Warsaw Philharmonic plays for emperor Akihito

Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michito were the guests of honour at a concert by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall on Monday, The News.PL reports. The gala event opened worldwide celebrations of the centenary of Polish independence in 2018 and was also a prelude to next year’s centenary

Organ transplants on the rise in Poland

Following years of stagnation, organ transplants are growing in number in Poland, according to the latest data released by the Poltransplant coordinating center. A total of 1,531 organs were transplanted in 2017, the highest number since 2012, which saw 1,546 such surgeries. The trend reflects an increase in the total of donors

Warsaw orchestra on Asian tour marks centenary of Polish independence

The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra has given a gala concert in Japan to open a series of worldwide events marking the centenary of Polish independence. The programme of Monday’s concert at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall included the Overture for Orchestra by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the legendary pianist, composer and statesman who lobbied for

Record proceeds for annual Polish fundraiser

A Polish charity called the Great Christmas Aid Orchestra collected a record PLN 81 million (EUR 19.4 mn) in funds for neonatal care on Sunday. The amount raised during the annual fundraiser's grand finale on Sunday was almost PLN 20 million higher than a year earlier, leading organisers to believe that

Polish 2017 films screenings in Warsaw

A film festival showcasing movies eligible for the Polish Film Academy’s Eagles awards starts at Warsaw’s Iluzjon cinema on Wednesday. Nearly 60 Polish produced and co-produced fiction and non-fiction films, all of which were released last year, will be screened during the festival. As well as viewing the movies, festival-goers will

Painting lost in WWII returns to Polish museum

A 1872 painting lost in World War II and recently recovered by Polish experts and police was on Monday showcased to the public. The painting, entitled Winter in a Small Town, is the work of renowned Polish artist Maksymilian Gierymski (1846-1874). It has been recovered through the joint efforts of regional

Art market booming in Poland

Sales of works of art by auction houses in Poland hit a record last year, according to the IAR news agency. Sales were nearly 30 percent up on 2016, hitting almost PLN 215 million (USD 62m, EUR 52m), IAR reported, citing data from the artinfo.pl website. But Jan Koszutski, head of

Epiphany Feast parade in Warsaw

The tenth Feast of the Epiphany parade has been held in Warsaw and similar events have been planned for nearly 650 other Polish towns and cities and 16 locations abroad. The Catholic feast day commemorating the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem to pay tribute to newborn Jesus

Church attendance drops slightly

Church attendance has fallen slightly in Poland, according to Roman Catholic officials. Around 37 percent of Catholics in Poland went to Sunday Mass regularly last year, some 3 percentage points down on 2015, according to the Catholic Church Statistics Institute. "Polish Catholicism is stable, and strong institutionally and in parishes,” Father

Polish expedition to K2 leaves Warsaw

A Polish expedition to K2, the world’s second-highest peak in the Karakoram mountain range of the Himalayas, leaves Warsaw on Friday. The aim of the 13-strong team of climbers is the first-ever winter ascent, without oxygen support, of the world’s second-highest mountain, its summit at an altitude of 8,611 metres