Warsaw to launch city audio guide for Chopin bicentennial

15th December 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Polish capital plans dozens of events, concerts and exhibits devoted to the Franco-Polish composer and pianist over the course of 2010.

Warsaw -- The Polish capital Warsaw plans to launch an eight-language city audio guide retracing the steps of celebrated pianist and composer Frederic Chopin in 2010, marking the bicentennial of his birth.

"The audio guide will come with a map of Warsaw marking locations linked to Frederic Chopin," Monika Czerska, a Warsaw city hall spokeswoman said last week.

Internet users will be able to download the new guide from the official City of Warsaw website at http://www.um.warszawa.pl/wydarzenia/chopin/.

"We will also install 14 music banks in Warsaw with codes that people can download on their mobile telephones to have access to extra information on Chopin," Czerska added.

The Polish capital plans dozens of events, concerts and exhibits devoted to the Franco-Polish composer and pianist over the course of 2010.

A Frederic Chopin centre is currently under construction in Warsaw while a museum in the city documenting his life and work is being renovated.

Born in 1810 in the town of Zelazowa Wola, some 50 kilometres west of Warsaw, to a French father and Polish mother, Chopin left Poland in 1830 during a time of upheaval across Europe, moving first to Vienna and then Paris. He died aged 39 on October 17, 1849.

Organisers of the Chopin bicentennial say over 2,000 events have been planned across the globe to mark the anniversary, including 1,200 in Poland.

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