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21 · 11 · 2019

100 years of Danish-Polish diplomatic relations

The 2019 celebration of the centennial of Danish-Polish diplomatic relations


The fall of 2019 marks the centennial of the reestablishing of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Poland after the latter regained its status as an independent nation after World War I. The centennial will be celebrated in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, with two days of various events on November 25th and 26th. Among the attendants of these events will be H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, H.R.H. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, and Krzysztof Szczerski, the Chief of Cabinet of President of Poland. Furthermore, Denmark and Poland will be represented by a broad spectrum of politicians, professors, museum directors, and artists, as well as leaders from various corporations, organizations and institutes.


The Danish Crown Prince Couple will, during their stay in Poland, attend an official lunch hosted by Polish President Andrzej Duda and the first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda. The Couple will also partake in the opening of a Conference on the history of the relations between the two nations. The Crown Prince will furthermore partake in a round-table discussion on renewable energy with various Danish and Polish energy corporations.


Conference on the history of Danish and Polish relations, and Danish-Polish concert


The conference on the history of Danish-Polish relations will run for both the 25th and 26th of November, and will be held at the University of Warsaw. A series of talks will be held on the political relations between the two nations during the Interbellum, after World War II, during the Cold War, and after the fall of the Iron Curtain. There will also be held talks about Polish refugees in Denmark, Polish and Danish explorations of the Arctic, the Danish folk high schools, and exchange-programs between universities in the two nations.


On the evening of the 25th of November a concert will be held in Teatr Dramatyczny in Warsaw’s Palace of Culture and Science. The concert will be conducted by the Danish-Polish musician Czesław Mozil. A selection of various musicians and singers from the two nations will give performances of Danish and Polish songs and pieces.


Thorvaldsen and Holberg


During the celebration of the Danish-Polish diplomatic relations a special focus will be given to the Danish culture. This will be marked by the inauguration of a commemoration plaque in honor of the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, and a performance over Ludvig Holberg’s comedy Erasmus Montanus.


Thorvaldsen visited Warsaw in 1820 to sign a contract, that devoted him to creating a monument of the Polish Prince Józef Poniakowski, and the statue was completed in 1832. During the Second World War, Warsaw was destroyed in 1944 and with it the monument of Prince Józef Poniakowski. After the war it was recreated using original models from Thorvaldsen’s Museum in Copenhagen. The reconstruction was given as a gift from the Danish government and today it is placed at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw. In front of the Staszic Palace another work of Thorvaldsen is found – a monument of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Kopernikus. Here the commemoration plaque will be inaugurated by the Danish Crown Prince Couple on the 25th of November.


On the 26th, in Łazienki Palace, the Polish director Włodzimierz Herman wil, in collaboration with the theater company Laboratorium Meisnera, for the first time present a Polish translation of Holbergs Erasmus Montanus.