Cultural Seasons and major events



From March 2008 to June 2009, Poland was presented throughout Israel - from big cities to small kibbutzim. The series of events was inaugurated by the premiere of the "Madame Butterfly" opera, directed by Mariusz Treliński, in the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv. The official conclusion - a concert with participation of the Israeli Philharmony Orchestra under the baton of Michael Dworzyński - took place in the Jerusalem Theatre. Over the course of 14 months over 260,000 spectators attended 140 events in more than 20 locations. At that time, one in twenty adult Isrealis had met with Polish culture. The projects could be read about and heard in more than 1,500 media relations.


Poland is the creative basin of Europe - the British press announced, summarizing the events of the Polish Year in Great Britain. The program implemented in 30 cities – from the South of England to northern Scotland - was made up of 250 projects. 70 exhibitions, 80 concerts, 33 festivals, a dozen film reviews, theatrical performances, conferences and seminars familiarized the local audience with the most interesting achievements of Polish artists. Events organized in the most prestigious British galleries, concert halls and theatres have accumulated a two million spectators.


150 events abroad - including Lithuania and in the third homeland of the poet - United States (poetry readings in New York and a conference organized by the University of Illinois in Chicago). Conferences and other events were also organized in Italy, France, Hungary, Russia, Romania, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Ukraine and the countries of Latin America. There were about 50 publications (translations of the Polish Nobel Prize winner’s works) in 23 countries.


A multimillion attendance and rave reviews in the international media - these are the measurable effects of the Chopin Year 2010. The Birthday Decade, the Grand Theatre Gala, „Chopin and his Europe” festival, the XVI International Frederic Chopin Competition in Warsaw and the International Chopinological Congress attended by the most famous musicologists from around the world - these are the most important events celebrating the Chopin Year, all receiving great interest from foreign media. więcej


In 2012, intensive measures related to the promotion of Bruno Schulz’s work were undertaken. There was a Brunon Schulz Festival held in Drohobych (scientific conference, a panel attended by translators, presentations of newly published books and a public debate of young Ukrainian writers about the legacy and impact of Schulz on Ukrainian literature). Some events were moved to Lviv in order to accompany the local book expo. The „After Schulz: English Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism” festival was organized in Chicago.


The 600th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Poland and Turkey marks the occasion. The programme will include two historical exhibitions: „Poland-Turkey 600 years of political and cultural relations” in the Sakip Sabanci Museum and „Orientalism in Polish paintings, drawings and graphics” in the Pera Museum. These events will primarily take place in Istanbul, but also in Ankara, Izmir and Bursa. The triumphs of Polish classical music, new forms of visual arts in design and the good fortune of Polish theatre, dance and cinema will be used.


The aim of the project was to increase the presence of Polish culture in the Asian countries. Since the end of 2008, more than 60 projects and 22 study visits were completed. In 2010 three elements were combined in China: Days of Polish Culture in China, the Chopin Year 2010 and the presentation of Polish culture within the World Exhibition EXPO 2010 in Shanghai. In 2011, the activities focused on Beijing and Tokyo - in relation to the Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency 2011. in 2012, Project Asia primarily encompassed measures in the Republic of Korea.


Cultural Olympiad in Edinburgh accompanied the Olympic Games held in London. Polish participation in this project included: 180 events, 10 stages and nearly 30,000 spectators. The two most important festivals were inaugurated by Polish productions. The avant-garde Fringe Festival began with „Macbeth: Who is That Bloodied Man?” by the Biuro Podróży Theatre, and the most prestigious Edinburgh International Festival was inaugurated by TR Warszawa’s „2008: Macbeth”.


The celebrations under the auspices of UNESCO gave testimony to the international position of Witold Lutosławski as one of the most important composers of the twentieth century. Works of Polish composer were performed in most important concert halls of the world. There were 700 concerts held outside of Poland. The radio transmission at the BBC Proms brought together two million listeners and the Woven Words series was seen by 22,500 spectators in London, Tokyo, Modena, Madrid, Dresden and Berlin, among others. The world media published 1,200 reviews and previews.