Update on "Memphis in Poland" Festival

June 12, 2017 - the Memphis in Poland Festival has begun - see here.

 

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has sent over this wonderful City of Memphis Proclamation applauding the Memphis in Poland Festival. 

 

 

The Polish-American Society received a letter from Professor Piotr Wilczek, the new Polish Ambassador to the U.S., in which he expressed his support for our initiative “Memphis in Poland”.  We also obtained an endorsement from Mr. Jim Strickland, Mayor of the City of Memphis.  Mr. Ryszard Schnepf, former Ambassador to the U.S. discussed the project with Mr. Paul Jones, U.S. Ambassador to Poland.  Because of this and our direct contacts with the U.S. Embassy, we are expecting a grant which should cover a portion of the expenses associated with the Festival.  

The music part of the project is coordinated by Marcin and Becky Arendt representing both our Society and the University of Memphis School of Music. Our other main partners are the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City Hall of Sopot and the Baltic Artistic Agency. 

The education part of the Festival is a joint venture of the National Civil Rights Museum and the European Solidarity Center in Gdansk.  The object of this undertaking is an exhibition celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Freedom Award. In 1999 Lech Wałęsa was invited to Memphis to receive this Award from the National Civil Rights Museum.   

Also, a new component was added to the Festival, which is a chess tournament between the students of the Sopot Elementary School No. 8 and the Douglass K-8 Public Elementary School in Memphis.  The tournament will be held in June during the Festival in Poland.

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