Karolina Lebek — Watra

22 Feburary 2018 - 25 March 2018

Luton / London based artist Karolina Lebek explores her heritageas a member of the Poland’s minority Lemko Community. The Lemkoare an ethnic minority in modern day Poland forcibly departed from their homeland in the Carpathian Mountains in a series of violent deportations immediately after World War 2 in 1947.

Throughout their tragic history, worship and singing have been unifying factors maintaining a shared sense of cultural identity. Lemko songs reveal unique mythologies, forgotten rituals and rites of passage. Lebek will create a musical, performative and visual experience in which the wounded voices of the past mould into a song in the present, striving for recognition and reparation.

Saturday 24 March 2018, 7pm
Rhythms of Fire
A collaborative performance by Karolina Lebek and Susannah Stark

Location: 64 Bute Street, Luton, LU1 2EY

Watra is funded by Arts Council England and organised by Departure Lounge in collaboration with Luton Culture, it is part of As You Change, So Do I a three-year programme of public art events funded by Arts Council England’s Luton Investment Programme.


Thursday, Friday, Saturday
13.00 - 18.00


64 Bute Street,
Luton, LU1 2EY


In partnership with The Culture Trust Luton

In order to ensure the safety of our staff and audience members, we kindly ask all visitors to:
  • Wear a face covering
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided before entering the gallery space

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