- Acting Director: Barbara Schabowska-Maszenda
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute (AMI) is a national cultural institute established in 2000 by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, in consultation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Its mission is to build and communicate the cultural dimension of the Poland brand through active participation in international cultural exchange. The Institute has carried out cultural projects in 70 countries. As of early 2016, the AMI has presented more than 5,500 cultural events, attracting an audience of more than 52 million on five continents. All of the Institute’s projects carry its flagship brand, Culture.pl.
The Institute’s Culture.pl portal offers a daily information service covering key events related to Polish culture around the world. In addition to information on events organised in Poland and abroad, the portal features numerous artist profiles, reviews, essays, descriptive articles and information about cultural institutions. The site is available in three languages: Polish, English and Russian. In 2015 the portal won the Guarantee of Culture award in the category Culture on the Net. In 2017 culture.pl announced a new project: Stories From The Eastern West. It is a new audio show that reveals hidden history from Central and Eastern Europe. Intertwining in-depth interviews, rich sound design and original music to build compelling narrative stories, the podcast is the start of a new chapter for Culture.pl.
Since the founding of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, classical music has been one of the most important areas of its cultural activities. The objective of the Institute’s music projects is to increase the presence of Polish music in the repertoire of international professional musicians, both Polish and foreign. For this purpose, the Institute pursues collaboration with international musical institutes and festivals, and supports the international presence of Polish institutions and performers. The Institute’s activities encompass both the newest music as well as the field that can be described as musical heritage, i.e. music and musical phenomena that belong to the past.
In its operations, the Institute works with Polish and foreign performers and partners, supports selected concerts and production of albums, and ensures the presence of Polish musicians at top-level international events. The Institute also supports young musicians through various residency programmes and makes it possible for them to work with renowned ensembles from around the world.
updated: 2020 (ac)