The North and South Programme was established in January 2017 as a continuation of the Baltic project operated by the Institute in 2015-2016.
The objective of the North and South Programme is to develop collaboration and cultural exchange and to promote Poland through culture in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Northern Europe, the former Yugoslavia and the Balkans. A special focus of the programme is to support the presence of Polish culture in the Visegrad Group countries and the Baltic states.
Following the historic enlargement of NATO and EU, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe have faced new challenges: they had to enhance regional collaboration, in particular along the North-South axis, and develop and strengthen international relations in many areas, including culture. A vision of Poland as a link between the Baltic States and, more broadly, Norther Europe, on the one hand, and the broadly understood Central European macroregion, on the other hand, inspires the Institute to initiate and develop cultural co-operation within this geographic region in order to promote a positive image of Poland and foster the common civilisational heritage of the region.
The North and South Programme will be implemented in synergy with the international component of the Niepodległa Programme, which aims among others to create a Central European space of culture. 1918 is an iconic date to Poland as well as many other countries in the region. While respecting the sensitivity and different historical perspectives of the countries and nations of Central and Eastern Europe and Northern Europe, the North and South Programme will promote the Polish vision of history, present the best of Polish culture in the last century, and invite foreign partners to celebrate independence together.