The Cultural Programme of the Polish EU Presidency heads to Moscow and Minsk following a successful run across Western Europe this summer. Two major press conferences ushered in the rich cultural programme of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council in the capitals of Belarus and Russia. The conference in Minsk took place on the 7th of September, and Moscow’s Meyerhold Centre hosted the event on the 15th of September.
The Cultural Programme of the Polish EU Presidency heads to Moscow and Minsk following a successful run across Western Europe this summer. Two major press conferences ushered in the rich cultural programme of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council in the capitals of Belarus and Russia. The conference in Minsk took place on the 7th of September, and Moscow’s Meyerhold Centre hosted the event on the 15th of September
M I N S K
The programme of events in Minsk gives Belarussian audiences a chance to experience Polish art and culture on an unprecedented scale. Belarus hosts numerous concerts of classical, jazz and rock music from Poland, various theatre performances, exhibitions of Polish design and interactive multimedia installations, as well as a panorama-review of Polish cinema and workshops during the "Listapad" film festival.
The calendar of events in Minsk is also enriched with flagship projects of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council, produced by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute:
was running in Minsk between the 11th and 18th of September. The worldwide project is comprised of research sessions specific to each capital, as well as open sewing workshops, aiming to create an awareness of each person's active engagement in culture and the role of crafts
the showing in Minsk on the 11th of November is part of a world-wide tour of the performance inspired by Stanisław Lem's fiction, and his witty and poignant diagnosis of the contemporary world
The Belarussian edition released on the 30th of June includes works of the Polish poet translated and read by poet Andrei Khadanovich, with by music by Racyanalnaya Diyeta band
Highlights include performances of Karol Szymanowski’s music performed by the Belarus State Orchestra (12th of November), Symphonic Orchestra of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic (13th of September), a concert of the Poznań Boys’ Choir (2nd of October) and the Belarussian Classic-Avantgarde team of soloists who will play a repertoire of pieces by Polish composers (5th of October).
A rich theatre programme is comprised of productions such as the dance theatre showing "Innocent When You Dream" by Teatr Tańca Zawirowania (8th of October), "No Matter How Hard We Tried" by TR-Warszawa (25th and 26th of October), showings by Teatr Provisorium during TheArte festival, (27th of October), "The Hunger of Knut Hamsen" (28th of October) "48/8" (29th of October) performances by LTT dance theatre and Scena Prapremier InVitro, and ("Żołnierzyk" / "Little Soldier" and "Marsz, marsz Gombrow...ski" / "March, march of Gombrow...ski" by the Białostocki Teatr Lalek puppet theatre (16th and 17th of November), and more.
Noteworthy exhibitions include "Dizajn dialogu" / "Dialogue Design" (9th of September - 10th of October) which shows the newest trends in Polish and Belarussian graphic design, "Bio-object", an interdisciplinary vehicle inside which audiences experience a visual installation, multimedia projections as well as theatre and dance pieces, and Paweł Janicki’s "EU_Tracer", an interactive installation between the 22nd and 25th of September.
The Minsk conference takes place in the National Museum of Belarus’ conference hall, at 11 am.
The programme of cultural events will be introduced by Pavel Latushko (Belarussian Minister of Culture), Leszek Szerepka (Polish Ambassador to Belarus), the director Krzysztof Zanussi as an Ambassador of Polish Culture, Piotr Kozakiewicz (director of the Polish Institute in Minsk), Angelika Kraszewska (director of the Centre of Visual and Performing Arts in Minsk, a key partner of the cultural programme). The Adam Mickiewicz Institute will be represented by Olga Wysocka (Presidency project manager) and Dariusz Klechowski (coordinator of the cultural programme in Minsk).
M O S C O W
In Moscow, the upcoming flagship projects produced by Adam Mickiewicz Institute are:
showing on the 21st of September, the event was part of a world-wide tour of the performance inspired by Stanisław Lem's fiction, and his witty and poignant diagnosis of the contemporary world
Hosted by the Central House of Artists in Moscow between the 22nd and 24th of September, the worldwide project is comprised of research sessions specific to each capital, as well as open sewing workshops, aiming to create an awareness of each person's active engagement in culture and the role of crafts.
The pan-European publication of the poet’s works was released in Russia on the 1st of September. The audiobook features poetry selected by Marek Pytasz, Polina Justova and Sergey Moreyno and read by the legendary actor, Sergey Jurskij
In July, Russian audiences were introduced to stars of the contemporary Polish music scene. Acclaimed DJs and musicians were guests of honour at a special stage and popular night club venues during the legendary Afisha Picnic on the 23rd of July.
Other musical events include:
The Gaude Mater concert series at Moscow’s Catholic Cathedral, introducing sacral compositions of contemporary Polish musicians as well as compositions preserved in the archives of Convent of Jasna Góra (4th of September).
A concert of works by Polish and Russian performances by the Studio for New Music ensemble (17th of November)
In theatre, noteworthy showings include:
"From Poland with Shorts" is an event which introduces short films by young Polish directors (28th-30th of October)
Dragon Forum will showcase the best in contemporary Polish documentary cinema and offer master classes with prominent Polish filmmakers (6th-10th of December)
"The World From Dusk till Dawn" in Moscow is a series of film-making workshops for students, crowned with a screening of the cinematic portrait of the capital (11th-14th of November)
A notable upcoming event is the exhibition of Polish poster art at Moscow’s Pushkin Museum of Visual Arts (28th of November - 31st of January).
The Moscow conference at Meyerhold Centre commenced at 12, and the programme was introduced by Marek Radziwon (director of Polish Institute in Moscow), Alona Karas (theatre critic), Igor Troylin (of Meyerhold Centre) as well as the representatives of Adam Mickiewicz Institute - Joanna Kiliszek (director) and Dariusz Klechowski (coordinator of the cultural programme in Moscow).
Dates: Minsk - 7th of September & Moscow - 15th of September, 2011
Venues: National Museum of Belarus, Minsk and Meyerhold Centre, Moscow
Organised by: Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Polish Institute in Minsk, Polish Institute in Moscow
Source: Adam Mickiewicz Institute