2017 – The Return of Conrad

Call for applications: Conrad Funding Programme is now open for projects celebrating the work and life of Joseph Conrad Korzeniowski

Joseph Conrad, fot. Wikimedia Commons

Application deadline for the first round of funding: 30 November 2016
Application deadline for the second round of funding: 31 March 2017


Joseph Conrad Korzeniowski, the author of novels and short stories such as Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, The Shadow Line, and Secret Agent returns in grand style. The Polish Parliament has declared 2017 the Conrad Year, commemorating the 160th anniversary of his birth. Following this decision, the Polish Book Institute has opened submission for applications to the Conrad Programme.

The aim of the program is to promote Conrad’s work and provide information on his ties to Poland. Conrad Korzeniowski is often considered a British writer, which is understandable, given that he wrote in English, and the impact of his books on Anglo-Saxon culture is inestimable, with cult film adaptations like Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now and Ridley Scott’s The Duellists to name just a few. Yet, Conrad was a Pole and his work had a major impact on Polish culture.

The Conrad Programme will support projects that popularise the work and life of Joseph Conrad Korzeniowski with grants up to 300,000 PLN each. The projects can take various forms e.g. exhibitions, plays, festivals, film screenings, seminars as well as other cultural activities. Only Polish institutions based in Poland can apply for the funding, however, Polish organisations are strongly encouraged to partner with foreign institutions to plan and deliver the projects. 

Detailed information on the programme (terms & conditions, guidelines, and application forms) can be found on the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage web page.

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