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Silesia in Brussels
March 28, 2007   
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The province of Silesia presented its investment opportunities at the International Contact Days held in Brussels March 11-12. Polish regions including the Silesia, Podkarpacie, Wielkopolska and Lower Silesia provinces took part in this year's event as guests of honor.

The International Contact Days were accompanied by conferences on specific topics related to investment and global migration. Jacek Piłatkowski, first counselor at the Trade and Investment Promotion Department at the Polish Embassy in Brussels, opened and moderated the Polish part of the conference. Tadeusz Adamski, director of the Economic Policy Department at the Office of the Silesia Province Chairman, was invited to give a talk about the investment attractiveness of the region.

Silesia's investment opportunities and the chance for Belgian companies and prospective partners in Silesia to establish business contacts are what attracted the special interest of those visiting the province's stand. Visitors also asked about opportunities for starting business in the region.

Technology Incubator
One of the results of a meeting held by a delegation of the Silesia Province Office, representatives of the West Sweden Chamber of Commerce and Industry and participants from Chalmers University of Technology, is the idea to establish an incubator of new technologies in the Silesia province. Swedish experience will be valuable for this project and the 17 chambers of commerce operating in the region, companies in the Katowice Special Economic Zone (KSSE) and research communities will all be involved.

Artur Warzocha, deputy Silesia province governor, has already approached Piotr Wojaczek, president of the KSSE, and Tadeusz Donocik, president of the Regional Chamber of Commerce in Katowice, about the issue. He will also talk to rectors of universities of technology and the authorities of Silesia University.

"The Research Center set up at the Chalmers University of Technology, whose model we can follow, generated 30,000 new jobs within five years between 2000 and 2005," Warzocha said.

"A cooperation agreement between the Silesia governor and the governor of Västra Göteland has given our region an enormous opportunity. We have established ties with the most industrialized region of Sweden, one of the wealthiest regions of the European Union," said the deputy province governor at a press conference designed to present the outcome of an official visit to Göteborg March 6-10.

Scholarships for Best Artists
Scholarships have been awarded in the first Silesian scholarship contest in the culture category. Support is offered to individuals who are engaged in artistic activity in the Silesia province or the promotion and protection of cultural heritage. Candidates had to demonstrate their artistic or research achievements and show how they were going to use the scholarship. Scholarship holders are required to present the outcome of their work. Eighty-four applications were submitted for the first scholarship contest. On the basis of the Scholarship Commission's proposals, the Silesia province chairman granted scholarships to the 20 best projects.

Award for Director
Mariusz Grzegorzek has received the Konrad Laurel, the main prize at the 9th Interpretacje National Festival of the Art of Directing held in Katowice March 4-10. The jury rewarded him for the artistic vision he showed while directing Rebecca Gilman's play The Glory of Living. The play, with an excellent performance by Małgorzata Buczkowska, was staged in the Stefan Jaracz Theater in Łódź. It also received the highest marks from the audience, on whose behalf Jarosław Kołodziejczyk, a member of the Silesia Province Board, gave the director an award funded by the province chairman.

This year, five plays, regarded as the most interesting from the past season, competed for the Konrad Laurel, an award established to honor outstanding director Konrad Swinarski. The festival is intended for young directors who made their debut not later than 15 years ago.

Silesia Province at ITB Fair
The Silesia province has taken part in the prestigious ITB exhibition in Berlin. This year's event, which ended March 11, attracted a record number of 11,000 exhibitors. The stands were visited by around 100,000 representatives of the tourist sector from across the world and around 80,000 private visitors, most of whom were German.

The Silesia province presented its tourism opportunities at joint stands in the Polish pavilion together with the Lower Silesia and Opole provinces. The stand, prepared by the Office of the Silesia Province Chairman in cooperation with the Silesian Tourist Organization, featured the attractions of cities like Bielsko-Biała, Częstochowa, Gliwice and Zabrze as well as the Bielsko-Biała, Cieszyn, Tarnowskie Góry and Żywiec counties. Separate presentations were made by the Association of Communes of the Limestone Region and regional tourist agencies.

As usual, the Silesian stand attracted a great deal of interest. Visitors asked about accommodation, sanatoriums and active leisure for young people.

From Classical to Heavy Metal
Late March was a time of special attractions for music lovers, both those who prefer classical music and heavy metal enthusiasts.

The Karol Szymanowski Days, dedicated to a musician who is still underappreciated, were held March 22. The program included Hymns op. 5 to J. Kasprowicz's lyrics, two Capriccios by Paganini for Violin and Piano op. 40, Etudes op. 33, Nocturne and Tarantella op. 28, and Mazurkas op. 50. Soprano Maria Zientek, pianist Urszula Stańczyk, violinist Anna Rechlewicz, and pianist Hanna Holeksa, took part in the concert. Ewa Kafel offered introductory remarks.

A project on Beethoven and 20th century masterpieces, prepared as part of the Beethoven Year, to mark the 180th anniversary of the great composer's death, was launched March 25.

In 2007, the Akademos Quartet will perform a complete set of Ludwig van Beethoven's violin quartets contrasted with 20th-century masterpieces - quartets by Shostakovich, Ravel, Bartok, Ligeti, Szymanowski and other composers. The concerts will be played in the concert hall of the Upper Silesia Museum every last Sunday of the month except in August and December. The concerts will be repeated in the Katowice Radio concert studio, Racibórz Museum, Będzin, Tarnowskie Góry and other cities of the region.

Metalmania 2007, the 21st year of Central Europe's largest heavy metal festival, which was held March 24 in the Spodek arena in Katowice, was a treat for heavy metal enthusiasts. The festival attracted dozens of stars from across the world. Meetings between fans and bands, at which fans can have posters or CDs signed by musicians or have a photo taken with a heavy metal legend, have become a tradition at the festival.
Anna Kasprzyk
Janina Peliszko
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