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Founded in 2000 the Adam Mickiewicz Institute is a non-profit government institution, funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, which focuses on promoting Polish culture abroad and initiating diverse forms of international cultural co-operation. The Institute's operations are part of a broader strategy to create and communicate "Poland" as brand abroad.

The Adam Mickiewicz Institute has been telling the world about Poland for over a decade. During this time the Institute carried out promotional projects in 26 countries on 3 continents. Over 3000 cultural events were seen by more than 18 million viewers. The Institute promotes Polish culture abroad and co-operates with other countries. It has shown both Poland's heritage and contemporary accomplishments in culture. It has been organising presentations of projects made by foreign partners in Poland. What's more the Adam Mickiewicz Institute initiated and is actively participating in the ongoing debate about culture's economic potential and international cultural exchange.

The Institute carries out international projects which communicate Poland's positive image; their duration ranges from a couple of weeks to several months. The aim is to create and sustain the image of Poland as the heart of Europe's culture. The projects comprise exhibitions, theatre plays, classical and contemporary music concerts, as well as film screenings, dance performances and projects for children. The programmes are created in close collaboration with our foreign partners which include artists, curators, culture managers and journalists.

The focus of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute is to make Poland visible on theatre stages, in gallery spaces, concert halls and cinemas not just occasionally, but to create close links and permanent co-operation between Polish and foreign institutions as well as culture, art and academic circles. As the goal is to continue such collaboration in the future, most of the Institute's projects are co-produced with foreign partners, often as the result of joint workshops.

The Adam Mickiewicz Institute organises conferences on culture, such as: European Culture Meetings, workshops for culture animators, "Design: Culture and Economy" conference, as well as panels at the Krynica Economic Forum and Polish Culture Convention. It co-operates with both Polish and foreign cultural institutions, government organisations and Polish literature academic centres. Academics and individual promoters of Polish culture are amongst the Institute's most important partners. The Adam Mickiewicz Institute publishes catalogues, multimedia publications, CDs, documentary films and other materials presenting Polish culture.

The Adam Mickiewicz Institute carries out promotional projects made and carried out on a grand scale. These include the Polish Year in Israel, Polska!Year in Great Britain, Nova Polska Polish Season in France, Polish-German Year, Polish Season in Russia and Russian Season in Poland accompanied by the exhibition "Warsaw - Moscow / Moscow - Warsaw", Polish Season in the Ukraine and Ukrainian Season in Poland, Jerzy Giedroyc Year, as well as other noteworthy projects presented in Spain, Austria, Sweden, Algeria, Morocco, China, the Balearic Islands and Lithuania. The Institute's current projects are focused on the cultural programme of the 2011 Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

In addition, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute keeps you informed about cultural events in Poland; its website is available in several languages. It is open to people and institutions abroad; for those interested in showing Polish culture abroad Adam Mickiewicz Institute provides necessary resources which include books, magazines, CDs, exhibition catalogues and multimedia. Furthermore, the Institute's programme "Closer to Poland" provides access to Polish press and literature. What's more, the Institute's web portal culture.pl was voted best platform with information on Polish culture by Press monthly magazine. The portal is a source of current information on cultural events in Poland and abroad, as well as a comprehensive resource on notable Polish figures.

For more information, see: www.iam.pl