In Chorzów she ran the cult club Szuflada. The first Królestwo (Kingdom) she opened in the very heart of Katowice – at Rondo Sztuki. She fed there well and organized concerts of the top Polish bands. She has recently moved to Warsaw and became a resident of Ochota. She has not kept us waiting long as she has recently opened the Warsaw branch of Królestwo. With her partner Paweł Łajzol – a raper from Jwp and Jetlagz, she has rented a place in the neighbourhood- on the premises of the Ochota Theatre (formerly where Kwadratowa was situated) and they opened Królestwo Wwa.
You have visited Warsaw many times, but you have finally decided to move here permanently. When comparing Katowice and Warsaw tell me what you like and what you dislike here?
– I hate driving a car in Warsaw, traffic jams are a nightmare. I love the Palace of Culture. It always takes my breath away. Every day you can actively spend time: there is always some good concert or an exhibition. And there is history on every corner. During bike trips I often hear stories told by my boyfriend about what happened in that specific place. I have no idea how he knows all this.
Don’t you regret moving here?
– I don’t regret anything in my life. I miss Silesia but „cardiological” matters took over. I like changes. I’ve already had many friends here and I am glad I can meet them more often. Sometimes I miss the Silesian language. Then I call my friends to chat a bit. I still run a club in Katowice so I visit this place but only in business.
Do you have your favourite places in Warsaw?
– I am starting to learn the city. I like walks with my dog in Pole Mokotowskie (Mokotowskie Field) and our Ochota. It is a peaceful part of the city to live in. Thanks to Sebastian, my dog, I met my neighbours very quickly and I am starting to blend into the environment.
A former cafe at the Ochota Theatre was not a place that enjoyed much popularity among Varsovians. I am here for the first time. How do you want to enliven this place?
– We have lots of plans. We are in the process of getting to know the place, learning the needs of the local residents. We are also asking our guests about their opinions. We want to activate the local community. We are during talks with the „Ochocianie” Association. Since the club adjoins the theatre we will join forces. Similarly like in Katowice, Królestwo runs in cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts and this kind of activity always enriches our cultural offer. For sure, there it will be a crucible of music. I love guitar music and Paweł as you may guess – rap. Our first events were techno and rap parties. We were shocked by the attendance.
In Królestwo Wwa you can not only eat something but eat very well. For a start our menu was prepared by our friend Kaftan from my favourite diner Cool Cat. Our chef is currently working on the menu and in the meantime you can eat delicious bowls.
We are preparing also salads for kids. You will have an option to relax on Sunday and your kids will be taken care of by the animator. We are dog lovers so of course feel free to visit us with your furry friends.
Did the name of Królestwo in Katowice derived from the queen? The Silesians call you a party queen. The title compels.
– The nickname Party Queen always made me laugh. Maybe it was in the past because right now I have rather retired. Królestwo was named after von Trier’s “The Kingdom “ miniseries. We even wanted to decorate it in this style but we quickly dropped this idea because it was too macabre. So only the name remained. Of course there will be balls in Królestwo Wwa. We are doomed for balls like Rysiek for blues [Rysiek Rieder, a famous Polish blues singer].
We have also a patio with a scene. Many concerts will be played there. We also have ideas for a theatre scene.
Królestwo Wwa, Mikołaja Reja St. 9
Photo: Aga Bilska