200th anniversary of the birth of Oskar Kolberg under UNESCO’s auspices  - miniatura

200th anniversary of the birth of Oskar Kolberg under UNESCO’s auspices

The 37th session of the General Conference approved a list of anniversaries with which UNESCO will be associated in 2014-2015. Five of them are anniversaries of eminent personalities celebrated by Poland:

  • 100th anniversary of the birth of Andrzej Panufnik in 2014
  • 200th anniversary of the birth of Oskar Kolberg in 2014
  • 100th anniversary of the birth of Tadeusz Kantor in 2015
  • 200th anniversary of the death of Jan Nepomucen Potocki in 2015
  • 250th anniversary of the birth of Michał Kleofas Ogiński celebrated in 2015 jointly by Poland, Lithuania and Belarus.

The list of anniversaries of historical events or of significant personalities celebrated in UNESCO’s member states and associate members with which the organisation will participate is approved every two years by the General Conference based on proposals from national commissions. Each proposed anniversary should be a fiftieth anniversary, a centenary, or a multiple thereof, and should concern personalities or events of genuinely worldwide or at least regional significance. The prestigious list features historical events and personalities that have undisputedly contributed to UNESCO’s mission, in particular the promotion of international understanding and dialogue between peoples.

Previously, UNESCO has associated itself with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Fryderyk Chopin (2010), the 150 anniversary of the birth of I.J. Paderewski (2010), the 100th anniversary of the birth of Czesław Miłosz (2011), the 100th anniversary of the death of Bolesław Prus (2012), and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Witold Lutosławski (2013).

For more information, go to UNESCO’s website www.unesco.org.

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