Polish Cultural Events: 2010 Overview

The National Library organized numerous cultural events in the past year. The most noteworthy of the events organized by the National Library last year was the exhibition Chopin´s Visiting Card, which displayed the world’s largest collection of Chopin´s musical manuscripts housed in the archive of the Polish National Library. The exhibition, unveiled on September 24, 2010 by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Bogdan Zdrojewski, became an important event marking the Frédéric-Chopin Year established by the Polish Parliament. Next to the rarely shown manuscripts (including 73 music pieces), Chopin’s letters from the National Library collection were also presented. The display cases were accompanied by interactive applications accessed through touch screens and headsets, allowing visitors to explore the sights and sounds of the exhibition. The exhibit coincided with the XVI International Chopin Piano Competition and was graced with a visit from the members of the competition’s jury. www.wizytowkachopina.pl

 Another notable public event was the congress entitled “Republic of Book” put on by the National Library with the collaboration of the Ministries for Culture and Education and the office of the Prime Minister as well as numerous media and private and public institutions. The congress proclaimed a coalition for reading and libraries, acting with the motto “Reading includes…” The coalition will support the cultural competence of people and their skills for active participation in the development of their social environment.

Tomasz Makowski

Director General of the National Library of Poland

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