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Contemporary Polish Arts & Culture Festival We Do – 4rd Edition

14 – 18.09.2022

For the 4th time, Poles living in Oslo will have a chance to share the culture of their motherland and contribute to the vivid social life of the Norwegian capital. In 2022 Polish We Do Festival of Contemporary Arts and Culture will yet again offer a variety of participatory workshops, energizing concerts and documentary screenings taking on important contemporary matters. Join us for five days of polish cultural experiences, without any entrance fee!

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We Do creates its program under an umbrella of values of tolerance and equality. The festival introduces alternative Polish culture to those from a mainstream scene . Through the film section We Do gives voice to women, while workshops are focused around self – care and how to find balance in present time through reflection, sound and music. The Festival is an expression of Polish culture that is open, inclusive and diverse. This year particularly We Do wants to connect with our neighboring land and include elements of Ukrainian culture into our festival.

We Do constitutes a meeting place for creative processes and international dialogue between Polish and Nordic cultures. One of its main features is authenticity and participatory character where the audience is the co-creator of the cultural art experience. Our goal is to reach out to the broad international audience of Oslo and proudly present contemporary Polish culture which opens the dialogue across people and borders. It’s a festival showing that every individual has her/his place and freedom of expression in society.

Workshops (gratis)

Migrating voices

Sept 15-18th (4 days)
12am-6pm
Place: Øvre Slottsgate 3, Oslo

A vocal performer and musical therapist Paulina Miu will take you on a journey to Ukraine and Berlin with “Zelenaya Vyshnya” song. It is a very special Ukrainian song that Paulina learned in spring of 2021 which then, a year later, became a vocal manifest and was sung in streets of Berlin to show support for Ukraine when the war came.

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During the workshop we will activate breath, body and voice. We will build the technical base entering the process of recognizing our own voice in the context of group sound and also during work “in the field” to get to know and listen to ourselves in relation to the given Environment. All discoveries, reflections and insights will be discussed in a circle situation, embracing the diversity of individual and collective experiences in the voice matter. This vocal workshop is suitable for everyone regardless of any previous singing experience and finishes with an outcome of a collective singing performance.

This vocal workshop is suitable for everyone regardless of any previous singing experience and finishes with an outcome of a collective singing performance.

Picture book

Sept 14-18th (5 days)
13am-6pm
Place: Uranienborg terrasse 11, Oslo

A visual artist, art historian and lecturer Karol Krukowski will teach you how to tell a story in the form of a picture book – a combination of text and image. In this workshop we will search for the identity of the city and its inhabitants in order to find a new quality born between words and pictures.

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The text does not describe what the image does, and the image does not illustrate the text. It is precisely in the combination of these two seemingly separate narratives where the tension and the meaning arise.
Geographical places will become the subject of the story and they tell their own story, the story of the city and its inhabitants. To build collective awareness of what a city is, safe solutions are often used in the form of monuments or memorial posters.

The workshop concludes with a presentation of picture book mockups.

Sound therapy

Sept 14-18th (5 days)
2 groups (10-12.30 & 15.30-18.30)
Place: Øvre Slottsgate 3, Oslo

Sound therapy – health awareness workshop led by musician and music therapist Kasia Szymków offers exploration of how sound vibrations affect our health and body. You will explore the vibration at the bottom of various instruments by touching, playing and feeling them.

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This workshop is aimed at those who want to either start discovering how sound vibrations affect our health or learn how to create relaxation sessions and sound meditation in terapeutic work. It consists of the theory part, relaxation concerts with tibetan gongs and masses, dance meditation, singing and humming practice and much more. You will have a chance to practice playing on instruments, improvise, listen and relax. Kasia is an educated cello player and a certified sound therapist. She plays concerts, writes film scores and conducts therapeutic sessions. She is the author of a workshop series combining ancient eastern knowledge with modern western psychology.

This workshop is suitable also for complete beginners and those who are just starting their adventure with meditation and sound therapy. Everyone is welcome!

Documentary film screenings (gratis)

Sept. 15th 16th and 18th

We Do – Film is organized in collaboration with the HER Docs Film Festival from Warsaw. For the second time we are happy to cooperate with the first Polish documentary film festival dedicated to female filmmakers. Both events share values of tolerance and equality which directly reflect in their programmes. HER Docs Film Festival focuses on promoting filmmaking and creativity of women and strives to create a space for engaging discussions about the challenges we’re facing today in Poland and in the world. As our tribute to Ukraine, we will present two documentaries produced by Ukrainian female filmmakers.
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HER Docs wants to draw attention to such topics as gender equality, fundamental human rights, body and sexuality, and together observe the dynamics of changing gender roles in society.

As Agnieszka Jakimiak wrote in her article for dwutygodnik.com: “The series of narratives collected by the organizers of HER Docs reinforces one of the most important thoughts, driving every radically equitable change: people stand behind systems, algorithms, selections and programs, and they are able to make structures become more inclusive and fair.”

Despite the fact that half of film students are women, the female representation in film festivals makes approximately only up to 30% of all the movie programs. Together with HER Docs we want to show that the female has moxie and courage to speak HERstories through skilled and talented filmmakers.

Concerts

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Safario

16th of September (Oslo kulturnatt)
Cosmopolite Scene, Vogts gate 64, 0477 Oslo

Safario is one of the hottest hips in Norway these days. A Polish rapper singing in English has gathered heaps of attention in the last few years. His synthesized music style finds its expression mainly in hip hop but we can also feel a pleasant bouncing vibe with some punk elements. His concerts are famous for a unique atmosphere where there is space not only for music but also for a true connection and conversations with fans.

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Coals

18th of September, 18.00
Høymagasinet, Myntgata 7, 0151 Oslo

“Coals” is a duet from Silesia in Poland. This rapidly expanding collaboration will serve us dreamy ethereal pop with elements of electronics and folk music. Thanks to melancholic electric female vocals and original references to contemporary music, the band quickly became internationally famous.

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