Since 2008 the Asia programme has been promoting Polish culture in China, Japan and Korea, supporting the presence of Polish artists at key cultural events and their collaborations with institutions and creative circles in these countries. It also promotes an understanding of Poland through printed publications, articles available on the Culture.pl portal in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, as well as social media channels for users from Korea, China and Japan.
Between 2015 and 2018 the Asia Programme also co-organised over 20 events in India and starting from 2018, it has been supporting projects by Polish artists in Vietnam.
Overall between 2010 and 2019 the Asia Programme supported 1095 Polish cultural events, attended by 3 221 024 viewers.
Among our partners in China and Hong Kong are the China Shanghai International Arts Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, Hongkong International Film Festival, National Museum of China, National Art Museum of China, Beijing People’s Art Theatre, Wuzhen International Theatre Festival, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Forbidden City Concert Hall and Nine Gates International Jazz Festival.
In Japan we collaborate with Japan Arts, Festival/Tokyo, Knowledge Capital, Kyoto Art Center, Kyotographie, Mermaid Films, Mori Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, the National Museum of Art Osaka, Tokyo Jazz Festival, TOP Museum and many others.
In Korea our partners include the National Museum of Korea, Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Korea Foundation, Korea Arts Managment Service, Seoul International Music Festival, Busan Film Festival, Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Seoul Arts Center, Jarasum Jazz Festival and LG Arts Center
Key events in China:
- Biggest ever exhibitions of Polish classical art and Polish modern art in China, as part of the Polish cultural season (2015)
- Theatre focus: 7 Polish plays watched by 19 000 viewers(2016)
- Over 50 concerts by Polish jazzmen, as part of the China and Central and Eastern European Countries cultural season (2017)
- The Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic tour in China with the pianist Li Yundi
- Polish artists’ projects at key art festivals in Hong Kong (performance, animation, jazz, music of light) and Shanghai (classical music, dance), as part of the celebrations of 100 years of Polish independence (2018)
Key events in Japan:
- Poland Film Festival: a yearly celebration of Polish cinema in Tokyo (since 2012)
- +48 Social Club: a big presentation of Polish design in Tokyo (December 2015)
- Krystian Lupa’s "Woodcutters" as the opening show of Festival/Tokyo (2016)
- A broad cultural programme in 2019, celebrating 100 years of diplomatic relations between Poland and Japan, including:
- „Celebration”, a Polish-Japanese exhibition of modern art in Kyoto, Poznań and Szczecin
- The National Philharmonic Orchestra tour under the baton of maestro Andrzej Boreyko, with Rafał Blechacz as the soloist
- The premiere of a Polish-Japanese theatrical co-production "Always coming home” directed by Magda Szpecht, at Festival/Tokyo
- "Her Own Way”, an exhibition by Polish female video artists at the TOP Museum in Tokyo
- A special edition of Poland Film Festival in Tokyo and Kyoto
- "It's a Wonderful World”, a solo exhibition by Weronika Gęsicka at the Kyotographie festival
- A Polish focus during the young audiences theatre festival Ricca Ricca Festa in Okinawa
- A co-operation with leading journalist Peter Barakan to promote Polish folk and jazz music
Key events in Korea:
- "Polish October”, a cultural programme comprising over 10 film, dance, theatre and music projects (2012)
- "Polish Art: An Enduring Spirit”, an art exhibition (2015)
- Krystian Lupa’s "Woodcutters" as the opening show of the Seoul Performing Arts Festival (2016)
- A concert by Sinfonia Varsovia at the Seoul International Music Festival, marking the 100th anniversary of Polish independence (2018)
- A broad cultural programme celebrating the 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Korea and comprising projects in the field of design, theatre, film and music, as well as lectures and cooking demonstrations by a Polish chef