Meeting with men of letters and culture Poland's cultural life was exceptional last year, said President of the Republic of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski, who together with his Spouse met representatives of the world of culture on February 28th, 2000, at the Presidential Palace(...).
I can state that last year Polish creators were lavishly feeding the national pride.(...)
In one year, the famous "Oscars" went to two Poles: Janusz Kaminski and Andrzej Wajda. The French Academy admitted Roman Polanski to its immortal midst. World prestigious prizes of both hemispheres went to Krzysztof Penderecki. Venice witnessed the triumph of Katarzyna Kozyra. Krzysztof Lupa enchanted Paris. Ryszard Kapuscinski, widely read and awarded in the world, was declared the "Journalist of the Century". Tadeusz Rozewicz scored successes in Poland and at the International Book Fair in Jerusalem. (...)
The presence of our culture in the world is a consequence of the existence of an authentic and creative cultural life in our
country. It is just here where Polish books are written, films shot, spectacles staged, compositions written, paintings painted
and sculptures sculpted. The past year, like previous ones, corroborated the high condition of acclaimed and outstanding
artists, such for instance as Olga Tokarczuk in literature, Leon Tarasewicz in painting, Jerzy Jarocki in theatre, or Ewa Michnik in opera. I will also thank for excellent and famous works of art to Stefan Chwin, Krzysztof Krauze, Pawel Mykietyn, Dorota Terakowska, Agnieszka Glinska, Kaya, Wojciech Kepczynski, Tomasz Gudzowaty. We are happy and proud that it's just Polish culture to be today the most conspicuous, the most appreciated and sought-after trademark of the Republic of Poland".