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    A Calendar of Events letting you know what, where and when is happening throughout the Chopin Year:

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    A wealth of information about Fryderyk Chopin’s life and work:  

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    An inspiring guide helping children to enter the exciting word of Fryderyk Chopin’s music:

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    Engaging social networking initiatives revolving around the Chopin Year.

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  • TV Programme

    An archive of past episodes of the show broadcast on TVP1 plus.

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  • Chopin 2010
    Celebrations Office

    A platform for exchanging information between institutions, journalists and organisers of jubilee events. Brings you official information about:

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    • artProjects: mobile artistic projects
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    • Chopin 2010 Press Office

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Valldemossa, the ward and the adventure

Palma. Chopin in his letter to Julian Fontana: "Valldemossa, several miles; among rocks and the sea there is a destitute huge Carthusian Monastery, where in one ward with amazing door – Paris has never even had a gate like this – you can imagine me disheveled, without white gloves, pale as usual. The cell has the form of high coffin, enormous vault, dusty, small window, orange trees in front of the window, palm trees, citrus trees, on the side opposite to the window there is my bed on strips under the delicate Mauritian canopy. By my bed there is a nitouchable [untouchable] square beater [old furniture] which barely serves me for writing, with leaden candlestick (we have here a great lux) with a candle in it. Bach, my scribble and my things... quiet... you can scream... still quiet. In a word, I am writing to you from a weird place. (...) Nature is a beautiful thing, but you have to be independent of people. There are no roads, no post. I have come here many times from Palma, always with the same cart driver, never twice on the same road. Streams make roads, avalanches fix them, today this road is not passable, because there are holes, tomorrow you can take it only on a mule, and the carts here??! So, Julian, there is no Englishman here, even a consul. (...) The nature here is beneficial, but people are thieves, they never see strangers, so they don’t know how much they should ask for what. Oranges are for free, and a button to your trousers costs a fortune. All this is only a bit of sand compared to the sky, the poetry everything here breathes, the color of the most marvelous places not disturbed by eyes of people. Moreover, there aren’t people to scare away eagles which fly above our heads."