How Polands Folk Music was saved

In the 1950s, 303 researchers travelled through Poland and gathered over 46,000 recordings of folk music. It was one of the largest campaigns of its kind in Poland.

Near the start of Paweł Pawlikowski’s Oscar-nominated movie Cold War, two of the characters spend time exploring the countryside, recording village musicians. These scenes weren’t a figment of the director’s imagination. In one, we see the pair field-recording some bagpipers from Wielkopolska (in fact, it’s the band Manugi – you can find profiles of the other bands take took part in the film on the Fundacja Muzyka Zakorzeniona’s website). The story behind the real-life events that inspired these scenes also begins with the low and raw sound of bagpipes and the kozioł (a Polish version of the bagpipe).

Pahiatua re-enacts arrival of ‘PolishChildren’

The decades appeared to melt away for a group of Polish war-ophans and refugees on a pilgrimage to their adopted hometown for a special commemoration.

In 1944, the people of Pahīatua welcomed 733 Polish children and their 102 caregivers who were forcibly removed from a war-torn Poland occupied by the Nazis and the Soviet Union. They were New Zealand’s first refugees, invited in by Prime Minister Peter Fraser on humanitarian grounds.

The Lost Requiem

Iranian Cinema Club of the University of Canterbury invited Polish community of Christchurch for a screening of “The Lost Requiem”, an Iranian documentary about WWII exodus of Polish men, women and children from Soviet labour camps to Persia.