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    August- November

    Free Polish lessons!

    Classes are intended for beginners with knowledge of other Slavic languages. The lessons will be held in the Old Town Cultural Centre (Rynek Starego Miasta 2 in Warsaw. The course will last from August to November.

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    O nas
    About us
     
    Alicja Borkowska

    A founder and co-creator of Strefa WolnoSłowa, director, culture animator, graduate of the Faculty of Theater Studies at the Aleksander Zelwerowicz Theater Academy in Warsaw and the Polish School of Reportage. She studied at the DAMS department at the University of Bologna, where she also collaborated with Teatro dell’Argine for many years. She directs performances, conducts theater workshops for children and adults, and has been organizing intercultural performances, workshops and theater activities with Strefa WolnoSłowa for many years.

     
    Weronika Chinowska

    A specialist in promotion and contacts with the media, co-producer of Strefa WolnoSłowej performances, co-creator of the Stół Powszechny cafe and the cultural program of the Stół Powszechny and the Ogród Powszechny, leading workshops for toddlers and kids. Co-creator of the performance and sensory-sound installation for children FOREST. Graduate of the Faculty of Theater Studies at the Aleksander Zelwerowicz Theater Academy in Warsaw ,a student of the Faculty of Drama and Directing at Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático in Madrid. She worked in the press department at the Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art and as a radio reporter at Chilli Zet and Radio Plus.

     
    Magdalena Duszyńska-Sasin

    A producer of performances and assistant to multicultural workshops of Strefa WolnoSłowa, project coordinator, incl. Ogród Powszechny, Stół Powszechny – a place of local activity, responsible for the administration of the foundation’s projects. A graduate of the Faculty of Cultural Studies at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. Student of Culture Management at the Jagiellonian University and Art Promotion at the University of Łódź. In 2014, she dealt with promotion and contact with the media at the International Festival of Street Theaters in Jelenia Góra. In 2015, she worked on the organization of the Tri-City edition of Touch Theater. With the foundation since October 2015.

     
    Pietro Floridia

    An actor, director, and writer. In 1994, he founded Teatro dell’Argine in Bologna and was its art director for many years. A dozen or so years later, he gathered 30 performers from 14 countries living at that time in Bologna and created the Cantieri Meticci organisation as well as the MET theatre and culture centre. For years he’s been working with multicultural groups, migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in Italy. He stages plays and organises interactive theatrical performances engaging locals of places where he creates. He worked in such countries as Germany, France, Sweden, Morocco, Palestine, Brazil, Bolivia, and Iran.

     
    Ray Dickaty

    He is best known as a Saxophonist, Composer and Educator. He has taken part in numerous world tours and appeared on TV and Radio many times.Known for being a member of psychedelic rock band Spiritualized throughout their heyday from the late 1990’s to the early 2000’s as a soloist and arranger appearing on the albums, “Let it Come Down, Amazing Grace and Live at the Albert Hall.
    With Spiritualized he recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the New Orleans legend Dr John, playing and arranging horns for his album Anutha Zone. Spiritualized completed many tours with such notable artists as Radiohead and Neil Young, they even managed to get into the Guinness book of records by performing the Highest gig in the World in a freestanding building (at the time Toronto’s CN Tower)
    Before Spiritualized Ray was a member of revered post rock band Moonshake who were signed to the classic London label Too Pure alongside PJ Harvey.  After recording groundbreaking albums within what is now known as the Post Rock genre, the band eventually split after numerous tours and dwindling album sales. During this time Ray also appeared on recordings with Cornershop and Stereolab. PJ Harvey recorded with Moonshake as a guest vocalist. With his own band Skree he released two acclaimed underground albums, and with his free jazz band Solar Fire Trio, he released three critically acclaimed albums.  With SFT, he toured the UK supporting the legend that is, Julian Cope. Later signed to the label Ninja Tunes, with the band Loka Ray played on and arranged musician the album Passing Place. Now based in Warsaw PL, Ray continues to play live and record with his bands, Light Star Guiding and Casting Lots as well as being a major player in the Polish improvised music scene where he also conceived and conducts both the Warsaw Improvisers Orchestra and the Sound in Space Orchestra. Ray also runs improvised music workshops and teaches classes about the history of free jazz and improvisation. Under the Strefa WolnoSłowa umbrella he is the composer for all of their theatrical performances and installation pieces.
    He also continues to record occasionally with more well known artists. Some names he has recorded and performed with ; Sonic Youth, Suicide, Moose, Lush, Stereolab, Durutti Column, AMP, the Duke Spirit, Cornershop, Six By Seven, Damo Suzuki, Thighpaulsandra, Soulsavers – Mark Lanegan, Gallon Drunk, Michael J Sheehey, Dead Skeletons, Mark Gardener (Ride) and Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab). In the improvised music world he has collaborated with Eddie Prevost, a founder member of the legendary AMM, and recorded and played concerts with many improvisers including ; Peter Brotzmann, Satoko Fuji, Augusti Fernandez, Paal Nilssen Love, Philip Marks, Chris Corsano, Brigitte Kuepper, John Butcher, Lol Coxhill, Carlos Zingaro, John Edwards, Martin Kuchen, Jeffrey Morgan and Evan Parker.

