“Fight With Art” is the largest online charity auction in the world to offer humanitarian aid for Ukraine and the Ukrainian People. POLcast is talking to Michael Rubenfeld, its organizer, a Canadian performance maker, cultural producer, playwright and actor, who now lives in Cracow, Poland.
From 1940 Kazachstan to 2022 Canada
Today I am speaking to two women whom I have interviewed before:
• ALICJA EDWARDS (born in 1924)
Alicja Edwards is a 98-year-old writer, painter, pianist and antique expert and dealer. She lives in Eureka, Montana. Her paintings showing the traumatic years in Kazachstan in the 1940’s are now telling this incredible story of survival as part of Alicja Edwards exhibit at the Muzeum Pamieci Sybiru (The Sybir Memorial Museum) in Bialystok, Poland.
• Louiza Szacon from KONEKT
A Polish Canadian professionals’ organization, whose launch we celebrated on POLcast in 2018 - Konekt has been growing and expanding. I’m talking to Louiza Szacon again to find out how Konekt has evolved and where it’s going now.
“Ukrainian Village” composed and played by Derek and Brandon Fiechter, identical twins from Indiana.
Mississauga Polish Day 2022. I will take you on a trip to Mississauga, a city neighbouring Toronto, to experience a colourful, joyful Mississauga Polish Day 2022 - celebration of Poland, polishness and Ontario’s Polish community. May 2022 was the first Polish Heritage Month in Ontario.
This is my second special POLcast Episode - a tribute to Ukraine, to our Ukrainian sisters and brothers who are fighting heroically to defend their country against Putin's army.
This episode is about Canadian-Polish help for Ukraine.
• Toronto artists for Ukraine
This huge concert “With Ukraine” was organized in Toronto by local artists to show their solidarity and love for Ukraine and to raise money for Ukraine. The idea came from two Polish folk singers from the renowned group Polky.
• "United for Ukraine" - gigantic aid campaign in Edmonton
"United for Ukraine" is the brainchild of of two former politicians from the Canadian province of Alberta. Nobody has ever done anything like this.
This is a special POLcast Episode - a tribute to Ukraine, to our Ukrainian sisters and brothers who are fighting heroically to defend their country against Putin's army. We stand with Ukraine and will do all we can to help and support you.
This episode shows many faces of this support - in Poland, Canada, and England.
In this episode:
• Interview with Ewa Stachniak, a Polish Canadian writer
* Christmas music by Joanna Ciapka-Sangster and Magda Papierz, Ola Turkiewcz and Vocal Ensemble of MAVO Academy of Arts and Music
MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
In this episode I’d like you to meet my two guests: Anna Paluch from Ottawa, Canada, and Piotr Surmaczynski from London, UK. We talk about indigenous culture, art, and history, about identity, Polishness, emigration and more. Visit POLcast at www.mypolcast.com
An interview with Sabina Baral, who wrote an extremely successful book in Polish "Zapiski z wygnania" (Notes from Exile). The book talks about her family's experience of being made to leave Poland in March 1968, as a result of the ruling communist party's anti-Semitic purge. Those forced to leave were made stateless and were subjected to humiliating exit procedures.
Sabina left Poland with her parents, parting with her Polish boyfriend. This was the end of her life in the country where her family had lived for generations. And a new beginning.