The 15th anniversary of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and its flagship brand Culture.pl is being celebrated throughout 2015 with a series of concerts and other cultural events.
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute has so far organised almost 5,000 cultural events across five continents and gathered audiences totalling almost 50 million viewers. The 15th anniversary features a series of events dedicated to the institute by its partners, including Poland’s most renowned orchestras. As part of the celebrations, there are also events included concerning important but not so obvious dates from the life of the institute patron. These include readings of Do Przyjaciół Moskali on the day of Pushkin's birth, a comedy ‘roast’ for Mickiewicz performed by Klub Komediowy on the anniversary of his wedding, and events connected to his works, such as the first performance of Wojski's Concerto.
30th November – The Warsaw Philharmonic
On 30th November, the Warsaw Philharmonic and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute welcome to the new edition of the project Filmharmonic which joins together the worlds of music and film. Taking centre-stage this time will be the composer Andrzej Czajkowski, who would have been celebrating his 80th birthday this year. Czajkowski's music will be performed by Maciej Grzybowski, a pianist deeply engaged in the promotion of the gifted and electrifying Andrzej Czajkowski and restoring his works to common circulation. The programme includes Sonata and Interventions Op. 2. The concert will be complemented by the premiere of a documentary produced with support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute: Rebel of the Keys directed by Mark Charles.
11th December – POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
The closing event of the institute’s jubilee will be a concert on 11th December by Sinfonia Varsovia at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The highlight of the programme is the premiere performance of a concerto for horn inspired by Wojski’s famous concerto from Sir Thaddeus. The music was composed by Dai Bo, a Chinese composer and pianist. The solo parts will be performed by Stephan Dohr, a first French horn player from the Berliner Philharmoniker. The Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra will perform under the artistic direction of maestro Krzysztof Penderecki and Maciej Tworek. The programme features Sinfonietta per archi by Krzysztof Penderecki and Symphony No. 7 in D minor op. 70 by Antonín Dvořák.
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute has already spent 15 years presenting the best of Poland to the world. Under its flagship brand Culture.pl, the institute presents sophisticated and intriguing activities and events in music, design, fine arts and theatre.
The institute continues to organise cultural projects in 67 different countries, including the UK, Russia, Israel, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Sweden, France, Germany, Turkey, the USA, Ukraine, Lithuania, as well as Algeria, Morocco, India, Japan, China and Brazil. So far, there have been almost 5,000 events across five continents, with an audience totalling around 50 million.
Culture.pl is a website run by the institute. Updated daily, the portal includes information about the most interesting events connected to Polish culture taking place around the world. The website had almost 3 million worldwide users in the first half of 2015, and is the most comprehensive source of knowledge about Polish culture available in three languages: Polish, English and Russian. In 2015, Culture.pl won the Guarantee of Culture Award organised by TVP Kultura in the online culture category.