Polish Culture Yearbook 2017
It is with great satisfaction that I present to you another volume of the Polish Culture Yearbook, whose content, index of partner institutions and thematic structure all reflect the multi-dimensional aspect of activities carried out in the sphere of culture and national heritage.
Most of all, however, they show the multitude of commitments resulting from the implementation of cultural policy in Poland. It is not often that we face the ambitious, yet difficult task of integrating in a concise publication the varied contexts and dimensions of culture, with reference to public institutions as the authors of efficient studies, auto-evaluators of programmes and projects, and initiators of key studies on culture. The current volume of the Yearbook is a result of collaboration between various communities and bodies, and provides an attempt to create a forum of cooperation for the development and promotion of Polish culture.
The inspiration for the selection of texts were studies conducted and activities undertaken that provide a coherent picture of the exploration of both local cultures and national culture. After all, the key task and challenge for the National Centre for Culture is the inclusion of culturally important themes in the public discourse. Therefore, the structure of the Polish Culture Yearbook is a voice in the national and European debate on the challenges for cultural policy. Most of all, it places the National Centre for Culture as an active institution undertaking effective initiatives in supporting the cultural development of Poland and, through the undertaking of statutory duties, enhancing national and local social capital. It also fosters civic potential in Polish society, especially at the level of local communities and formed on a sense of collective identities.
The mission of the National Centre for Culture is to fulfil its duties in two perspectives: firstly, the analysis of values and beliefs shared by Poles regarding participation in culture; and secondly, the cultural policy of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The National Centre for Culture methodically implements the need for systematic reflection on the achievements of individual cultural institutions, the participation of Poles in culture, cultural education based upon historical memory, and the idea of providing continuing support for research on culture. These aims are reflected in the structure of the Polish Culture Yearbook.
The National Centre for Culture, through building and participating in cultural discourse, is obliged to evaluate the ongoing debate from several perspectives: cognitive-framework, socio-national and praxiological. Thus, the description of the domains of culture and national heritage contains reports on national archives, libraries, centres of culture, cinematography, museums, theatres and music institutions, publishing production, the book market, art education, dance and heritage monuments.
The content of the Polish Culture Yearbook results from the need to include key and current issues from public discourse, but in a filtered way in the form of reports, summaries and recommendations so as to become a method for inspiring a discussion about important issues. The National Centre for Culture’s aim in publishing the current volume is to represent good practice in the reflection on culture and national heritage. We share with our readers this thought-provoking publication, which includes fundamental analysis from the perspective of cultural studies.
Prof. Rafał Wiśniewski
Director, National Centre for Culture