Running throughout August, this month has seen the return of the WarszeMuzik festival, an intimate series of gatherings held inside the courtyards of the city’s historic tenements.
Presenting the music of some of Poland’s top composers, the concerts have been scheduled in surviving Ghetto tenements and are free to attend.
“This is a series of intimate backyard concerts that are held to the accompaniment of barking dogs, chatting children, singing birds and passing trams,” say the organizers. Allowing visitors to glimpse a hidden side of Warsaw whilst enjoying top class music, the event is not short on atmosphere.
Among others, locations include Żelazna 66, a battered building that was the former home of composer Mieczysław Weinberg, as well as the wedding cake building on Chłodna 20 – during the height of the Ghetto, it served as the seat of the Judenrat council.
And, there’s the extraordinary half-ruined structure of Waliców 12 – found in a state of abject disrepair, it’s impossible not to feel the ghosts of the past in its rickety ensemble of peeling stucco and crumbling walls.
Resounding to the music of Mieczysław Weinberg, Jan Sanejka, Andrzej Czajkowski and Gustav Mahler, allow this unique festival to open the door to an unseen Warsaw.
For more details, and a full schedule, see: warszemuzik.org
(All photos: press materials)