President, First lady lead National Reading Campaign

People gathered in over 3,000 locations to read the classics of Polish literature, as a part of a nationwide campaign led by the President and First Lady.

“What the texts selected have in common, are universal reflections on man and society, rooted in Polishness. Their short form goes hand in hand with a mastery of style and with vividness, which leaves the reader with a lasting experience. These texts are as relevant today as they were when they were written,” said President Andrzej Duda.

Short stories by eight Polish artists were read this year. Writers Henryk Sienkiewicz, Eliza Orzeszkowa, Maria Konopnicka, Bolesław Prus, Bruno Schulz, Władysław Stanisław Reymont, Stefan Żeromski, Henryk Rzewuski, all created in the Young Poland style, popular during the turn of the 20th century.

Public readings were held in over 3000 places, such as schools, preschools, museums, libraries and theaters. These included locations abroad, in Ukraine, the US, the UK and as far as New Zealand and Japan.

“Less than 10 percent of Poles read often. We want this situation to change and that’s why we will continue to organise actions such as this one,” said Piotr Gliński, Minister for Culture and National Heritage. He called on celebrities to promote reading among the public. “It's a good fashion trend, snobbery in the good sense of the word. Let's become reading snobs,” he added.

President announced that next year, “Balladyna” by Juliusz Słowacki will be read.

The National Reading Action has been held annually since 2012.