In 2009, the British magazine New Scientist recognised Maria Sklodowska-Curie as
the greatest woman scientist of all time. This year, on the centenary of the award
of the Nobel Prize to Maria Sklodowska-Curie, the Polish Senate recognised her as
the honorary patron of year 2011. In connection with this, the United Nations has
declared 2011 The International Year of Chemistry.
In order to celebrate the year of Marie Curie artist and curator Magdalena Rutkowska
along with Steven Barfield Senior Lecturer in English Literature decided to organise
an entertaining and, at the same time, educational event in a festival format.
The idea of our festival is to present Marie Curie not only as a scientist but also
as a woman of great sensitivity and openness to the arts, who loved theatre and music.
If Marie Curie was here today she would probably be one of the few celebrities loved
by media. From her very early childhood her life was constantly affected by political
and economical changes that definitely influenced Maria’s needs for freedom and independence.
Through biographical photos, letters, books and a movie collected for our festival
we hope to bring closer to the public a softer profile of Maria, the little but important
ups and downs of her life, the big achievements and little mistakes which proved
to be the making of one of the most famous European woman in the world.