Venue: st. John’s Centre
Start: 6.00 pm
1st of November is the All Saints Day. The following day is Zaduszki, a traditional day in Poland when we remember people who passed away. It is our tradition to invite you for the special evening – a concert combined with remembrance of those who left us during the last year. Our friends and colleagues who created the Polish cultural scene in Gdańsk, Pomorskie region.
Epitaphs written by Andrzej Mestwin Fac
Host: Mirosław Baka
Music: Tomasz Olszewski (guitar and vocals), Maja Miró-Wiśniewska (historic flutes), Nikola Freda (cello), Aleksander Gaik (accordeon).
Wisualisations: Marek Zygmunt
Our friends who will be remembered:
Krystyna Suchecka, pianist, teacher, professor. Passed away on 16th Oct 2020.
Born in Grudziądz, graduated from Sopot. For years she has been associated with the Stanisław Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdańsk working as a teacher and accompanist. Performed with violinists Kazimierz Wiłkomirski and Roman Suchecki. With the latter, she co-created praperformances of contemporary composers.
Jerzy Marian Michalak, music artist, conductor, chamber pianist, teacher. Passed away on 27th Nov. 2020.
He started his career as an accompanist in Music Secondary School in Gdańsk. Worded as a conductor in Gdańsk, Warsaw, Szczecin. He was a an opera director, artistic director in operas, ballets, for a period of time a music director at Wybrzeże Theare in Gdańsk. Taught in music academies in Gdańsk and Bydgoszcz. Since the middle of the 90s, he had been researching the musical and theatrical life in Gdańsk and Sopot after 1945.
Jacek Sieński, journalist, marine writer, museologist, historian and sailor. Passed away on 14th Dec 2020.
Specialised in marine topics. Covered marine life in all aspects. Author of narratives, interviews and books. A long time author of regional newspapers “Dziennik Bałtycki” and “Głos Stoczniowca”.
Zaza Wilczewska actually Zenona Maria Wilczewska, writer, poet, cultural activist related to Tricity. Passed away on 24th Dec 2020.
A long time head of the Sopot Gallery (BWA Sopot). Published three poem books and a collection of short stories. Author of a novel “Lunia”. She also wrote memories called “Post-Sopot sketches” (“Szpikce po-sopockie”).
Maciej Zięba, catholic priest, theologian, philosopher, teacher, physicist, author. Passed away on 31st Dec 2020.
Founder and first head of the European Solidarity Centre (2007-2010). Associated with the Polish anti-communist opposition. Became a friar in the 1980s.
Grzegorz „Guzik” Guziński, rock vocalist. Passed away on 9th Jan 2021.
Member of rock bands Red Rooster and N’Dingue and Flapjack. Sang in Homosapiens, has guest performances on two albums by Illusion.
Tadeusz Zielonka, writer, teacher, esseist, tv writer. Passed away on 24th Jan 2021.
Born in Poznań, for years lived in Śląsk, especially Opole. Academic teacher in Słupsk since the middle of the 1970s.
Barbara Okoniewska, pianist, teacher. Passed away on 25th Jan 2021.
Great-great granddaughter of composer Stanisław Moniuszko. A long time teacher at the Music Academy in Gdańsk.
Roman Szymon Pawlicki, actor, activist. Passed away on 26th Jan 2021.
Actor of Dramatic Theatre in Gdynia. “Solidarność” associate.
Andrzej Józef Roman Piskozub, civilisation historian, author. Passed away on 10th Feb 2021.
Professor, author of many books. Founder of Civilisation Studies Department at the University of Gdańsk.
Wiktor Niemiro, sound technician, author of documentary films music, radio programmes and theatrical spectacles for the Polish Television. Passed away on 26th Feb 2021.
Jerzy Limon, Enslish professor, writer, translator, theatre expert, academic, creator and director the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre. Passed away on 3rd March 2021.
Graduate of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. English professor at the University of Gdańsk where he worked as the Head of the History of Literature and British Culture Department. Author of approximately ten books and numerous articles, as well as theatrical reviews. Cofounder and Principal of Theatrum Gedanense Foundation. He received the Order of the Britigh Empire.
Piotr Świąc, journalist TV presenter. Died tragically on 5th March 2021.
