• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland


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  • 24 June 2014

    A recital by Jan Lisiecki, an outstandingly talented Polish-Canadian pianist, marked the start of the Polish Freedom Gala, organised in the prestigious Great Concert Hall in Toronto on 23 June.


    The gala ceremony, organised by the Embassy of Poland in Ottawa and Consulate General in Toronto, is a part of Canadian celebrations to commemorate the 25 anniversary of Poland's partially free elections to the Sejm and fully free elections to the Senate, which were held in Poland on June 4, 1989.


    The recital by Jan Lisiecki received a standing ovation from the audience. “Chopin Etudes performed by this very talented artist are becoming sound very simply and naturally. It is an absolutely sensational CD”- advertised John van Driel, director of Classic FM, leading classical music station.


    - I would like to invite you to listen to an incredible story. Story of a country, which in a quarter of century, in less than a generation, transform itself from poverty to be the best example of European success, even more – to be one of European leaders. – said Ambassador of Poland to Canada, Marcin Bosacki, during his speech – 25 years ago my country set a clear goal: to be anchored in the West and to be at the heart of Europe again.  To achieve that we knew we must be not only brave (common feature in our history), but also smart and strong. Today, after 25 years,  we did achieve our goals – emphasized Ambassador.


    He thanked also those, who contributed to the success of 25 years of Freedom: “It would not be possible without our heroes. Those from the great generation of WWII, which fought for Poland’s freedom and had to wait for it for 45 years. And heroes from Solidarność generation.”


    During the ceremony Mr. Zbigniew Bełz, former member of “Solidarity” Union in Gorzów Wielkopolski, persecuted and arrested in 1980s, who lives today in Toronto, was honoured with the the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Rebirth of Poland awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski.


    “All of us in the house of commons, all of us in the senate of Canada, all of us across this country join together with all of you tonight in celebrating 25 years of success” – told Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Christopher Alexander. “Canada and Poland have remained the closest of friends, the most committed of allies, and advocates for freedom and service for peace,” he added.


    In the course of the Gala, there were films shown promoting Poland, presentation of MFA on 25 years of Freedom and exhibition entitled “1989. The end of the system” by Karta Center.  During the gala, guests could taste Polish delights.


    The celebrations in Toronto were organised under the patronage of Bronisław Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland.



    Listen to the speech of Ambassador Marcin Bosacki:



    Listen to the address of Minister Chris Alexander:






    POLISH FREEDOM GALA from Rafal Sokolowski on Vimeo.


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