On the occasion of the 104th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence, the Institute of National Remembrance in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the Kingdom of Belgium organized a concert of patriotic songs for the Belgian Polish community. The event, which took place at the Oblate Church of Notre-Dame de la Chapelle, was attended by IPN Deputy President Prof. Karol Polejowski.
Hundreds of Poles were deeply touched by the sound of Dabrowski’s Mazurka in the church. The audience joined in the singing and listened attentively to poetry recited by actor Marcin Kwaśny. The gathered guests also admired Anna Fedyniak-Kołodziej and Grzegorz Kołodzie’s dance performance. New versions of well-known songs for the choir and orchestra were prepared for the concert, including Rozkwitały pąki białych róż, Pierwsza Brygada, Polonez, Pieśń o wodzu miłym, Pierwsza Kadrowa.
Among the special guests were: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Belgium Rafal Siemianowski, Vice Consul for Polish Affairs at the Polish Embassy in Brussels Kacper Szyndlarewicz, a Polish Military Representative to NATO Military Committees in the EU: Lt. Col. Grzegorz Skorupa and Lt. Col. Krzysztof Stachura.
The concert featured:
- Art`n`Voices vocal octet
- Sea Orchestra
- Sabrina Stachel - conductor
- Ewa Sarwińska-Kowalczyk - piano,
- Arkadiusz Krawiel - dulcimer
- Marcin Kwaśny - recitations
- Anna Fedyniak-Kolodziej and Grzegorz Piotr Kolodziej - dance.
Polskie Radio dla Zagranicy, TVP Polonia and TVP World.