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 www.asia.culture.pl website in Asian languages and individual profiles on social media in South Korea, China and Japan.