2 - 27 August 2012
Various venues across Edinburgh
Further details: www.culture.pl/edinburgh
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute returns to the UK to take part in the Cultural Olympiad, with POLSKA ARTS in EDINURGH. In cooperation with Edinburgh's Festival Fringe, Art Festival, Jazz and Blues Festival, and the International Festival, POLSKA ARTS presents the latest buzz in Poland’s cultural arts scene – in theatre, visual arts, music, dance, and film – to audiences attending Scotland's largest annual arts gathering.
Conventional and contemporary, unusual and innovative, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute showcases various spectacles at Summerhall – former veterinary school-turned visual and perforamce art venue. The world-famous Festival Fringe stages two of Poland’s alternative theatre companies at the Old College Quad: Fringe First winners Teatr Biuro Podróży staging of Macbeth: Who is That Bloodied Man? (involves motorbikes and fire!), Carmen Funebre, and Planet Lem; and Krakow’s celebrated street theatre company KTO Theatre, who present The Blind, inspired by the Portuguese Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago, and his best-selling novel Blindness. Also on the menu at Summerhall are the perfomrances from the Poland's finest avant-garde troupe Song of the Goat Theatre, and the last year's winner of Herald's Angel and Total Theatre Awards, the neTTheatre.
Contemporary Polish dance, performed at Dance Base, features Poland’s most important dancers, Aleksandra Borys and Leszek Bzdyl.
During the International Festival, Valery Giergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in Karol Szymanowski’s orchestral works, while Franz Welser-Most leads The Cleveland Orchestra through works by modernist composer, Witold Lutosławski.
Edinburgh’s Jazz & Blues Festival showcases intriguing performances where the traditional meets the improvised and genre-pushing of Poland’s jazz scene. Dispelling the myth that Polish jazz begins and ends with the music of legends Leszek Możdżer or Tomasz Stańko, Polska Arts presents an intriguing strand of Polish culture, where the refined and traditional sits in stark contrast with the improvised and genre-pushing.
Scotland has always attracted international artistic talent to its shores and Here/Now, which will showcase at Royal Scottish Academy looks at the impact of crossing cultural borders on some of its brightest young talent studying in the country’s finest arts institutions as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival. In a major coup for the festival, Robert Kuśmirowski, creates his latest site-specific instillation, Pain Thing at Summerhall, giving visitors to the festival their first chance to see his work in the UK since Bunker at the Barbican.
For full programme as well as times and venues please visit: www.culture.pl/edinburgh
THEATRE AT THE OLD COLLEGE QUAD / THE BLIND / MACBETH / CARMEN FUNEBRE / PLANET LEM
CLASSICAL MUSIC / LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORM THE MUSIC OF SZYMANOWSKI AND CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORM THE MUSIC OF LUTOSŁAWSKI
THEATRE DURING EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL / 2008: MACBETH
JAZZ / MARCIN WASILEWSKI TRIO / MACIEJ OBARA QUARTET / AGA ZARYAN / MITCH AND MITCH
ART / ROBERT KUŚMIROWSKI / HERE/NOW
DANCE / ALEKSANDRA BORYS / WORKSHOP OF LESZEK BZDYL
ALTERNATIVE CULTURE AT SUMMERHALL / PUPPET: BOOK OF SPLENDOR / SMALL NARRATION / WE ARE CHECHENS! / CAESAREAN SECTION: ESSAYS ON SUICIDE / MACBETH / FUTURE TALES (SIERAKOWSKI) / SONGS OF LEAR / CADILLAC / 24H / CONCERTS / MOVIES / MEETINGS
Polska Arts in Edinburgh is presented by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. The Adam Mickiewicz Institute promotes Polish culture around the world and actively participates in international cultural exchange. It is a national cultural institution which aims to increase the value of Poland's brand as a cultural asset and boost Poland's impact and efficiency in the area of culture.