Share this on:
 E-mail
72
VIEWS
0
COMMENTS
 
SHARES
About this iReport
  • Not verified by CNN

  • Click to view IconsEurope's profile
    Posted May 31, 2014 by
    IconsEurope
    Location
    Brussels, Belgium
    Assignment
    Assignment
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    The best things about Poland

    Cultural heritage with global impact

     
    After centuries of foreign oppression, Poland became a truly free nation only 25 years ago. Nevertheless, while preserving its own national identity and language, Poland has all along made a unique contribution to the cultural heritage of Europe as a whole if not the world.

    In the fields of science and the arts, names like Copernicus, Mickiewicz, Chopin, Paderewski, Marie Curie, Arthur Rubinstein, Milosz and Szymborska stand out (ref. http://www.iconsofeurope.com/poland.htm).

    This cultural heritage is remarkable, because its diversity and quality compare with other countries that for various reasons have not suffered prolonged hardships similar to Poland’s experience.

    Moreover, it still constitutes a source of knowledge, pleasure and inspiration. In the case of Chopin, his music represents a formidable magnet to attract tourism and foreign direct investment to “The Homeland of Chopin”. The music also facilitates cross-border exchanges and high-level diplomacy.

    Currently a subject Icons of Europe’s ongoing research, Chopin legacy has had a much bigger impact on Europe’s Symbolist movement and cultural development than previously considered. This investigative research has also decoded the symbolism of certain artworks created in tribute to Chopin of which Teofil Kwiatkowski’s large painting, “Chopin’s Polonez” (1859) is a good example.
    • TAGS:

    • GROUPS:

    What do you think of this story?

    Select one of the options below. Your feedback will help tell CNN producers what to do with this iReport. If you'd like, you can explain your choice in the comments below.
    Be and editor! Choose an option below:
      Awesome! Put this on TV! Almost! Needs work. This submission violates iReport's community guidelines.

    Comments

    Log in to comment

    iReport welcomes a lively discussion, so comments on iReports are not pre-screened before they post. See the iReport community guidelines for details about content that is not welcome on iReport.

    Add your Story Add your Story