Polonia Congress – Poland The Great Project in London

The Polonia Congress “Poland, the Great Project” in London is a day-long event for Poles living outside their homeland. The conference will be held on September 16 at 12:00 pm in London at The View conference centre located in the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons, where conference participants will be able to meet with leading representatives of the English-Polish community and representatives of Polish national institutions involved in contact with compatriots living abroad.

The aim of the conference is to integrate and cultivate ties with the British-Polish community and strengthen compatriots’ ties with their homeland. Our Congress is aimed at young people, seniors, academics, entrepreneurs and all those for whom Poland is the uniting dimension of their identity. The meeting will include three-panel discussions devoted, in turn, to the actions of the authorities of the Republic of Poland in favour of the Polish community, the role of the Polish community in Polish-British relations and the cultivation of Polish identity abroad. The substantive meetings will be followed by an artistic performance and a banquet, during which participants will have time to integrate with each other and celebrate Polish identity together.

Admission is free and possible upon registration through the Eventbrite website.

You are cordially invited!

Programme:

12:00 Official Opening

12:15-13:45 Poland beyond borders. How can Poland more effectively support and integrate Polonia?

Jan Badowski – Director of the Department for Cooperation with Polonia and Poles Abroad at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

Tomasz Lis – Musician, pianist and soloist

Adam Gajkowski – President of „Nasza Polonia” Organisation

Grzegorz Górny – President of the Poland Grand Project Foundation – Moderator

Language: Polish

13:45-14:45 Lunch

14:45-16:15 Polonia for Poland. The role of Polonia in Polish-British relations

Prof. Piotr Wilczek – Ambassador of Poland to the United Kingdom

Daniel Kawczynski MP – Member of the UK Parliament, Conservative Party

Magda Harvey BEM, White Eagle Appeal

Michał Łuczewski – Vice President of the Poland Grand Project Foundation – Moderator

Language: English

16:20-18:00 With Poland in our hearts. Nurturing Polish identity beyond borders

Justin Maciejewski – Director General of the National Army Museum

Kasia Madera, BBC presenter

Elżbieta Barrass – Chairwoman of the Polish School Association

George Byczynski – Editor-in-Chief of British Poles – Moderator

Language: English

18:15 Artistic Segment – Orlęta

18:45 Banquet – Drinks Reception

Organisers: Poland Great Project and British Poles

The event is registration only, and there is a strict place limit. There will be a guest list and security on the door.

Project financed by the Chancellery of the Prime Minister as part of the Polonia and Poles Abroad 2023.

WHEN: 16 September 2023, 12.00-21.00

WHERE: The View in The Royal College of Surgeons of England, 38-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE

REGISTRATION: here

 

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