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From a Piesniarze friend in America 

 
Piesniarze is a symbol of a multicultural establishment which enables all people to express themselves and show their individuality and talent.  I am amazed of what Donat Kaminski has created with Piesniarze.  Just the physical environment is astonishing… books everywhere, various decorations which each symbolize something important, with a story behind them….. from the various instruments surrounding the stage, the pictures of musicians, politicians, poets, the wooden tables sculpted into guitars, the various artifacts from different countries…. it’s an incredible sight to see.  At first glance, one is not sure how to view this place…. it’s a dichotomy which just seems to flow…. one would think it’s just this little hole in the wall place of little significance, sort of looks like a regular little club from the outside, with a few tables and chairs outside with advertisements of concerts and events, then…….. walk a few feet further and the Piesniarze door which is molded into a guitar opens and an incredible whirlwind experience begins…..all kinds of people gathering, crosses hanging from the walls, a piano hanging from the ceiling, Polish writing on the wall of the stage with a large letter „n” written in Arabic to symbolize Arab Christians, various drums, piano, guitars, an accordian, books which surround the stage and sitting area, microphones, speakers, a state-of-the-art sound system, an amazing coffee machine, a large screen, an intimate little stage,  comfortable sofas with beautiful coverings, beautiful tapestry carpets…… just to name a few of the surroundings at Piesniarze.  It’s like being in a multicultural living room with a group of friends who come to share their lives and experiences and talents with each other.  
 
One does not need to be Polish to enjoy this venue, as there is something for everyone.   There are talented musicians (some well-known and others, who just stumbled upon Piesniarze to share their talents and some who become well-known).  There are creative musicians of all cultures, amazing poets, political discussions, religious discussions, discussions about daily life, comedians……there are young, middle-aged, elders… women, men.  People of all ages, all cultures, all professions, all levels of education….. gathered in a cozy atmosphere, talking with each other, sharing experiences, sharing knowledge, sharing laughter, sharing pain, respecting and supporting each other… enjoying music, poetry, stories, and enjoying the company of each other.  Piesniarze is a place of hope for the future… HOPE for people to all love each other, to all feel accepted and respected.  Piesniarze is more than a music and poetry club…. it’s a place for the people of Wroclaw to learn what life is all about…… it shows the goodness of humanity.
 
If you just arrived in Wroclaw on vacation or making it your temporary or permanent home and if you do not yet know anybody in Wroclaw…. just stop in Piesniarze and you will be welcomed by it’s owner,  Donat, and all of the sudden…. you will have a friend in Wroclaw who will introduce you to others and this will begin to form a second family for you and introduce you to the Polish culture and people.  Donat will run to make you coffee, deliver it to you in a beautiful trademark Piesniarze cup, and he will open his arms and heart to you…. he extends an olive branch to every person who walks through the door at Piesniarze… whether you are Polish,  Czech, Ukranian, Russian, American, Italian, French, Hispnanic, Turkish, Arab, Jewish or from any other culture….. whether you are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Atheist, Agnostic… whether you are rich, middle class, poor, homeless….it doesn’t matter who you are or from where you come or what your beliefs… Donat will welcome you and sit with you to find out more about you and he will show you the utmost respect and encourage you to interact with others and share your culture and stories.  Of course, Donat will ask you to come perform the following day and all of the sudden… you will see your name appear in neon lights, with a Facebook post, inviting all to come to watch your performance.  Donat will video tape and many times, livestream, to share his excitement about you with the world.  
 
Through the years, we have all seen the personal side of Donat as he shares personal videos on the Piesniarze page of his beautiful family who all have their individual musical talents.  We have seen the most incredible videos of his children who all have a niche for music and performing.  Including this personal side of a man…..  really shows us who he is,  and this has helped us to see what Donat is all about and what matters to him.  Donat is a man of integrity, full of humility and the most humble man.  Donat’s beautiful children:  Antoni, Karolina, Franek, Aniela… could all be proud to continue the Piesniarze tradition and one day, explain to their own children how their dad created the most amazing and beautiful place in Wroclaw to help bring people together.   Donat, you and your family are people I am proud to call „my friends”.
 
Donat, with Piesniarze, you have helped those who are not Polish to learn about Poland and to see Wroclaw from afar, to appreciate Polish music and poetry, and to learn about the Polish people and culture as well as other cultures.  Through the vehicles of Facebook and YouTube,  you have opened up Wroclaw to the world and allowed us to see this beautiful city.  In America, when a man has done what you have done in Wroclaw…. the Mayor of the city presents the person with a key to the city.  In my opinion, I believe you have earned the key to the city of Wroclaw.  
 
