A Travellerspoint blog

Siedlce Municipal Events

Never a boring moment

sunny 20 °C
View Our Poland Stay on Vic_IV's travel map.

The Municipal Cultural Center in Siedlce invited everyboy to a unique historical event — “A Day from the Diary of Anna Kahan” - that took place on Sunday afternoon. The organizers called this event "time machine", where the city residents would be able to feel like the atmosphere of Siedlce from 100 years ago.

cd0fe4c0-0ee3-11ee-a2ad-a1a70dcebf88.JPGce9bb4e0-0ee3-11ee-a2ad-a1a70dcebf88.JPGce782750-0ee3-11ee-a2d2-e9c4a71b87a9.JPGce642a20-0ee3-11ee-bf23-955aa2b7de7c.JPGcd28eb00-0ee3-11ee-b834-07ae48978ae2.JPG

The event took place in Pulaski Street, whose name was changed into Piękna Street (Beautiful Stret) for one day.

Pulaski Street was kind of renamed into Beautiful Street (for one festival day), Siedlce

Pulaski Street was kind of renamed into Beautiful Street (for one festival day), Siedlce

We saw a barber, a shoemaker, a calligrapher, a carrier, a newsboy, a portrait painter, as well as ordinary residents and children from that period. We saw many locals taking a ride in a horse-drawn carriage and in a fiacre. We saw antique bicycles and cars. We also looked at the antiques market.

cded9a90-0ee3-11ee-a2ad-a1a70dcebf88.JPGcdeb77b0-0ee3-11ee-a2d2-e9c4a71b87a9.JPGce589160-0ee3-11ee-a2ad-a1a70dcebf88.JPGce3f15f0-0ee3-11ee-a2d2-e9c4a71b87a9.JPGOpening the Days of History Festival, Siedlce_The antiques show and market

Opening the Days of History Festival, Siedlce_The antiques show and market

The "In the Gate" Gallery offered an exhibition of archival photographs by Adolf Ganiewski (Gancwol) from the collection of the Regional Museum in Siedlce.

d09980b0-0ee3-11ee-bf23-955aa2b7de7c.JPGd0081620-0ee3-11ee-bf23-955aa2b7de7c.JPG

We had fun with music from the past. All the residents present at the event were encouraged to dress up in costumes from years ago and take part in a fashion show. The competition for the most stylish clothing offered prizes for all participants.

Unfortunately, the rain cut short the event program and we did not stay until 9 p.m. to see the light and sound show entitled "We open the doors of history - our world from a hundred years ago".

12d5f260-1060-11ee-8264-a9e75225aa4c.jpg

We found out about Anna Kahan and about her book. “The Diary of Anna Kahan. Siedlce, Poland, 1914-1916” is primarily an interesting way to explore the multicultural history of Siedlce. It is a story about the Jews of Siedlce, wandering in search of a safe haven, the problems of everyday life, and a difficult life lesson as the author was abruptly thrust into the world of adults. The diary is one of the two ever published accounts describing the history of Siedlce during the First World War. However, the book is not only addressed to the residents of Siedlce. Anna's story is universal. The girl describes the reality which she has to face, situations where there is fear, hunger, poverty, and uncertainty of the future. Many of her peers from different parts of the war-torn country had similar experiences. Despite the difficult conditions, Anna also has her teenage dreams and problems. In her diary she describes relationships with peers, tells us about girls' friendships, and her first experiences in boy-girl relationships. She shares her thoughts about the unimaginable cruelty and senselessness of war, human behaviours, which are often so difficult to understand, pettiness, selfishness, injustice.
The book consists of three parts. The first is a diary written by Anna Kahan while she lived in Siedlce. Others include My First Six Years in America and an autobiographical story – My Parents Ran Away from Home Two Months After Getting Married. These two books were written in English and have not yet been published.

