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  • 12 July 2017

    „Poland for Canada. With love” was one of the two major projects promoting Poland on the 150th anniversary of Canada organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ottawa. It took place on 2 - 18 June 2017 in the International Pavilion in the historic center of Ottawa, and was visited by nearly 2 thousand people. The diverse artistic program which consisted of concerts, exhibitions, and lectures has showed the richness and beauty of the Polish culture. The valuable partner for the event was the National Capital Commission.

    The project enjoyed great interest from Canadian cultural circles, politicians, journalists and the representatives of Polish diaspora. The result of the project was an integration of the circles of Polish artists living in Canada,  broadening of knowledge of Canadians about the millennial history and culture of Poland and about contribution of Poles to defense of freedom and democracy throughout the world, as well as introducing Canadians to Poland as an open and modern nation. The event was organized in partnership with the National Capital Commission which is responsible for the management of the historical and cultural heritage of the Canadian Capital.

     

    In its historical part, the project included several events aimed at bringing Polish history closer to the Canadian people.  Mr. Patryk Połeć, professor of history at the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) in his "A thousand years of Polish history" lecture presented a panoramic picture of Poland’s history.  The event was preceded by the screening of the movie "Animated History of Poland" by Tomasz Bagiński. In addition to the theoretical approach, the participants also had a chance to get acquainted with the memoirs of the Countess Maria Tarnowska. The knowledge of Polish history and the history of Polish-Canadian relations has been enriched by the presented exhibitions: The History of Military Training Camps in Niagara-on-the-Lake during the Frist World War and in Windsor during the Second World War.

     

    The artistic dimension of the project was aimed at showing the modernity and diversity of Polish art, both created by Poles in Poland and in Canada. Alfred Hałasa, professor at UQAM University, a well-known graphic designer and author of posters, displayed his exhibition in Ottawa followed by a joint vernissage of Polish-Canadian painters. The exhibition by the artists from the Montreal community affiliated to the Association of Polish Artists in Canada and by individual artists from Ottawa and Toronto met with very positive reception from the audience. Another event worth mentioning was the visit and exhibition of works by Andrzej Pągowski - one of the most famous poster makers in Poland.

    Polish landscape and scenes from the life of Polish cities were presented on the exhibition wall of expressive photographs by Agnieszka and Włodek Biliński and by photographers cooperating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland.

     

    The musical part of the project „Poland for Canada. With love” has attracted a large and diverse audience. Around a hundred invited guests listened to the inaugural concert of Polish and Canadian dances in the virtuoso performance of Duo Con Brio from Montreal. Classical guitar lovers had the opportunity to listen to a recital by Alexander Wilgos from Warsaw University of Music. Among the great artistic events was the jazz concert by Jacques Kuba Séguin from Montreal. A film music concert by Juno Trio from Montreal presented famous melodies from old and new Polish films, with a big acclaim of the audience.

     

    Alfred Hałasa ay his vernissage. Photo: J. Szymański
    Alfred Hałasa ay his vernissage. Photo: J. Szymański
    Recital of Aleksander Wilgos. Photo: J. Szymański
    Recital of Aleksander Wilgos. Photo: J. Szymański
    Łukasz Weremiuk, chargéd'affaires a.i. of the Republic of Poland and Mark Kristmanson, CEO of National Capital Commission. Photo: C. Pelletier
    Łukasz Weremiuk, chargéd'affaires a.i. of the Republic of Poland and Mark Kristmanson, CEO of National Capital Commission. Photo: C. Pelletier
    Guests at inauguration ceremony. Photo: C. Pelletier
    Guests at inauguration ceremony. Photo: C. Pelletier
    Nadia Monczak and Sonya Matoussova. Photo: J. Szymański
    Nadia Monczak and Sonya Matoussova. Photo: J. Szymański
    Ł. Weremiuk, N. Monczak, J. Gabzdyl, L. Komorowska, S. Matoussova. Photo: J. Szymański
    Ł. Weremiuk, N. Monczak, J. Gabzdyl, L. Komorowska, S. Matoussova. Photo: J. Szymański
    C. Kiszkowiak, D. Podemska, A. Pągowski, Ł. Weremiuk. Photo: J. Szymański
    C. Kiszkowiak, D. Podemska, A. Pągowski, Ł. Weremiuk. Photo: J. Szymański

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