Donat, I commend you for what you have created with the establishment of Piesniarze.  You have created an intimate, comfortable atmosphere, full of love and acceptance, for all people.  You have lifted people up and encouraged them to put down their cell phones and talk with each other, learn about each other and connect to the human race.  You have encouraged people to take the stage and show the world their talents, providing so many with encouragement to enable them to have the confidence to perform.  You have created an atmosphere of trust, friendship and love.  
 
Wroclaw should be proud to have a man named Donat Kaminski.  Five years of Piesniarze and STILL standing strong… God willing… Piesniarze will continue to thrive for at least 100 more years.  Thank you Donat for all your hard work and dedication to provide such a beautiful and amazing place in Wroclaw.  LONG LIVE PIESNIARZE!!  STOLAT!!!!

 

Marcin Wisłocki

Gdzie Helikon i Parnas wznoszą w niebo skały
Sam Apollo pośród Muz w głębi serca marzy
By choć promyk z żaru poezyj posiąść mały
Co przed pięcioma laty rozbłysł u Pieśniarzy

 

Hans de Nivelle

What can I write about Piesniarze? Piesniarze is a small
music pub in the centre of Wroclaw. You can listen to nice
performances there. If you are skilled enough, maybe
you will be allowed on the stage, and you can play by yourself. 
It is different from other pubs, where people mostly
come for the drinking. In Piesniarze, the audience listens.
You can meet interesting people, and the club is very welcoming to 
foreigners.

Miracles are not thrown from above, but made 
by people who work hard for what they believe in. 
Piesniarze is such miracle. Now already for five years.

Sto lat, Piesniarze!

 

Łukasz Przybyłowicz:

 Z Pieśniarzami kojarzy mi się przede wszystkim przestrzeń. Może nie w dosłownym znaczeniu, bo fizycznego miejsca tam nie za wiele, natomiast miejsca, żeby zrobić coś kreatywnego – aż nadto.
Nieraz wpadałem tam przy okazji szewskiego spaceru (to jest spaceru ulicą Szewską:). Czasem kończyło się na pogawędce z Donatem i szybkiej kawie, a czasami na spontanicznym jam session, który przeradzał się nagle w regularny koncert. Mam wrażanie, że ludzie, którzy się tam spotykają są świadomi inności tego miejsca. Wiedzą, że mogą przyjść z pomysłem i dostać kawałek sceny, żeby się nim podzielić – tak, jak ja. Grałem w Pieśniarzach już kilka koncertów i jam sessions. Ale jestem również widzem. I podoba mi się, że nie ma tu sztucznej granicy między występującym a słuchaczem. 
Pieśniarzy poznałem niecałe cztery lata temu i od tego momentu kibicuję klubowi. Wszystkiego najlepszego Donat!

 

 

Remigiusz Szuman

Szukałem kawałka podłogi,

Nie koniecznie tylko mojego,

Który mógłbym dzielić z innymi,

Nie koniecznie takimi samymi jak ja…

Szukałem przystanku na drodze

Tak na chwilę, by się zatrzymać

Tak po porostu, by zaczerpnąć tchu

Pieśniarze na Szewskiej, wchodzę

Czy to tu? Tak to tu.

 

Gdy łeb otuli mentalna wata

Piana i gęgot, tumany kurzu,

To czasem myślę nawet, że

Nie ma już o czym marzyć.

Jeśli też trafi cię taki stan –

Wszędzie za ciasno i brak powietrza –

Spotkajmy się u Pieśniarzy!

 

Jeśli będziesz mieć trochę szczęścia,

To wśród gitar, książek i skrzyń

Spotkasz osobliwego świra,

Który nosi twoje imię, nazwisko i twarz.

Może zjawi się jakiś gość znikąd

I zabierze nas, dokąd? – nie wiem.

A to będzie podróż niezwykła

I tak znowu zastanie nas świt…

Gdy łeb otuli mentalna wata

Piana i gęgot, tumany kurzu,

To czasem myślę nawet, że

Nie ma już o czym marzyć.

Jeśli też trafi cię taki stan –

Wszędzie za ciasno i brak powietrza –

Spotkajmy się u Pieśniarzy!

Adam Ludkowski Najlepszy klub muzyczny we Wrocławiu. Taki wrocławski muzyczny Hyde park . Istnieje przede wszystkim dla sztuki. Muzyka nie jest tu tylko dodatkiem do kotleta czy browara, ale zdecydowanie zdaniem głównym. Chlubny wyjątek od przykrej normy w tym mieście. Dzięki Donat za to, że tworzysz to miejsce mimo wszystko. 🙏Wszystkiego najlepszego na następne 5 lat! Za dwa tygodnie będziemy ciałem w Chorwacji, ale sercem w podwórku na Szewskiej 🙂