A Calendar of Events letting you know what, where and when is happening throughout the Chopin Year:
- Events: concerts, exhibitions, shows and many others
- Kordegarda CHOPIN 2010
Waldemar Dąbrowski graduated from the Electronics Faculty of the Warsaw University of Technology. He was awarded scholarships from the British Council, the Goethe Institute and the US Department of State. He also completed the Executive Programme for Leaders in Development at Harvard University. He was the founder-director of the Riwiera-Remont club (1973-1978), and following that – deputy director of the Culture Unit at the Warsaw City Hall.
Waldemar Dąbrowski was a long-time director of the "Studio" Arts Centre in Warsaw, which he run together with Jerzy Grzegorzewski and which under his leadership became one of the most important centres of artistic activity in Poland. He produced over 70 plays, created an independent artistic management agency, brought about the creation of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra and continued developing the Studio's exhibition traditions.
In 1990 Mr Dąbrowski became Vice-Minister of Arts and Culture and the Chairman of the Cinematography Committee. In the course of the subsequent four years he implemented a thorough reform of Polish cinematography. In the period 1994-1998 he was President of the Polish Foreign Investment Agency and between 1998 and 2002 – General Director of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw. In 2002 he became Minister of Culture. Among his biggest achievements as minister was the adoption of a new Cinematography Act which provided for the establishment of the Polish Institute of Film Art. He also managed to bring about the merging of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute and the Fryderyk Chopin Society. During his term as minister he established the Book Institute, whose task is to promote the best Polish books and their authors, present Polish literature abroad and organise study visits for translators. He also set up the Theatrical Institute. On his initiative the National Development Plan for 2007-2013 was extended to include the "Culture" Operational Programme.
In January 2008 Mr Dąbrowski was appointed Representative of the Minister of Culture for the Chopin Year and Chairman of the CHOPIN2010 Celebrations Committee. In October 2008 he also returned to his post as General Director of the Polish National Opera. He is President of the Society for the Encouragement of the Fine Arts, Honorary President of the Polish Golf Association and Vice-President of the American-Polish-Israeli 'Shalom' Foundation. He has been awarded numerous Polish and foreign honours: he is Member of the Order of the British Empire, Officer of the Order of Arts & Letters of the French Republic and has received the French Order of the Legion of Honour.