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76th International Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdrój, 6-14 August 2021

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  Statement on the 76th Festival by the Artistic Director  Piotr Paleczny Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I again have the honour to welcome all the magnificent and steadfast friends of the Duszniki Festival. Today we inaugurate the Chopin Festival for the 76th time. Unfortunately, we again meet in Duszniki in conditions that only vaguely remind what we have become accustomed to over all these years. Just like a year ago, the festival we’ve prepared was ridden with massive uncertainty, amongst the dynamic changes of the pandemic, extreme emotions, and concerns, but also the hope that we will perhaps succeed with what we have found a highly risky task, at times downright unfeasible. I hope that after a range of the necessary corrections of the previous assumptions, the festival will finally follow its final plan. I would like to apologise for all the inconveniences, hindrances, and surprising situations that may occur due to the continuing pandemic. All the limitations and the