House Party at Mietek Weinberg’s
The House Party at Mietek Weinberg’s is an event that took place by the wall of the tenement house at 66 Żelazna Street in Warsaw – Weinberg’s family home. The project consisted of several events. It began with an exhibition of photographs by Agnieszka Stępka, who won the competition for an arts residency by the tenement, organized by our Institute. The vernissage was followed by a chamber concert on an impromptu stage in the tenement’s courtyard. Later, a piano trio consisting of Roksana Kwaśnikowska, Rafał Kwiatkowski, and Marek Bracha performed. Finally, our guests were invited to a screening of the exceptional 1936 film Fredek Beglads the World, starring, among others, Mieczysław Weinberg. The screening took place at the Czary Cinema, located at Weinberg Street.
The project was implemented with the support of the City of Warsaw.
The second edition of our House Party took place the following year, once again at the beginning of September. This time, we devoted more attention to Mieczysław’s father, Shmuel, who was also a prominent composer, known throughout Jewish Warsaw. He specialised in theatre and revue music and worked with the majority of Jewish theatres in the city. Warszawskie Combo Taneczne (The Warsaw Dance Combo) accepted our invitation to perform at Domówka, and brought back several of Shmuel’s compositions to life. The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which we collaborate with, provided our guests with a unique snack – “ziemniaczki po warszawsku” (“Warsaw-style potatoes”), inspired by pre-war recipes.