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After the Congress

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The European Culture Congress in Wrocław closed on Sunday, September 11. Our gratitude goes to all who took part in it – artists, participants of debates and meetings, project curators and above all to our audience. Special thanks go to our volunteers.

The Congress drew a wide range of theoreticians and practitioners, renowned masters and young artists, high level government officials, representatives of European institutions and NGOs, as well as publicists, animators and cultural activists from Poland and abroad.

We held a total of 13 debates and over a dozen smaller meetings with renowned artists and intellectuals from Europe and beyond. We conducted over 100 interdisciplinary projects prepared by 550 curators and artists. Around 100 NGOs from Poland, Europe, and Eastern Partnership countries were also involved. 550 volunteers helped organize the event.

15 thousand people registered to attend the European Culture Congress, including 430 media representatives from Poland and abroad. 5,000 additional Congress entrance cards were issued. In total, over 200 thousand people participated in the Congress events!

But there’s more. Some of the Congress projects will be continued as part of other cultural initiatives and on the web. Over the upcoming month, broadcasts prepared during the Congress by a Polish-Belarusian team of journalists will be aired in Belarus via the Polish Radio External Service, The winning projects selected at the Idea Generator event will be realized by the end of the year, and a new edition of the Reading Lab will open its doors during the Culture 2.0 conference in October.

We have uploaded to the Congress website the debates, the inaugural lecture by Zygmunt Bauman, the official opening and closing ceremonies of the Congress, along with the finale of Dock’s Docs Gdańsk Remix contest and other audiovisual materials. We will be posting more footage in the coming days.

We have also begun working on a publication which will summarise the Congress. It will be released in a few months.

And finally, a surprise! The National Audiovisual Institute will publish a CD with pieces performed by Krzysztof Penderecki and Jonny Greenwood at their Centennial Hall concert. The album will be released by Nonesuch – a legendary New-York based label which has published the work of such artists as Björk, Ry Cooder, Kronos Quartet, Steve Reich and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. The CD will be produced by Filip Berkowicz, curator of both Penderecki Concerts.

Stay tuned. The Congress lives on.

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