David Bowie and Dżennet Skibniewska in Gdynia Zone
“Girl Power” means independence and staying true to one’s convictions, sisterhood and empathy, perseverance and strength of character, courage and determination. Female strength means power, as we will showcase in this year’s Gdynia Zone at an exhibition prepared by the Emigration Museum. It was inspired by Dżennet Dżabagi-Skibniewska, a Caucasian princess, freedom fighter, a champion for peace and a Gdynian by choice. A Muslim, a refugee, a patriot and a Polish soldier. A superheroine. Sounds incredible, but it’s a true story nonetheless.
Born in Saint Petersburg to a Polish Tatar mother and the last ruler of Ingushetia, she made her way to Poland right after it regained independence. Her white-haired beauty was unlike the rest of the family, and more was expected of her than of the others. She volunteered for the army and received command of a platoon even before taking her secondary school exams. In 1938, she moved to Gdynia with her husband. After the outbreak of WW II, along with a group of female volunteers, she helped the wounded, and after the collapse of the Coastal Defence, despite German rulings, she buried the fallen in the Oksywie district. Forced to escape Gdynia, she followed the combat trail from Syria to Italy, to finally return to Communist Poland on the first voyage of the “Batory” in 1947. Depreciated by the new authorities, she started working as glove maker. For all these years, she managed to hold onto a family heirloom - a piece of rock from the Caucasus. It was that stone that, just like her father predicted, brought her back to Chechnya near the end of her life. Prideful, in a Polish uniform and a lieutenant’s beret.
Dżennet’s life and attitude have been interpreted by modern-day artists. A visit to the Gdynia Zone is a great opportunity to see the animated film by Tomek Popakul, murals by Aga Bartosz, short literary works by Barbara Klicka, Szczepan Kopyt, Natalia Malek, and Jakobe Mansztajn, graphic works by Mateusz Żywiecki, and “live drawing” by Marisz Tarkawian.
The Gdynia Zone is also a creative laboratory. It offers the possibility to create one’s own identity based on the “Girl Power” idea, using the symbols designed by Aga Bartosz. It’s a library and reader zone where you can, among others, find books nominated for the Gdynia Literary Award (Nagroda Literacka Gdynia).
Be on the lookout for the pink stall. Be on the lookout for the Gdynia Zone!
Do not forget:
- to visit THE KIDS ZONE "PLAY WITH SCIENCE IN GDYNIA" EXPERYMENT SCIENCE CENTRE which offers amazing experiments and lots of fun
- to take part in CITY ACTIVITIES
- to visit GDYNIA SPORT zone
LET’S ALL GO TO GDYNIA!
Every fan of Open’er, the great festival celebration, by the end of June is making his way towards Gdynia. The city welcomes all festival guests with its best qualities. Marvelous seaside landscapes, unique cuisine offered by top restaurants, agreeable boulevard, parks and hills bursting with greenery, amazing beach at the heart of the city and extraordinary architecture attracting with its modernity and sea inspired shapes.
The centre of Gdynia is lively and vibrant round the clock. Walkers, beachgoers, foodies can spend their time the way they like most. Orłowo pulls in its resort ambience, wooden pier and remarkable view of steep cliff. Beach in Babie Doły is worth visiting to admire sunsets and the remains of a torpedo platform emerging straight from the sea.
Gdynia tempts and captivates with its youthfulness and energy. This is the city of wonderful people and emanating good energy. Don’t you believe it? Come and stay… maybe forever?