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The Symphony Orchestra of Artur Malawski Philharmonic in Rzeszów, photo courtesy of the Orchestra

The Symphony Orchestra of Artur Malawski Philharmonic in Rzeszów performed in China for the first time. The tour covered six cities in which the ensemble gave a total of nine concerts. Read more about: Rzeszów Philharmonic Orchestra Toured China

Grzegorz Karnas, photo: Maciej Głowiński

At the turn of November and December 2017, Grzegorz Karnas Formula gave a series of concerts in China, Malaysia and Indonesia. Polish vocalist also conducted workshops for Asian students in all three countries. The tour was a part of the Jazz Po Polsku project promoting independent Polish music worldwide. Read more about: Grzegorz Karnas Formula on Tour in Asia

Krzysztof Książek, photo: Piotr Markowski

Krzysztof Książek, a winner of highest prizes at national and international piano competitions, played a series of concerts in China. The programme of his recitals included works by Polish composers: Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski and Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Read more about: Pianist Krzysztof Książek Tours China

Marek Napiórkowski, photo: Rafał Masłow

2017’s second Jazz Po Polsku China tour kicked off at the turn of September and October. The lineup included bands such as Rafał Sarnecki Sextet, Marek Napiórkowski Sextet, Paweł Kaczmarczyk Audiofeeling Trio, Michał Milczarek Trio and Kuba Cichocki Quartet who gave concerts in 14 Chinese cities. Read more about: Jazz Po Polsku Live in China 2017

Yundi, photo: press materials / Yundi's official website

At the turn of August and September 2017, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, led by the world-famous Chinese pianist Yundi, toured China performing in the country’s most prestigious concert halls. The programme of the concerts featured both of Chopin’s piano concertos: in E Minor and F Minor. Read more about: Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra with Piano Virtuoso Yundi Toured China

Awards Ceremony  of the1st Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists, photo courtesy of Beijing 21st Century

In August 2017, winners of the 1st Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists toured Poland at the invitation of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. The young Chinese pianists visited places related to Fryderyk Chopin, including Warsaw and the composer’s birthplace in Żelazowa Wola. Read more about: Winners of Beijing Chopin Competition Visit Chopin's Homeland

Screenshot of the game Frostpunk, photo: promotional materials / 11 bit studios

During the 15th ChinaJoy, China’s largest gaming and digital entertainment exhibition, Polish developers presented their products to Asian gamers. It was the first such extensive presentation of the Polish video game industry behind the Great Wall. Read more about: Video Games from Poland Featured at Gaming Exhibition in Shanghai

Agata Skwarczyńska won the Gold Award in the category of performance design at the World Stage Design held in Taiwan’s capital. Read more about: Agata Skwarczyńska’s Stage Design Awarded in Taipei

Stanisław Słowiński, photo: Michał Łepecki

We talk with Stanisław Słowiński, jazz violinist and frontman of the Stanisław Słowiński Quintet few days before the band's departure for their second tour of China. Read more about: Polish Jazz Beyond The Chinese Wall: An Interview with Stanisław Słowiński

Stanisław Słowiński, photo: Maciej Stachowicz

July 2017 saw the Stanisław Słowiński Quintet back on tour in China. The Kraków-based band gave seven concerts in Lanzhou, Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an. The shows were a part of the Jazz Po Polsku project and the Season of Culture – a programme of the Chinese Ministry of Culture. Read more about: Stanisław Słowiński’s Second China Tour

Contemporary Polish Short Animation, photo: promotional materials

The 20th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) featured a programme of contemporary short animations from Poland. The event provided the Chinese cinema lovers with a great opportunity to see not only the classics of Polish animated film, but also works of the younger generation of Polish animators. Read more about: Polish Animation at Shanghai International Film Festival

Tian Gebing, photo: promotional materials

Internationally acclaimed Chinese avant-grade theatre director Tian Gebing invited Polish composer Piotr Kurek and actor Szymon Czacki to take part in his new project 500 meters at Theater der Welt festival in Hamburg. Read more about: Polish Artists Join Forces with Chinese Theatre Director

Adam Kośmieja, fot. materiały promocyjne

Adam Kośmieja, a well-known Polish pianist acclaimed at home and abroad, performed twice at the Beijing Modern Music Festival. In his solo recital, he played works from the repertoire of outstanding contemporary Polish composers. He also made an appearance at the final concert of the festival. Read more about: Adam Kośmieja at Beijing Modern Music Festival

Cover of the publication The History of Polish Art, photo: press materials

The book The History of Polish Art, written specifically for the Chinese market, was released by the Shanghai Joint Publishing Company. This is the first such extensive study on the topic published in China. The publication was created in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Read more about: Chinese Publication on The History of Polish Art

Il Giardino d'Amore, photo: Grzegorz Trzpil

After the success of Polish musicians at the 2016 Early Music Season, in 2017 the event also hosted Polish artists specialising in early music. This prestigious festival is organised by Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute under its brand Read more about: Polish Musicians at Early Music Season in China