Journalist and presenter of popular TV programmes: Panorama, Forum Panoramy and Forum Gospodarcze in TVP Gdańsk. Anchor of News in TVP1. Academic teacher at the University of Gdańsk.
Ewa Synowiec, composer, pianist, teacher. Passed away on 6th March 2021.
A long time teacher at the Stanisław Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdańsk.
Kazimierz Kostka, sculptor. Passed away on 15th March 2021.
His favourite material was wood. He realised religious topics. His most famous works are the “Kashubian Band” which stood on the Papal Altar in 1999 on the John Paul II travel in Sopot. He had exhibitions in Poland and abroad.
Ilona Lwowska-Borkowska, teacher at the Stanisław Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdańsk. Passed away on 29th March 2021.
Regina Pawłowska, Polish language expert, philosopher, academic teacher. Passed away on 19th April 2021.
Helena Natalia Zawistowska, doctor, writer, author of books for children. Passed away on 29th April 2021.
Gdańsk citizen of Vilnius descent. During her long life (nearly 100 years) she has pursued a medical career.
Artur Przygoda, guitarist, composer. Passed away on 4th May 2021.
Co-founder of bands such as Farba and Love. A rock soul.
Marian Zacharewicz, composer, singer, manager, music journalist. Passed away on 26th May 2021.
Successful singer and composer. Husband of Irena Jarocka, her manager and co-author of her hits. Associated with the Radio Eska Nord. Taught journalism.
Jan Zygmunt Paterek, guitarist, professor. Passed away on 7th June 2021.
Music professor, tutor of numerous laueates of guitar contests.
Jerzy Kiedrowski, Kashubian activist, librarian. Passed away on 14th June 2021.
Activist for the Kashubian community, member of Kashubian-Pomeranian Association. Head of the Public Library and the Pomeranian Voivodeship Cultural Centre in Gdańsk
Krystyna Szałaśna, ethographer. Passed away on 15th June 2021.
She worked in the Pomeranian cultural institutions, including the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre and the National Museum in Gdańsk.
Tadeusz Wojtych, actor. Passed away on 9th July 2021.
One of the founders of the Student Theatre „Bim-Bom” regarded as one of the most influential avant-garde post-war Polish theatres. Actor of Wybrzeże Theatre in the 1950/60s. A popular character actor.
Jacek Kriegseisen, art historian. Passed away on 15th July 2021.
Worked at the History of Art Institute at the University of Gdańsk. Head of the Gdańsk Department of the Art Historians Association.
Jerzy Kownacki, catholic priest, theologian, radio journaist. Passed away on 16th July 2021.
Bohdan Sienkiewicz, journalist, marine life educator. Passed away on 20th July 2021.
He co-created popular TV shows on marine life in the Polish Television.
Lech Marian Mokrzecki, historian. Passed away on 26th July 2021.
Bogusława Czosnowska, actress. Passed away on 20th July 2021.
A long time actress of Wybrzeże Theatre. Gdańsk was the city of her life.
Danuta Mecweldowska de domo Guzińska. Passed away on 5th August 2021.
Ballet dancer, worked at the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk. Lost a heroic battle with illness.
Józef Madanowski, musician. Passed away on 6th August 2021.
Accordeon player. It is thanks to his openness that the Music School in Gdańsk became a forge of jazz talents.
Mira Urbaniak, journalist, traveller, cultural events initiator. Passed away on 30th August 2021.
She was the editor in chief of Radio Gdańsk in the 1990s. She sailed around Cape Horn and three times reached Spitzbergen. Author of books on sailing.
Andrzej Ceynowa, English professor at the University of Gdańsk. Passed away on 30th August 2021.
Józef Czerniawski, painter, installation artist. Passed away on 6th Oct 2021.
He worked in film and advertising industry. Professor of the Art Academy in Gdańsk. Together with Kacper Ołowski he founded an interdisciplinary art group called COX.
Jacek Wesołowski, world class luthier. Died tragically on 10th Oct 2021.
One of the best luthiers in Poland and the whole world. He lived and worked in Wrzeszcz disctrict in Gdańsk.
Cezary Niedziółka, literature director at the Wybrzeże Theatre. Passed away on 11th Oct 2021.
He began working in Teatr Powszechny in Warszaw in the 1980. as a secretary for literature affairs. An theatre expert recently associated with Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk.