Katy Carr’s July 2016 Newsletter : Ribbon of Memory, punks & music festivals
Thank you for your support and for all your kind words and messages in the light of the recent hate crimes that have been targeted at the Polish community across the UK in the last week. It was very heart warming to see so many Londoners come together and send messages of love and understanding especially in connection with the very sad news concerning The Polish Centre the POSK Hammersmith which became victim to Hate Crime . This building was founded before Britain even joined the EU, by a generation of Poles who heroically fought alongside the British in WW2 and in its entire 50-year history, POSK has never suffered vandalism before the Brexit vote. My forthcoming concerts will pay special attention to celebrating the great friendship between Great Britain and Poland.
EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS : I am very happy to announce that Katy Carr and the Aviators will be performing at the following events:
23rd July Katy Carr and the Aviators headline : Diversity Festival – Castle Green EX31 1 Barnstaple, Devon
31st July – Katy Carr performs at the Kresy Family lunch to commemorate the signing of the Sikorski-Maisky Pact which took place on 30 July 1941 granting an “amnesty” to all Polish citizens detained in the USSR and deprived of their freedom. Details of the event are as follows: Date: Sunday 31 July 2016 Time: 13.00 Venue: Lowiczanka Restaurant, POSK, 238/240 King Street, London, W6 0FR – or email email@example.com
6th August – Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire. – more details in the next newsletter
BIG THANK YOUS THIS MONTH GO TO :
Dash Arts for hosting the Leyton Midsummer Festival 18th June – Katy Carr and the Aviators – Paul Sandy (Double bass), George Hoyle (Banjo) and Sam Kelly (Drums) had a wonderful time Thanks for a wonderful festival
Below with Natty Bo (Yiddish Twist Orchestra) and DJ Penny Metal
and our new Polish friends!
… signing the arms of daughters who told me ‘Our mummy performs in a feminist performance group.’
THANKS TO The Polish Hearth Club – Club Ognisko address – 55 Princes Gate, London SW7 2PN for hosting the Wstęga Pamięci – Ribbon of Memory Foundation Memorial presentation evening – special thanks to Lady Belhaven for helping us.
It was with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to host and sing at a special event in connection with the Krakow based Ribbon of Memory Foundation – Fundacja Wstęgi Pamięci at Club Ognisko on 17th June 2016. The Polish Viennese Architect Alexander Smaga who is spearheading the Polish Resistance Memorial ( Pomnik AK w Krakowie – Wstęga Pamięci ) gave an insightful and thorough presentation at our soldout event and the audience which included Polish WWII Veterans Sergiusz Paplinski (the last surviving Zolnierz Wyklety in the UK) and Marzena Schejbal (Warsaw Uprising Veteran), British Journailists from The Guardian, Forbes and Financial Times and the Polish Consul Michal Mazurek made valuable comments and contributions and everybody joined in to sing my song ‘Wojtek’ inspired by our most beloved Polish bear who was so dearly loved by the Polish soldiers during WWII.
The Polish Viennese Architect Alexander Smaga who is spearheading the Polish Resistance Memorial and Katy Carr introducing the event
Below Architect Alexander Smaga explains the purpose of the WWII ‘Ribbon Of Memory’ Memorial and pays a special tribute to General Anders of the Polish II Corps. Katy Carr holds her ukulele having just performed the 1943 Polish Partisan’s Lullaby – Dziś do Ciebie przyjść nie mogę and about to sing Wojtek.
THANKYOU TO JOURNALIST ROGER AITKEN for announcing the WWII ‘Ribbon Of Memory’ Memorial to the British Media )))
WWII ‘Ribbon Of Memory’ Memorial
I write following an informative presentation I recently attended at the Polish Ognisko club in Exhibition Road, central London, which gave details of an innovative new war memorial that is to be built in Kraków, the most visited Polish city by foreign tourists. This endeavour, which your readers may find of interest, will be the largest war memorial in Poland when completed by May 2017. It is being spearheaded by a Vienna-based international project team, under the guidance of the polish-austrian architect and urban planner Alexander Smaga.
