In honor of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence, the Polish Transfer festival at the HELLERAU–European Centre of the Arts will present a broad spectrum of contemporary Polish theatre including performances, music, films, installations, and discussions.

During the Polish Transfer festival, audiences in Dresden will have the opportunity to see Janek Turkowski’s MargareteCezary Tomaszewski’s Cezary Idzie na Wojnę (Cezary Is Going To War), Komuna Warszawa’s 7 Pieśni o Awangardzie (7 Songs About Avant-garde), Anna Karasińska’s FantasiaKrystian Lupa’s TrialAnna Smolar’s Aktorzy Żydowscy (Jewish Actors), Mădălina Dan and Agata Siniarska’s Matki ze Stali (Mothers Made Of Steel), as well the Micro Theatre format produced by Komuna Warszawa. The Polish Transfer festival will also feature panel discussions and workshops with Polish artists, theatre and cultural studies experts.

Participants will also have the opportunity to see the QAI/CEE exhibition by Karol Radziszewski. The QAI, established by Radziszewski in November 2015, is a non-profit artist-run organization dedicated to research, collection, digitalization, presentation, exhibition, analysis, and artistic interpretation of queer archives, with a special focus on the countries of the former Eastern Bloc. The QAI is a long-term project open to transnational collaboration with artists, activists, and academic researchers. The Institute carries out a variety of activities and projects–from exhibitions, publications, lectures, and installations to performances.

The HELLERAU – European Centre of the Arts, located in Dresden, near the borders to the Czech Republic, but also to Poland, sees itself as a hub between Western and Eastern Europe with the associated questions of identity and history in a regional and global context. HELLERAU is concerned to invite its neighbors* and to stimulate a dialogue beyond the rapid politics of the day through contemporary stage arts. On the occasion of Poland’s 100-year independence, a broad spectrum of selected artistic positions in contemporary Polish theatre will be presented with performances, music, films, installations, encounters, and discussions.

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The project is organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute operating under the brand as part of POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence.

Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2022.

Abbey Harris

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