a352d0b0-0ee4-11ee-ac2e-1f7cd55a48ce.jpg

The author - Khana (Anna) Kahan was born in Siedlce in 1901. Her father, Abraham Hersh Kahan, was a butcher and co-owner of the slaughterhouse. His mother, Rojza née Lubelska, raised five children: Bracha, Khana (Anna), Khaim Lejb, Aaron and Sara. The family lived at 8 Jatkowa Street (now Red Cross Street).
After completing three classes of the Russian city school, Khana intended to continue her education in the gymnasium, but her parents could not afford to pay tuition. At the age of 10, she started working in the Ajzensztadta hat factory at 24 Warszawska Street (now J. Piłsudskiego).
As a girl, she read a lot in Yiddish, Polish and Russian. After the outbreak of World War I, she began writing a diary in Yiddish. This diary covers the period from December 31, 1914 to September 26, 1916, that is, until Anna and her sister Bracha left for America. Khana describes in it: the everyday life of a poor Jewish family in Siedlce, the war events she witnessed, labor relations in a hat factory, the social and cultural life of her circle of young people and shares her impressions of the literature she reads.
After coming to America, Anna worked hard in a hat factory in New York and learned English in the evenings. Anna married Harry Safran. In 1978, Anna Kahan translated her Siedlce Diary from Yiddish into English. It was published in 1983. Anna died in 1993.

d0e72b80-0ee3-11ee-a2d2-e9c4a71b87a9.JPG462c7300-106a-11ee-a5d7-6fced0eed616.JPG

There was also mini-exhibition of oldtimers: automobiles and bicycles. The MC of the event took a ride on a 1934 bike, while he continued commenting the show riding the bike. Not too much comfort, I see. By the way, the linen washing (on the background) was very popular with teenagers, ho were eager to try washig the linen the way their ancestors did for centuries...

Opening the Days of History Festival, Siedlce_The Oldtimers have arrived

Opening the Days of History Festival, Siedlce_The Oldtimers have arrived

The fans of oldtimers were glad to see an old Ford and a Citroën. Citroën Traction Avant BL 11 is the car was manufactured from 1934 until 1957. It is one of the first cars with front drive. It had a self-supporting body, independent wheel suspension, hydraulic brakes of all wheels, manual gearbox with three gears forward (2 and 3 synchronized gears), 1911 cm3 engine - 56 km.

Opening the Days of History Festival, Siedlce

Opening the Days of History Festival, Siedlce

The car, thanks to the front drive and the improved mass distribution (lowering the center of gravity by founding the seats below, shifting the engine to the front window itself, and the gearbox forward), held the road well, which allowed faster cornering.
The car was eagerly used by gangsters (hence it was known in Europe as "gangsta limuzine"). Then it was very popular with the police and state services. The car, which we saw during the festival, had stickers on both sides imitating the bullet holes, and the driver had a model machine gun pretending to be a tough, but affable gangster.

The "gangstah" driver of Citroën Traction Avant BL 11 explaining the advantages of his automobile

The "gangstah" driver of Citroën Traction Avant BL 11 explaining the advantages of his automobile


Attending the Days of History event, Siedlce

Attending the Days of History event, Siedlce


Attending the Days of History event, Siedlce

Attending the Days of History event, Siedlce


divider67.jpgdivider67.jpgdivider67.jpg

We were glad to attend the official opening of Alexandria Park after its 18-month refurbishment. The event was called "Picnic at Princess Ogińska's". We watched the concert of "Aleksandria" Chamber Orchestra conducted by Szymon Telecki, The orchestra has been created this year on the basis of Alexandria String Quartet.

The Siedlce Song and Dance Ensemble "Chodowiacy" presented a dance staging "A Visit to Princess Alexandra".

Aleksandria Park reopening concert, Siedlce

Aleksandria Park reopening concert, Siedlce

The renovated park looks beautiful park with its promenade, a playroom for children, the historical bridge, three fountains, and garden sculptures.

There was also an exhibition of archival photography from the collection of the Regional Museum entitled "Historical walk through the park alleys".

large_4efee070-555d-11ee-82a2-05ce4edeaffa.jpg

A new monument has appeared in the park: a bench with a bronze sculpture of Princess Ogińska.

