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Scene from the film The Last Family, dir. Jan P. Matuszyński, 2016, photo by Hubert Komerski/Aurum Film

Between 25th November and 15th December 2017, Japanese film audiences had another opportunity to enjoy the greatest works of Polish cinema. The Polish Film Festival featured screenings of thirty Polish films, ranging from classic masterpieces to the latest works of young directors. Read more about: 6th Poland Film Festival in Tokyo

Participants of the workshop utopia/dystopia, photo: Nadia Markiewicz

In August 2017, a workshop titled utopia/dystopia participated by young Polish artists and students of the Tama Art University in Tokyo was held in Warsaw. The event was a continuation of the collaboration between Polish and Japanese artists initiated by the exhibition Hi-Blood Pressure shown earlier this summer in the Japanese capital. Read more about: Utopia/Dystopia: Polish-Japanese Workshop in Warsaw

Hi-Blood Pressure – view of the exhibition, photo: Karol Kaczorowski

An exhibition titled Hi-Blood Pressure prepared by Polish artists with the participation of Tokyo citizens was presented at the Gallery Chateau 2F – Koganei Art Spot. Read more about: Polish Artists' Exhibition Shown in Tokyo

Anna Orłowska, Case study: invisibility at Atelier Josefa Sudka in Prague, photo: courtesy of the artist

Polish artist was awarded at the prestigious 33rd Higashikawa International Photography Festival in the category for overseas photographers. Read more about: Anna Orłowska Awarded at Higashikawa International Photography Festival


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

Still from Zbigniew Rybczyński's Tango, 1980, photo: Filmoteka Narodowa

Zbigniew Rybczyński's experimental animated film Tango was shown at the 9th Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions in Tokyo. Rybczyński was yet another Polish artist featured at the festival, after Piotr Bosacki and Paweł Althamer who had participated in the previous editions of the event. Read more about: Zbigniew Rybczyński's Oscar-winning Animation at Yebisu Festival in Japan

Anna Maria Jopek, photo: Mateusz Stankiewicz

AMJ and her band performed at the legendary jazz club for the twentieth time in their career. From 23rd to 25th December 2016 they played five extraordinary concerts inspired by Polish Christmas tradition. Read more about: Anna Maria Jopek Returns to Blue Note Tokyo

Still from the film Body directed by Małgorzata Szumowska, photo: Jacek Drygała

The annual event presenting Polish cinema in Japan took place for the fifth time already. During Poland Film Festival 2016 the audience had a chance to see seventeen Polish films, including some of the best recent productions, as well as established classics of Polish cinematography. Read more about: 5th Poland Film Festival in Japan

Wojtek Mazolewski, photo: Michał Andrysiak

Wojtek Mazolewski returns to Japan by invitation from the prestigious Takasaki Music Festival, this time with his quintet. Polish Institute in Tokyo and Adam Mickiewicz Institute supports the tour. Read more about: Polish Jazz Ace Mazolewski Touring Japan

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

Eye on Poland - poster, source: exhibition promotional materials

After two editions of the Eye on Poland project in India and Korea in the summer of 2016, the following autumn the exhibition arrived to Japan. Contemporary Polish graphic design was presented in the 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo. Read more about: EYE ON POLAND – New Graphic Design from Poland Presented in Tokyo

Audience during the Chinese premiere of Krystian Lupa's Woodcutters, Tianjin Grand Theatre, 2015, photo:

For the first time in history a performance directed by Krystian Lupa was staged at the festivals both in Korea and in Japan. His production Woodcutters opened the Seoul Performing Arts Festival and later was the central event of the Festival/Tokyo. Read more about: Krystian Lupa's Woodcutters as the Highlight of Theatre Festivals in Korea and Japan

Korean version of Magdalena Tomaszewska-Bolałek's book Polish Culinary Paths, photo courtesy of the author

Ewa Paszkowicz speaks with Magdalena Tomaszewska-Bolałek, culinary culture expert and blogger specialising in Asian cuisines, author of a guide to Polish cuisine translated into Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Read more about: Polish Cuisine Is Very Rich in Umami

Participants of Global Public Diplomacy Network meeting in Kraków, photo: Adam Mickiewicz Institute

The 3rd Meeting of the Global Public Diplomacy Network (GPDNet) Assembly was held in Kraków on 23rd – 26th June 2016. This was the first meeting of the Network organised in Europe. Read more about: Meeting of the GPDNet Assembly in Kraków

LEDA desk lamp, design: VELT, photo: promotional materials

During the Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, Polish designers specializing in different areas of design – furniture, lighting, porcelain and glass – were showcased at the Gruppa Export's stand. Some of the designers – Pani Jurek, TABANDA, VELT and Kukliki FeltDesign – were presented as part of the Lets' Exhibit! programme. Read more about: Let’s Exhibit! Polish Designers at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2016

