Europa: Festivals and national celebrations

Fischer 3566-3567 | Michel 3714-3715 | Year of issue 1998 | Republic of Poland

Festivals and National Celebrations. Europa issue.

Emblem of the international music festival
"Warsaw Autumn"
The day of the constitution
(staff notation and text of the "Mazurek 3 Maja" song)


Miedzynarodowy Festiwal Muzyki Wspólczesnej "Warszawska Jesien" = International contemporary music festival "Warsaw Autumn".
Swieto Konstytucji 3 Maja = 3 May Constitution Day.
Witaj, majowa jutrzenko = Hello, dawn of the third of May.


The renowned Warsaw Autumn (Warszawska Jesien), a festival of contemporary classical music from around the world, was for many years the only event of this kind in central and eastern Europe. It thrived throughout the communist era as an island of creative freedom and survived into the modern age with its principal mission unchanged – to familiarise the Polish listener with the classic works of the 20th century. Today it is one of the largest and most popular events of its kind with performers and audiences coming from all over the world to take part in a variety of concerts. Singers, vocal groups, orchestras and chamber ensembles perform in venues around the city to critical and popular acclaim.
The 3 May anniversary is Poland's most important national holiday in memory of the world's second modern codified national constitution.

Relevant pages

Fischer 4181 (Warsaw Autumn 2007)
Find other Polish Europa issues.


Warsaw Autumn
Polish Constitution of 3 May 1791
Europa postage stamp


Fischer 3566 and 3567 minisheet