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2013 Polish Festival

at the Seattle Center

July 13, 2013

 


May 2013


May 26   Polish Force NW team in the Ski To Sea Race
  Polish Culture Day in Port Coquitlam / Vancouver, BC
May 25   Duo Kaminska & Bowlby in Concert at the Frye Art Museum
May 24 & 25   Short The Big Leap by Kristoffer Rus at SIFF
May 23 & 24   Movie In the Name Of by Malgoska Szumowska at SIFF
May 17, 21 & 26   Movie Imagine by Andrzej Jakimowski at SIFF
May 18 & 19   Movie Lasting by Jacek Borcuch at SIFF
May 18   Polish Book Club Meeting at the Green Lake Library
May 15   GiveBIG to the Local Polish Organizations at the Seattle Foundation site
May 12   Rafal Blechacz in Concert in Vancouver, BC
May 11   Annual Pierogi Fest at the Polish Cultural Center
  Polish Book & CD Sale at the Polish Cultural Center
May 7   Movie The Guardian of the Past at the UW
May 5   Third of May Celebration at the Polish Cultural Center
May 4   True Life Trio in Polish Music at the Polish Hall in Portland

Duo Kaminska & Bowlby

Polish Movies at SIFF

Pierogi Fest


May 26: Polish Force NW in the Ski To Sea Race

Marek Wencel

The local sports team Polish Force NW goes again to the Ski to Sea Race. The event is a seven-legged, 100-mile long relay race that starts on Mt. Baker and ends on the shores of Marine Park in Fairhaven (Bellingham). The legs of the race are: cross country skiing, downhill skiing, running, bicycling, canoeing, mountain biking, and finally kayaking. This year Polish Force NW led by Marek Wencel is fielding again two teams. Come to cheer the Polish iron men and women at the leg transition zones and the finish line.

 

Where: Mt. Baker to Bellingham in Whatcom county, throughout the day; check with the event site and the team site when & where to show up, course map

More: Ski To Sea website, Polish Force NW website (2012), Marek Wencel, 206-227-3788

May 25, 12:30 pm: Duo Kaminska & Bowlby in Concert at the Seattle Art Museum

Kaminska & Bowlby

Enjoy a remarkable afternoon of duo piano music with Ivona Kaminska and Christopher Bowlby. The concert program includes Mozart's sonata in F Major, Schubert's fantasy in F minor, Junkinsmith's Roshomon, as well as Stravinsky's monumental "Rite of Spring" as the centennial of the work's premier in Paris approaches. Dr. Kaminska & Dr. Bowlby are founders of the Chopin Academy of Music and the Seattle International Piano Festival.

 

Where: the Auditorium at the Seattle Art Museum downtown; admission free

More:  Ivona Kaminska, Christopher Bowlby, Seattle International Piano Festival

May 24 & 25: Short The Big Leap by Kristoffer Rus at SIFF

The Seattle International Film Festival presents short The Big Leap directed by Kristoffer Rus. This 14 minute film from Poland billed as a super visual black comedy is actually a Polish-Swedish co-production. The short runs with the feature screening of Iranian absurd comedy About 111 Girls

 

Where: at SIFF Cinema Uptown on May 24 at 9 pm and on May 25 at 12 pm

More: movie at SIFF, movie press kit

May 23 & 24: Movie In the Name Of by Malgoska Szumowska at SIFF

The Seattle International Film Festival presents movie In the Name Of / W imie directed by Malgoska Szumowska and starring Andrzej Chyra. Chyra, one of the best contemporary Polish actors, gives a riveting performance as a overtly successful small village priest  dealing with spiritual despair. The last two movies by Szumowska, 33 Scenes from Life and Elles garnered a host of international awards, the latter movie opening the 2012 Berlin Festival. Sponsored by the Consulate General of Poland in LA.

 

Where: at AMC Pacific Place 11 on May 23 at 9:30 pm and at Harvard Exit on May 24 at 4:30 pm

More: movie at SIFF

May 17, 21 & 26: Movie Imagine by Andrzej Jakimowski at SIFF

The Seattle International Film Festival presents movie Imagine written and directed by Andrzej Jakimowski and starring Edward Hogg. The feature shot in Lisbon shows the world from the perspective of a charismatic young blind man who tries to raise a new spirit in patients of an institute for the blind. Both previous movies by Jakimowski, Squint Your Eyes (2002) and Tricks (2007) were well received in Seattle. Sponsored by the Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles.

 

Where: at SIFF Cinema Uptown on May 17 at 4 pm and on May 21 at 7 pm and at at Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center on May 26 at 6 pm

More: Imagine at SIFF, about the movie

May 18 & 19: Movie Lasting by Jacek Borcuch at SIFF

The Seattle International Film Festival presents movie Lasting / Nieulotne written and directed by Jacek Borcuch and starring Jakub Gierszal & Magdalena Berus. The film tells the story of a uneasy romance of two Polish college students working in Spain in summer. Borcuch made his name with the film All That I Love that received numerous international awards. Sponsored by the Consulate General of Poland in LA.

