The programme started with a public event at Zarząd Regionu Częstochowskiego NSZZ “Solidarność”, the original centre of Solidarity Trade Union in Częstochowa. Together with the Hungarian, German, Greek and Slovak participants of the project partners, a wide range of local visitors took part: seniors were represented by some Solidarność activists, while youth by secondary and elementary school students.
The opening dance performance of the secondary school students about the movement and the transition to democracy was one of the highlights of the event.
Then there were presentations of seniors who were active members of the movement from the early days in the 1980s, some of them even imprisoned for their activities.
We were shown excerpts from a classic Polish comedy, entitled ”Mis” to provide an insight into every day life and cultural aspects of Poland in the 1980s.
There was also an exhibition and award ceremony of a project poster competition announced before the event in the specific topic of each partner country.
Finally, a visit took place to the Solidarity Museum in the monastery of Jasna Gora (also famous for its Black Madonna wooden icon) guided by an activist.