On Sunday September 8, 2019, Public Affairs Counselor Frank Finver took part in the annual event “Street of Tradition. Americans in Radom”.
This edition of the Street of Tradition was devoted to the 1920’s and 1930’s of Radom, organized annually by Resursa Obywatelska. It offered multiple artistic, historical, intellectual, and pop-cultural activities, which illustrated specific periods in the city’s past. This year’s focus was “Americans in Radom”, which featured a story of ULEN and Co., an American company which financially supported the development of Poland, having been active in the city of Radom. The event attracted thousands of people and lasted two days.
The festival consisted of a number of exciting programs and attractions, including a parade of antique cars (some American-made) presented by the Club of Ancient Automobiles and Rallies CARR (Club Antycznych Automobili i Rajdu CARR), accompanied by vintage bicycles from the Sprężyści Association, reminiscent of the pre-war era. Concerts (Singin’ Birds, local orchestras, Jazz Band Młynarski & Masecki, etc.), film screenings (King Kong, M. C. Cooper, USA 1933), American football demonstration (Green Ducks Radom), rodeo, exhibits, games and contests for kids, lectures and theater performances were also featured.
The rich city event program also included a panel discussion on “100 Years of US-Polish Diplomatic Relations” co-organized by the American Corner Radom. Counselor Finver and Mariusz Brymora (former Consul General in Chicago and Los Angeles) spoke of their diplomatic experiences over the years and gave examples of projects which helped form connections between Poland and the United States. Counselor Finver gave remarks on current and past cooperation between Poland and the United States and highlighted the importance of people-to-people programs, security cooperation, the role of American Corners in Poland and the 60th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Poland.
The embassy, together with American Corner Radom/Łaźnia – Cultural Center, was pleased to support the festival and participate in the panel discussion, which focused on strengthening relations between the United States and Poland.
The event was a part of the embassy’s campaign “100 Years Together,” commemorating the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence and the establishment of diplomatic relations with the United States.