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Online Transmission – opening of the Czesław Miłosz International Dialogue Centre


On the eve of the Polish EU Presidency Krasnogruda will host the grand opening of the Czesław Miłosz International Dialogue Centre. On this occasion enthusiasts of the Nobel Prize Winner’s art will arrive from all over the world. One of the guests will be Zygmunt Bauman who will participate in the Agora of Philosophers.

The Centre will be opened by the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski, in the presence of, inter alia: Secretary of State at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Piotr Żuchowski; Minister of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Arūnas Gelūnas; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania Egidijus Meilūnas; and representatives of the regional authorities: the Voivod of Podlaskie Voivodship, Maciej Żywno; Vice Marshall of Podlaskie Voivodship, Cezary Cieślukowski; Chairman of the Podlaskie Voivodship Assembly, Bogdan Dyjuk; Councillor of the Podlaskie Voivodship Assembly, Waldemar Kwaterski; Starost of Sejny, Ryszard Grzybowski, and Mayor of Sejny, Jan Stanisław Kap.

The event includes:


Participants: Zygmunt Bauman (Leeds), Cezary Wodziński (Ublik), Michał P. Markowski (Krakow).

THE AGORA OF POETS – “Europe’s Child”

Participants: Adam Zagajewski (Krakow), Marcelijus Martinaitis (Vilnius) and Alicja Rybałko (Vilnius). Moderator: Irena Grudzińska-Gross (New York).

THE AGORA OF ARTISTS – “Return” Oratorio (Sejny Basilica, Sejny)

The premiere of the “Return” oratorio by Vlad Marhultz (New York) inspired by Czesław Miłosz’s poem under the same title, composed especially for the European Agora. Artists: Iwona Sobotka – soprano (Barcelona), Robert Gierlach – bass-baritone (Warsaw), David Krakauer – clarinet (New York), Orchestra Sinfonietta Cracovia, Jauna Muzika Choir (Vilnius), Radosław Labakhua Kiszewski – conductor (Warsaw).

The entire event will be transmitted online in english at

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