The European Central Bank and the National Bank of Poland are organising the Days of Polish Culture in Frankfurt am Main from 16 September to 15 October 2004. The aim of the event, which is organised annually by the ECB in cooperation with the central banks of the EU member states, is to bring the inhabitants of Frankfurt closer to the richness and variety of the cultures of the individual nations.
Poland, after Spain, Holland and Portugal, is the fourth country in the European Union and the first of the new member states to be presented during the ECB Days of Culture. The event's programme came into existence in close cooperation with the National Bank of Poland. The cities of Cracow and Frankfurt joined in planning the celebrations on the basis of a partnership and have organised a weekly cycle of cultural events entitled "Cracow Along the River Main".
The Days of Culture will be inaugurated on 16 September 2004 with a discussion panel which will have the participation of Anna Palacio, Pat Cox, Bronisław Geremek, Leszek Balcerowicz and Jean Claude Trichet as well as a gala concert of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Krzysztof Penderecki. A specially prepared music repertoire will consist of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Krzysztof Penderecki's piano concerto "Resurrection", which will be performed by Barry Douglas, the renowned Irish soloist.
Also included in the event's programme is an exhibition of industrial design entitled "Made in Poland", a post-competition photographic exhibition "Poland - My Homeland", review of Polish cinema, musical concerts (Tomasz Stańko, Kroke Band, Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa), literary gatherings (Tadeusz Różewicz, Stefan Chwin, Ewa Lipska) and theatre spectacles (Teatr Cinema from Michałowic, Teatr KTO from Cracow).