Exhibition of the historic photographs of Alexandria Park, Siedlce

Exhibition of the historic photographs of Alexandria Park, Siedlce


13067e20-e7cc-11ec-b2ce-19e799e45feb.jpg13067e20-e7cc-11ec-b2ce-19e799e45feb.jpg13067e20-e7cc-11ec-b2ce-19e799e45feb.jpg
33042380-50c6-11ee-b300-9dec58ae29d9.jpg32f88ac0-50c6-11ee-b420-87ceec25a36d.jpg
Visiting the sale of antiques in Siedlce

One evening we happened to see a Rosary Procession walking along "our street". At first we heard their songs, and then saw the entire group. There were about thirty pilgrims headed by their priest and a nun. They were singing Halleluja and walked fast enough. We understood they were walking to Warsaw as pilgrims and intended to walk the fifty miles distance all night. We joined the procession and walked half a mile with them.

We also attended an event of the Ukrainian community in Siedlce. It was dedicate to the Ukrainian Independence Day. The event took place at ToMy Coffee House that occupies the ground floor of Arche Shopping Mall.

7cb9ebe0-432e-11ee-b39a-bbe25ae592d9.jpg7cbea6d0-432e-11ee-810c-c57a02cfd6e2.jpg

131aa260-e7cc-11ec-9c43-0f21da5b1fdf.jpg131aa260-e7cc-11ec-9c43-0f21da5b1fdf.jpg131aa260-e7cc-11ec-9c43-0f21da5b1fdf.jpg

We attended a folklore festival that took place in our neighborhood – in the square at St. Joseph’s Church in Siedlce. It was called “The First International Integration Picnic”. Its motto was, “Play music under the Polish sky”.

ee6fb960-4417-11ee-9ac4-ef6ba2c77e23.JPGee5c7f80-4417-11ee-9433-05b35b0a768e.JPG
At the village of Białki pavilion
ee55c8c0-4417-11ee-9767-1f85c60ef9ad.JPGeda84ab0-4417-11ee-9433-05b35b0a768e.JPG
At the village of Białki pavilion / At the Ukrainian pavilion called “The Embroidered Shirt"
eda7fc90-4417-11ee-a2c4-d5ccdbff7af3.JPGeda25740-4417-11ee-87b1-59a821ebb862.JPG

We were glad to see the performance of the festival participants:

  • Chodowiacy Song and Dance Ensemble of the Siedlce Region named after Alicja Siwkiewicz;
  • Kapela Lipka - Polish highlanders from Zaolzi, Czech Republic;
  • The Dnipro Polanie Song and Dance Ensemble from Kyiv;
  • Trockanie Song and Dance Ensemble from Trakai, Lithuania.

edb40a80-4417-11ee-9767-1f85c60ef9ad.jpgee2a9a10-4417-11ee-9ac4-ef6ba2c77e23.jpg
Kapela Lipka / Trockanie Song and Dance Ensemble
eda2a560-4417-11ee-8d7a-9956f68704c1.jpgedb89e60-4417-11ee-9ac4-ef6ba2c77e23.jpg
Visiting the village pavilions / The Dnipro Polanie Song and Dance Ensemble from Kyiv.

There was a presentation of the Circles of Country Housewives, where traditional Polish dishes were presented and offered to the public. There were pavilions from the villages of Sielce County (Białki, Krzymosze and Ujrzanów), as well as a Ukrainian pavilion called “The Embroidered Shirt”. The Ukrainian dishes were especially popular, as I observed. Children had their own attractions such as “The fly does not sit down” and others.

t14.jpg
30b726c0-546a-11ee-b151-977be7b324f8.jpg309ee3d0-546a-11ee-9dbb-5f8a9efb2234.jpgAttending the concert of LUZ modern dance ensemble in Alexandria Park, Siedlce

Attending the concert of LUZ modern dance ensemble in Alexandria Park, Siedlce

We were happy to attend a nice concert of this well-known city group in Alexandria Park.
Attending the concert of LUZ modern dance ensemble in Alexandria Park, Siedlce

Attending the concert of LUZ modern dance ensemble in Alexandria Park, Siedlce


divider66.jpgdivider66.jpgdivider66.jpg

4c4a0a70-56ee-11ee-adcc-113a7fec3fc9.JPG

We also attended a literary meeting at the White Hall of the City Cultural Center. The meeting was arranged together with Stained Glass Literary Group of Siedlce ("Siedlecka Grupa Literacka "Witraż"). The hall was full of people, and the students of Siedlce schools constituted the majprity of spectators. We listened to Jan Twardowski's poetry in the interpretation of a famous movie and theater actress Teresa Lipowska. There were also several beautiful songs performed by Gabriela Woźnica and Jakub Soszyński.

