Magical evening in the heart of Cracow: ‘Krakowska Remiza 2023’ celebrates art and culture


By Agnieszka Kuchnia-Wołosiewicz

In the enchanting heart of Cracow, within the walls of one of its charming townhouses, a remarkable cultural event unfolded on the 25th of August, 2023.

‘Krakowska Remiza,’ as it was aptly named, gathered an array of talented artists, including musicians, poets, and painters, all under the auspices of the London-based music and cultural broadcast, ‘Remiza.’ This event, hosted by the multi-talented Remigiusz Juskiewicz – a musician, composer, vocalist, and lyricist, who secured victory at the Italian Sanremo Senior Festival in 2022 – served as a testament to Cracow’s rich cultural heritage, a city that has drawn artists from across the globe for centuries.

The setting for this unforgettable evening was the ‘Kawairnia Literacka,’ situated at 41 Krakowska Street, a location that added a unique ambiance to the proceedings.

The night commenced with a distinctly Cracow touch. As one of the co-organizers, an opening was made with a poetic walk through the city where the host was born and raised. A poem titled ‘Zaczarowny Krakow’ was eloquently recited, setting the tone for the evening. Following this, Remi Juskiewicz, accompanied by Adam Warakomski, performed the song ‘Peklo mi serce,’ featuring lyrics deeply rooted in Cracow.

The stage then transformed into a platform for poets to share their verses, interspersed with songs from Remi Juskiewicz’s extensive repertoire, showcasing his collaboration with these talented artists.

Maria Duszka, an accomplished poet, not only recited her work but also recounted her collaboration with Remi Juśkiewicz, highlighting their joint success with the song ‘Kamienieję’ at the Sanremo Festival. Piotr P. Spottek, the host of the radio show ‘Pod Wielkim Dachem Nieba’ (Under the Great Roof of the Sky), which was a patron of the event and airs on Radio Islanders in the United Kingdom, also graced the stage with his presence. It’s noteworthy that Ewa Taylor, the director of this station, presented her poetry during ‘Krakowska Remiza’ as well.

The evening was further enriched by the talents of Adam Pochopien, a Cracow-based artist and curator of the accompanying exhibition, who introduced his own works and those of fellow artists. The lyrical ballads by Isa Conar harmonized beautifully with poems by Małgorzata Kuchnia, Maria Duszka, and others.

The event’s highlight was the captivating recital by Monika Warakomska and Adam Warakomski, who shared their original compositions, eliciting profound emotions and values among the audience. They also joined Remi Juskiewicz in a rendition of the song ‘W której sukni mam zatańczyć,’ with lyrics by Wieslaw Falkowski. Monika, an accomplished artist in her own right, showcased her paintings during the event.

Agnieszka Kuchnia-Wolosiewicz, the initiator and organizer of the event, received commendation for her exceptional professionalism, attention to detail, and well-structured arrangements. Remi Juskiewicz expressed his admiration for the event’s success, particularly highlighting the transformative contribution of Adam Warakomski on acoustic guitar.

This gathering brought together both seasoned poets with years of experience and emerging talents, fostering an environment where experiences, inspiration, and new connections were freely exchanged, enriching the creative process.

Among the esteemed guests was Professor Bolesław Faron, a humanities scholar, and various members of the Krakow artistic community, including poet Magdalena Zybowska, writer Michal Swiatek (manager of the bookstore in “Literary Café”), and Mariusz Glab (creator of the ‘Pioro Feniksa’ radio broadcast), who lent his distinctive radio voice to read texts by the participating artists.

‘Krakowska Remiza’ transcends being merely an artistic event; it is a heartfelt expression of love for this extraordinary city. Krakow, steeped in history, brimming with landmarks, and bursting with culture, has always been a wellspring of inspiration for artists. This event encapsulated the magic and emotion that thrive in such an atmosphere, reminding all in attendance of the significance of unity and the sharing of creativity.

Cracow continues to stand as an enduring source of inspiration and wonder, a place where artists discover their unique place on both Poland’s and the world’s cultural maps.