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WOJCIECH CEJROWSKI

(born 1964)

IN SHORT:
Traveller, seeker of endangered cultures of the Amazon region,
Televison personality
Popular radio journalist
Cabaret artist (in his own words: I am a comedian)
Writer and publicist
Satirist - radical fault-finder of bureaucracy and socialism
Music critic (I just know from repeated hearing)
Photographer
...and a professional carpenter

Whatever he does - it is always with passion.
He is radical, expressive and uncompromising - some consider it a weakness, other - a virtue. He is a generous fault-finder and chary of praise.
You would rather have him as your friend than your opponent, but even as an opponent he is worthy of attention: demanding, uncompromising, fighting till the end. You could fully taste a victory after battling and winning with him.

EDUCATION

Wojciech Cejrowski graduated the exclusive XVII High School by the name of A. Frycz-Modrzewski in Warsaw.

College education:
Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Teatralna (Theater School) in Warsaw, Poland
Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski (Catholic University of Lublin), Lublin, Poland
Uniwersytet Warszawski (University of Warsaw), Warsaw, Poland
Santa Clara University of California, USA

He is most interested in the cultural anthropology and specifically in the field work in the Amazon region, where he works with endangered cultures.

LANGUAGES

Wojciech Cejrowski speaks, thinks and otherwise works and creates in three languages and their usage depends on the needs of the moment:
Polish
Spanish (Latino)
English (American)
He can also communicate in Russian and Portuguese (Brazilian).
He can imitate local accent so well that people in Columbia mistake him for a Mexican or Argentinean, in New York - for an Italian, for Polish Jew or a cowboy from Texas.

ORGANIZATIONS:

Wojciech Cejrowski is a member of the following organizations:
Royal Geographical Society (he was the third Polish in the history of the Society to become a Fellow)
CMA - Country Music Association (USA)
ACMA - Australian Country Music Association (Australia)
South American Explorers Club

CAREER

His career has three streams:
political and social journalism,
travel activity,
music journalism.
All three of them bring effects in various forms:
television programmes,
radio broadcasts,
publications in periodicals,
books,
stand-ups,
lectures.


TELEVISION:

His most widely known TV programme is called WC Kwadrans (WC Quarter) which was broadcasted in Polish TV (1994-1996). This controversial, sharp, witty and funny programme was watched by three million viewers and nobody was left unconcerned.
But there also were other programmes. Wojciech Cejrowski has started his TV carrier by cooperating with Wojciech Mann in his Non Stop Kolor show (Non-stop Color) broadcasted in Polish TV (1992-1994). At the time he was conducting his own WC Kwadrans (WC Quarter). He also was the host of the Stajnia show (The Stable) that was broadcasted by Polish TV and then by local TVs all over the country.
During the 1996-1997 season he recorded a series of programs (that consisted of 30 episodes) for the TV Niepokalanów (now called TV Puls). The cycle was about Wojciech Cejrowski’s travels to South America.
In 1997 Wojciech Cejrowski started his cooperation with channel RTL 7. First he was in the group of Polish satirists (Jan Pietrzak, Jan Tadeusz Stanisławski, Krzysztof Daukszewicz and others) that was commentating Polish reality and then (1999-2000) along with Alicja Resich-Modlińska he hosted a talk show Piękny i Bestia (Beauty and the Beast in which he was the Beauty).
Lately Wojciech Cejrowski worked for Polsat - he was the host of his own show Z kamer± w¶ród ludzi (Among People with a Camera - 2003-2004) that was also broadcasted by TV 4 and Polsat 2. The cycle had the fourth biggest public in Poland (2.5 million people).

RADIO:

Wojciech Cejrowski started his radio career in 1991 - along with Korneliusz Pacuda he conducted the program Czy jest miejsce na country w Polsce? (Is There a Place for Country Music in Poland?). One of its results was a contract with American ABC Network - since 1992 all Polish local broadcasting stations had started to broadcast Polish version of American Country Countdown. Wojciech Cejrowski (at the beginning along with Korneliusz Pacuda) was hosting this broadcast for eleven years. The very last one (No. 519) was broadcasted in January 2003.
In 1993 Wojciech Cejrowski was offered the job by Wojciech Mann and Krzysztof Materna, owners of the private radio station Radio Kolor (Radio Color). First he hosted his own music programme then also famous Aeroplan (Airplane) together with Beata Pawlikowska and then his leading morning programme (every Saturday from 6 to 10 AM - which later gave the beginning to WC Kwadrans). His cooperation with Radio Kolor ended in 1997 (soon after Mann and Materna left the radio station and some changes for worse were made).
He worked for Radio WAW-a for next 3 years (1997-1999).
These days Wojciech Cejrowski's radio broadcasts can be found in various public and private broadcasting stations in Poland. The best known is his traveler cycle Po drugiej stronie globusa (On the Other Side of the Globe) - it's more than 300 episodes that were broadcasted by Radio Station 1, Radio dla Ciebie, Radio Koszalin, Radio Merkury, Radio PiK and Radio Network PLUS.
He also works for Polish Radio Station 1. He sends his correspondences from foreign countries for Z pierwszej ręki (First Hand) and Radio Kierowców (The Driver's Radio) and his traveler's stories for Lato z Radiem (Summer with Radio).
During 2005 winter season Wojciech Cejrowski hosted the Zima z radiow± Jedynk± (Winter with Radio Station One).
In the meantime since 2003 he has been creating music broadcasts on the demand of Music Editorial Office - Muzyka na Molo (Music on the Pier) and Audycja podzwrotnikowa (Subtropical Broadcast)

STAND-UP:

Wojciech Cejrowski started his stand-up comedy performances in Poland in 1995 and later he also visited Canada, USA, Australia, polish communities in France and Switzerland.

