"Akcent" is an independent periodical subsidized
partly by the state and partly by donations from institutions and individuals
interested in its creative activities. It has been published since 1980, at
first irregularly, and after the revolutionary August of 1980 legalized as a
periodical dedicated to literature, fine arts and the humanities. In the
eighties, on account of political restrictions, "Akcent" was twice suspended,
but fortunately it was possible to reestablish the periodical in the same
One of the main themes undertaken by the quarterly is the problem of
the cultural effect that take place on the borders of different nationalities,
both in the east and west. "Akcent" initiated serious treatment of this theme a
number of years ago when it was still frowned upon by the censorship of the
Polish People's Republic. Moreover, three special issues were devoted especially
to this topic: no. 3 (1987), no. 1-2 (1990) and no. 2-3 (1992).
also been active in popularizing Polish literature written abroad. As early as
in the eighties émigré writers were presented to the Polish readers. Among them
were: Danuta Mostwin, Aleksander Wat, Wacław Iwaniuk, Józef Łobodowski,
Konstanty Jeleński, Józef Garliński, Gustaw Herbert-Grudziński, Stanisław
Barańczak, as well as Jan Lebenstein, an outstanding painter and graphic
"Akcent" has been called the home of singing poets due to the
publications of excellent translations of songs by G. Brassens, J. Brel, B.
Okudjava and V. Vysotsky, as well as of the texts by the Polish singer and poet,
A number of young authors who later became wellknown
throughout Poland made their debut in "Akcent" (P. Szewc, E. Ostrowska, M.
Świetlicki, A. Niewiadomski and others).
East Central European Cultural Foundation "Akcent" was established in 1994 in
Lublin. The members of the Board are: Edward Balawejder, Michał Jagiełło, Alina Kochańczyk, Tadeusz Konwicki, Zofia Kopel-Szulc,
Istvan Kovacs, Waldemar Michalski, Wojciech Młynarski, Wacław Oszajca, Irena
Sławińska, Jerzy Święch (Chairman), Bogusław Wróblewski and Bohdan
The goal of the Foundation is to inspire and support various forms of
creativity (literary, artistic, theatrical, etc.) and different fields of
humanistic thought, as well as promote them in Poland, especially east of
Vistula, and abroad (primarily in the neighboring countries). In its activities
the Foundation is particularly interested in overcoming ethnic, religious and
nationalistic prejudices and cultural stereotypes which divide artists and in
demonstrating the wealth and diversity of cultures, especially in East Central
Among its various activities the Foundation organizes public meetings
with authors, artists and scholars; holds conferences, symposiums and seminars
devoted to the history, present and future of culture; it documents creative
achievements, publishes and promotes literary works and organizes exhibitions.
The Foundation also grants fellowships and awards.
The Founders would
appreciate if all institutions and individuals interested in the goals of the
Foundation offered their cooperation and financial support. This can be done
directly at the editorial offices of "Akcent" or through donations paid to the
Bank PEKAO S.A. V Oddział Lublin, nr
50 12401503 1111000017528667