Hull’s connection with Poland celebrated at Uproot

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Published: Friday 7th April 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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BBC Radio 3 broadcasts live from Hull Truck Theatre this Saturday. We caught up with the Warsaw Village Band to find out more about their set.

Polish Connections is part of Uproot, a three-day festival that focuses on Hull’s rich folk culture heritage and our international links.

It kick-starts the beginning of the second season of Hull UK City of Culture, Roots and Routes. This celebrates our diverse, international city as a gateway to Europe.

Warsaw Village Band are performing their eclectic and contemporary folk, punk, ethno and trance music that harks back to their home country’s rural traditions.

“People coming to our show can expect to experience different states of consciousness, a teleportation to other dimensions,” frame drummer Maciej Szajkowski tells us.

“We will play our latest album, Sun Celebration, as well as some older compositions.”

The show comes at an exciting time for Hull, but perhaps an uncertain time for the UK as a whole. Nevertheless, our port city has huge connections with the rest of Europe, and this event will highlight our diversity and international outlook.

“Since 2004, more than one million Poles have arrived. You gave them a job, a house and food. This is not to be overestimated. We’re extremely grateful to the English people,” enthuses Maciej.

“We played here in 2002 and felt a real connection to the country. As a band, we love your music, sense of humour and culture.”

Polish Connections is all about bringing people together through music, and the Warsaw Village Band are huge advocates of this:

“I like to think that we bring something new, something Slavic. Meanwhile, we all have very similar mythologies, heroes and ways of life.”

Maciej tells us that the band began to create music because it brings them a feeling of freedom:

“Music is a sphere that affects all of the senses. It raises emotions of hope and simulates love. It’s the world’s most perfect language.”

“We can communicate with music across continents and with people from all over the world,” he expands.

“Music is the foundation of our roots and our culture. And only open culture will save the world.”

The band is very excited to play in Hull: “We were here a few years ago and remember that it was a great adventure. What a great audience!”

“You should come down and see the show because Brexit is slowly becoming a reality. And you may not get another opportunity to see us in England.”

Also performing at the festival is Yorkshire folk artist Fay Hield. The traditional English singer will begin the festival, followed by the Warsaw Village Band.

Meanwhile, Kathryn Tickell will introduce the concert itself, describing Hull’s Polish community and the city’s twin town links.

Polish Connections runs at Hull Truck Theatre from 1pm on Saturday 8 April. Tickets start from £15 and can be purchased at hulltruck.co.uk.

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Published: Friday 7th April 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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