Poland / Polen

1. Cultural policy

Cultural policy profile

Cultural policy profile of Poland in 7 thematic chapters, including additional information and resources:


Ministry of Culture

2. Official representations

Representation of Poland in Belgium

The Polish Institute aims to encourage an exchange between Poland and Belgium in the fields of culture, education, and human and exact science.
Agnieszka Boleckan, Head of Service
Avenue des Gaulois 29, 1040 Brussels
Tel. : +32 (0) 2 554 06 90

Representation of Flanders in Poland

Diplomatic Representation of the Government of Flanders
Dhr. Thomas Castrel, General Representative of the Government of Flanders in Poland

3. About funding, cooperation and information centers

– Funding and cooperation

  • Adam Mickiewicz Institute: a national Poland-based cultural institution, promotes Polish culture abroad by initiating international exchange between Polish and foreign cultural institutions, co-producing artistic events, and ensuring the presence of Polish artists in international circulation. The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is a EUNIC member.
  • Stefan Batory Foundation – Cultural Program: Batory Foundation stimulates an open, democratic society by improving the quality of Polish democracy, strengthening the role of civic institutions in public life and developing international cooperation and solidarity.

– Information

  • EUNIC member: Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Together with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute (see above), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a member of EUNIC.
  • Information on the OTM page: On the Move is the cultural mobility information network, providing information and knowledge for artists and cultural professionals active across borders. On this page, you can find all current calls related to the country as well as the latest version of the Cultural Mobility Funding Guide – and more.
  • Ars Baltica: Focused on cultural cooperation around the Baltic Sea, Ars Baltica provides country profiles for all 11 countries. Find your way to further information about film, literature, music, visual arts and performing arts in Poland!. “Cross-sectional” contains general information about projects, programmes and institutions that are dedicated to different fields of arts and culture.

4. Other information portals and platforms

– All disciplines

  • Culture.pl: The Adam Mickiewicz Institute runs the Culture.pl web portal with daily updates on the key events concerning Polish culture across the world.

– Visual arts

– Performing arts

  • The Institute of Music and Dance: develops the music and dance culture in Poland: submits reports, provides expert advice, is responsible for documentation and archives.
  • The Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute: deals with documentation, promotion and animation of Polish theatrical life. The Institute manages the largest archive of theatre-related documents in Poland, maintains a library, houses a specialist bookshop PROSPERO, and runs a theatre studio where presentations are open to the public. The Institute manages a portal devoted to Polish theatre (e-teatr.pl), and the site “Encyclopedia of the Polish theatre”.
  • Assitej Poland: Polish branch of the international association on theatre for young audiences.

– Music

  • Polish Music Council: represents Polish music circles and, by the mandate of each of its members, is entitled to act on behalf of its members. It is established to develop evaluations, programs and recommendations for methods of action to reach goals which are beneficial to the nation’s culture.
  • The Polish Music Information Centre: developed in 2001 from the Library of the Polish Composers’ Union – Polish Contemporary Music Documentation Centre, which for fifty years collected books, scores and records as well as information about contemporary Polish composers and their works.
  • The Authors Society (ZAIKS): The main goals of the Society of Authors ZAiKS are management of authors’ rights, granting licenses on their behalf, collecting money due them, and pursuing any claims of rights’ infringement. ZAiKS also assists many of the activities of the Polish authors, giving prizes in competitions, running Authors’ Retreat Houses, and offering the artists much needed social assistance.

5. Regional organisations

  • Organisation internationale of la Francophonie (OIF): The Francophonie is also an institution, dedicated since 1970 to promoting the French language and political, educational, economic and cultural cooperation among the 88 member countries of the OIF, among which support for Cultural Diversity. Poland has an observer member status.
  • Easttopics: a non-profit initiative dedicated to the promotion of the Eastern European contemporary art field. This cross-border project takes form as an expanding on-line website and database focusing on the following countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
  • CEC ArtsLink: advocates and supports transnational cultural mobility and collaboration, empowering artists and arts leaders to engage communities in dialogue and creative projects for a more equitable, compassionate, and sustainable world. In many of its funding programmes, it connects the USA with European and Asian countries.
  • The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC): a governmental initiative which brings together national authorities, practitioners from cultural and creative industries (CCI) and experts. It works towards a stronger, more competitive and more resilient CCI sector that contributes significantly to the sustainable development of the Northern Dimension region (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation and Sweden).
  • Visegrad GroupVisegrad Fund: The International Visegrad Fund was established by the Visegrad Group to implement priorities and support projects in all areas of interest of the V4 countries (Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia)
  • The Central European Initiative (CEI): a regional intergovernmental forum which gathers 17 Member States in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. It supports a united Europe with shared values embracing all countries, regions, peoples and citizens; and fosters good governance, rule of law and sustainable economic development for stability, social cohesion, environmental sustainability, security and prosperity. CEI also supports cultural cooperation.