Polish authors at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (13-25 August)

‘Wioletta Greg & Édouard Louis, Kasia Matyjaszek, Filip Springer, and Olga Tokarczuk & Marcel Theroux Edinburgh International Book Festival 13-25 August Charlotte Square, Edinburgh Various Venues Celebrate the August festival season at the beautiful Charlotte Square in Edinburgh and meet Polish authors Wioletta Greg, Kasia Matyjaszek, Olga Tokarczuk, and Filip Springer taking part in one of the world’s largest and…

Robin Ashenden | July 31, 2017

EDINBURGH: Czech Showcase@Fringe 2017 (4-27 August)

‘Since 2008, the Czech Centre has been committed to bringing the best of Czech live performance to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; this year, the Showcase is the centre of an expanded programme of work in Scotland which will include installations, exhibitions and live music through May to November in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Czech Showcase…

Robin Ashenden | July 31, 2017

FILM PREVIEW: Pawlikowski’s ‘My Summer of Love’ at selected cinemas (July 31)

‘Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski, UK 2004, 86 mins. Pawel Pawlikowski’s BAFTA-winning drama, a potent depiction of girlhood, young love and endless summers, finally returns to the big screen. A young Emily Blunt shines as bored rich kid Tamsin, who seduces working class Mona, to the dismay of the Christian community in their small Yorkshire village.’ Hackney…

Robin Ashenden | July 24, 2017
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PREVIEW: The Strange Story of Soviet Music on the Bone (July 26)

‘Join musician Stephen Coates and photographer Paul Heartfield of the X-Ray Audio Project in a special evening ahead of the opening of their exhibition Bone Music at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow. In the Soviet Union during the cold war era, the music people could listen to was ruthlessly controlled by the State. But a…

Robin Ashenden | July 24, 2017

The Spirit of Pushkin: A Celebration in Music and Words at Pushkin House (July 19)

‘July 19 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | £7 (£5) ‘Pushkin House’s annual celebration of Alexander Pushkin – with new translations and performances. Join poets, translators and the leading lights of Pushkin House for an evening of poetry, music and song celebrating the life of Russia’s most famous poet – in whose honour Pushkin House…

Robin Ashenden | July 18, 2017

NEW EVENT: Book Club at Ognisko Polskie, South Kensington (18 July)

‘This July we are launching our brand new Ognisko Book Club! Run in collaboration with South Kensington Books, Ognisko Book Club will explore the joy of discovering new worlds in good books. In the convivial and cosy setting of the Members’ Room we can share new book discoveries and return to old friends. Our aim…

Robin Ashenden | July 12, 2017

EXHIBITION PREVIEW: The Soul’s Journey Through Art – Exhibition of Iconic Paintings (7-21 July)

7-21 July POSK, Hammersmith London FREE The timeless classical beauty, which icons express, continues to be relevant today. Harmonies in the lines and in the compositions create an inner peace. Dostoyevsky once wrote that, “Art will redeem the world”. “I believe this wholeheartedly”, says Anna Geldon, founder of this Polish icon painting school. She herself…

Robin Ashenden | July 6, 2017
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PREVIEW: The Image Speaks: Miloš Forman and the Free Cinema Movement

‘The importance of ordinary people, the everyday, belief in artistic freedom and the rejection of established cinematic norms are some of the principles common to the early work of Czech director Milos Forman and the British Free Cinema movement. This programme, jointly curated with Close-Up and screening from original 16mm and 35mm prints, marks Miloš…

Robin Ashenden | April 9, 2017