Polish News Translated - Poznań May 06

By Bethany HuffMay 6, 2024

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Editor's Note: These are courtesy translations of local news provided by the U.S. Army Garrison Poland Public Affairs team for the benefit the military community stationed here. Views or opinions are not endorsed by USAG Poland or the U.S. Army.

Farmers in Poznań to Stage Another Protest in City Center

In a recent announcement, the Wielkopolska Farmers' Association - Rola Wielkopolski, revealed plans for a forthcoming protest via social media channels. Set to unfold along Roosevelt Street in Poznań, the demonstration is earmarked for next Wednesday, May 8th.

"The timing coincides with the European Economic Congress slated between May 7th and 9th in Katowice, where Ursula von der Leyen is expected to make an appearance. Our aim is to underscore that her presence is not welcomed here," clarified the protest organizers. "Moreover, we seek to convey to the city's residents our unwavering resolve. Despite three months of extensive dialogues with politicians across all echelons, progress has been scant. Regrettably, the European Union's stance seems only to facilitate greater inflow of non-union goods."

Scheduled to span from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., organizers have reassured residents of the city that efforts will be made to minimize disruptions to traffic flow.

In Poznań, Exciting Documentary Film Celebration on the Horizon

Film enthusiasts are in for a treat as Kina Muza gears up to host a vibrant celebration of documentary cinema. Beyond the anticipated screenings of numerous feature-length and short films, attendees can look forward to an array of engaging events accompanying the presentations.

"With the event spanning from May 10th to 19th across seven Polish cities, including Poznań, attendees can anticipate encounters with nearly twenty esteemed guests, including directors, protagonists of the films, and experts," shares Olga Sokal, festival spokesperson. "Highlighted venues on the festival itinerary include the Rewiry club, Nowe Lokum Stonewall, and Lazarski Market Square."

Music aficionados will find much to appreciate as well, with the festival promising a diverse musical landscape. "The festival ambiance will be enriched not only by Chopin's timeless compositions but also by the infectious rhythms of the 1990s and American beats," adds Sokal. "Moreover, post-screening discussions will further enhance the film experiences at Rewiry club, Nowe Lokum Stonewall, and Lazarski Market Square."

For those eager to delve into the full spectrum of festival offerings, the comprehensive program is readily accessible at www.mdag.pl.

Poznań's Iconic Raczynski Library Marks its 195th Anniversary with a Month-long Celebration

Throughout the month of May, the esteemed Raczynski Library commemorates its 195 years of existence, tracing back to its official opening on May 5, 1829, in Poznań. However, the festivities promise to extend far beyond this historical milestone, offering an array of exceptional events to captivate both young and old alike.

A diverse range of activities awaits visitors, including author meet-and-greets, engaging discussions with translators and travelers, guided tours, captivating film screenings, live musical performances, and a plethora of exhibitions and workshops.

May 8th marks a particularly significant date, dedicated to honoring libraries and librarians. "Our collaborative celebrations will unfold over several days. This year's Library Week carries the theme 'Library – a place on time,' promising a lineup of meetings and workshops tailored for readers of all ages, both at our main building and various branches," announced library officials.

Continuing its tradition, the Raczynski Library will once again participate in the Night of Museums on May 18th. "On this special occasion, visitors will have the opportunity to explore unique locations, including the Apartment-Employment of Kazimiera Iłłakowiczówny, the Henryk Sienkiewicz Literary Museum, the Studio-Museum J.I. Kraszewski, and the Atanazego Gallery," revealed organizers. "In addition to guided tours, each venue will offer a rich tapestry of exhibitions, lectures, and concerts. For further details, visit the library's official website."

Historic Goats of Poznań: A Symbol of Resilience and Charm

The Old Market Square in Poznań was abuzz with activity today as crowds gathered to witness one of the city's most iconic sights - the lashing goats adorning the town hall tower.

For centuries, these goats have been the undisputed symbols of Poznań, captivating the hearts of its inhabitants since the 16th century. Legend has it that during the town hall's reconstruction, two goats were chosen to adorn the clock tower, spouting water before each hourly chime. This choice was inspired by a charming tale of mishap during a grand feast, where the goats inadvertently became the stars of the evening, immortalizing their place in Poznań's history.

Despite facing destruction in 1675 due to a lightning strike, the goats were resurrected in 1913, albeit with a controversial twist. Painted in black and white stripes and white and red, reflecting the political tensions of the time, these goats remained resilient symbols of the city until the battles for Poznań in 1945.

Though their mechanism was damaged during the war, both the goats and the town hall tower were restored in 1953, continuing to capture the imagination and affection of Poznań's citizens.

The goats of Poznań serve as a testament to the city's resilience and charm, embodying the spirit of its people for generations to come.