• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • Polish-Danish cultural cooperation is based on direct contacts between institutions from the two countries, exchange between cities or local authorities – and, to a large extent, as a result of initiatives taken by the Embassy. These initiatives primarily focus on establishing contacts with Danish partners, such as cultural institutions and festivals; including Polish artists in Danish projects; and organizing study trips. The most popular Polish art forms in Denmark are classical music (the Polish pianists during the Year of Chopin and the many chamber musicians that have given concerts in recent years have all enjoyed great success), jazz music, modern art, film, children’s theatre and puppet theatre. Polish design is also beginning to achieve significant recognition in Denmark.


    Among the most important Polish cultural projects in recent years, the many events during the Year of Chopin in 2010 should be mentioned, during which 15 concerts were arranged. Queen Margrethe II and other members of the Danish Royal Family participated in the concert marking the end of the anniversary, which took place in Christiansborg Castle. Program of the Year of Chopin 2010.


    After many years of absence, Polish jazz has finally made its comeback in Denmark. Excellent Polish jazz musicians have given concerts during the Copenhagen Jazz Festival and Copenhagen Winter Jazz in the years 2011-2015. The performances of Trio Wasilewskiego, Leszek Możdżer, Adam Bałdych and several young Polish and Polish-Danish jazz bands have attracted big audiences.


    Since 2012 and in cooperation with Cinemateket and The Danish Film Institute the Embassy has organized festivals of Polish and Central-Eastern European film with the participation of among others Krzysztof Krauze, Joanna Kos-Krauze, Agnieszka Holland and Greg Zglinski. Polish modern art is also highly appreciated by Danes. Kunsthallen Nikolaj have put on display works of leading Polish artists Artur Żmijewski and Katarzyna Kozyra. During the Copenhagen Art Festival 2012, Joanna Rajkowska’s artworks were presented. In the spring of 2015, a solo exhibition of Aneta Grzeszykowska's works was put on display by Viborg Kunsthal.


    In recent years, thanks to the support of the Polish Instytut Książki, a number of Danish translations of Polish literature, including works by Olga Tokarczuk, Czesław Miłosz, Ewa Lipska, Bruno Schulz and Witold Gombrowicz, have been published (for a list of Danish translations of Polish literature, click here).


    Furthermore, the Embassy has arranged a series of study trips to Poland for curators from leading Danish museums such as Design Museum Denmark, the National Museum, institutions of modern art as well as organizers of musical life in Denmark and journalists.


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