Polish Festivals Around The US

Polish Day in L.A.
Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Linden Avenue between 1st Street & Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802

On June 14, Polish Day in L.A. will celebrate Polish culture with music, crafts, delicious treats, good beer, and fun during the 2nd Saturday Art Walk in Long Beach, CA. There will be not only entertainment but also craft booths where you can make wycinanki (traditional multi-color cut-outs), malowanki (folk painting on egg shells), and other surprises. There will be a small Fashion Show, a bookstore, a quick class to learn basic Polish phrases, and much more.

For those interested in history and culture, organizers will provide film documentaries about Poland, an exhibition of Polish works of art, displays about famous Poles in the US and California, and even the traditional armor of the famous Polish Winged Hussars.

All evening long, dance classes teaching the Polka, Oberek and Polonez will be offered to new brave students. A dance party will be the grand finale of the night. Along with the latest Polish hits, and great dancers (by this time) you will be having a blast!

Fun, entertainment and a professional atmosphere is the goal here. Over 15 Polish-California institutions and Organizations, including the Polish Consulate in Los Angeles, have worked hard to make sure everyone has a great time. Volunteers are also welcome!

Tentative program:

  • 2:00 – 2:30 music and announcements
  • 2:30 – 2:44 Grunwald Rycerze – Sword Dance for kids
  • 2:45 – 3:15 music and announcements
  • 3:15 – 3:30 performance
  • 3:30 – 4:00 music and announcements
  • 4:00 – 4:15 Vistula Dancers Performance
  • 4:15 – 4:30 Chopin Waltz Mixer – for all. Dance class.
  • 4:30 – 4:45 performance
  • 4:45 – 5:15 music and announcements
  • 5:15 – 5:30 performance
  • 5:30 – 6:00 music and announcements
  • 6:00 – 6:15 Vistula Dancers Performance
  • 6:15 – 6:45 music and announcements
  • 6:45 – 7:00 Krakusy Folk Ensemble Performance
  • 7:00 – 7:30 music and announcements
  • 7:30 – 7:45 Krakusy Folk Ensemble Performance
  • 7:45 – 8:15 music and announcements
  • 8:15 – 8:30 Fashion Show
  • 8:30 – 9:00 music and announcements
  • 9:00 – 9:15 performance
  • 9:15 – 10:00 music and announcements Website: www.hbquik.com/

For info and to submit yourself as a volunteer, please write to Marek Dzida at hellada@earthlink.net

More information is available at: PolandConnected.com, https://artslb.org/lb-artwalk/, T: 562.682-9735 (12noon – 7pm)

[Sources: press release, polandconnected.com, https://artslb.org/lb-artwalk/]

Polish Festival at Seattle Center
Saturday, July 12, 2014, from 12:00 to 8:00pm
Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle WA, 98109

Polish Festival returns to Seattle Center on July 12, 2014 as part of the Festival series of cultural programs. Come explore and experience Polish culture and traditions through live music and dance performances, workshops, traditional folk costumes, exhibits and children’s activities. Merchandise market place will showcase Polish glass art, hand-crafted pottery, amber jewelry, crystal, and cut-out paper art, as well as information about local Polish-American community organizations. The beer garden will be well stocked with a variety of imported Polish beer, and food vendors will serve plenty of authentic delicious Polish food.

New this year will be presentation of cultural traditions from northern Poland’s region Pomerania and Kashubia. The festival will also showcase the “traditional passions of Poland” cultivated for generations. Through interactive activity, conversation, literature, photographs and food tasting, the demonstration will highlight the custom of honey-making; mushroom gathering and use in traditional Polish dishes; the art of sausage making and tasting of traditional products.

For over a century, the Polish-American community of the Puget Sound has been active locally and is proud to participate in Festal to present Polish cultural traditions at the Seattle Center.

Polish Festival Seattle is produced by the Polish Home Foundation (PHF), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, in collaboration with Seattle Center. For more information please visit www.polishfestivalseattle.org  or write to PHF, 1714 18th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122.

[Source: press release]