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Poster of the Polish Film Festival in Seoul, photo: promotional materials

Between 7th and 29th May 2019, the first Polish Film Festival in the history of Polish-Korean cultural relations will be held in Seoul. During the three weeks of the event, the audience will have a unique opportunity to see the works of the most outstanding artists of Polish cinema.

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The winning design of logo for the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of Polish-Korean diplomatic relations by Eun Koh, photo: Adam Mickiewicz Institute

On 15th March 2019, the results of the logo design contest organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Paju Typography Institute (PaTI) from Korea were announced. The winning design by Eun Koh, a student of the PaTI Institute, will become the official logo of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Korea.

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Weronika Gęsicka, Vibe, 2019, photo courtesy of the artist and Jednostka Gallery

Kyotographie, one of the most important photography festivals in Japan, will host Weronika Gęsicka's solo exhibition What a Wonderful World. The artist will present her works from the Traces series and a new work Vibe. The show will be part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Japan.

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Michał Milczarek Trio, photo: Jazz Po Polsku

At the turn of March and April, Michał Milczarek Trio (MM3) is returning on tour in China. The Warsaw-based band will give 12 concerts in 8 Chinese cities in the provinces of Guangdong and Sichuan. The tour, lasting from 28th March to April 13th 2019, is a part of the Jazz Po Polsku project, promoting improvised Polish jazz music abroad.

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Cover of the book Poland in Four Seasons, photo courtesy of the author

Du Jing, Chinese author, journalist and photographer published her third book about Poland.

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Marcin Wasilewski Trio, photo: Bartek Barczyk / ECM Records

In 2019, members of the Marcin Wasilewski Trio: Marcin Wasilewski, Sławek Kurkiewicz and Michał Miśkiewicz celebrate the 25th anniversary of their artistic collaboration. On this occasion, the band embarks on a year-round tour beginning with performances in Okayama, Tokyo and Seoul.

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Nguyen Viet Trung, photo: Tiger Hai Photography

As part of the continuation of the Asia Programme’s activities in Vietnam, as well as the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence, in late November 2018 the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi hosted three concerts featuring pieces by Polish and Vietnamese composers.

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Still from the film Knife in the Water, dir. Roman Polański, 1961, photo: KADR Film Studio / National Film Archive/www.fototeka.fn.org.pl

The Poland Film Festival in Tokyo has already become a fixed point in the calendar of annual film events taking place in Japan’s capital. The Festival, whose 7th edition will be held in November 2018, every autumn treats the Japanese audience to a showcase of the most outstanding works of Polish cinema.

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Sinfonia Varsovia, photo: Mirosław Pietruszyński

In November 2018, after the concert tour in China, the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra visited South Korea. Two concerts performed by the musicians in Ulsan and Seoul were an important part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence.

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Still from the film On the Silver Globe, 1987, dir. Andrzej Żuławski. Featuring Jerzy Grałek and Iwona Bielska, courtesy of Studio Filmowe Kadr/Filmoteka Narodowa/www.fototeka.fn.org.pl

This November and December moviegoers in Hong Kong will have a chance to watch the screenings of classic Polish films.

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Nenukko, collection Full Circle, photo: press release

Nenukko is the first Polish brand to present its collection at the Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo, one of the world’s most prestigious industry events. The brand received the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the programme Let's Exhibit! 2018.

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A scene from the performance One Gesture directed by Wojtek Ziemilski, photo: Kobas Laksa

For the third time a Polish theatre company will present their production at the Wuzhen Theatre Festival. On 26th-28th October, the show One Gesture by Warsaw’s Nowy Theatre will be staged at the sixth edition of the event.

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The Harvest by the Polish Dance Theatre, dir. Igor Gorzkowski, photo: Andrzej Grabowski

The Harvest, a performance by the Polish Dance Theatre, will be staged on 21st and 22nd October 2018 in Shanghai. The event is part of the Polish focus at the China Shanghai International Arts Festival, organised on the occasion of the centenary of Poland regaining independence.

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Sinfonia Varsovia, photo: Andrzej Świetlik

The Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra with German soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter under the baton of Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki will perform in eight cities across China. The tour will mark the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence.

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Monika Borzym, photo courtesy of the artist

Five Polish jazz bands of the younger generation will tour China as part of the Jazz Po Polsku project. Performances in China feature: Monika Borzym Quintet accompanied by Fusion String Quartet, Tomasz Chyła Quintet, EABS, High Definition Quartet and Rafał Sarnecki Quintet.

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Agnieszka Kalinowska, The Fence, 2009, photo: Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien / Lisa Rastl, courtesy of the artist

Two Polish artists, Agnieszka Kalinowska and Rafał Milach, as well as the curator and art critic Sebastian Cichocki will take part in this year's Gwangju Biennale in South Korea.

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A scene from the performance Runway, choreography: Karolina Kroczak, Zawirowania Dance Theatre, photo: Kasia Bąba

In August 2018 the artists of the Zawirowania Dance Theatre participated in the New Dance for Asia Festival in South Korea, where they presented the show Runway, conducted dance workshops and delivered a lecture.

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A scene from the performance Humanoid directed by Agata Puszcz, Polski Theatre in Bielsko-Biała, photo: Dorota Koperska

In August 2018, Chinese theatregoers had the opportunity to watch two productions performed by the Polski Theatre company from Bielsko-Biała: Humanoid directed by Agata Puszcz and Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya directed by Waldemar Śmigasiewicz staged in Tianjin and Hangzhou.

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Still from the game Apocalipsis, photo: press release / Punch Punk

Polish game developers for the second time presented their productions at the largest industry event in China: China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference (ChinaJoy) held in Shanghai. Between 3rd and 5th August 2018, ChinaJoy hosted some of the most interesting indie game development studios from Poland.

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Adam Kupaj, Michał Bieliński and Konrad Michalak in the performance The Promised Land, directed by Remigiusz Brzyk, Kazimierz Dejmek Nowy Theatre in Łódź, photo: HaWa

At the turn of June and July 2018, the performance The Promised Land based on Władysław Reymont’s novel and directed by Remigiusz Brzyk was presented at the Beijing People’s Art Theatre. It was the third Polish production staged at the International Theatre Festival hosted by this prestigious Beijing’s venue.

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