Traveller, seeker of endangered cultures of the Amazon region,
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)
...and a professional carpenter
|Whatever he does - it is always with
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
Wojciech Cejrowski graduated the exclusive XVII High School
by the name of A. Frycz-Modrzewski in Warsaw.
Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Teatralna (Theater School) in Warsaw,
Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski (Catholic University of Lublin),
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.
Wojciech Cejrowski speaks, thinks and otherwise works and
creates in three languages and their usage depends on the
needs of the moment:
He can also communicate in Russian and Portuguese
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.
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
South American Explorers Club
His career has three streams:
political and social journalism,
All three of them bring effects in various forms:
publications in periodicals,
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).
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
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
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
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.
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).
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.
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
He reaches places where nobody else has set foot upon. Here are a few
- 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
- 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.
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.
(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
1989 - Mexico - The Lost Tribe - Modern Descendants of
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,
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
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
2002 - Colombia, Peru, Brazil - Marubo, Mayoruna and
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
(in alphabetical order)
Belize (1991, 2003)
Brazil (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003)
Colombia (1995, 1996, 1998, 2002)
Costa Rica (1991, 2004)
Ecuador (2001, 2002)
French Guyana (2003)
Guatemala (1990, 1991)
Honduras (1990, 1991, 1994)
Mexico, fifteen times (1985-2003)
Panama (1996, 2004)
Peru (2001, 2002)
El Salvador (1991)
Venezuela (1997, 1998, 1999)
tlumaczenie/translation: KAJA WIERUCKA