The Association of Culture

and Art Enthusiasts

The Association of Culture and Art Enthusiasts (Stowarzyszenie Miłośników Kultury i Sztuki) was established in 2001 as a result of the founders’ scholarly, artistic and research efforts. Since the beginning of its activity, it has focused on cultivating and discovering the lost musical traditions of Poland. At the centre of interest of members and colleagues lie numerous lost musical works, literary and theoretical texts, and performance traditions. Outstanding scholars collaborating with the Association have made musicological discoveries important to Polish culture, among which it is worth highlighting the work of Benedykt Cichoszewski, or the reconstruction of the first Polish opera "Heca, or the hunt for the hare".

The Association of Culture

The subject of the Association's predominant activity

Musicians associated with the Culture and Art Enthusiasts have performed hundreds of concerts bringing lost works to a wide audience. Several phonographic recordings have also been made, among which the Musica Restituta series is the most distinguished, devoted to the 18th-century musical monuments of the Wielkopolska region. The albums created in cooperation with the Association have been repeatedly presented on the Polish Radio, received many excellent reviews, been awarded and nominated for international phonographic prizes. The Association's activities are regularly supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, provincial governments, city and commune offices, and private sponsors. The Enthusiasts organize festivals and concerts in Poland and abroad, it is worth mentioning the long-term series Music in Old Wielkopolska, the Handel Festival in Poznań, Uckermärkische Musik Festwochen, and Giżycko Baroque Festival. The association organizes workshops, conferences and research sessions. Among them, it is worth highlighting substantive collaboration with the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań thanks to which research into the work of Józef Elsner has been developed, as well as a series of research and performance sessions devoted to the activities of the Pohlnische Capelle. The members of the Association are also active in publishing, popularizing and research, and among these activities the first Polish translation of the Leopold Mozart Violin School should be highlighted. 

Object of other activities

Organization of cultural and artistic events such as concerts, theatre performances, evening meetings, exhibitions, vernissages

Organization of trainings, workshops and other didactic activities related directly to culture in a broad sense

Research into the European cultural heritage in a broad aspect

Publishing all kinds of releases bound up with training, research and educational activities

Association data

Full name Stowarzyszenie Miłośników Kultury i Sztuki
Legal form Stowarzyszenie
KRS 0000048216
NIP 9721021422
REGON 634233940
Head office address Krośnieńska 1, 60-162
Poznań, Polska


Mikołaj Zgółka Chairman
Jan Gałązka Vice-chairman


The Association of Culture

The Association of Culture

and Art Enthusiasts