Exhibitions at East of Culture – Different Sounds

East of Culture – Different Sounds offers an opportunity to listen to great music, but the programme is full of other fantastic events, including book launches, ambitious cinema and visual arts. Between 24-27 June in Lublin you will be able to see five inspiring exhibitions.

Extraordinary People – exhibition of artists associated with the Ukrainian collective Pictoric

In 2014, Pictoric Illustrators Club created the project “Famous Ukrainians”. The posters presented the best-known Ukrainians – renowned writers and public figures, musicians, scientists, athletes and actors – people who love Ukraine and push it forward. The pandemic in 2020 accomplished what no social action had ever managed – it highlighted the significance of thousands of ordinary Ukrainians whose work ensures the stability of society’s daily life. Cashiers, couriers, pharmacists and watchmen, nurses and warehouse workers, drivers and vendors all became “the faces of Ukraine” because when the entire country went into lockdown, they were the ones who continued to work, support others and move forward. They became the frontline heroes and, for that, deserve the most sincere applause.

The project produced 100 portraits, 100 stories about various professions, 100 stories about extraordinary people. In Lublin, we will present 45 of them.

Pictoric Illustrators Club is a community of Ukrainian illustrators, artists and graphic designers, each with a unique style in line with the latest trends in visual arts. The club creates international projects involving talented artists from various countries to promote high-quality, contemporary illustration in Ukraine and abroad.

When: 24-27 June 2021, 10.00-16.00

Where: Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 7 – ground floor

 Lewis Hine- Socially Engaged Photography 

Lewis Hine (1874–1940) – American sociologist and photographer who pioneered socially engaged photography. He focused on the lower social classes exploited with hard labour in inhumane conditions. Forced to get a job as a young man himself, he wanted his photos to improve the situation of the portrayed individuals.

In 1908, Hine became the photographer for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), a private organisation set up in 1904 to abolish the exploitation of children. He was sympathetic towards young starters, particularly little newsies. About 20 percent of American children between 10-15 years old were working at the time. Children performed the work of adults at a much cheaper rate, without complaining about the harsh conditions. Some branches of the industry, like mines or farms, hired even five-year-olds for simple, repetitive chores. Working children did not attend school – work started at sunrise and went on until sunset; a child’s working day averaged between 8 and 12 hours.

For 16 years, Lewis Hine visited various states, photographing the working conditions of children in various industries. He photographed children in coal mines, meatpacking houses, textile mills, and canneries. In many instances, he went against the owners’ will and management. He tricked his way into the establishments to take pictures that managers did not want the public to see. When he was forbidden entry, he photographed the kids at sunrise or sunset before they started or after they left work. He interviewed them, quickly gaining their trust.

Contrary to the principles of portraiture of the time, which required the model to pretend not to pose at all, Hine had the children look straight into the camera. So when the audience looks at the child, the child will look straight into the viewer’s eyes, often with silent reproach. The efforts of Hine and others like him led to The Keating–Owen Child Labor Act of 1916, which regulated the standards of child labour.

The photographs on display come from the collections of the Library of Congress.

When: 24-27 June
Where: The Hartwig Alley, outdoor exhibition available at all times

Wschodni Express: Exhibition of authors and the covers of their books 

On top of high-quality literature, “Wschodni Express” series also offers unique graphic designs. Every cover is carefully planned in the spirit of minimalism and brings out the essence of a given book’s leitmotif. We combine aesthetic and intellectual value. Why do we do this? The series Wschodni Express aims at introducing Polish readers to the latest literary texts from Poland’s eastern neighbours, addressing the issues most relevant to their societies and equipped with a critical distance and humour in looking at Europe, ourselves in Europe and Europe within us.

When: 24-27 June 2021, 10.00-20.00

Where: Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 5a – ground floor

Wschodni Express:  ”Romani homes. Life of the Drohobych community”

The exhibition of documentary photos by the reporter from Drohobych, who records the daily lives of the Romani people, subtly reminds us about neighbours who live around us but often remain unnoticed. Until the early 20th century, Drohobych consisted of three parts: Ukrainian, Polish and Jewish. The Polish satirist Marian Hemar named Drohobych „One and a half city” – semi-Polish, semi-Jewish, semi-Ukrainian. However, an important part is missing from this cultural triangle – the Romani. The Romani community in Drohobych consists of at least 200 families. Most of them inhabit the outlying district of Mlynky.  The author’s interest in the Romani people sparked when she met the local Rom, Artur Lokatush and got to know the complicated story of his life:  born with cerebral palsy. He fell into drug addiction, from which he later recovered. Today, he sells flowers at the local market. For the Romani community, he remains a stranger („gadjo”). The black and white photographs capture the lives of the adult Romani and their children.

Marianna Maksimowa (alias Eva Rayska) – b. 1991 r. in Drohobych; she’s a reporter, writer, translator, artist, the director of the Cross-Border Central and Eastern European Literary Festival „Authors’ Reading Month” in Lviv. She’s a holder of the „Gaude Polonia” scholarship, a programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland. She has won awards and distinctions in several contests. She focuses on reportages and essays and has published her pieces in magazines, such as „Historia Lokalna”, „Kultura Enter”, „MediaLab”, „Ukrayinska Pravda „, „Ukrayinsky tyzhden”,, and others.

When 24-27 June 2021, 12.00-22.00

Where: Między Słowami Bookshop, Rybna 4/5

24 June, 14.00-15.00 – opening of the exhibition, Między Słowami Bookshop, Rybna 4/5


The Portraits of Our Audience  – Photography Exhibition 

There would be no festivals without attendees. Cultural events without audiences would make no sense. The severe limitation, indeed near-disappearance, of shared, collective experience due to the Covid-19 pandemic has been the most acute deficiency in access to culture. Deprived of the flow of energy between the performers and the audience, concerts are, at best, imitations and substitutes. As for us, we are once again meeting in Błonia near the Castle for East of Culture – Different Sounds. And we are ecstatic to be here with you.

The exhibition presents individual and collective portraits of the audiences at Different Sounds, taken between 2008 and 2020. The images are the work of the festival’s photographers who have always accompanied us on our extraordinary musical journey. Thanks to their keen eyes and cameras always at the ready, they recorded incredible emotions and captured fleeting but unforgettable moments to be treasured and fondly recalled forever.

The photos on display are the work of: Robert Grablewski (who’s been with us from day 1), Ignacy Tokarczyk, Jakub Bodys, Natalia Ogłoszka, Katarzyna Anna Kubiak, Krzysztof Mazur, Tomasz Bylina.

When: 24-27 June 2021,  16.00-0.00

Where: Błonia near the Castle

Full programme: Line-up 2021

East of Culture – Different Sounds Art’n’Music Festival is organised by:

Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, National Centre for Culture, the City of Lublin, Workshops of Culture in Lublin and Kultura Dostępna.

The Mayor of Lublin, Krzysztof Żuk, has assumed honorary patronage.

Media Patronage: TVP Polonia, Polityka, Gazeta Wyborcza, Polskie Radio Lublin, HIRO, and ONET

Sponsor: Browar Tenczynek

The festival East of Culture – Different Sounds is part of the Keychange network and guarantees a 50:50 gender balance in the festival’s programme until 2022.