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In 1950s Chicago, two Polish-Jewish brothers founded the hugely-influential Chess Records label. Working with artists like Chuck Berry and Howlin’ Wolf, they released some of the most important blues and rock & roll tracks ever written, transforming popular music worldwide for good.

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Polish and American flags on Noble Street in Chicago. Photo: Andrzej Bogacz / Forum

It is estimated that the Polish diaspora numbers 20 million people, which is more than half of Poland’s population. Persons of Polish descent live across the entire globe, sometimes forming a large and influential population segment of foreign cities like Chicago or Toronto. Read below where to find a bit of Poland away from the homeland.

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Opening of the Polish Culture Festival in Beijing in 2013. Two Dragons fashion show by Polish designer Katarzyna Skórzyńska. Photo: Malina Kosakowska

For people thousands of miles away, Poland can seem a little bit far – if you can’t be there physically, perhaps one of these 8 major festivals abroad will satisfy your hunger for a bite of Poland.

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Nikifor Krynicki working in Krynica, reproduction: FoKa / Forum

A retrospective of 50 watercolours by Nikifor Krynicki, one of the world’s greatest naïve art painters, will be on view in several museums in the USA including Chicago, Springfield MO and Amherst NY.

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Teatr ZAR travels to the United States with showings of The Gospels of Childhood Triptych and a workshop series conducted in Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and the Charlestown Working Theater in Boston

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The portraits explore the essential theme of Bilecki's abstract figurative large format works, based on a theme which oscillates between abstraction and figuration, grand emphasis and calm composure, strong and moderate color palettes, richness in detail and magnificent gesture.

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The Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago is hosting an exhibition on the photographs and writings of Poland's most prominent reporter and prolific writer in the Temporary Gallery...

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At the Chopin Theatre in Chicago of "Poems" by Cyprian Norwid in a translation by Danuta Borchardt reads poet, novelist, essayist and laureate of many pretigious literary awards, Adam Zagajewski,...

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The Polish candidate for the Oscar in the Foreign Language category was honoured at the 23rd Polish Film Festival America in Chicago...

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Honoring the centenary of the birth of Czesław Miłosz with a series of readings by some of the best known poets in the US and Poland, along with talks by top scholars, translators, and musical performances...

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