Ladies and gentlemen,
Just like every year – in May, the Long Night of Museums takes place in Warsaw. To say that I am looking forward to another edition and more wonderful emotions – would not be enough. It would not be enough, because this year is exceptional for us, and for two reasons.
First of all, it is the 15th anniversary of the Long Night of Museums. Some of you surely remember its beginnings. It was modest, with mere 11 institutions partaking. And then, many young Varsovians have grown up together with the Long Night of Museums, which has kept developing year by year, attracting an ever-growing group of sightseeing enthusiasts. Who would have believed that some day we would enjoy a turnout of 300 thousand visitors, and more than 240 venues joining in? Over the course of as little as 15 years, this vision has become reality – together with Varsovians, we made the Long Night of Museums become a great celebration of culture.
The other extraordinary reason to be proud and celebrate is this year's 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence. Many of the previous Nights of Museums commemorated figures important for the history of our country. It was so, i.a., in 2010 – the Year of Fryderyk Chopin, in 2011 – the Year of Maria Skłodowska-Curie, and in 2012 – the Year of Bolesław Prus and Janusz Korczak. Who will be the hero of the 15th edition? All Poles who nowadays, thanks to their predecessors' merits, are free, and their motherland – independent.
However, the 2018 Long Night of Museums will not only be a chance to reminisce, but also to discover more extraordinary places, objects, and stories. It will be possible thanks to our first-timers, of whom there are as many as 24 this year.
Warsaw, the capital of freedom and city of culture, invites you to the 15th Long Night of Museums, on 19th May. I am delighted to join in this invitation, and I wish you unforgettable experiences.
President of the Capital City of Warsaw