We are delighted to start the new year and the Carnival season with a tribute concert specially created for Ognisko Polskie by the Retro Singers with memories of the Polish poet, journalist, playwright, comedy writer, and songwriter.
Marian Hemar wrote thousands of songs, including such widely popular hits as “Może Kiedyś Innym Razem” and “Upić Się Warto”.
During the War Marian Hemar served in the Polish Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade (Samodzielna Brygada Strzelców Karpackich) continuing his literary activity, organizing concerts, speeches and field theatre plays for Polish troops.
Unable to return to Poland after the War, he settled in England in 1941 becoming one of the best-known figures at Ognisko Polskie, writing plays, cabarets, poems to delight and comfort those who found themselves on British soil like him.
He continued to be popular in Poland, and with Polish people scattered throughout the world with his weekly program broadcast through the Polish section of Radio Free Europe.
Our event was originally planned to have been a performance in the Ballroom and has been modified for the new circumstances. It was filmed at a time when restrictions had been relaxed and includes interviews with some of those who worked with Marian Hemar and knew him well.
This event is in Polish with English subtitles.