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Tarnowskie Góry Cultural Centre is a local cultural institution run by the city of Tarnowskie Góry and the largest cultural centre in the Tarnowskie Góry County. The mission of Tarnowskie Góry Cultural Centre is to create conditions for the inhabitants of the municipality to actively participate in the broadly defined culture, and to inspire them to artistic, social and personal development, as well as to popularise the knowledge about the world and man.
The main tasks of Tarnowskie Góry Cultural Centre include the cultural integration of local community and protection of its cultural heritage, collaboration with community organisations, schools and art institutions, creating conditions for the development of amateur art movement, recognition, arousing and satisfying the cultural needs and interests of the local community, creating conditions for the development of folklore, as well as handicrafts, bringing contemporary trends in the arts and culture closer to the local community, popularisation of the cultural heritage of other nations and countries, including conducting cultural exchanges with partner cities of Tarnowskie Góry.
The scope of activities is based mainly on cultural education in the field of film, music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Tarnowskie Góry Cultural Centre is a home to an independent theatre, a cinema organising regular film screenings, a contemporary art gallery and a modern dance group. The Centre also holds regular classes as part of the Bunka series - culture and language of Japan, alternative, rock, blues and popular music concerts, as well as arts and crafts workshops.
In addition, Tarnowskie Góry Cultural Centre is a venue for many regular cultural events as well as major events and festivals, such as the "Gwarki" Tarnowskie Góry Days, the „Tańcząc w jasnościach” National Festival of Modern Dance, or "Makaty" - a festival promoting the cultures of the countries and peoples of the world.
The ZL Theatre operating at the Tarnowskie Góry Cultural Centre is an independent theatre seeking its own poetry on the basis of original scenarios and literature absent in the broad public awareness. The most important idea is to search for individual means of artistic expression. The ZL Theatre has been a guest of international theatre meetings (including MALTA, Maski, Re:wizje), a multiple recipient of the scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the winner of the main prize during several editions of the Tychy Theatre Meetings.
In 2012, Ewa Wyskoczyl, the founder and director of the theatre, was awarded the "Golden Mask" by the Marshal of Silesian Voivodeship for her original concepts and important artistic productions performed by the ZL Theatre.
Led by Barbara Kwas
Workshop activities of the Youth Theatre Group at the Tarnowskie Góry Cultural Centre began in 2007. Young people bitten by the theatre bug decided to take on the tasks of acting and interpreting during the theatre classes at the Centre. Getting to know oneself, one's capabilities and then transferring real emotions on the stage were the priorities during the meetings. The creative process, experience and building the performance are the most commonly used methods during the theatre classes. In 2010, the Youth Theatre Group has evolved into the Imaginarium Theatre - the idea for changing the name was born during a trip to a theatre festival and was a suggestion of the whole team.
The theatre also has its official logo designed by Joanna Wojtyczka (socio-cultural organiser, photographer, instructor of the eF Photographic Group at the Municipal Cultural Centre in Orzesze).
The responsibilities of the director and instructor are handled by Barbara Kwas (cultural organiser, children and youth theatre director, speech therapist).
The theatre puts on performances inspired by contemporary drama as well as based on classic literature.
In addition, guest performances for children and adults are regularly hosted.
The Olbrzym Cinema was opened on October 3, 2013. The Tarnowskie Góry cinema shows nationwide premières and new films, as well as cult classics in digital quality of picture and sound. During its comprehensive renovation, the auditorium at the TCK was fitted with 224 seats, as well as an excellent sound system and a digital projector, so that the Tarnowskie Góry residents may also attend film screenings in the best quality in 2D and 3D. In the current activity of the cinema, the audience are very important - often their determination affects the repertoire, repeating a screening, etc. Many screenings are addressed to organised groups (not just from schools). The Olbrzym cinema is now a great combination of a carefully selected offer from the distributors with the bottom-up, local demand of viewers from the town and surrounding areas. The inauguration of the digital cinema at the Tarnowskie Góry Cultural Centre occurred through the awakening by the Tarnowskie Góry Olbrzym Film Society of a "hunger for the cinema" among the inhabitants of the city in recent years (the last in cinema in the town, "Europe", was closed in early 2006). In this way, the cinema's film "programme policy" was divided into the new "Olbrzym" and the smaller (but older) film society "sibling". The varied film tastes of Tarnowskie Góry residents can now be supplemented in two screening rooms at the Cultural Centre.
The Olbrzym Film Society (affiliated in the Polish Federation of Film Societies) has been in existence at the Tarnowskie Góry Cultural Centre since October 1, 2009. Its five years of existence was honoured in September 2014 with the Award of the POLISH FILM INSTITUTE for the best in film society in Poland. The society itself is a cosy para-cinema space. The Cultural Centre, where the film is often just an excuse to explore the "depths" of complex modern life (in a story, document, film often from outside the official distribution circuit), the human psyche, social relations. It is a place where amateur films, short films, animation and other audiovisual forms are screened, and where meetings, lectures, analyses, screenings, panel discussions, workshops, festivals and reviews are held. The Tarnowskie Góry Film Society often collaborates with local and nationwide non-governmental organisations, and organisers of national and international film events. The core of the Film Society at the Cultural Centre are the meetings of permanent members taking place several times a month under the rebellious name the Defiant Viewers Club.
