European Heritage Days to open in Poland this weekend
The 28th European Heritage Days (EHD) will take place in Poland over the next two weekends on Sept. 12-13 and Sept. 19-20. The organisers have planned close to 600 events throughout Poland under the slogan "Moja Droga" (My Way).
"This slogan allows us to refer to the road through history that our nation took in order to regain its independence and how the journey formed our identity as a nation. The path can also refer to the individual fate of the Polish people who had to leave Poland during the difficult times in order to undertake activities in exile," reads a statement on the European Heritage Days website.
The organisers have also noted that this year marks the centenary of Poland's 'Wedding to the Sea,' when the country regained access to the Baltic coastline, which it had earlier lost to Prussia.
"During the European Heritage Days, we want to recall this extremely important event from the past and to present the profiles of Polish travellers and explorers such as Bronisław Piłsudski, Paweł Edmund Strzelecki, Henryk Arctowski and Arkady Fiedler, who travelled seas and oceans, and through their discoveries went down in the annals of science," the statement said.
According to the organisers, this year's slogan is also an invitation to travel through Polish culture and history, to find one's own way to discover local heritage, as well as to discover the tourist routes connecting the monuments and places that are evidence of important historic events.
The EHD event has been organised as a joint initiative of the European Commission and the Council of Europe since 1991. Enabling citizens of the Old Continent to explore a wide range of cultural assets through a number of themed events, European Heritage Days help uncover histories of people and places that have contributed to shape the culture and heritage of Europe.
In Poland, EHD was held for the first time in 1993. This year, a variety of educational events are scheduled, including concerts, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, sightseeing tours and walks.