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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Poland threatened by a cultural revolution

Poland's new Minister for Culture Piotr Gliński tried to prevent the opening of a play in Wroclaw on the grounds that it contained pornographic scenes. However, after initial riots the performance of the play went ahead on Saturday. The liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza takes a dim view of the future for Poland's cultural scene: "If things go on like this we'll soon have an all-out cultural revolution here in Poland. They'll make films that glorify Poland's history and show plays without pornography. There will be journalistic programmes in which presenters can't interrupt politicians with inconvenient questions. … The minister's political career has thus got off to a fatal start. Even under the dictatorship there was fierce opposition when the state was too restrictive on culture. Poland's history has repeatedly shown that."

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