Three Polish folk concerts to the poetry of literature Nobel Prize winner

Ahram Online, Monday 10 Oct 2011

On three consecutive evenings Darb 1718, El Genaina Theatre and the Cairo Jazz Club will host a Polish musician, setting a Polish Nobel Prize winner's poetry to folk-inspired music

Milosz bel Arabi

Milosz bel Arabi (Milosz in Arabic) is an evening of Polish folklore-coloured music performed by Maria Pomianowska, set to the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz, Polish poet, cultural commentator and translator.

Czesław Miłosz (1911-2004) was born in Seteiniai, Lithuania. He completed his high school and university studies in Wilno, then a city belonging to Poland. A co-founder of a literary group, Zagary, he made his literary début in 1930, published in the 1930s two volumes of poetry and worked for Polish Radio. He spent most of WWII in Warsaw, working for the underground presses.

In the diplomatic service of the People's Poland since 1945, he broke with the government in 1951 and settled in France, where he wrote several books in prose.

In 1960 he moved to Berkeley, at the invitation of the University of California, where he has been Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures since 1961.

In 1980, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. His works were translated into many languages including English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Lithuanian, Czech, Swedish, Hindi as well as Arabic.

Poetry by Czeslaw Milosz was translated into Arabic by Professor Hanaa Abd El-Fattah, PhD.


Maria Pomianowska is a Polish instrumentalist, vocalist and composer, who studied cello at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, where she graduated from. Her artistic interests are marked by different musical genres and forms.

Since 1981 she has been studying unique techniques on Asian instruments, travelling to India, China, Korea, Mongolia, Japan and the Middle East.

Comparative studies and multicultural experiences allowed her to undertake the highly difficult task of reconstructing and taking into consideration artistic, as well as scientific, values of two traditional Polish instruments that have largely been abandoned.

She performed with different artists and bands in Japan, where she lived for five years. She’s performed in Taiwan, Czech Republic, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, France as well as Egypt in 2010.



Friday 14 October at Darb 1718 cultural centre, 8 pm

Darb 1718, Kasr El-Shamee Street
Al-Fakhareen (Mar Girgis metro stop), Old Cairo
Behind the Hanging Church and Amr Ibn El-As Mosque

Saturday 15 October at El Genaina Theatre, 8.30 pm

Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Rd

Sunday 16 October at the Cairo Jazz Club, 10 pm

197, 26th July St. in Agouza

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