Lev Krasnoludek, our regular website contributor on the Lviv Month in Wroclaw project, posts his impressions regarding 8-11 April events.
That is the title of the installation by Sergei Yakunin, which is close to the local cult café Kalambur. It’s a round-the-clock activity attracts different contingent. Some especially faithful fans decided to split off a piece of a gypseous chair to enrich their collection. Hopefully, that incident was caused exclusively by the passion for Ukrainian art.
The church of Saint James and Saint Vincent in Wroclaw is a Greek Catholic cathedral. On Sunday every decent Ukrainian has to visit the church. The church was founded by Duke Henry II the Pious around 1240. In the last days of World War II the church sustained severe damage. It was restored due to the EU donation of 10 million euros. According to the pastor, his parish alone would collect such sum no less than in a hundred years.
Karta Polaka / Polish Card.
Polish Card is a document confirming belonging to the Polish nation. You should get it if you want to live in Poland – it provides all sorts of discounts and bonuses. Karta Polaka looks like as in a photo.
Punk rock. Punk rock within the Lviv Months was represented by the Shatur Gudur Crimean Tatar band. It was proved once again that language does not matter, especially in music like punk rock. The citation of Taras Shevchenko and other poets’ poetry while the songs' prologues was of some special amaze.
Patriarch (i.e. Yuri Andrukhovych) feels at home in Wroclaw. Patriarch is known and beloved there. During their joint concert with the Karbido band, The Green Hazel song was clearlyheard even by the visitors of Lviv Street. And still our Polish friends sing this song in times of turmoil and trials.
Night Characters. Wroclaw streets are filled with strange persons. In late night one guytried to sell the group of organisers a manicure set; the other one, of charv appearance, offered to buy a free of charge city map at least for one zloty. Then, a little time later, two guys with a basket full of stolen flowers pots (probably from one of the pavement cafés ) were detected in Market Square. Not to mention prostitutes, just grasping the handsof single innocent guys!
Police.. For the first time police officers were noticed in Lviv Street during the KVITNU experimental electronic set. Rewriting data of one of the organizers, the policemen retreated but warned – one more call from citizens, the concert will be finished. Thanks God, the music of KVITNU formation is closer to academic electronics, so no more police.
Przedwojenna. . The Przedwojenna / Pre-war café is the ‘lastrefuge’for many wandering souls of the city centre. There you can meet completely different people – from very young to profoundly aged. One of the Lviv artists, as an example, observed there a granny sitting and reading a book at about 3 am. They chattered a lot, and it was found out that she was awaiting the start of her shift at work at 6 am. She said, ‘The Przedwojenna café was established yet after the war’.