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POLSKA

Polish Institute in Brussels
01/03/18 - 08/06/18


Throughout the years, the Polish Institute in Brussels has come a long way, met all kinds of people, organised a host of cultural events and, most of all, put Polish culture front and centre in Belgium, We have already achieved a great deal, and we hope to do a lot more.

Given that 2018 marks exactly 100 years since Poland regained its independence, and the fact that we would like to have an overview of what role Polish culture (in the broadest sense) plays in contemporary Belgian society, we hit the road to look for people who could tell us something about what Poland and Polish culture means to them.

Some of them were previously unknown to us. Others were people with whom we had already collaborated regularly in the past. Some have an obvious connection to Poland, while you need to dig a little deeper to find the link for others. And that's exactly what we wanted; culture can influence and inspire a person in many ways. That's what you will see with our guest speakers: a Polish influence on certain aspects of their lives

Every two weeks we will release another part of our series!

Overview:



        BOIC (Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee)       
The Olympic Winter Games have come to an end, and medals were rather scarce, both for Poland (2, both in ski-jumping, including a gold medal for national hero Kamil Stoch) and Belgium (1 on the last day). But, the last time the World Games took place in 2017, both countries managed to take home at least 20 medals! And where did those World Games took place? That's right, in Wrocław!

Before the Belgian athletes took off for Poland, we invited them to the Polish Institute to get acquainted with Poland and Wrocław by participating in workshops.

For this video, we visited Rudy Lahor and Luc Rampaer from the BOIC (Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee), who made sure everything went well for Team Belgium, and asked them to look back on the World Games in Wrocław.




        Harlan Levey       
It's quite some time since Harlan Levey crossed the Atlantic Ocean, from the USA to Europe. Although he has some Polish blood running through his veins, he did not choose to settle in Poland, instead opting to put down roots in our very own Low Countries. Nowadays he's settled in Brussels and has his own art gallery in the city, Harlan Levey Projects.

The Polish Institute has already collaborated with Harlan Levey on a few occassions for exhibitions by Polish artists, namely Marcin Dudek and Radek Szlaga (see here, here and here). Harlan never intentionally looked for Polish artists, but he found them anyhow. He is a great admirer of their work, for several reasons. In the movie, Harlan himself will tell you what the collaboration with these Polish artists means to him!




        Ezra Veldhuis and Tineke Bacqué       
In 2015 Polish artists from the School of Murals in Gdańsk visited Ghent. Sightseeing definitely wasn't on the agenda, as they came to paint a mural, together with some students from the School of Arts KASK. You can still go and see the mural now, which is located in the very centre of the city!

In 2016 the KASK students took a trip to Poland, more precisely to the village of Wizna, in north-eastern Poland, to paint some other murals. These students, Ezra Veldhuis and Tineke Bacqué, are now taking their first steps into the art world. We visited them to talk about their experiences and invited them to predict the future, in traditionally Polish style!




        Ypres Chamber Choir       
In 2014, we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. On the occasion of this commemoration, an international concert was organised, entitled "Thousand Voices for Peace", bringing together singers from all over the world to perform a piece written by the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki.

We invited Medici Cantantes, a choir from Wrocław. During their stay, they also visited the Ypres Chamber Choir, with whom they gave a joint concert in Ypres. In the film, some members of the chamber choir look back at that time.



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