A View of Europe | Culture

Many activities take place in the new building’s amphitheatre auditorium with 430 seats: the All About Freedom Festival that comments on contemporary challenges of freedom through film, theatre, music and debate; the series of public Gdańsk Solidarity Lectures, where scholars and thinkers look for creative references to the heritage of the Solidarity movement; the international Solidarity Academy, which has been teaching civic responsibility since 2005; the local ECS Youth Forum, which promotes civic attitudes; and the conference on Europe with a View to the Future, which gathers leading analysts, Eastern Studies experts, diplomats, lawmakers and journalists from all over Europe for a debate on contemporary Europe and the challenges it faces.

Every 30 August, the auditorium is the venue for lectures on The Ethics of Solidarity, which complement the celebrations of August 1980 to add reflections by distinguished public figures from Poland and abroad, while people from all over the world (over 700 so far), who supported Poland in its struggle for freedom and democracy, receive the Medals of Gratitude.

“Poland owes a lot to Europe, but Europe also keeps receiving a spiritual and intellectual driving force from Poland, with guidelines and encouragement for innovative action,” said French political journalist and philosopher Guy Sorman during a lecture held in the “Ethics of Solidarity” cycle (2013).