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Lodz - European Capital of Culture 2016

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Icons of Europe began in 2007 an exchange of ideas with the City of Lodz, Poland on how to reinforce its bid to become a European Capital of Culture 2016.Icons of Europe began in 2007 an exchange
of ideas with the City of Lodz, Poland on
how to reinforce its bid to become a
European Capital of Culture 2016 /
Łódź - Europejska Stolica Kultury 2016

Through the Ambassador of Poland to the European Union, Icons of Europe proposed pro bono to the Mayor of Lodz that the City could, among other assets, emphasize the 'power of great culture':

Jerzy Kopiwnicki, Mayor of Lodz acknowledged enthusiastically these ideas in a letter of 20 August 2007 and in the Polish press.²  They are now reflected at the Lodz 2016 website and BBC News.
A next step could be to make sure that ...


Lodz competes with six other Polish cities including Gdansk, Poznan and Warsaw for the nomination as European Capital of Culture 2016.  The winner will be put squarely on the map of Europe.

¹ Paragraph of our letter published in International Herald Tribune (21 July 2006) on The state of Poland makes this point:

"Many countries could learn from Poland's historical experience in using language and culture to maintain a strong national identity in turbulent times."

Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982) was born in Lódz, Poland.  Icons of Europe has proposed to the City of Lodz that Rubinstein should be central to its bid for European Capital of Culture 2016.
Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982)
Key to Lodz 2016 candidature

Arthur Rubinstein was born in Lódz, Poland.  He made public appearances from the age of six and studied later at the Warsaw Conservatory.

He is considered one of the greatest interpreters of Chopin¹ and Brahms, and a champion of  Spanish music.

Rubinstein became a U.S. citizen in 1946.  In 1976, he was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour of the United States.

¹ Icons of Europe has researched how Arthur Rubinstein, in Paris during La.Belle Époque, became interested in Chopin's music.


² We have responded with this comment to PRoto Public Relations:
"We are pleased that the City of Lodz has acknowledged our ideas on how
to use 'great culture' and historical achievements to reinforce its bid for
becoming 'Łódź - Europejska Stolica Kultury 2016' (ref. Iconsofeurope.com)."

"Whoever will be the winner among Poland's six city candidates, the outcome
will give your country a major opportunity to confirm and build on the depth of its
cultural heritage which contributes today significantly to Europe's identity and values."

We wish the City of Lodz success with its objective:
Łódź - Europejska Stolica Kultury 2016

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