The spirit of resistance is alive and well in the post-punk underground of Wrocław, once Poland’s ‘fortress of Solidarity’ and set to be European Capital of Culture in 2016Nungwi Village
Hubert the anarchist is showing me around Centrum Reanimacji Kultury (CRK), a non-profit, post-punk commune epitomising the spirit of resistance in Wrocław (pronounced “Vrots-wav”), Poland’s fourth largest city. CRK’s courtyard is covered in street art, including early work by Mariusz Waras (aka M-City), and from rehearsal rooms I can hear violins and vocals that remind me of Warsaw Village Band.Nungwi Village
Inspired by London’s Reclaim the Streets collective, Hubert set about developing this “DIY social/cultural centre” in Nadodrze, a downbeat former industrial area. Nowadays, he focuses on his band, Kurws, and, as a cultural activist, on protecting the right to drink alcohol outdoors on the city-centre island between two arms of the Oder river – home to summer gigs and screenings. Until recently, it was the only place in Poland where it was legal to drink in the open.