Polska 100 Programme

The year 2018 will mark the centenary of Poland’s independence. It is a special moment for Polish culture, which, despite a difficult history, remained free and creative.

The Adam Mickiewicz Institute will launch a new long-term programme POLSKA 100, financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2021. It will be an international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence. Its goal is to promote Polish culture and cultural exchange between artists, creators and institutions worldwide.

The POLSKA 100 programme will showcase the most important phenomena of the last century of Polish culture, shedding light on ever-inspiring projects and works. The programme is comprised of six areas: music, design, visual arts, film, theatre, and new technologies. It is the first time the Adam Mickiewicz Institute will be using new technologies as a means of international communication on such a large scale.

The POLSKA 100 programme will feature over 400 projects realised during a four-year period. Each of them will promote the avant-garde postulate of the freedom of art: it is freedom that translates into innovative approaches, defiance, the unfettered power of imagination, and the audacity to experiment.

The events are set to take place both in Central and Eastern Europe (including the Visegrad Group members, Romania and the Baltic countries), in France, Germany and the United Kingdom, as well as in North America and Asia (China, Japan and Korea).

POLSKA 100 Programme structure

Music of Freedom (classical music)

  • From Paderewski to the Avant-garde
  • Polish Radio Experimental Studio link opens page in new window
  • Heroines of Sound
  • Map of Polish Composers

Polish Jazz (contemporary music)

  • Polish jazz will be featured during the Jazzahead! trade fair and at key jazz festivals worldwide
  • Network of Polish Jazz Festivals – International Jazz Exchange

New reality builders (visual arts)

  • The Avant-Garde: From the Interwar Period to Modern Day
  • Polish Photography: Between an Experiment and Documentarian Tendencies
  • Contemporary Art : A Dialogue
  • Polish Art at the Turn of the 20th Century: In Search of a National Style

Last Century in Polish Design: An Overview (design)

  • History of Polish Design
  • Design in the Context of Central and Eastern Europe

A Brand New Vision of Theatre (theatre)

  • Towards a New Theatre
  • Romantic Legacy in the Context of the Great Reform
  • Choreographic Territories: New Paths for the Avant-garde
  • The Heart of a Factory
  • Translation and Cultural Transcription of Polish Avant-garde Art
  • Showcase of Central European Theatres
  • The New Generation’s Response to the Masters
  • Can Paderewski be the Hero of a Musical? (a musical about the composer)


  • Icons of the Interwar Period: A Series of Animated Films
  • Sounds Polish
  • Jack Strong (a full-length feature film, a joint production with Paramount Pictures)
  • Masters of Polish Cinema

New Technologies

  • N18 Guide on Culture.pl: Where is Poland? A Foreigner’s Guide to Polish Culture under the Partitions
  • Poles in the World’s Culture
  • Roderick Coover, Webdoc
  • VR apps

Ewa Bogusz-Moore

Deputy Director

tel: 22 44 76 115


  • Zbigniew Herbert, Creative Work House of Polish Writers' Union,1972, photo: Erazm Ciołek/Forum

    2018: Celebrating the Anniversaries of Sendler, Herbert & Poland Itself

    The year 2018 will be an extremely important year in Polish history as it will mark the centenary of Poland’s independence. Numerous events and celebrations marking the occasion will be organised across the country and abroad. 2018 will also be known as the year of Zbigniew Herbert and Irena Sendler. More #polska 100
  • 17Jan'18 - 28Apr'18
    photo: Armelle Dlubak/Fundacja Archeologia Fotografii

    Zbigniew Dłubak Exhibition at the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris

    Heir of the Avant-garde, presenting Zbigniew Dłubak's work, is the first monographic exhibition of a Polish photographer to be on display at the prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris. More #polska 100
  • Official logo of the POLSKA100 programme, photo: Adam Mickiewicz Institute

    POLSKA 100: Adam Mickiewicz Institute to Launch New Programme

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  • 08Dec'17
    Soft Power (member of the Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble), photo: Barbican Centre

    The Dance of Freedom at the Barbican Centre

    'Dance of Freedom' is a project inspired by traditional Polish folk dances, which mixes folklore with modern choreography and contemporary music. The first part of the project entitled 'Soft Power' incorporates electronic music by British artist Felicita. More #polska 100
  • 27Nov'17 - 30Nov'17
    Balet przestrzenny, fot. materiały prasowe

    Iza Rutkowska's Spatial Ballet in Berlin

    The Spatial Ballet is a kind of an interaction of dance with urban spaces, inspired by Oskar Schlemmer, an outstanding representative of the Bauhaus art school and his Triadic Ballet. Unusual geometric costumes for the performers were designed by Polish artist Iza Rutkowska. Her intriguing performance will be presented in Berlin. More #polska 100

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Published at: 2017.02.06 16:47
Updated at: 2018.06.11 14:54
Author: Karolina Babij
Written by: Karolina Babij