On the show today, we’re talking about the importance of your vote in the upcoming elections and looking at how the Polish community gets involved in the discussion on immigration. We spoke to Jerzy Byczynski, the co-ordinator of the British Poles campaign, who explained the reasons behind the drive and how you can find out what your local MPs stand is on the Polish and immigration issues.
We’re also looking at the winners of Fryderyki 2015 – an equivalent of Brit and Classic Brit Awards – and sharing our thoughts and feelings on “Ashes and Diamonds” as part of the Kinoteka Film Festival.
Knife in the Water (Nóz w wodzie) 3/5/2015 Innocent Sorcerers (Niewinni czarodzieje) 10/5/2015 The Saragossa Manuscript (Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie) 17/5/2015 Pharaoh (Faraon) 24/5/2015 Mother Joan of the Angels (Matka Joanna od aniolów) 31/5/2015 Blind Chance (Przypadek) 28/6/2015
Following Magda’s trip to The Big Smoke last weekend, we’re going to bring you some of the highlights from the Kinoteka Polish Film Festival. From poster’s exhibition, through to Oscar nominated documentaries and finishing off with a real treat for cinema lovers; Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. We spoke to Marlena Łukasiak, the festival’s organiser about the origin of the festival and its development into one of the biggest film events in London. We also caught up with one of the acts, The Kissinger Twins, who delivered a fascinating presentation on interactive story telling (cinematic labyrinths).
Ashes and Diamonds (Popiól i diament) 19/4/2015 Knife in the Water (Nóz w wodzie) 3/5/2015 Innocent Sorcerers (Niewinni czarodzieje) 10/5/2015 The Saragossa Manuscript (Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie) 17/5/2015 Pharaoh (Faraon) 24/5/2015 Mother Joan of the Angels (Matka Joanna od aniolów) 31/5/2015 Blind Chance (Przypadek) 28/6/2015
We also bring you the recent headlines form Poland, look at weird and wonderful news from around the world and teach you a word or two of Polish.
In the first part of the show we’re talking about the anniversary of the Smolensk plane crash (10-04-2010) and explain why all the Polish elite was flying over to Katyn. This tragedy initially united the Poles, but just few weeks after the mourning the opinions on Russians’ involvement and conspiracy theories divided the country till this day.
We’re going to hear from Anna, born and brought up in the UK to Polish parents and Paul, a teenager who came over to Britain after 2004, as they share their views and feelings on the Smolensk plane crash (the interviews were recorded a few days after the tragedy, in 2010).
Polish symbols and traditions – we’re adding another one to this rich and expanding list and this time it’s white stork (bocian). They’ve been known in the Polish folk culture for centuries and we’re looking at some of the myths and legends behind this Polish icon. Check out the village where there are more white storks than the locals. “One in four (storks) is Polish”, we’re looking behind the statistics to reveal sad truth about the declining number of white storks in Poland.
Happy Easter everyone! On the show this week we’re concentrating on Polish Easter traditions: Easter basket & food blessing, guards around the tomb and of course the craziest of them all – buckets of water for the Wet Monday.
And all that with our usual blocks “World Weird Web” and “Polish for beginners”.