The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is a national cultural institution whose mission is to develop and communicate the cultural aspect of Poland by initiating international cooperation and cultural exchange. Over the last 20 years, the Institute has organised more than 6,000 cultural events with almost 55 million participants. The Institute has carried out projects in countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, Israel, Germany, Turkey, Brazil, the Benelux, Korea, Japan as well as China, thus gaining unique experience from working in a mix of cultures, worldviews, and traditions. The relations developed and maintained over the years with major institutions and festivals from around the globe have allowed Polish artists to take part in projects taking place in 70 countries across 5 continents (for more information, see the Institute’s achievements).
The Institute’s 2020–2023 programme framework refers to a collection of Polish culture’s unique values shaped through centuries of Christian traditions, strong European roots, geographic location, the history of the 19th and 20th centuries as well as Poland’s transformation. Balancing between the notions of a community and an individual, these values are what makes Polish culture outstanding and powerful. The point of reference for promoting Polish culture abroad is based on five pillars: Relations, Empathy, Values, Knowledge & Development, and Passion & Mission.
The Institute also publishes the Culture.pl web portal with daily updates on the most interesting events concerning Polish culture across the world. Culture.pl is available in three languages: Polish, English, and Russian, with selected content also available in Ukrainian, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. In addition to news on numerous events organised by the Institute, Culture.pl also includes artists’ bios, reviews, and essays (a total of over 51,000 articles), an English podcast titled Stories from The Eastern West as well as the Multimedia Guides to Polish Culture.