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Polish Arts Festival returns to Limerick from September 16-19



Polish Arts Festival Limerick (PAF) – Justyna Cwojdzińska & Aleksandra Rosiak, Artistic Directors of Polish Arts Festival, pictured outside the Belltable in Limerick City.

Polish Arts Festival returns to Limerick from September 16-19 

Celebrating their 14th  year in Limerick, Polish Arts Festival presents exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, podcasts, audio stories for children and workshops themed “Looking Up and Looking Out” running from September 16 to September 19 in The Hunt Museum, Lime Tree Theatre & Belltable and online. 

The co-artistic directors of the festival, Justyna Cwojdzińska and Aleksandra Rosiak,  have curated a wonderful programme of events that celebrates the Lem Centenary  (100th Birthday Anniversary of Stanisław Lem, a sci-fi author, father of Solaris). You can listen to bilingual podcasts about Lem’s work and children can enjoy audio stories directed by Kamila Dydyna, performed by Georgina Miller and Justyna Cwojdzińska from September 16 – October 15. The programme includes a family screening of animations for children based on Lem’s stories which will be presented in the Belltable and an online presentation of animations for adults.


Enjoy an exhibition of paintings by Polish artist Adriana Laube in The Hunt Museum Café and the Belltable foyer, and join us for a family painting workshop with Lesley Ann Hurley in The Hunt Museum Gardens. Culture Night will see a concert by Sandra Maria & Emoji in the Belltable at 6 pm.

The Belltable cinema will host a screening of I Never Cry dir. by Piotr Domalewski. Take part in dance, voice and music workshops run by Anna Banko –Szumacher, Przemysław Łozowski, Daniel Flannagan, Anna & Raymond Scanlan. Meet the novelist Darragh Martin and his Future Popes of Ireland. Full programme of events available at 

Aleksandra Rosiak, who has joined the Festival’s team in 2021 as co-artistic director said “Polish Arts Festival’s vision is very close to my heart as a curator and venue programmer, and  I am thrilled to join the festival’s team on the journey to support and to showcase the outstanding potential of artistic talent that exists within Polish and Irish communities.”  

Justyna Cwojdzińska, a founder of the Polish Arts Festival said, “After over a year in the pandemic reality we are delighted to welcome our audience back for in-person experience. We missed you so much and we look at the bright side of life and show that together we can do much more regardless of nationality, social and cultural background, beliefs or disbeliefs. Join us this year, maybe for the first time, and let’s celebrate the community spirit in Limerick.” 

Polish Arts Festival (PAF) is a community organisation that strives to introduce, integrate and promote Polish arts and Polish artists through collaboration with Limerick artists and venues. PAF strongly believes in social inclusion, integration & mutual understanding through arts. Our Festival creates a platform for innovative and creative approaches to cultural dialogue and artistic partnerships adding to the colourful and diverse Limerick art scene. PAF strives to engage the community through involvement in culture and to empower their individual and group potential. Polish Arts Festival is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick City and County Council, Creative Ireland, Polish Embassy in Dublin, JP McManus Benevolent Fund, private sponsors, and supported by the Lime Tree Theatre and Belltable, The Hunt Museum and  Nasz Głos Polish Weekly. 



16 Sept – 6pm – The Hunt Museum Gardens – Official Opening of the Festival & Exhibition of Adriana

Laube by Mayor of Limerick Daniel Butler and Polish Ambassador to Irelad, Anna Sochańska. 

17 Sept – 4pm -online – Meeting with Darragh Martin & “Future Popes of Ireland”

17 Sept – online  until 15 Oct – PAF Kids – Fantastical Audio Stories for children – audio recordings

based on Stanisław Lem’s short stories for children

17 Sept – online  until 15 Oct – Podcasts on Stanisław Lem

17 Sept – 6pm – Belltable- Culture Night-  Love, Nature, Freedom concert of Sandra Maria & Emiji

18 Sept – 11am- The Hunt Museum Gardens – Happy Art Workshop with Lesley Anne Hurley

18 Sept – 12.30 – online – – Arts & Craft Space & Robots Workshop with Marta Golubowska

18 Sept – 14.00 – Belltable – Family Cinema / Lem’s animations 

18 Sept – 6pm – online – FE-MA VOICES Presentation of work in progress of Justyna Cwojdzińska and

Aleksandra Rosiak. 

18 Sept – 8pm – Belltable – I Never Cry / (Polish original: Jak Najdalej Stąd), dir. Piotr Domalewski

19 Sept – 11.00 – online – Irish dance session with Daniel Flannagan

 19 Sept – 12.30 – online – “Klapok” in a Bubble – Polish traditional dancing for all the family

19 Sept – 12.30 – online – Celtic & Polish voice fusion with Anna Banko – Szumacher

19 Sept – 16.30 – online – Voice & Instrumental Workshop / Warsztaty wokalno – instrumentalne z

Przemkiem Łozowskim (in Polish)

19 Sept – 20.00 – online – Night Painting Session / Nocne Malowanie z Adrianą Laube (Polski)


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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.