Financial and
ESG report 2020

Promotion of culture

Since the beginning of its business activity, the Bank has engaged in sharing and popularizing culture in Poland.

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This has been an important part of the Bank’s social activities for over 30 years now. The pandemic has not changed anything in this approach. The 2020 budget of the Bank and the Bank Millennium Foundation remained at its standard level. Being aware that the months marked by COVID-19 were extremely challenging for cultural institutions, cinemas and theaters, the Bank decided not to reduce its aid in this field. The activity in the area of culture was customarily based on the following assumptions: 

  • cooperation in long-term programs with clearly defined goals is preferred, 
  • supported programs should have a broad public audience and be available through the media too, 
  • major partners in pursuing cultural programs should be first of all cultural institutions, non-governmental institutions and the media. 

In 2020, the Bank engaged in the following events:

Joining the #stayhome action, the Bank shared the Millennium Docs Against Gravity festival movies from previous years and online versions of the theater plays transmitted some years before by Polish TV (TVP) as part of “Millennium Pearls” (“Perły Millennium”) online free of charge during the first weeks of the pandemic. 

The most important cultural project in which the Bank is a patron is the Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival – the largest global documentary film festival in Poland.  In 2020, the Bank became its patron for the fifteenth time.  

The 17th edition of the festival was organized in a hybrid form for the first time – for two weeks, traditional screenings were held in cinema auditoria and then, for another two weeks, online, on the website. Overall, 150 documentaries from all over the world were shown. In seven Polish cities: Warsaw, Wrocław, Gdynia, Poznań, Katowice, Bydgoszcz and Lublin, 65,000 viewers came to the documentary film shows and the accompanying events organized in accordance with the sanitary requirements and 60,000 tickets were sold for the online part of the festival.  

Like the year before, the festival program included movies with audio description and captioning for the deaf – prepared specifically for the blind and visually impaired, the elderly and people with dyslexia and intellectual disabilities so that they could participate in the shows with no restrictions. Movies with captioning, audio description and voice-over versions were screened through a special application in Warsaw and Gdynia as well as online. The four movies were “iHuman”, “Fat Front”, “Ściana cieni” and “For Sama”.   

Employees were also able to take part in the cultural events over which the Bank assumed patronage. For instance, all employees of Millennium received 1,000 free online tickets to be used during the virtual edition of the Millennium Docs Against Gravity festival.  

The 18th edition of the Sacrum Profanum contemporary music festival, in the online format on the Play Kraków platform this time, was held between 1 and 30 November 2020. Bank Millennium became the sponsor of the event again. The interested employees also had a chance to receive e-tickets and take part e.g. in nine premiere concerts at their homes.  

Millennium was appreciated for its culture promotion activity and awarded the Golden Lifter of Culture. The award was received from Kraków Festival Bureau (KBF) for the Bank’s patronage over the Sacrum Profanum festival, which has been supported by it continuously since 2012.  

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