Teresa Lipowska speaking about Jan Twardowski in Siedlce

Teresa Lipowska speaking about Jan Twardowski in Siedlce


large_4ce56010-56ee-11ee-adcc-113a7fec3fc9.JPG
Teresa Lipowska speaking about Jan Twardowski in Siedlce

Teresa Lipowska speaking about Jan Twardowski in Siedlce

The literary performance was called "Behind the Green Door"
divider65.jpgdivider65.jpgdivider65.jpg

We attended the celebration of the 105th anniversary of Polish Independence.
The program started with the Holy Mass at St.Joseph’s Church, which was presided over by Bishop Kazimierz Gurd, the Bishop of Siedlce, and accompanied by the City Choir. The mass was followed by a procession to Liberty Square. During the solemn meeting in Liberty Square, everybody listened to and sang the Polish National anthem. We listened to the speech by the Commander of the Siedlce Garrison and to the speech by the Mayor of Siedlce. An officer from Siedlce Garrison commanded the roll call of remembrance and the salute of honour.

Many schools, companies and NGOs laid wreaths candles of remembrance to the foot of the Liberty monument.
The participants of the ceremony were glad to receive what they called a tourist meal – a hot pea soup with sausage.

259545f0-8184-11ee-92d5-05ecbe791178.jpg331c8f80-8184-11ee-92d5-05ecbe791178.JPG
Independence Day advertisement in Siedlce / Free field soup after the Independence Day meeting in Siedlce.
Attending the Independence Day meeting in Siedlce

Attending the Independence Day meeting in Siedlce

The program of this city festival also included many interesting events, among them the Big Motor Rally and the concert of popular bands "Free as butterflies", "ŁOK'ej Band", "Team Of Patriots." We watched the performance of "ŁOK'ej Band" and enjoyed it a lot. There was a laser show during their concert, and the participants received hot meals: a soldier’s cabbage soup and a hot sausage cooked at the authentic field kitchen.
The Mayor of Siedlce delivered a speech after the performance of "ŁOK'ej Band", and there was joint singing of the National Anthem.

Attending the Independence Day concert in Siedlce

Attending the Independence Day concert in Siedlce

The concert was followed by a great motor rally, where dozens of various vehicles took part. We found out that celebrating the restoration of the Polish enjoyed a great considerable popularity among the residents of Siedlce. Many NGOs belonged to the organizers of the event, among them KORBA Siedlce Association of Historic Technology Enthusiasts, FMB Siedlce, Natural 4x4, ATV Quads Siedlce and Moto Siedlce. Many technically sound and approved vehicles, whose owners wanted to express their patriotic feelings, took part in the ceremonial ride about the city. The vehicles had Polish flags and other patriotic accents. We observed cars of different makes and years, of different dimensions and colors, motorcycles, quads and even fire trucks from Siedlce County villages.

Attending the Independence Day motor rally in Siedlce

Attending the Independence Day motor rally in Siedlce

231af720-8184-11ee-9a91-035c0335474f.JPG

Then there were torches in front of the central square that created a tunnel of fire that looked stunning. All this created an incredibly colorful show. The audience also enjoyed a beautiful specially programmed laser show. There was no shortage of free hot meals, coming from the authentic field kitchen. Satiated and satisfied, we watched the motor parade closely and could even talk to their owners, when they waited for their turn to proceed.
Several buildings added to the celebration by their festive illuminations in national colours:

  • the building of the Siedlce City Hall at 2 Independence Square;
  • the Ogiński Palace;
  • St. Stanislaus Church;
  • the building of the Cultural Centre of the City of Siedlce;
  • the "Podlasie" Auditorium;
  • the White Hall of the Municipal Cultural Centre.

divider59.jpgdivider59.jpgdivider59.jpg
[/center]

Posted by Vic_IV 08:58 Archived in Poland Tagged masovia mazovia siedlce oginski

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Be the first to comment on this entry.

This blog requires you to be a logged in member of Travellerspoint to place comments.

Login