Concerts in Vienna, Budapest, Hong Kong to mark Polish independence centenary

Concerts, among others in Vienna, Budapest and Hong Kong, as well as exhibitions, stage performances and interdisciplinary projects, both at home and abroad, will mark Poland's 2018 independence centenary.

The planned celebrations will take place under the Polish government's "Independent" project covering independence centenary events between 2017-2021.

The Hong Kong concerts will feature Polish jazz music and will be part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival (March 4-22), one of the major artistic events in Asia. Appearing at Budapest's Bridging Europe festival (September 16-27) will be the renowned Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra with music by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski.

The Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra will appear in the prestigious Wiener Musikverein hall in Vienna with a programme of music by two outstanding Polish composers, Stanislaw Moniuszko and Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

One of the major centenary undertakings will be a musical about Paderewski to be produced in the US.

Among the domestic centenary programme will be diverse exhibitions, including a display devoted to Polish ethnographer Bronislaw Pilsudski, older brother of Poland's independence architect and inter-war leader Jozef Pilsudski, to open on October 17 in the Manggha Japanese Art and Technology Museum in Krakow.