FILM Review: ‘The Messenger’ (Pasikowski, 2019) – ‘a high-end spy thriller’


One might call director Władysław Pasikowski the master of WWII drama on film. His new feature, The Messenger (pol.: Kurier), is the latest in a series of movies about the experience of the Second World War in Poland from different perspectives. This time, he’s chosen to focus on the nigh-legendary figure of Jan Nowak-Jeziorański (1914-2005). Called…

Julia Secklehner | 13/07/2019

Polish Jazz London Series

Showcasing the most interesting and highly acclaimed Jazz artists to come out of Poland Thursday 4 July – Thursday 21 November 2019 Some say Jazz is a universal language. It’s lively, expressive, distinctive and diverse just like the people of the Waltham Forest Borough. What you may not know is that some of the best…

Julia Secklehner | 25/06/2019

Fresh off the Press: ‘Kurier’ (Pasikowski, 2019) “A sensational spy story”– Polska Press

  ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE UK RELEASE OF   KURIER  A film by Władysław Pasikowski    “A sensational spy story”– Polska Press “An instant war film classic”– Wprost IN UK CINEMAS 28 JUNE 2019 STARRING PHILIPPE TŁOKIŃSKI PATRICIA VOLNY JULIE ENGELBRECHT BRADLEY JAMES ZBIGNIEW ZAMACHOWSKI  Bulldog Film Distribution are delighted to announce the UK…

Julia Secklehner | 17/06/2019

2019 British Czech & Slovak Association Writing Competition

The BCSA’s 2019 writing competition is now under way, so do have a go yourself or encourage someone else to enter. 1989 – 2019 is of course the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. So ‘1989’ is the suggested optional theme. You can interpret ‘1989’ as you wish: before and/after, causes and/or effects, then and…

Julia Secklehner | 10/04/2019

Constantin Brâncuși, Celebrated by the Romanian Cultural Institute throughout 2019

On 19 February, his birthday, the Romanian Cultural Institute pays homage to legendary sculptor Constantin Brâncuși. Since 2015, when this date was declared Constantin Brâncuși Day, it has been a National Holiday in Romania. The Romanian Cultural Institute will dedicate the renowned sculptor a series of grand scale events within the Europalia 2019 Festival, where…

Julia Secklehner | 05/03/2019

New Poetry from Bulgaria: MARGARITA SERAFIMOVA

“This set includes poems about the anguished euphoria of passionate desire (No. 1), the visionary ontological promise of finding a soulmate (No. 8-9), the transformative power of interpersonal human dedication against the odds (No. 7), as well as poems from the islands of Milos and Ikaria in Greece (No. 3 and 10) and Lamu in Kenya (No. 4-6).…

Julia Secklehner | 22/02/2019

Book Review: Rachel Karafistan & Kamil Macejko’s “My Parents Are Not My Real Parents” (Centrala, 2017) – ‘truly unique’


It’s difficult to say what kind of book My Parents really is. Judging by its cover, occupied by wallowing yellow hair and a lot of pink, naked flesh, suspicions are it’s a pop-coloured graphic novel that’s, somehow, a bit naughty. If that’s your assumption, you’d be wrong though. On the first few pages, author Rachel…

Julia Secklehner | 20/02/2019

Polish Heritage Days 2019: Call for Participation

[from the Polish Cultural Institute] Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2019 Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2019 All application forms available here This year, we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the formal establishment of Polish–British diplomatic relations and the centenary of the renewal of Polish–British bilateral relations. In the atmosphere of friendship and cordiality, we…

Julia Secklehner | 19/02/2019
Roman Vishniac, "Jewish school children, Mukacevo", ca. 1935–38 © Mara Vishniac Kohn.
Courtesy International Center of Photography. On display at Jewish Museum London.

EXHIBITION REVIEW: ‘Roman Vishniac Rediscovered’ – “a must-see!”


With a career spanning over fifty years, photographer Roman Vishniac (1897-1990) has left an impressive legacy, housed at the International Center of Photography in New York (ICP). While relatively few of his photographs were known until recently, the ICP has digitalised much of his estate in 2013, creating a whole website dedicated to his work.…

Julia Secklehner | 11/02/2019