     
    Veranika Los

    An improvising vocalist and performer from Belarus. She graduated in Musicology from the University of Warsaw. She is a part, among other things, of Warsaw Improvisers Orchestra, Sound in Space Orchestra, Cicha woda, Viktor Siamaška, and Fantastic Swimmers and also collaborated with Paprykalaba collective, Andakali Goveyu, Edka Jarząb, Kawalerowie Błotni, Ukojenie.
    She has participated in several theatre projects of the Strefa WolnoSłowa foundation, with which she has been involved since 2012. Together with the Sound in Space Orchestra group, she has co-created music for the foundation’s performances at the Powszechny Theatre.

     
    Joanna Mueller

    She is a ethnologist, translator, and writer. A graduate of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań with degrees in Serbian and Croatian philology, ethnology, and cultural anthropology. She spent her scholarship year in Serbia, in Novi Sad and worked in non-governmental organizations in Belgrade. She wrote prose pieces for Serbian magazines and is the author of the play Tica u Kavezu. She was instrumental in the organization of Novi Sad’s International Theater Festival Sterijino Pozorje and Poznań’s International Slavic Theater Workshops. She ran workshops for children and worked in cultural institutions and a publishing house, among other places. She is a project coordinator, writer, and initiator as well as coordinator of various creative projects. Since 2018, she has been associated with the Strefa Wolnosłowa, where she primarily supports the drama group.

     
    Artur Pałyga

    A Dramaturge at Teatr Śląski in Katowice and in Strefa WolnoSłowa (since 2015). The co-author of 6 plays I have drawn more than you can see here, It bees starts from the, Turn on the boiler so at least warm water waits for me, Run! Course for beginners in escaping, Space odyssey 2021, The water is very cold but I can’t stay on the shore. He runs the School of Social Playwrights.

    In 2005 he wrote the musical Bubble Gum for a neighborhood club. Next he won an award for a play about Bielsko-Biała, which premiered in 2006 in the city’s Teatr Polski. His plays have twice been Grand Prix winners at the Raport Festival in Gdynia ( A Jew, dir. Robert Talarczyk, 2008 and All Kinds of Death, dir. Paweł Passini, 2009). The Last Father, dir. Łukasz Witt-Małachowski, as well as An Unending Story, dir. Piotr Cieplak, were winners of the All Poland Staged Contemporary Play Contest in 2009 and 2012 respectively. In 2015, his play Dad, dir. Małgorzata Bogajewska, won the award for directing in the same contest. His plays have been directed by Piotr Ratajczak, Joanna Lewicka, Paweł Łysak, Jan Klata, Grażyna Kania, Wojciech Faruga, Agata Kucińska, Tomasz Wygoda, Aneta Groszyńska. Paweł Passini received the Konrad Laurel (Laur Konrada – the highest honor for directing, presented by the Interpretacje Festival in Katowice) for directing his play Morrison/Son of Death. His play Ashes Collect in the Center of the Sun won the Gdynia Dramaturgical Award in 2013. It premiered at Teatry Stary, Kraków, dir. Wojciech Faruga and was also produced at Wrocław Puppet Theatr, dir. Agata Kucińska. There have been readings of his plays in France, Germany, Russia, Spain and in the Ukraine. A Jew premiered in Budapest in 2014. Aneta Groszyńska directed a teleplay based on the same play in 2015.

