Our situation remains rather unusual, but we must not give up hope – everything is changing very quickly, so we’re hopeful, that the threat of coronavirus will soon pass, and we can all start adapting to our “new reality”.
And that’s what this issue is all about. It does not include the usual calendar of events, since cultural institutions – same as the “Cultural Guide”, at least for the time being – moved their events to the online space. However there’s still plenty going on (we discuss this in detail in our From the web page article). In our 5 questions for… section we talk to the representatives of cinemas, museums, galleries, theatres, and cultural centres about the impact of them “moving” their operations to the internet and their plans for the future. Not only we are able to learn the opinions on the global crisis from the people working for cultural institutions here in Wrocław , but also those from Japan, Ukraine, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Germany, and Holland (find more in the Seven voices from the world article).
Coronavirus is not the first epidemic, that Wrocław has ever faced. There is a story – one with a happy ending too – about an outbreak of smallpox in the ‘60s that was described by Jerzy Ambroziewicz in his book The Plague (you can find excerpts from the book in the Long story short section) as well as in the Architecture for health article. Also we have the Mysterious Wrocław section, which takes us on trip back in time to the 19th century, when Białoskórnicza street was in fact the ditch for the Black Oława river, filled in later due to an epidemic of cholera.
We know, that it is difficult, being stuck at home. That is why this special issue includes several pages that should provide some cultural entertainment, including four “Cultural recommendations”, double the amount of riddles and a psychological test, where you can check what kind of musical instrument are you?
Stay tuned for more – together we are stronger!