The team won an international architecture competition organised by the city of Kraków to remember and honour WWII resistance fighters, the brave men and women – many of whom gave their lives fighting Nazi tyranny and oppression – so that today people have the freedoms they enjoy. Sited on the airstrip used by the Germans to land planes in Kraków during WWII and below the city’s gothic Wawel Castle, the project is centrally located.
Largely crowd funded by people in Poland, to date the project has raised around US$200,000 (c.£150,000). The target to see it through to completion is US$500,000 (c.£378,000). This inspiring work that will be set amongst a backdrop of cherry blossom trees has gained the support and written endorsement from individuals outside Poland including New York city’s former head of urban planning. Attending the event in London too was a curator from RAF Hendon museum, who spoke on the contribution of 303 Polish Fighter Squadron in WWII, which is recognised as having the highest scoring rate of the Hurricane squadrons during the Battle of Britain.
Should your readers like to find out more about the ‘Ribbon of Memory’ project or to make a donation, please contact Katy Carr, the project’s Ambassador in the UK (email:firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit: www.popieramak.pl
Yours Sincerely, Roger Aitken
A BIG THANK YOU FOR INSPIRING ME :
John Lydon from the Sex Pistols who has been a massive influence for all of us DIY musicians all over the world. It was an honour to be in his company and hear about his artistry…. below I gave him a copy of my album Paszport (2012 )- self released – Punk style!
Thanks to STORIES FROM THE SHE PUNKS — live conversation with the film makers Gina Birch (the Raincoats) and Helen Reddington (Helen McCookerybook of the Chefs) as well as Jane Woodgate (the Mo-Dettes) and Tessa Pollitt (the Slits). Chaired by Zoë Howe, novelist, broadcaster, drummer and author of many music books including Typical Girls? The Story of The Slits. –
and their magical and inspiring performance at the British Library!
Amazing night with John Lydon and the Sex Pistols, Katy Carr and the Aviators, Lady Punks, The Raincoats, Helen McCookerybook and the Fireworks
And I LOVE LOVE LOVED the Punk Women discussion with such inspiring ladies – getting my bass out now! 😉 The Observer’s Jude Rogers discussed punk’s impact on and importance in the lives of women who became musicians or were otherwise inspired to be active in fanzines and independent labels – and it was fascinating – looking forward to film on fri at the British library. With Gina Birch (The Raincoats); Pauline Murray (Penetration); Helen McCallum n (The Chefs); Shanne Bradley (The Nips) and Liz Naylor (Riot Grrrl label Catcall).
THIS MONTH WE PAY TRIBUTE TO – the members of the Polish military who were not given permission to partake in the Victory Parade celebrations of 8th June 1946 even though Poland was Britain’s only Allied military coalition force during the first two years of WWII and the third largest at the end of WWII after USA and UK – read more about this and obtain more info about the ‘Western Betrayal of Poland’ here – – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Victory_Celebrations_of_1946
WE REMEMBER 74 years ago ON 20th June 1942 Kazimierz Piechowski – a Polish boy scout WHO escaped from Auschwitz Birkenau with 3 political prisoners. This escape was organised by Polish Armia Krajowa WWII hero Witold Pilecki – here is my tribute song about his escape -“Kommander’s Car” Katy Carr (official music video) – YouTube
Meeting Kazik changed my creative life as his stories about his time after his escape in occupied Poland encourages me to write my albums ‘PASZPORT’ (2012) AND ‘POLONIA’ (2015) and make a film www.kazikfilm.com called ‘KAZIK AND THE KOMMANDER’S CAR’ 2012 to commemorate Kazik’s 70th Anniversary of his escape
WE SUPPORT OF ALL OUR FRIENDS WHO FACED RACIST ATTACKS THIS WEEK : –
CONGRATULATIONS TO Arkady Rzegocki on your new appointment as the new Polish Ambassador in London