Piotr Bosacki, photo courtesy of Stereo Gallery

In 2016 the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions invited Polish artist Piotr Bosacki, whose art is well known and acclaimed in Japan. Read more about: Piotr Bosacki Presented His Works in Tokyo

Still from the film House of Day, House of Night, photo: A. Żmijewski, L.Molski

In January 2015, the exhibition House of Day, House of Night - the culmination of a joint project of Polish and Japanese artists started in the mid of 2015 - was held in the Gallery @KCUA in Kyoto. Read more about: Exhibition House of Day, House of Night in Kyoto

Bartłomiej Gasparski's garden at the World Gardening Cup in Nagasaki, photo: Bartłomiej Gasparski / Palmett

A prestigious competition for garden designers, organized as part of the World Gardening Cup – Japan Garden, was held in Nagasaki, Japan in autumn 2015. The garden created by Bartłomiej Gasparski of Palmetta Studio from Warsaw was awarded the Best Idea Award. Read more about: Bartłomiej Gasparski Awarded at World Gardening Cup in Japan

Still from the film "The Singing Napkin", dir. Mariusz Grzegorzek, photo: press release

In November 2015, during the seven-day festival, Japanese audience had the opportunity to see both latest productions and famous classics of Polish cinema. Read more about: 4th Poland Film Festival in Tokyo

Eye on Poland - logo

In autumn 2015 a series of exhibitions titled Eye on Poland, presenting the latest Polish graphic design, was held in India, South Korea and Japan. The events were organized by, Korea Foundation, Polish Institute in New Delhi and Polish Institute in Tokyo. Read more about: EYE ON POLAND. New Graphic Design from Poland

Marcin Wasilewski Trio, photo: Tomek Sikora / ECM

Jazz trio comprising Marcin Wasilewski, Sławomir Kurkiewicz and Michał Miskiewicz gave a series of concerts in Korea and Japan, as part of the "Spark Of Life" ASIA TOUR 2015. Read more about: Marcin Wasilewski Trio Toured Asia

Just Music feat. Kotetsu, photo: SO Jazz

Polish saxophonist Sylwester Ostrowski together with Japanese pianist Makoto Kuriya and the rising star of Japanese jazz - singer Kotetsu gave a concert at the second largest jazz event in Japan – the Nakasu Jazz Festival in Fukuoka. He also performed in Hamamatsu city and appeared in Kayou Show in Japanese TV Channel 12. Read more about: Sylwester Ostrowski at Nakasu Jazz Festival

Still from the film 2903 dir. Wojciech Tubaja, photo: press materials

The Polish-Japanese film 2903 from director Wojciech Tubaja was shown at the Sapporo International Short Film Festival. Read more about: 2903 at the Sapporo Short Film Festival

Anna Maria Jopek, photo: Marcin Kydryński

After concerts in China in 2014, Anna Maria Jopek returned to Asia in September 2015 to appear at the Tokyo Jazz Festival for the first time in her career. Read more about: Anna Maria Jopek Performed Again in Tokyo

Paweł Althamer and Artur Żmijewski, photo: press materials

Kyoto Art Studio invited two Polish artists, Paweł Althamer and Artur Żmjewski, to lead in Japan a workshop about visual language in art. Read more about: Paweł Althamer and Artur Żmijewski in Kyoto

Kazuhisa Uchihashi, photo: Michał Hajduk

Two outstanding improvisers: Kazuhisa Uchihashi and Michał Górczyński met at their only concert in Poland. The event at the Władysław Szpilman Concert Studio of the Polish Radio in Warsaw was promoting Uchihashi's latest album "Utsuroi" Malerai/Uchihashi/Maya R. Read more about: "Utsuroi" At Concert In Warsaw

Exhibition Homage to Kantor – Theatre of Death, photo courtesy of Gallery @KCUA

An exhibition in Kyoto, entitled Homage to Kantor – Theatre of Death, presented Tadeusz Kantor’s art pieces from private collections of Japanese owners, but also artist's photographs from the Foksal Gallery and works created by contemporary Japanese artists, inspired by Kantor's art and his personality. Read more about: Homage to Kantor – Theatre of Death in Kyoto

Scene from Renata Piotrowska's solo performance "Death. Exercises and variations", photo: Marta Ankiersztejn

Renata Piotrowska, along with three other artists, was working on the performance "Untitled" during her residency at ST Spot and presented her latest solo piece "Death. Exercises and variations" at the Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama. Read more about: Renata Piotrowska On Artistic Residency In Yokohama

Krzysztof Urbański during the concert

One of the most promising Polish conductors presented the music of Witold Lutosławski and Wojciech Kilar in Japan. Read more about: Krzysztof Urbański Conducted Tokyo Symphony Orchestra

A still from the film. On the photo: Zbigniew Cybulski, phot. Polfilm/East News

In the last days of November, the audience of the Poland Film Festival will have an opportunity to see films by Polish artists, as well as a retrospective of films by Wojciech Jerzy Has. Read more about: Third Edition Of The Poland Film Festival In Japan