PERIODICALS:

Wojciech Cejrowski writes and publishes quite a lot on social and political situations (he got his columns in "Gazeta Polska", "Tygodnik AWS", "Ilustrowany Kurier Polski") and on his many travels (humorous reports in "Newsweek", "Rzeczpospolita", "Poznaj ¦wiat"and others).



BOOKS:

Wojciech Cejrowski published 7 books.
Three of them (Kołtun się jeży - Mophead Stands on End, Młot na lewicę - The Hammer for the Left, Sól do oka - Salt into an Eye) are journalistic and use political humor. The other four (Podróżnik WC - Traveler WC, Na końcu Orinoko - At the Orinoco's End, Gringo w¶ród dzikich plemion - Gringo Among the Wild Tribes and Rio Anaconda) are traveler's books. One of them - Gringo w¶ród dzikich plemion - earned him "Amber Butterfly", the literary prize by the name of Arkady Fiedler for the best traveler’s book in Poland of the year 2003.

TRAVELS:

Wojciech Cejrowski has been organizing voyages to the wildest corners of our planet for 20 years.
He has been to 40 countries on 6 continents.
The majority of his trips is to the Amazon region. He always travels with a specific purpose: to save the last free Indians from extermination and falling into oblivion. He gathers a documentary of endangered cultures and tribes.
He reaches places where nobody else has set foot upon. Here are a few examples:
- in 1996 he made his way through Panama to Columbia on foot dealing with Darien - a swampy jungle known as the "pole of the jungle",
- in 1999 he made it through Camel Trophy trail in Guyana and then he tore his way a lot further to the last existing village of the Wai Wai tribe,
- in 2000 he repeated a similar achievement on Gran Chaco in Paragway - he also got further than the Camel Trophy trail that time.
He paddled many times in Indians canoe into the virgin jungle. Deprived of contact with civilization for weeks, he lived among Indians and acted as one of them: he built sheds, hunted, ate what they did or… starved with them. He did all that to gain and save the knowledge of cultures still living in the Stone Age.

PRIZES:

6 VICTOR Nominations - for a television output (categories: best actor, best journalist, best commentator-publicist, best TV speaker, biggest television discovery of the year, best personality of the year)
THE MOST INTRESTING PERSON OF THE YEAR - a prize title given by "Gazeta Polska"
AMBER BUTTERFLY 2003 - a prize by the name of Arkady Fiedler for the best traveler's book of the year (Gringo w¶ród dzikich plemion)
WEIRDOS 2004 nomination - in the category of the craziest personality on TV.

JOURNEYS:
(in chronological order)

1985 - Cuba, Mexico - speleological expedition
1986 - Mexico - a documentary on the archeological stands of the Toltec culture
1986 - Mexico - Lacadonians - descendants of the Maya
1987 - Mexico - a documentary on the archeological stands of the Maya
1987/88 - Mexico - Tribes on the Borderlines Between the Aztecs and the Maya
1989 - USSR - Orthodox Monastery - the Capitals of the Orthodox Church
1989 - Mexico - The Lost Tribe - Modern Descendants of the Indians
1990 - Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico - Mundo Maya
1990 - USSR - Life in the Communes
1990 - Caucasus - excursion
1991 - Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Salvador, Guatemala, Belize - Guerilla - Under-ground Army, Rebels and Ordinary Gangsters
1991 - Guatemala - unknown Maya’s ruins; descendants of the slaves of Jamaica
1992 - Texas/Mexico - Tribes on the Border - Tarahumara, Raramuri
1993 - USA - POW WOW. Modern Indian Rituals
1994 - Honduras, Mexico - Mosquito Indians project
1995 - Colombia - Kogi Indians
1996 - Panama/Colombia - Crossing Darien on foot; Choco and Kuna Indians
1997 - Venezuela/Brazil - Yanomami, Curripaco i Piaroa Indians
1997 - Australia - From Adelaide to York Peninsula
1998 - Venezuela/Colombia - Carapana Indians
1998 - USA/Canada/Mexico - Mennonites, Amish and Mormones
1999 - Guyana/Venezuela/Brazil - Last Wai Wai Indians
1999/2000 - Marocco - Ramadan
2000 - Paraguay/Brazil - Mennonici, Ache, Ayoreo, Nivacle Indians - Gran Chaco
2001 - Peru/Ecuador - through the Napo River; Sekoya tribe
2002 - Colombia, Peru, Brazil - Marubo, Mayoruna and Yagua tribes
2003 - Suriname/French Guyana/Brazil - Bush Negros, Wayana, Tirio and Wai Wai tribes
2004 - Israel/Palestine - In the Footsteps of Jesus
2004 - Costa Rica/Panama - Garifuna - An African Tribe of the Caribbean
2005 - Peru - Following the Incas - Machu Picchu, Cuzco
2005 - Boliwia - Jesuit reductions on the Bolivian Chaco, by the Rio Madre de Dios to Peru

JOURNEYS:
(in alphabetical order)

Australia (1997)
Belize (1991, 2003)
Bolivia (2005)
Brazil (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003)
Colombia (1995, 1996, 1998, 2002)
Costa Rica (1991, 2004)
Ecuador (2001, 2002)
French Guyana (2003)
Guatemala (1990, 1991)
Guyana (1999)
Honduras (1990, 1991, 1994)
Israel (2004)
Marocco (1999-2000)
Mexico, fifteen times (1985-2003)
Nicaragua (1991)
Panama (1996, 2004)
Paraguay (2000)
Peru (2001, 2002)
El Salvador (1991)
Suriname (2003)
Venezuela (1997, 1998, 1999)

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