Asia Programme

The goal of the Asia Programme is to broaden knowledge and strengthen interest in contemporary Polish culture in the Asian region. The project is being carried out through a continuous presence of Polish artists at key festivals and in the most important cultural institutions of China, South Korea, Japan, India and Vietnam. As part of the Programme, the Institute also directly supports Polish artists’ collaboration with artists and creative circles in the region.

The Asia Programme works with numerous partners, including the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing Concert Hall, Beijing People's Art Theatre and Wuzhen International Theatre Festival (China); Korea Arts Management Services, Seoul Arts Center, LG Arts Center, Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Busan Film Festival, Korea Foundation (South Korea); Festival/Tokyo, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo (Japan); HK International Film Festival, HK Arts Festival (Hong Kong); Pune Biennale Foundation, Khoj International Artists Association, Group Kasba Arghya (India).

Numerous projects have been carried out in recent years, including the cultural aspects of Poland’s presence at EXPO 2010 in Shanghai, the Cultural Programme of the Polish EU Presidency in Beijing and Tokyo (2011), Polish Focus in the Republic of Korea (2012), the Polish cultural season in China (2015) and a theatre focus in China (2016). Broad presentations of Polish groups are continuously staged at jazz festivals, as are Polish focus events at film festivals, numerous theatre presentations and exhibitions of early and contemporary art in China, South Korea, Japan and India.

In 2017 as part of the Asia Programme there will be further classical music and jazz concerts in China, presentations of Polish visual artists in Japan, artistic co-productions in India and projects targeting young culture audiences in South Korea. A new direction of operations for the Asia Programme is Vietnam, where in 2017 the first concerts, master classes and lectures on Polish art will be held.

For several years, the Asia Programme has been operating the website in Asian languages and individual profiles on social media in South Korea, China and Japan.

View programme page

Karol Templewicz

Asia Programme Manager

PHONE: + 48 22 44 76 105


  • 25nov'17
    Scene from the film The Last Family, dir. Jan P. Matuszyński, 2016, photo by Hubert Komerski/Aurum Film

    6th Poland Film Festival in Tokyo

    Between 25th November and 15th December, Japanese film audiences will have another chance to enjoy the greatest works of Polish cinema. The Polish Film Festival will feature screenings of thirty Polish films, ranging from classic masterpieces to the latest works of young directors. More Film
  • Awards Ceremony  of the1st Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists, photo courtesy of Beijing 21st Century

    Winners of Beijing Chopin Competition Visit Chopin's Homeland

    In August 2017, winners of the 1st Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists toured Poland at the invitation of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. The young Chinese pianists visited places related to Fryderyk Chopin, including Warsaw and the composer’s birthplace in Żelazowa Wola. More Music
  • 25feb'17
    Saagara, photo: promotional meterials

    Saagara's European Tour

    Clarinetist Wacław Zimpel and Hindu musicians' joint project Saagara gave another European concert tour. The ensemble performed in several Polish cities, as well as in Germany and Ukraine. More Music
  • 10feb'17
    Still from Zbigniew Rybczyński's Tango, 1980, photo: Filmoteka Narodowa

    Zbigniew Rybczyński's Oscar-winning Animation at Yebisu Festival in Japan

    Zbigniew Rybczyński's experimental animated film Tango was shown at the 9th Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions in Tokyo. Rybczyński was yet another Polish artist featured at the festival, after Piotr Bosacki and Paweł Althamer who had participated in the previous editions of the event. More Photography & Visual Arts
  • Image from the series Friendly Visit, photo: Patryk Karbowski, courtesy of the artist

    China in the Eyes of Polish Photographers

    Thanks to the cooperation between the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Chinese and Polish photographers had the opportunity to participate in residency programmes in Poland and China. More Photography

See other projects of the Institute

Programs and projects

European programs

Study visits

Published at: 2014.02.18 12:12
Updated at: 2017.09.07 19:09
Author: Instytut Adama Mickiewicza
Written by: Instytut Adama Mickiewicza