Ewa Zubek

Proud Pole, culture and lit junkie, Editorial & Social Media Director at The Culture Trip

Ewa (ey-va) spent much of her life living in the UK, Germany, Belgium and South East Asia. A Polish citizen and poetry lover, she studied French and German literature at the University of Oxford, emptied ashtrays in a Romanian-owned Berlin restaurant, organised events at the European Parliament and provided counselling to homesick expat friends.

Ewa is currently Managing Editor at The Culture Trip, a one-stop website for the best of art, culture and travel for every country in the world.

Follow Ewa at @ewazubek for culture updates and lit insights.

Ten Things You Should Know About Mark Rothko

The current Mark Rothko exhibition in The Hague's Gemeentemuseum seems to be the perfect Rothko show. With over 60 works on display - from the early figurative paintings to his very last canvas - the museum has orchestrated a space that combines the epic with the intimate, seamlessly moving from the one to the other.
17/11/2014 16:46 GMT

10 Latvian Artists You Should Know and Where to Find Them

The country may be small, but its art is ambitious, grand, uncompromising - Latvia is home to a thriving contemporary art scene, a closely knit community promoted by events such as Riga's annual Survival Kit festival and the Riga2014 European Capital of Culture programme.
15/10/2014 16:36 BST

The Fantastic Life of Paulo Coelho: Between Insanity and Spirituality

Immensely quotable, universally appealing, read all over the world - that's Paulo Coelho, the indisputable king of popular Brazilian literature. The man behind <em>The Alchemist</em>, one of the best-selling novels ever written, may be a spiritual guru to many, but his past is marked by episodes of black magic, drugs and orgies.
02/07/2014 11:58 BST

I Am Polish and It's Been an Interesting 10 Years, Britain

But ten years have gone by, and the workforce has evolved and changed. Poles cannot be described in absolute terms anymore: they have received promotions, spent countless hours learning English, they're used to the humid climate and two-tap sinks. Poles in the UK are poets, novelists, managers and journalists.
01/05/2014 15:34 BST

Slow Metabolism in Times of Fast Food: The State of the Book

I recently read a fascinating article by John Seed, cleverly entitled 'An Alluring Woman with Fries and McDonaldization in Art'. Among other things, John noted that a McDonaldised culture - one that focuses on efficiency and so becomes predictable - may be upon us.
06/01/2014 11:36 GMT

Zwarte Piet, or Dutch Santa and His Black Slave

Do you remember golliwogs? Those black rag dolls with frizzy hair and red lips? You probably do, although most golliwog toys and references have succumbed to a UK-wide extermination process in the last few decades. Well, the toy hasn't exactly done much to promote racial equality and tolerance: terms like 'golliwog' and 'wog' entered the slang lexicon as racial slurs.
02/12/2013 11:26 GMT