SOURCE: Adam Mickiewicz Institute

Adam Mickiewicz Institute

December 17, 2010 11:48 ET

30th Anniversary of Solidarity Celebration in Los Angeles With Former President of Poland Lech Walesa

Former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lech Walesa Along With Sharon Stone, Stephen Stills and Cuban Dissident Musicians Come Together to Celebrate and Promote Freedom

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 17, 2010) - A special gathering sponsored by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute to honor the 30th anniversary of the Solidarity movement in Poland was attended by the former President of Poland, Solidarity leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mr. Lech Walesa; as well as Hollywood stars such as Sharon Stone and music legend Stephen Stills. Mr. Walesa spoke candidly about his days as the leader of Solidarity and the struggles he and his fellow countrymen endured, as well as their eventual victory. During a lively discussion, moderated by award-winning author and journalist Andrew Nagorski, Mr. Walesa was joined on stage by film director Jacek Borcuch ("All That I Love") and Cuban dissident musician, Gorki Aguila.

The evening was topped off with a musical performance by two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Stephen Stills.

Guests were treated to many special moments at the event:

  • A powerful and emotional speech from the former President of Poland, Solidarity leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mr. Lech Walesa.
  • An incredible acoustic performance by music icon Stephen Stills
  • A recorded musical performance by the dissident Cuban band Porno Para Ricardo -- unable to perform as scheduled at the event in person due to arrests and instrument confiscation in Cuba
  • A live appearance and remarks by the lead singer of Porno Para Ricardo, Gorki Aguila, who one week prior to the event was arrested due to his intention to perform for Mr. Walesa. Aguila made the dramatic comparison between the current political climate in Cuba, and the struggles of Solidarity in the 1980s.
  • Screening of scenes from both the Polish documentary "Beats of Freedom" and the award-winning Polish film "All That I Love"

"The event successfully illustrated the connection between art and social change," said Mr. Pawel Potoroczyn, Director of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. "Through the dialogue of our panel, and through their various artistic mediums, we were able to see the crucial impact of art and culture in recovering human liberty."

Event photos are available at http://www.wireimage.com/ItemListings.aspx?igi=470396&nbc1=1 and www.GettyImages.com.

About Adam Mickiewicz Institute: Founded in 2000, the Institute is a state cultural institution whose task is to promote Polish culture around the world and actively participate in the exchange of international culture. The Institute supports both the contemporary and historical achievements of Polish culture. To learn more about The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, please visit www.iam.pl.

About The Polish Film Institute: Established in early 2005, the Polish Film Institute introduced a cutting-edge system for supporting the national film industry in Poland. This comprehensive system enables support for film projects at all stages, and helps promote finished films in Poland and abroad. The Institute promotes Polish cinema abroad, and in 2009 alone, Polish films were screened at more than 230 film festivals and around the world. To learn more about the Institute, please visit http://www.pisf.pl/en/.

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