DZIEW/CZYNY was created as an event to celebrate Women’s Day . This grassroots initiative involves people with diversified cultural backgrounds who live and work in Bialystok. The project promotes cooperation of female citizens of Bialystok that results in various social and cultural activities. It’s main concern is to promote the idea of equal treatment of women and men in society.
First, spontaneous, edition of DZIEW/CZYNY took place in March 2012. It created an opportunity to participate throughout the day in various cultural and social activities in the city, including : vegan breakfast, a panel discussion about the (in)visibility of women in public spaces, walk in the footsteps of distinguished female citizens of Bialystok, intimate gathering of women „Czerwony Namiot ” and party „Szparkiet”.
The second edition of DZIEW/CZYNY attracted many members of non government organizations and members of the public . Thanks to their commitment and enthusiasm DZIEW/CZYNY has continued to go from strength to strength and anything seems possible. Both women and men were taking part in the preparation process. It gave a rise to the main event that took place between 8th – 10th of March and there were a lot of events organized for the remainder of the month. In short, DZIEW/CZYNY 2013 consisted of: film screenings , exhibitions, concerts, parties , workshops, lectures, meetings with writers and many more.
The third edition of DZIEW/CZYNY was split in two. 8th March, so international women’s day was celebrated with Culinary Workshops ” Tastes of Zofia Nałkowska (famous Polish writer) and vegetarian cuisine of the twenties”, selection of short and feature films touching upon antidiscrimination, feminist and gender themes and the party. The following events were coming up in June. Three day festival abounded in many various events, such as: panel discussions, location-based game, literary and artistic workshops or performative dinner. 2014 edition of DZIEW/CZYNY was dedicated to Zofia Nałkowska, a great writer, but also a social activist, fighting with inequality, prejudice and a great lover of animals.