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Celebrations of Poland's independence continue

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Victoria Bieniek 12.11.2018 09:23
Celebrations of a centenary of Poland's regained independence continue on Monday both at home and abroad.
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The National Philharmonic in Warsaw will hold a concert on Monday dedicated to those who served Poland in its fight for independence.

The concert will include a minute-long silence.

Some 1,000 war veterans, school students, scouts and others are expected to attend.

A veterans affairs representative, Jan Józef Kasprzyk, said the concert would be an expression of gratitude to all generations of Poland's freedom fighters, including those who fought in WWII, after Poland regained independence in 1918.

The concert will feature music by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, who is considered one of the fathers of Polish Independence.

Celebrations are also planned on Monday in Belarus, where politicians, businessmen, artists and members of the local Polish community are to gather for a party at the National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Minsk.

The Polish embassy in Beijing marked Poland's independence centennial with a concert of music by Paderewski and Fryderyk Chopin.

London held two concerts, one at Royal Festival Hall, the other at Royal Albert Hall, both marking the Polish anniversary.

The first event featured music by Krzysztof Penderecki and patriotic Polish pieces.

The concert at Royal Albert Hall, entitled Sto Lat, or One hundred years, which is a celebratory expression in Poland, saw patriotic and folk music intertwined with that of Paderewski and Chopin.

Chicago saw 1,918 people take part in a 10-kilometre run. The city, which hosts the largest Polish population outside of Poland, also saw Masses and concerts celebrating independence day.

Meanwhile, government MP Jacek Sasin said that a White-and-Red march, the culmination of celebrations in Warsaw on Sunday, had been safe with only a few minor incidents.

He said 100 people were stopped from marching in a police bid to avoid scuffles, and "extremists from Europe" were not allowed in the country.

According to police, some 250,000 people marched in Warsaw on Independence Day. (vb/pk)

Source: IAR

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