Over the past two decades, Poland has developed an incredible modernizing force. Even if large cities have acquired a few glass and metal buildings, even if they tend to have more and more in common with the capitals of Western Europe, the Polish regions remain marked by a great authenticity. Cities, villages, countryside, forests, Poland remains a country of traditions. Polish cultural identity is very pronounced, and the year is marked by religious, national or local festivities. At the heart of globalization, the country is determined to keep its specific characteristics and is the guardian of a profusion of typically European particularities. While modernising, Poland is still carrying a vision of traditional Europe, ten thousand miles from that of the metropolises of Western Europe. This atmosphere of authenticity is felt throughout the country, and particularly in the east, where time seems to be slowing down, where nature and people's hospitality seem to have been preserved from the upheavals of the early 21st century.
Between arts and culture :
Poland is in a constant state of cultural turmoil. It is an understatement to say that the contemporary art scene is dynamic. Culture occupies a prominent place in the lives of Poles: literature, cinema, theatre and music are alive and well. The country has an impressive number of philharmonic concert halls, symphony orchestras and operas. The "popular" music is also of very good quality: Poland is home to one of the best hip-hop scenes in Europe and rock is well established... As for contemporary art, often with a great synthesis with tradition, it is of exceptional quality. There will therefore be plenty to do for culture lovers: cities are home to many museums, often of good quality, exhibition halls, concert halls. In addition, the traditions are also clearly visible. As a religious and patriotic country, Poland is constantly celebrating major celebrations that are an integral part of the country's annual life. In addition, the calendar of each region is punctuated by festivals, exhibitions, concerts and cultural events. In short, you are unlikely to be bored!
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette