• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • The year 2015 will mark a number of important anniversaries relating to the history of Polish theatre: 250 years of public theatre and the operation of the National Theatre; the 130th birth anniversary of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz ("Witkacy"); and the 100th birth anniversary of Tadeusz Kantor.


    The 250th anniversary of the National Theatre's operation – Europe’s fourth oldest national theatre allows to place this fact in a broad, worldwide context. A theatre that is permanent, professional, public and playing in their mother tongue, the operation of which has designated the primary turning point in the history of Polish theatre culture, is an indicator of the strength of Polish culture, worth of international reflection.


    Theatre, being an uncompromising commentator of the Polish reality, plays a unique role in society, becoming a parallel story about Poland's social and cultural transformations. This gives unlimited cognitive and promotional possibilities.


    Including the promotion of events abroad, which accompany the celebration of this feast of Polish theatre, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs creates its own tools in parallel in order to use this extraordinary circumstance for the promotion of contemporary Poland. The Ministry has planned a number of activities under the common banner of Year of Polish Theatre abroad. The principal partner for the realization of the promotional objectives of the Year is the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute, which is responsible for coordinating activities across the country, guaranteeing a positive synergy.


    The Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its partners prepared a number of tools to assist the diplomatic posts in carrying out the celebrations of the Year of Theatre. Among them:


    Modular Days of Polish Theatre - a series of interactive lectures, workshops and video presentations about Polish theatre addressed to international academic and theatrical circles.

    Polska New Theatre - published in three languages (English, Russian and Spanish), a synthetic presentation of the wealth of theatrical life in Poland, addressed to theatrical circles and encouraging visiting Poland in 2015.

    Pressbook "Teatroteki" - Documentary and Feature Film Production Company's project to create screen versions of the most valuable achievements of "young" Polish drama theatre,


    "Witkacy. Photographs" - a presentation of Witkacy's experimental photographs, prepared by the National Museum in Warsaw,

    Study visits of theatre artists and theorists during the official celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the National Theatre in Warsaw,



    Scientific and artistic meeting called "Polska Theatre", with prominent foreign theatre scholars invited through diplomatic posts to attend (September 2015).


    The Polish Institute in Tel Aviv inaugurated the international celebrations of the Year of Polish Theatre by the performance entitled "Mother Courage won't be quiet. War-time Choir" directed by Marta Górnicka. The performance will also be presented in Germany and Poland.