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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 17/10/2007

Massimo Furlan's one-man football match in Warsaw

The Swiss event artist Massimo Furlan recreated the 1982 World Cup final between Poland and Belgium all on his own at a Warsaw stadium. 800 enthusiastic spectators watched him slip into the role of Polish football hero Zbigniew Boniek. Agnieszka Kowalska was among them: "When Massimo Furlan, a forty-one-year old with a beer belly, ran onto the pitch wearing Boniek's strip with the number 20, the loudspeakers thundered out the national hymns of Belgium and Poland. The one-and-a half hour solo game would have been boring without sports commentator Tomasz Zimoch's lively commentary. Thanks to him the fans were able to visualise the other players, the ball and the Solidarnosc banners of the fans. Even though the spectators knew precisely in which minute the goals would be scored and that all three would be scored by Boniek, they still chanted 'After the ball!', 'Goal for Poland!'. And at the end they sang 'May You live a Hundred Years'."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 11/10/2007

Polish artists appeal to Poles to vote

Poland's last parliamentary elections in 2005 had the lowest turnout ever, with only 40 percent of the Polish electorate casting their ballots. Now Polish artists are using text messages emails, comics, cartoons and commercials to urge their compatriots to vote on 21 October 2007. Agnieszka Kowalska reports: "Since October 10, a commercial has been on show on a large advertising space in the centre of Warsaw as well as on a TV music channel. It's an initiative by the "" [I vote] association with the participation of around 20 artists including musicians, actors and directors. In the commercial each of them says: 'I vote because ...' and the commercial ends with the words: 'Vote for whoever you want to!'. ... 'Vote for whoever you want to!' is the leitmotiv of all these artist initiatives in the run-up to the elections. The artists want to convince people to vote, but deliberately avoid saying who they will vote for. They only hint at voting against the government."

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