Literature, photography, and of course, music – these three arts will intertwine during a cultural marathon that the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra will organise on 14 May, during this year’s "white" Night of the Museums. "White", because the doors of the Orchestra’s home will be open from noon to late evening. Admission to all events is free.
The Night of the Museums at Grochowska Street will begin already at noon with the PRAGnienie czytaniA [A Desire to Read], developed in cooperation with the Praga Południe District Public Library. Meetings will last all day and participants will be able to read together, talk about books and listen to a number of mini-concerts.
Subsequent items in the programme will combine literature and music. Starting at 4:00 p.m., participants in the marathon will take part in an unusual performance of words and music featuring the renowned violinist Krzysztof Jakowicz with pianist Robert Morawski and actor Daniel Olbrychski, who will add colour to the performance by reciting poems by Iwaszkiewicz, Mickiewicz and Norwid. Somewhat before dusk, at 6:00 p.m., the Varsoviae Regii Cantores chamber choir will take the stage. Their performance will be embellished by recitations of lyrics written by renowned Polish poets and lyricists, including Agnieszka Osiecka and Jeremi Przybora.
There are also many attractions for admirers of photography. The Orchestra’s buildings will host an exhibition of Przegląd Fotograficznych Technik Alternatywnych i Archaicznych [Review of Alternative and Archaic Techniques in Photography]. In the meantime there will be demonstrations of how images are created using historic techniques and just after 9:00 p.m. a gigantic portrait of Yehudi Menuhin will be created using cyanotype – a 19th century photography technique. Viewers will be able to witness this exceptionally complex process from beginning to the very end.
The Night of the Museums will conclude with a piano recital by Marek Bracha, who will play, among others, works by Chopin, Mozart and Schubert and with a magical event – a performance by Laterna Magika accompanied by live music.
The Capital City of Warsaw also invites everyone to join in some additional fun – a city game based on the Huntly mobile application combined with the innovative iBeacon mechanism. One of the game’s stations will be hidden in the historical space at 272 Grochowska Street.
The Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra also invites all residents of the Kamionek district and its surroundings to join in the activity of documenting the more than 100 years of history of the buildings at 272 Grochowska Street. Persons who hold photographs of these facilities can bring them in either digital or analogue format – the latter will be scanned on the spot and everyone who joins the activity will receive a gift from the Orchestra.