The Polish Institute in Tel Aviv and The Habima National Theater take great pleasure in  inviting you to a unique poetry evening “Szymborska and Friends”. The event is dedicated to the poetry of the greatest Polish poets of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century: Wisława Szymborska, Czesław Miłosz, Ewa Lipska and Adam Zagajewski. All of them, apart from being leading poets, also happened to be friends, thus the title of our event. During the event leading Habima actors will read their poetry and a multimedia and music performance will be staged by both Israeli and Polish artists.    

A very important guest shall attend the event and namely Michał Rusinek – Wisława Szymborska’s personal assistant for a great many years. With him Szymborska shared her thoughts and feelings and to him Szymborska showed her poems before sending them to her publishers. He will speak about Szymborska, her life and her creative work.

During this evening which is a joint project of the Polish Institute and the Habima Theater, actors of the Theater shall read the Hebrew version of Szymborska`s poems translated by Rafi Weichert and David Weinfeld. Original music created especially for this event by Efrat Ben-Zur, musical works of Polish and Israeli artists, an animation work by the artist Sariel Keslasi and multimedia shows shall constitute the background of the event.

The event will be held on October 25, at 20:00 in the Habima Theater at 2 Tarsat St. in Tel Aviv in the framework of the “Once in 100” Festival dedicated to celebrate 100 years of performances by the Habima Theater and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Poland’s independence.

Moreover, an exhibition of Szymborska’s collages that show her positive way of thinking, humor and irony, will be presented in the course of the event, in the foyer of the Meskin Hall.

Will also participate : Adi Keisar, Odeia Koren, Tomer Sharon, Yael Leventhal and others

The animation artist Sariel Keslasi (A Horse walks into a Bar, My Africa by Gilad Kahana etc.) who exhibited at the Cannes Festival and other major festivals all over the world created unique works for each of the above-mentioned four poets. This work of his shall be screened in the background and will describe the poets` extraordinary personalities and worldviews, the values pervading their poetry, the poets` dialogue with society and the surrounding world, what is troubling them etc.


A little more background material about the poets:

Few are those who know that the four legendary poets – Szymborska, Miłosz, Lipska and Zagajewski – were close to each other in their private lives and maintained close relations throughout the years. Wisława Szymborska and Ewa Lipska who was younger than Szymborska lived in the same building in Krakow when Szymborska’s was Lipska’s “mentor”. The young artist Zagajewski made a profound impression on Szymborska with his original and striking work that led to a personal and professional bond between the two. The friendship and personal ties between the four virtuosos gave rise to the title of the evening – “Szymborska and Friends”.


For additional information and tickets visit Ha`bima website 

a discount code – 9891


Szymborska photo – by Michal Rusinek

Miłosz photo – by C.Bastian/Caro/BE&W

Zagajewski photo – by Michal Sosna

Lipska photo – by K.Dubiel