• February 1, 2016
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Polish Cultural Institute celebrates its 20th anniversary

Exactly 20 years ago, Polish Cultural Institute began to function in Vilnius. The institution was established by the decree of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland of 21st December 1995 on the grounds of the Treaty records between the Republic of Poland and the Republic of Lithuania on amicable relations and neighborly cooperation.

On the 1st of February 1996, the Embassy of RL in Lithuania informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the startup of Polish Cultural Institute in Vilnius.

Since then, the Institute has organized a few thousand events in Lithuania – from music concerts, through modern art exhibitions, displays of Polish movies, to Polish theatre plays and support for interesting publications.

“The year 2016 is for us the time when we can enjoy our achievements from the previous years, reminisce beautiful and exciting events which accompanied us throughout these years, recall fond memories of excellent and notable artists, creators, and people of culture, whom we had pleasure to host in Lithuania. Simultaneously, it is the time of reflection upon new challenges, target audience and concepts for new, interesting projects depicting modern and creative Poland which is well worth a visit. Because this is the face of Poland we want to show you. We are thankful for your favor, sympathy and help. We can boldly say that we owe being the Institution we are after more than 20 years of activity also to you. Our Institute would not be so successful without your openness, cooperation, help, and support. We would like to thank everyone who was or is in any way involved in our work, in intensifying cooperation between Poles and Lithuanians. We believe that the number of such people will grow and, for our part, we will try not to disappoint your trust” – can be read on the Facebook profile of the Institute.

Translated by Diana Dymel within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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