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Ян Матейко «Год 1983 – Полония», фото: Wikimedia

Poland has often been portrayed as a woman in visual arts. Reigning, chained, crucified, sleeping, triumphant... Polonia seems to come in many forms. Culture.pl takes a look at the evolving concept of Poland's personification across the centuries.

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Refuge, fifth panel from Grottger’s Polonia cycle

Refuge, the fifth panel from Grottger’s Polonia cycle, depicts a tense scene centred around a wounded insurgent and a medic attending to him.

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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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Okładka (nid 3206697)

Between the two world wars, massive immigration of farm workers and miners resulted in establishing Polish community as the second biggest foreign minority in France after Italians. After World War 2, the inflow of migrants to France followed a more sporadic pattern - synchronizing with major political upheavals that were shaking the East Block and culminated with the emerging of the Solidarity movement.

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