10/24, 13:00 · Baj Pomorski – hall B
It was ordinary and looked like a rectangular concrete block. It was a blot on the charming landscape of the Old Town in Bydgoszcz. Nonetheless, the Kaskada restaurant was the symbol of Bydgoszcz, during the times of the People’s Republic of Poland. They say that if you have ever tasted their dumplings or pancakes, you will never forget them. The Kaskada Restaurant was built at the junction of ulica Mostowa and Stary Rynek (the Old Town), according to the design of town planner Andrzej Meloch. The building stirred up emotions from the very first day of its existence. All local newspapers wrote at length about it. In the early 1970s, the restaurant hosted artists from Estrada Bydgoska. Actors gave their recitals — the restaurant was famous for singing performances of such figures as Alina Janowska, Bogdan Lazuka and Ludwik Sempolinski. The restaurant saw its end in 2011, when it was knocked down by construction machines. Many people have immortalised that moment with their cameras and mobile phones. In this film, photographer and documentary filmmaker Dariusz Gackowski has looked back on the history of Kaskada.