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WWII  Australian-Polish Comrades-in-Arms
Waldemar Niemotko 

The outbreak of the Second World War brought together two geographically distant countries, Australia and Poland.   The Third Reich invaded Poland at the dawn of the 1st September 1939.  Two days later, Great Britain declared war on Germany. “Australia is also at war, announces the Prime Minister, Hitler’s arbitrary policy must be checked for security of the world.” – was the headline of the newspaper Advocate of Burnie (Tasmania) on 4 September 1939. With a subtitle: “Force to check march of force.” PM Robert Menzies stated: “(T)he peaceful adjustment of difference, the rights of independent peoples to live their own lives, the honouring of international obligations and promises – all these things are at stake.”   

Dr Lachlan Grant, a historian of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, has identified numerous sources in their Research Centre collection reflecting upon Australian-Polish war time alliance.  This started as early as in 1940 during the air battle of Britain. 

Ascent to Mount Kosciuszko

Festivities, films, exhibitions, dances and songs about Kosciuszko, Strzelecki and the Snowy Mountains, as well as the Kosciuszko Run.

Aboriginal Art in Australia
Paz Domeyko

Aboriginal art is the oldest art in the world.  Lacking an alphabet, for thousands of years aborigines used art to illustrate their stories, legends and their spiritual beliefs.  In the far north of Australia much of their art was painted in natural pigments onto rocks and caves.  In the desert, where there was little vegetation, the paintings that were used during their ceremonies were created on the ground, in differently coloured sands, seeds, vegetable pieces, etc.   The practice of painting on boards or canvas is a very recent one, started only about 50 years ago.  

Western heritage
Waldemar Niemotko

Science has opened new perspectives.  Advancement in IT has prompted talk about an “intelligent machine”, the human factor being polarised within the dichotomy of an anonymous, brilliant programmer and an anonymous, enslaved operator.  A practical materialism urgently needs a counterbalance in the form of a humanised worldview, based on a well-proven legacy of Western, European heritage still in competition, in Australia, with indigenous beliefs and oriental philosophies.  British underestimate is challenged by American overestimate as a method in assessment of phenomena. 

Interreligious dialogue 
Waldemar Niemotko

Interreligious (interfaith) dialogue could be seen as an exchange of spiritual gifts.  It requires quite a skill in maintaining balance between a dialogue and a mission, in adherence to the Magisterium of the Church.  Pope John Paul II stated in March 2000: "What dialogue demands of all of us is that, holding to what we believe, we listen to one another, seek to discern all that is good and holy in each other's teachings, and cooperate in supporting everything that favours mutual understanding and peace."  The Pope invited the leaders of different religions to pray together in Assisi (Italy) on 24 January 2002.

Laureates of the 9th Sydney Piano Competition 2008

The 9th International  Piano Competition in Sydney was brought to the end on 2 August 2008. There were thirty six young participants.  All contenders were well prepared, especially in technical terms. Therefore, the jury was faced with a difficult task.  There were five stages.  Nominations in the first and second stages were done jointly.  Twenty pianists were admitted to the third stage, twelve to the fourth and only six to the fifth one. 

Ninth Sydney Piano Competition 2008
Krystyna Niemotko

The Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia is considered to be one of the most prestigious piano competitions in the world.  It is organised every four years in Sydney, under the auspices of the Cladan Cultural Exchange Institute of Australia, in association with the University of Sydney and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  The imminent ninth piano competition is due to take place from 2nd to 19th July 2008. Five Australians are among 36 pianists selected to compete, namely: John Fisher, David Fung, Adam Herd, Hoang Pham and Alexy Yemtson.

National Edition of the Complete Works of Fryderyk Chopin
Krystyna Niemotko

In 2010 the 200th year anniversary of the birth of Frederick Chopin will take place. He was one of the most famous composers of the romantic music period.  At this time in Warsaw The 16th Frederick Chopin International Piano Competition will occur.  This is one of the most important contests in piano, for a single composer. For many years pianists have pondered the best way to perform the works of Frederick Chopin.  Until now the Warsaw-based PWM, Polish edition .

Witold Lutosławski 
Krystyna Niemotko

In the music department of a school in Sydney, there hangs a portrait of Witold Lutosławski with his autograph and dedication to Ravenswood School for Girls in Gordon, dated 25th of September 1987. Witold Lutosławski was one of the most famous Polish composers of the 20th Century.  He was born in Warsaw in 1913 and died there in 1994.  He studied to become a composer, pianist and conductor ...


The Iraqi Trauma
Prepared by international team

Distressed refugees from Iraq have brought with them bizarre experiences to Europe. They told the stories in their native Arabic, then followed a translation into the language of the host country and, eventually, into English.  Human tragedy is universal...

The Mesopotamia Cyber Tower: An Iraqi Refugee Tells His Story
Prepared by international team

Countries of the European Union do their best in offering a shelter and new hope to Iraqi refugees. Those distressed people brought with them all sorts of bizarre experiences. They told stories in their native Arabic, then followed a translation into the language of the host country and, eventually, into English. The material traversed the globe for the final editing process here down under to match the Australian spirit of compassion to those in misery. The main objective at hand is to preserve the authenticity of original testimonies.

 Quest for the 1532 Spanish Armada Inca Gold

Gold and silver treasures were shipped to the Spanish Kingdom during three centuries.  Initially gold objects from Inca temples were melted down and brought to Spain. Later the Spaniards modernised the mining industry andminted gold, silver and copper coins on site before shipping.  The first leg was the Peru–Panama route, followed by a land transportation to the Caribbean Gulf  and, then, entering another sea leg to Spain.  Up to 25 per cent of all ships capsized, heavily loaded with valuables.

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