Cultural Life

National days

National days have a long-standing tradition at the College. Students organise their National Day, which often includes some of the following: visits of guests (e.g. ambassadors), conferences, debates, and other activities. In addition, students enjoy a traditional national menu. These activities are financed by sponsors found by the students.


Italian National Day, tasting of regional products, April 2006


Polish students during the Polish National Day, June 2006


Conference by British Ambassador to Poland, Charles CRAWFORD (in the centre) for the British National Day, November 2006

The Arts

Each year, students develop various projects that are linked to the cultural and artistic interests of their "promotion" (academic year). Below are some examples from previous years:

  • Collegium Europaeum Cantans
  • The College of Europe Choir Collegium Europaeum Cantans began in January 2006 under the supervision of conductor Ms Katarzyna Maria BONIECKA.
rehearsal
Choir rehearsal

Students sing in the classical structure of soprano, alto, tenor and bass. The present repertoire includes pieces from different European countries and the Choir itself consists of students from several European nations. Although participating students come from different musical experiences, they work closely together to form a coherent group each year. The Choir performs during official College ceremonies or at other events.

spanish days
Performance at the Spanish National Day

An April Concert
An April Concert

In order for students to take a break from academic activities, a piano is available for student use in the student bar.

Music jam sessions in the Bar…2 Music jam sessions in the Bar…

Students also have the opportunity to attend performances at the Warsaw Opera, the Warsaw Philharmonics and theatres. In the academic year 2005/2006, students attended some Polish operas, ballets, as well as the concert of the legendary Polish folk group “Mazowsze”.

In June 2006, the Natolin Campus hosted a student-organised art exhibition and dance performance.


Dance performance


Art exhibition

In addition, a cinema committee organises the screening of a variety of movies and documentaries, with discussions following the showing of the movies.

Discovering Poland

Students organise various other events to familiarise themselves with their host country and region, including guided visits to the Polish Parliament, the Warsaw Rising Museum and the EU Representation in Poland, as well as visits to Kraków, Wrocław and Gdańsk.