 

Where: at SIFF Cinema Uptown on May 18 at 8:30 pm and on May 19 at 3 pm

More: Lasting at SIFF

May 18, 11 am: Polish Book Club Meeting at  the Green Lake Library

The book for the meeting is Toksymia by Malgorzata Rejmer, published by Lampa i Iskra Boza in 2011. Toksymia is a grotesque set in contemporary Warsaw. The dust cover by K. Varga praises its language run amok and its black humor. Rejmer, 28, is a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Culture, Warsaw University. She published poems and short stories, this is her first book. Club meetings are in Polish.

 

Where: at the Green Lake Public Library in Seattle; admission free

More: about book, Polish Book Club

May 15, all day: GiveBIG to the Local Polish Organizations at the Seattle Foundation Site

On May 15, the Seattle Foundation hosts the annual GiveBIG event a one-day, online charitable giving event to benefit local nonprofits such as the Polish Home Foundation (PHF). The reason this is important to us is that it is a matching event that can bring additional funds to our community.

 

Please support PHF through GiveBIG - every donation to PHF made via  Seattle Foundation PHF Profile Page on May 15 will bring additional money thanks to the Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors, who will stretch your donation by matching a share of every contribution!  When donating, please indicate what program or event you want to support.

 

Where: at the Seattle Foundation site, please use the link above

More: about GiveBIG, about Polish Home Foundation

May 12, 3 pm: Rafal Blechacz in Concert in Vancouver, BC

Rafal Blechacz

The Vancouver Chopin Society presents a piano concert by Rafal Blechacz. Mr. Blechacz is the winner of the 2005 International Chopin Competition  in Warsaw, where he dominated winning all five major awards. The program includes J. S. Bach's Partita no. 3 in A minor, Beethoven's Sonata in D major, op. 10, no. 3, and Chopin's Two Polonaises, op. 40, Scherzo no. 3 in C-Sharp minor, Sonata No. 11 in C minor.  Organized by the Vancouver Chopin Society.

 

Where: at the Chan Centre, Vancouver, BC;

More: Rafal Blechacz's site, Vancouver Chopin Society

May 11, 11:30 - 4 pm: Annual Pierogi Fest at the Polish Cultural Center

All you can eat!

Polonez in action

This yearly festival supplies a great mixture of Polish food and culture. Food-wise, the main magnet is the All-You-Can-Pierogi event, which is a Polish dumplings extravaganza that serves several kinds of pierogi: meat, potato & cheese, sauerkraut & mushrooms, blueberries, plum etc. Also food booths with other favorites from potato pancakes to bigos (hunter's stew) and a beer garden.  Free attractions include: folk group performances, craft workshops (make your own pierogi!) & children activities. You can eat leisurely, listen to Polish music and have a good time. Also available: tea. coffee, soft drinks and desserts. On sale: Polish cutout art, Polish folk costumes, Polish sports scarves.

 

This is the schedule of the main attractions:

     12:00 pm   Polish Choir Vivat Musica!, Seattle

         :30 pm   Polish cutouts and Palemki demonstrations

       1:00 pm   Folk Dance Group Polonez, Vancouver, BC

         :30 pm   Polish Choir Vivat Musica!, Seattle

       2:00 pm   Folk Dance Group Polonez, Vancouver, BC

         :30 pm   Pierogi Making demonstration

       3:00 pm   Folk Dance Group Polonez, Vancouver, BC

 

Volunteers needed to run the event! Please contact John Golubiec.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski - All You Can Eat event at the lower hall; tickets $16 regular, $8 children up to 11; tots up to 3 years old free; other food at different prices, all entertainment and additional programs upstairs free

More: Preliminary program 2013 Pierogi Fest program

May 11, noon - 4 pm: Polish Book & CD Sale at the Polish Cultural Center

This event that is a part of the Pierogi Fest features usually a lot of new and second-hand books and albums in Polish, bi-lingual or in English on Polish topics as well as Polish CDs and DVDs - most at very affordable prices!

   

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski upper hall; admission free

More: Polish Home asks for donations of books, CDs and DVDs for the sale. Please bring them to the PH on Friday night as library is opened, or contact the librarian Monika Johnson.

May 7, 7 pm: Movie The Guardian of the Past at the UW

The UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee and the UW Ukrainian Studies Endowment Committee present a 2004 documentary The Guardian of the Past directed by Malgorzata Potocka. This award winning film tells the story of Borys Voznytsky, the longtime Director of the Lviv National Art Gallery in Ukraine and his fight to preserve thousands of religious art objects in the communist Soviet Union. An introduction to the movie by Marek Wieczorek, Professor of Modern Art History at the UW School of Art.

 

Where: Room 120, Communications Building at the University of Washington campus; admission free; Reception after the screening in Room 240.

More: about the movie and people behind it

May 5, 2:30 pm: Third of May Celebration at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish Home Association invites everybody to the 3rd of May celebration marking the anniversary of the first Polish constitution, which was enacted in 1791. The program includes a performance by the Polish scouts. The restaurant at the Polish Home is open from 12 pm to 4 pm.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; admission free; in Polish

More: about the Constitution, Constitution source

 
 

2013  Ryszard Kott

Photo "Fountain" courtesy Hanna Gil, Photo "Seattle" courtesy Ryszard Kwieciński