    In the last couple of years he has led literary workshops for people with disabilities at Grodzki Theatre Association. He wrote a column for the publication Przyjaciel Pies for over a decade. He published a collection of his articles about Belarus in a book titled The Adam Mickiewicz Farm Collective. The journalist Mariusz Szczygieł, chose to include his article about sex chats from Duży Format  magazine in his anthology of Polish reportage. He runs the School of Local Stories at Teatr Śląski and, along with Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk workshop of Questionable Theatre Practices at Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw.His plays have been translated into German, English, French, Romanian, Czech, Ukrainian, Russian, Hungarian, Catalonian and Bulgarian.

     
    Agnieszka Róż

    A worker of culture, administrator of creative processes aimed at changing social attitudes and counteracting exclusion, creator of the Open Institute. For years, she has been programming and running artistic and social projects, and building educational spaces in the gestalt psychology. Curator of, among others, Generator Malta as part of the Malta Festival Poznań (2016-2019), an academy for young female artists, Neighborhood – borders of proximity (2016-2019), activities for young people: H2O The future will involve us (2020), Eksperyment: DIALOG (2017). She teaches how to design and implement socially responsible activities in cultural and art institutions and non-governmental organizations. Cultural educator under the Structure of Culture programs (National Program Very Young Culture, 2016, 2017), Center for Educational Practices (2016, 2015), Coalition of Culture (FIO, 2016, 2018).

     
    Katarzyna Stefanowicz

    A performer, choreographer, producer, dance instructor. She conducts the foundation’s multicultural workshops, prepares stage movement and choreographies for the performances of Strefa WolnoSłowa. A graduate of Choreography and Dance Theory as well as the Intercollegiate Multimedia Specialization at the University of Music in Warsaw, and also the Gardzienice Academy of Theater Practices. The stage forms realized by her oscillate between dance theater, theater and performance. She has shown her works, among others, at the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, the Theater Institute, the Praga Theater, the CCA Laboratory, OPT Gardzienice, the Mazovian Cultural Institute, the Center of Polish Sculpture, and at festivals and stages in Poland, Germany, Belgium, Ukraine, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. She has collaborated with, among others, Gardzienice Theater, Makata Theater, Akt Theater, Amanitas Theater (CZ), Instant Acts (D). As a producer, she has realized several dozen interdisciplinary art projects and festivals. For over 10 years, he has been conducting workshops and regular classes in dance with fans, improvisation, physical theater and dance at the Fan School, World Cultures Center, Common Table and in cooperation with Polish and foreign cultural institutions.

     
    Igor Stokfiszewski

    A cultural researcher, activist. Author of the books: Zwrot polityczny  (2009) and Right to Culture (2018). Co-editor of i.a. in the volume Art with community (2018), compiled together with Izabela Jasińska and Jaśmina Wójcik, with whom he has been constantly collaborating on projects involving local communities since 2013. The most widely known is their activity with the community of former employees of the Ursus factory, which lasted almost a decade, summed up in the full-length creation documentary Symphony of the Ursus factory (2018). Stokfiszewski also collaborated with, inter alia, the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, with the Rimini Protokoll collective and artists: Artur Żmijewski, Paweł Althamer and Katarzyna Górna. He is a member of the Krytyka Polityczna team, the council of European Alternatives and the international think-tank “Minim – Municipalist Observatory”. He constantly cooperates with the European Cultural Foundation.

     
    Łukasz Wójcicki

    As a performer, dancer and musician, he has been associated since 2008 with the Komuna / Warszawa theater and since 2016 with the theater and performative activities of the Strefa WolnoSłowa foundation. Intergenerational Movement Choir. A graduate of the 3rd Academy of Theater Practices in Gardzienice, he also did a two-year course in Choreography at the Center of the Centrum w Ruchu collective. He is a co-creator of the artistic performance and dance collective Grupa Ruchoma and the open choreographic initiative Przestrzeń Wspólna. He also works as a sports instructor.