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Kultura, która nie kłamie. Szkic o Komitecie Kultury Niezależnej
The Culture without Lies. Essay about Independent Culture Committe

Author(s): Jan Olaszek
Subject(s): Cultural history, Sociology, Social history
Published by: Collegium Civitas
Keywords: Independent Culture Committee; independent culture; undergroud Solidarity; independent publishing movement; oppisition in Polish People’s Republic

Summary/Abstract: The article refer the history of the Independent Culture Committee – an underground structure operating in the communist Poland in 1983-1989. The author describes the origin of the committee, presents his most important activists and main activities: organizing financial support for creators and initiatives related to independent culture (for example, publishers, writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, musicians), awarding the „Solidarity” Cultural Awards, publishing underground magazines „Kultura Niezależna” (“Independent Culture”) and „Gazeta Niecodzienna” (“Non-daily Newspaper”) and an essay series „Próby” (“Trials”), cyclical evaluation of the condition of Polish culture and formulation of forecasts for the future. The article analyses problems related to the restrictions on the boycott of official cultural institutions, relations of the Independent Culture Committee with the Solidarity authorities and influences on the independent culture of its political commitment and its links with the Catholic Church.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 10
  • Page Range: 82-116
  • Page Count: 35
  • Language: Polish