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BLYZKIST | Shared kitchen

The BLYZKIST collective, together with special guest Susanna Izzetdinova, invites you to cook together, get to know each other and talk about the situation of migrant people in Poland.

Since 2022, together with our friends and partner organizations – GALAS initiative, Be Foundation and Wandering Women – we have been organizing gatherings of shared cooking. During these events we get to know each other, other cultures, integrate and – of course – cook! Cooking and meeting together at the table is a great opportunity to get to know each other, talk and break down language barriers. During and after the cooking, we will talk about the current situation of migrants and refugees in Poland. How to build an open, multicultural society in the “new” Poland?

The name BLYZKIST (from the Ukrainian word meaning “closeness”) refers to togetherness, being together, both physically and emotionally. The BLYZKIST collective was created by Maria Beburia (born in Odessa, living in Warsaw) and Taras Gembik (born in Kamień-Kaszyrski, living in Warsaw) in 2020. Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, there has also been a Solidarity Cultural Center, “Słonecznik,” operating at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw on Panska Street. Today, SDK Słonecznik functions as an open, solidarity, multilingual and multicultural cultural house.

Susanna came to Poland from Crimea, together with her children, in 2014. She founded Azima Tatar Przysmaki confectionery and bakery in 2019, and a restaurant of the same name in 2020. She is a member of the Council of Migrants and Migrant Women at the President of the City of Gdansk.

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