New Eastern Europe is a collaborative project between three Polish institutions.
The City of Gdańsk www.gdansk.pl
A city with over a thousand years of history, Gdańsk has been a melting pot of cultures and ethnic groups. The air of tolerance and wealth built on trade has enabled culture, science, and the Arts to flourish in the city for centuries. Today, Gdańsk remains a key meeting place and major tourist attraction in Poland.
While the city boasts historic sites of enchanting beauty, it also has a major historic and social importance. In addition to its 1000-year history, the city is the place where the Second World War broke out as well as the birthplace of Solidarność, the Solidarity movement, which led to the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe.
The European Solidarity Centre www.ecs.gda.pl
The European Solidarity Centre is a multifunctional institution combining scientific, cultural and educational activities with a modern museum and archive, which document freedom movements in the modern history of Poland and Europe.
The Centre was established in Gdańsk on November 8th 2007, by the Minister of Culture, the Marshall of the Pomeranian Voivodship, the President of the City of Gdańsk and the Chairman of the NSZZ Solidarność Trade Union.
The main purpose of the European Solidarity Centre is to preserve the heritage and memory of Solidarność in order to hand it down to future generations, while stressing its relevance and universal value.
The Jan Nowak-Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe www.kew.org.pl
The College of Eastern Europe is a non-profit, non-governmental foundation founded on February 9th 2001 by Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, a former head of the Polish section of Radio Free Europe and a democratic activist.
The foundation deals with cooperation between the nations of Central and Eastern Europe. The aims if its charters are to carry out educational, cultural and publishing activities, and to develop programmes which enhance the transformation in the countries of Eastern Europe.
The organisation has its headquarters in Wrocław, Poland, a city in western Poland, perfectly situated in the centre of Europe and with a deep understanding of both Western and Eastern Europe.