It has been almost 15 years that the Polish Institute in Bucharest has been bringing the best Polish artists, latest books, novel phenomena and cultural personalities closer to the Romanian public.
This autumn, it organises CinePOLSKA, a Polish feature film retrospective.
“We show modern, interesting and intriguing art from Poland. We want Polish artists who are popular in Europe and around the world to visit Romania; we want Bucharest to be on the list of their concert tours and exhibition venues. This way, we bring Poles and Romanians closer together and we enable them to get to know each other,” explains Agnieszka Skieterska, the new director of the Polish Institute in Bucharest.
Since it was created in 2001, the Polish Institute has occupied an important place on Romania’s cultural and artistic map. Today, it mounts over 100 events a year in various fields of culture, art, and broadly defined public diplomacy. It also operates in Moldova.
“We do our best to make our programme appeal to audiences with different tastes. To achieve it, we show Polish theatre plays, movies, design exhibitions, concerts, but we also host scientific conferences, organise culinary workshops and board games tournaments that are making an amazing comeback. Sometimes we like to surprise, true to the slogan promoting our country ‘Polska – where the unbelievable happens,’” adds Agnieszka Skieterska.
The Polish Institute is also present in the urban spaces of Romania and Moldova. This is visible in the capitals of both countries, where new mural paintings have been created for the last four years. It was possible thanks to cooperation between the Polish Institute, the Gdansk School of Mural Painting and local authorities. Large, colourful paintings are changing the landscape of blocks of flats where bright colours are a rare sight. Local artists have also been helping to create some of the works, such as the most recent mural in Chisinau devoted to the rights of the child.
In autumn, the Polish Institute focuses on cinema. Thanks to its film review CinePOLSKA, audiences in Bucharest and Chisinau will have a chance to see Polish movies in November and December.
In spring, the festival will travel to some other Romanian cities.
“We know that in Romania, whose film productions have been so successful in recent years, the audience is very demanding. Poland, however, has much to offer in this field. We want local cinema goers to be familiar not only with Krzysztof Kieślowski or Roman Polański, but also with such film directors as Małgorzata Szumowska, whose Body, awarded at the Berlinale, will be screened at this year’s CinePOLSKA retrospective, or Jan Komasa, the author of Warsaw 44, a blockbuster about the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. CinePOLSKA is an excellent opportunity to get to know their movies and to gain a better understanding of contemporary Poland,” argues Agnieszka Skieterska.
Check the programme of the Polish Institute: www.culturapoloneza.ro