s Church. Kaźmierczak has told Poland's

Polish movie at Berlin Film Festival

The latest movie by Polish director Agnieszka Holland has been included in the main competition of the upcoming Berlin Film Festival. Entitled Mr. Jones, the new Agnieszka Holland film traces the life of Welsh journalist Gareth Jones, who reported on the Great Famine in Soviet Ukraine that killed millions in 1932

Poles at World Youth Days

A Polish contingent of 3,500 people will be the largest national group from Europe taking part in the World Youth Days, which are to start in Panama on 22 January. Poland is the only country to organize charter flights for the pilgrims by LOT Polish Airlines. The first of them, a

Lithuania remembers Polish composer Moniuszko

The city council of the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, has declared 2019 the Year of Stanisław Moniuszko, the Polish composer who was born 200 years ago. Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius has said that without Moniuszko the city would be deprived of an important part of its cultural heritage. “Moniuszko arrived here from what

Moniuszko Year launched with performance of ‘Halka’

A concert performance of “Halka” by Stanisław Moniuszko at Warsaw’s National Opera has inaugurated the yearlong events marking the bicentenary of the composer’s birth. Saturday’s performance was given by the highly-acclaimed Italian period instruments ensemble Europa Galante under Fabio Biondi. Italian soprano Tina Gorina appeared in the title role, the Brazilian

Polish tenor Beczała praised in a new Met production

Polish tenor Piotr Beczała and Russian soprano Anna Netrebko have received rave reviews for their parts of Maurizio and Adriana and in a new production of Francesco Cilea’s "Adriana Lecouvreur" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Financial Times described Netrebko’s performance as “ravishing” and wrote that Beczała “is in

Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ nominated for Swedish film award

Polish-born British director Paweł Pawlikowski’s "Cold War" has been nominated for the Guldbagge (Gold Scarab) Award, an annual Swedish film award. The two other productions in the running for the accolade in the best foreign film category are BlacKkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee, and Shoplifters, directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. A jury verdict

Half of Poles to spend New Year’s Eve at home: poll

Fifty percent of Poles intend to stay home for New Year’s Eve, while one in four will celebrate at a house party with friends, a survey has shown. Around 2 percent will attend open-air festivities nationwide, while 6 percent will ring in the new year partying abroad, a poll by BIG

US pianist honoured by Polish music academy

American pianist Kevin Kenner has received an honorary doctorate from the Łódź Academy of Music in central Poland. To mark the occasion, an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia documenting his career has opened at the academy, where Kenner was a visiting professor for many years. The Łódź Academy of Music has praised