After the huge success of the Polish cultural program in China organized last year by Culture.pl and the Polish Institute in Beijing, in 2016 the groups are focused on presenting Polish theatre, dance and opera productions as well as early, classical and contemporary music. This time the Chinese audiences will have a chance to see some of the most recent and representative Polish creativity, not only in Beijing, Tianjin and Wuzhen, but also in Harbin.
2016 will bring a series of concerts as part of the Early Music Season run by the Forbidden City Concert Hall, another tour of Sinfonia Varsovia in Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan and Changsha, as well as numerous tours of Polish jazz and post-rock bands. This time the organizers of the Early Music Season invited several Polish programs: ‘Tre Donne’ of the soprano Olga Pasiecznik and ensemble, the ‘Bach & Sons’ project of harpsichordist Marcin Świątkiewicz and his international ensemble, as well as lute recitals of Michał Gondko. During its second visit to China in November, by the invitation of the Poly Entertainment Group, Sinfonia Varsovia will perform under the baton of the great composer Krzysztof Penderecki, with the exceptional piano soloist Jan Lisiecki. Also this year, the organizers of the Sounds of the Xity and the Strawberry festivals have invited, for the first time, a Polish post-rock band the ‘Tides From Nebula’ to perform in Beijing and Shanghai. 2016 will also see another presentation of JAZZ PO POLSKU ON TOUR in China, a project promoting Polish jazz music abroad, with concerts of several jazz bands all around China.
One of the highlights of the Culture.pl program will be Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera The Passenger directed by Sir David Pountney and presented at the Tianjin Grand Theatre in mid-December. The production, based on a radio novel by Zofia Posmysz and drawn from her personal, traumatic experience of the Second World War, has already won the hearts of theatre fans in Bregenz Festival in Austria, Warsaw and New York.