The Baltic Neopolis Quartet played a total of nine concerts in China and Japan. In Japan the quartet was accompanied by Vasko Vassilev, concertmaster of the Covent Garden Opera House in London, and the world-famous pianist Ingrid Fujiko Hemming. Read more about: Baltic Neopolis Quartet Tours Asia

Image from the series Friendly Visit, photo: Patryk Karbowski, courtesy of the artist

Thanks to the cooperation between the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Chinese and Polish photographers had the opportunity to participate in residency programmes in Poland and China. Read more about: China in the Eyes of Polish Photographers

Scream Maker, photo: Oskar Szramka

Can Polish heavy metal find an audience in China? Off course it can! The best proof for this is Warsaw-based band Scream Maker, who in autumn 2016 kicked off their fourth China Tour. This time they played 20 unplugged concerts across the country. Read more about: Scream Maker Played 20 Concerts in China

Scene from the performance King Lear directed by Jan Klata, photo: Magda Hueckel / archives of the National Stary Theatre

In early November 2016, the award-winning production of the National Stary Theatre in Kraków was staged in Beijing. Read more about: Jan Klata's King Lear Hits the Stage of Beijing People's Art Theatre

Sinfonia Varsovia, photo: Mirosław Pietruszyński

In autumn 2016, Sinfonia Varsovia, along with maestro Krzysztof Penderecki and young pianist Jan Lisiecki, embarked on an Asian tour. For the first time in its history, the orchestra performed in Korea. Later, the tour took them for the second time to China. Read more about: Maestro Penderecki and Sinfonia Varsovia Touring Korea and China

Scene from Ashes And Diamonds (1958) directed by Andrzej Wajda, photo: Polfilm / East News

A comprehensive retrospective of Andrzej Wajda's work was held in Hong Kong. The event, which lasted for over a month, included 20 films of the recently deceased director. Read more about: Andrzej Wajda's Retrospective in Hong Kong

Scene from the performance Enemy of the People directed by Jan Klata, photo: Magda Hueckel

On 18th and 19th October 2016 the main stage of Wuzhen Theatre Festival hosted Henrik Ibsen's Enemy of the People directed by Jan Klata. Read more about: Jan Klata's Enemy of the People at Wuzhen Theatre Festival

Poster of the 1st Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Beijing, source:

The 1st Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists was inaugurated at the Central Conservatory of Music on 16th October 2016. The event took place almost 90 years after the International Chopin Piano Competition was initiated at the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall. Read more about: 1st Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists

DAGADANA, photo: Treti-Pivni

Polish-Ukrainian music project DAGADANA, already well known to Chinese audiences, together with Chinese musicians, played a series of concerts in four cities of China and in South Korea. Read more about: DAGADANA Played in China and Korea

Photo from Magdalena Tomaszewska-Bolałek's book Polish Culinary Paths, photo: Magdalena Tomaszewska-Bolałek

In late September 2016, Magdalena Tomaszewska-Bolałek had the pleasure to introduce Polish cuisine in China, at the invitation of the Polish Consulate General in Guangzhou, Polish Institute in Beijing and the Polish Embassy in Beijing. Read more about: Promotion of Polish Cuisine in China

Audience before the premiere of Grzegorz Jarzyna's performance Martyrs in Tianjin Grand Theatre, photo:

After the success of the Polish cultural programme in China in 2015, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute continues carrying out projects under the brand in Asian countries. In 2016, the programme is structured around theatre and music. Read more about: Polish Culture in Asia in Autumn 2016

NeoQuartet, photo: Tamara Wyrzykowska

NeoQuartet, Gdańsk-based string quartet specialising in contemporary music, played two concerts in China. The musicians performed in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and at the Shanghai New Music Week. Read more about: NeoQuartet Performed in Beijing and Shanghai

Still from Knights of the Teutonic Order, a film by Aleksander Ford, 1960, pictured: Ryszard Ronczewski, photo: Polflim / East News

The first works by Henryk Sienkiewicz were translated into Chinese over a hundred years ago at the beginning of the 20th century. Now, over a century later, The Knights of the Cross (Polish title: Krzyżacy) has been published in Chinese as an audiobook, thanks to Audioteka and the Polish Book Institute. Read more about: New Chinese Audiobook of Classic Polish Epic

Rafał Sarnecki, photo: John Guillemin

At the turn of September and October 2016, JAZZ PO POLSKU returned to China with 25 concerts of Rafał Sarnecki, Grzegorz Karnas, Nikola Kołodziejczyk, Stanisław Słowiński and their bands. Read more about: JAZZ PO POLSKU Returns to China

Karolina Kaźmierska, Be water, photo: courtesy of the artist

Karolina Kaźmierska presented her site-specific light installation created for the LAB 47 gallery in Beijing. The event was a part of the second edition of the Independent Art Spaces Festival. Read more about: Installations Inspired by Classic Polish Poetry at Independent Art Spaces Beijing