The Tarnowskie Góry Cultural Centre regularly hosts concerts of Polish and international musicians. So far, we have been visited by: Martyna Jakubowicz, Czesław Mozil with the band, Maria Peszek, Edyta Geppert, Stare Dobre Małżeństwo, Voo Voo, Renata Przemyk, Maciej Balcar, Marek Dyjak, Zbigniew Wodecki, Świetliki and many other artists. We are also the co-organiser of the "Bluestracje" festival.
In 2014, we organised a review of young Tarnowskie Góry bands under the name "42-600". 42-600 - is the name of the latest regular musical event at the Tarnowskie Góry Cultural Centre, featuring bands playing niche music. As the name suggests, the initiative is dedicated to bands from the local music scene - the town and surrounding areas. Several concerts will be organised as part of the 42-600, which will be recorded. The soundtrack recorded will allow to identify the best performance. This way, commemorative compilation will be created, with the common denominator of a musical zip code - 42-600.
Alterna(k)tywni Series as Part of the Art Point Project
The project is a synthesis of alternative music and activeness. The project is a proposal for those who do not treat music as an inert sound filler accompanying the daily hardships, but as something more. The uniqueness of the Alterna(k)tywni Series is the possibility to comment, exchanges views and assess the musical work "on the spot", face to face with the other participants. We all know and appreciate the magic of the Internet, but nothing can replace direct contact.
The meetings will begin with a short intro, in order to describe the past achievements of the artist, band or project, whose album will be played. Music will be selected based on tracking the global trends in alternative music. New music will be in a privileged position. Alternative music is characterised by vast diversity, so you can expect a wide range of genres - from noisy rock to ambient electronics. The intention of Alterna(k)tywni will be the evaluation of the given musical work step by step. After each song, the participants will have the opportunity to speak and express their opinion on the song. The entire album will be analysed this way. The culmination will be to evaluate the material as a whole.
Tarnogórski Big Band, which is the first big band in the history of Tarnowskie Góry, was founded in late 2008 and operates under the auspices of the Tarnowskie Góry Cultural Centre. The originator and founder of the band is Grzegorz Waloszczyk - a music teacher, head of the wind section at the National School of Music in Tarnowskie Góry. The Big Band consists mainly of Tarnowskie Góry music school graduates, most of whom graduated or continued their musical education in secondary music schools and at the Academy of Music in Katowice. In addition to the jazz and swing standards, the Big Band also performs popular pop and rock songs from the 80' and 90'.
The orchestra was started in 1995 under the name of Orkiestra Dęta OSP "Pniowiec", currently operating as part of the Tarnowskie Góry Cultural Centre. Its composition mainly includes the residents of Pniowiec, but they are also joined by colleagues from neighbouring districts - Strzybnica and Rybna. The orchestra plays during many events, including performances during the Gwarki Festival for the last several years. The orchestra features musicians of all ages - in their seventies as well as in their teens.
In response to the popularity of dance, and a large need for physical activity, the Cultural Centre hosts dance workshops, hugely popular among children and adolescents, both for contemporary dancing, as well as folk and ballet dancing. The workshops are continuously being attended by several hundred students.
The TESS dance group has won many successes, participated in a number of shows, both national and international
Bunka simply means culture - in Japanese. The Tarnowskie Góry Cultural Centre for many years has been organising regular classes on the language and culture of Japan. Classes are taught by native speakers and have a sustained interest among young people and adults from Tarnowskie Góry and other towns in the region.
The meetings, besides teaching the Japanese language, are also aimed at popularising traditional and modern Japanese culture. They also bring closer the Japanese mentality, the hierarchy of values, lifestyle and problems of contemporary Japan. The classes are taught by Ikumii and Kimiaki Tonagawa.
Since 2008, the Tarnowskie Góry Cultural Centre is a co-organiser of the Gwarki Festivities. This is one of the largest regular cultural and historical events, which has been attracting Upper Silesia residents for many years. It refers to the privilege granted to the town in 1599, under which the town of miners (gwarki) had a right to organize "games and comedies" at the fair on the first Sunday after St Giles' Day.
"Gwarki" were old-time miners who mined silver ores. According to folk tales, the first silver bullion in the area of today's Tarnowskie Góry was ploughed up in about 1490 by the peasant Rybka. Legend has it that at the moment a Treasurer appeared who, in return for spreading his care over the miners asked the peasant to give him the first output. The Treasurer hid these nuggets in various parts of the town.
"Gwarki" have been taking place in accordance with the old mining traditions of the Tarnogórskie Góry region since 1957. You should know that Tarnowskie Góry is the most important centre in the history of silver ore mining in Poland and Europe. Workings at the antique silver mine feature a total of 150 km of galleries and chambers, spanning over an area of about 90 ha, and in particular the "Frederick" and "God Bless", "Angel" and "Viper" adits, the "Black Trout" drain adit within the area of "Eve" and "New Year's Eve" shafts.
The idea of organising the event came up during the visit of Prof. Antoni Gładysz to the Grape Harvest Festivities in Zielona Góra. The professor, fascinated by the procession, decided to organise a similar event in Tarnowskie Góry. The first "Gwarki" was opened by Gładysz together with Jerzy Ziętek in 1957.