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    Posted May 31, 2014 by
    Brussels, Belgium
    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.
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