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Archive for February, 2012

“People’s Oskar” award Posted by on Feb 22, 2012

Few would confuse the glitz of the Academy Awards with a ceremony held by a folk arts society in Poland, but Hollywood doesn’t want anyone else handing out Oscars. So the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is demanding that Poland’s Association of Folk Artists stop giving out what it calls the “People’s Oskar.”…

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Traditional Pączki Posted by on Feb 21, 2012

Donuts are a traditional food the week before Lent or the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. For many Polish families pączki are a treat for Sundays, holidays and other special occasions. They have long been my favorite.I tried to make them few times, but none have ever come up to the hundreds made by my mother…

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Tax laws in Poland Posted by on Feb 19, 2012

Tax return season is here! Some of us have already done it, others wait until last minute…. Today I wanted to tell you a little more about taxes in Poland, since the system is slightly different than in USA. An individual pays tax on his income as a wage earner or as a self-employed person…

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The Chair of the Year 2011 Posted by on Feb 17, 2012

I was not aware of the “Chair of the year” award…I looked into this a little more…. The Warsaw Voice has been granting its annual Chair of the Year award to distinguish people, institutions or even objects that have exerted the most important influence on the life of Poles over the course of a year…

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“In Darkness” Posted by on Feb 16, 2012

In the last few decades, German and French filmmakers — reflecting, and in some cases, bravely advancing national attitudes — have examined the Holocaust with blunt candor and shades-of-gray maturity. Polish director Agnieszka Holland’s beautifully made and profoundly responsible “In Darkness” represents a rare cinematic attempt to address the Poles’ unhappy participation in World War…

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Foreigners investing in Warsaw Posted by on Feb 15, 2012

Warsaw has long been the main housing market in Poland. The city is also where foreigners are buying the largest number of dwellings (mieszkania). According to the Polish Ministry of Internal Affairs (Polskie Ministerstwo Spraw Wewnętrznych), from 2006 to 2010, foreigners bought housing with a total area of 950,000 sq m in Poland. This means that…

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National Museum in Cracow – new exhibitions Posted by on Feb 14, 2012

Today some news for all of you interested in art! In the Gallery of 19th Century Art in the Sukiennice Cracow, the Museum will be offering “Unfinished Conversations. On Jan Matejko’s Rejtan” (13.02 – 27.05.2012), an exhibition centred around the artist’s most controversial work, “Rejtan. The Fall of Poland” (1866). The painting became an inspiration…

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