Polska!Year, the year-long project celebrating Poland in Great Britain, has officially come to a close. Its chief organizer was the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, a governmental organization that promotes Polish culture abroad.
Polska!Year comprised 250 projects that aimed at introducing the British public to the most interesting accomplishments of Polish culture and creations by Poland’s most respected artists. The overall goal of Polska!Year was to bring Polish and British society closer together by strengthening the cultural connections between the two countries.
The many projects that made up Polska!Year included several events on Polish-Jewish topics that were coordinated by the Galicia Jewish Museum. The main aim of these projects was to present the culture and traditions of Polish Jews as an important element of Polish culture. They included exhibitions, film screenings, concerts, conferences and meetings with authors.
The final event dealing with Polish-Jewish topics in the Polska!Year programme was the conference Poland: A Jewish Matter, which took place in London on 30-31 May 2010.
The materials from this conference were collected into a publication titled Poland: A Jewish Matter. The authors of the compiled texts include: Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs, Agnieszka Cahn, Kate Crady, Andrzej Folwarczny, Edyta Gawron, Konstanty Gebert, Piotr Goldstein, Rabbi Aubrey Hersh, Monika Krawczyk, Weronika Litwin, Janusz Makuch, Małgorzata Ornat, Rafał Pióro, Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Alon Simhayoff, Jonathan Webber and Katarzyna Zechenter.
This publication is now available in the Galicia Jewish Museum’s bookshop.
[ Source: www.galiciajewishmuseum.org ]