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A piece by Berlin-based artist Thorsten Goldberg at the Centre of Polish sculpture in Orońsko, photo: Piotr Polak/PAP

Warsaw has plenty of culture to offer, no matter what Krakowians may like to tell you. From opera to experimental theatre to klezmer music concerts and photography exhibits, it’s hard to get bored in the capital. But if you’re itching to get out of town and see something beyond Warsaw’s walls, here are four worthwhile day trips for your every cultural whim.

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Yundi, photo: press materials / Yundi's official website

At the turn of August and September 2017, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, led by the world-famous Chinese pianist Yundi, toured China performing in the country’s most prestigious concert halls. The programme of the concerts featured both of Chopin’s piano concertos: in E Minor and F Minor.

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Statue of Copernicus in Independence Park, near the District Planetarium, Bogota, photo: Pedro Felipe/Wikimedia

A Colombian Copernicus? Jagiełło in New York City? Karol Wojtyla in East Timor? Culture.pl goes global to explore the stories of monuments to famous Poles around the world.

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The Polish Academy of Sciences Botanical Garden, photo: Jan Włodarczyk/FORUM

This spring, apart from sporting blooming plants like magnolias and white forsythias, the Powsin Botanical Garden, a beautiful 40-hectare area on the outskirts of Warsaw, has much in store for culture vultures. Get ready for outdoor concerts organised by the Fryderyk Chopin Society, photo exhibitions and… a festival of carnivorous plants!

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George Zamka, STS-130 mission commander. Chopin: The Space Concert, promo photos, 2010, photo: courtesy of Adam Ustynowicz

What does it feel like to take a space walk? Can you explain that feeling to somebody who will never get a chance to do it? In a unique story that brought art and emotion to a scientific project costing billions of dollars, a small group found that perhaps Chopin’s music was capable of explaining the inexplicable.

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At Culture.pl we spoke to a long-time friend who knows everything about piano and Chopin Competition. Hanna Radwan agreed to describe how the preparations for the Chopin Piano Competition looked 60 years ago, and how different it was to be a pianist at the time.

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Photos from the 3rd stage of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, 14th-16th October 2015.

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Szymon Nehring during the 2nd stage of the Chopin Competition, 11th October 2015. Photo: Bartek Sadowski/NIFC

The jury headed by Professor Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń has chosen 10 finalists from 8 countries including two musicians from both the USA and Canada, and one each from Croatia, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Poland and Russia.

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Audience members watching the 1st stage of the Chopin Contest, 3rd October 2015. Photo: Wojciech Grzędziński / NIFC

The jury headed by Professor Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń have chosen 20 musicians from 12 countries to take part in the 3rd stage of the 17th Chopin Competition. The next part will take place from 14th October to 16th October 2015.

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Rafał Blechacz learns that he won the 15th edition of the Competition in 2005, photo: Piotr Bernao / Agencja Gazeta

The International Chopin Piano competition is known for its incredible power to turn unknown prodigies into pianists of global standing. Other than the actual prize, these young artists win a schedule packed with concerts in the most prestigious halls in the world and an unparalleled opportunity to bask in the spotlight for decades.

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Fei Dong, the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in 2010, Warsaw. Photo: Adam Kozak / AG

The legend of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition wouldn’t be the same without its controversies and scandals.

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1960s America = Music. If that’s a big claim, here’s a bigger one: The Doors would not have existed if not for Polish immigrants!

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Pianists Joo-yeon Ka and Hong-gi Kim, photo: promotion materials

The program of events accompanying the exhibition "Polish Art: An Enduring Spirit" presented in the National Museum of Korea included two Chopin recitals performed by young Korean pianists.

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At Culture.pl we strongly believe that true art and true artists can be at least as entertaining as pop culture idols. However, because not everything that glitters is gold, sometimes discovering an extra-interesting fact about higher culture requires a bit of extra effort. This is why we ask you to play a short game…

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Frederic Chopin (1810-1849). Funeral March Op. 35, played at the funerals of the composer, abstract from his Piano Sonata. Printed score, Brandus editions. Paris, musee de la Vie romantique, photo by Roger Voillet / East News

Culture.pl breaks down an iconic piece by Fryderyk Chopin – a composition almost unrecognised by the music society of his times, which is now considered to be groundbreaking and timeless. But why? We take a closer look at Sonata No. 2 in B flat Minor and find out what Chopin did to push the classical form’s boundaries further than anyone before.

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Selected objects presented at the exhibition Treasures from Chopin's Country in 2015 in Beijing.

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Exhibition 'Treasures from Chopin's Country' at the National Museum of China in Beijing, photo: Studio Panato

For the first time in history, Beijing's National Museum of China hosted a thorough and wide-ranging exhibition of Polish art, from that of the Middle Ages up to contemporary art.

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A poster of the competition. Photo: press materials

450 pianists from 45 countries have signed up to participate in the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition. This record interest is much higher than 5 years ago.

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A series of concerts dedicated to three Polish composers: Chopin, Szymanowski and Lutosławski started on Tuesday 16th September as part of this year’s edition of the Bologna Festival.

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Chopin died in 1849 and was buried at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. His heart, however, was taken out and taken to Warsaw. Was it because he wanted part of him to rest eternally in his lost homeland, or was there a more macabre reason?

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