Polish culture week opened in Italy
PR dla Zagranicy
The first ever Polish-Italian culture week organised by the Polish Institute in Rome has been opened at a medieval castle in Bari, southern Italy, to mark the 500th anniversary of Polish-Italian royal nuptials.
Saint Nicholas' Basilica in Bari, Queen Bona's final resting place. Photo: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)
King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania Sigismund I the Old took Bari Princess Bona Sforza as his second wife in 1518.
The week will feature screenings of films by Polish director Andrzej Wajda as well as a scientific conference about Queen Bona and Solidarity Chaplain Jerzy Popiełuszko.
Bari's mayor and Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Jan Dziedziczak took part in the opening.
Dziedziczak said: "We decided to mark the first Polish culture week in Italy by commemorating this great anniversary".
"We will remember Queen Bona but we will also show Italians Polish culture and Polish heritage," he added.
Dziedziczak said Bari authorities agreed the event would be held in the Italian city annually. (vb)