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Testimonies In Practice FREE


We would like to invite you to the launch of the Testimony in Practice project initiated by University of Birmingham. The project aims to collect memories of the revolutions of 1989 and the life stories of Central and Eastern Europeans living in the UK. Centrala is pleased to be a project partner and will host a final exhibition in September 2019.

This family friendly event will present live music, poetry, performances and various art activities led by Central and Eastern European art practitioners based West Midlands.

PROGRAMME: 3:00pm - Official Opening/Welcome 3:30 - 6:30 Workshops 4:00pm - Poetry by Bohdan Piasecki 4:30pm - Maja Pluta & Edwin Podolski - set of traditional Polish songs arranged for viola and two violins 5:50pm - Karolina Wegrzyn - accordionist, singer and songwriter will present Polish-Ukrainian folk 6:30pm - Miriam Tohătan & Bogdan Suciu - Romanian traditional music for piano and transverse flute

WORKSHOPS: • VELVET UNDERGROUND REVOLUTION It wasn’t David Hasselhoff that brought the 1989 revolution to Czechoslovakia, it was Frank Zappa. Or so they say. Zappa was famously linked with the Czech and Slovak dissidents, underground musicians and importantly Václav Havel. He and his music were seen as an epitome of freedom of expression and anti-communist thinking. In this workshop run by artist Tereza Buskova Art, you can express your freedom by creating a collage of photographs featuring icons of the Velvet Revolution and celebrate music’s contribution to the fall of communism.

• WYCINANKI Polish traditional paper cutting has an unique character within the world of paper art and craft. 'Wycinanki' are traditionally cut by hand, without drawing the design first, using sheep-shearing scissors. They are created for decorating the walls and ceiling beams in the cottages.

• MARTENITSA Martenitsa is traditionally made from white and red string in the form of a bracelet, necklace or two dolls which you can attach to your coat. Martenitsa is usually worn from the first of March until the end of the month or until you see a stork or a blossomed tree. Boyana Aleksova Art will show us the traditional way of making bracelets from string so that we can welcome spring together, taking the handmade Martenitsa home with you to give to your family and friends.

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