Ireland’s eight Polish Arts festival takes place in Limerick from the 11th of September to the 5th of November 2014.
This year’s festival has the theme of “Celtic-Slavic Vision of Woman”, the annual festival celebrates the diversity of the Polish community in Ireland and the many facets of Polish/Slavic heritage.
Embracing the integration of the Polish contingent into Limerick, the Polish Arts Festival aims to promote the different faces of the Pole abroad as a worker, an artist, a member of the local community and a contributor to European cultural heritage. 2014’s festival offers a feast of traditional and modern Polish/Slavic music, theatre and fine arts through a vibrant schedule of interactive events. Informative and colourful performances, lectures and exhibitions will appeal to a wide audience of art and history lovers, parents and their children, and anyone interested in flair, diversity and harmony.
Critically-acclaimed Polish artist and prominent feminist Ewa Partum will carry out the official festival and exhibition launch on 11th September 2014. Poetry artist, performance artist, mail artist, conceptual artist, film maker and linguist, Ewa’s inspirational solo art exhibition can also be viewed in the Limerick City Gallery until 14th September 2014.
Showcasing modern and traditional artwork of an indigenous and multi-cultural nature, the exhibitions include the Thank You Ireland Photography Exhibition, which celebrates 10 years of Polish membership of the European Union and Irish–Polish friendships. The Celtic-Slavic Vision of Woman Exhibition highlights work influenced by the female Celtic and Slavic nature and the power and fragility of femininity. A wolf and a lamb of Celtic and Slavic flavour are even set to make an appearance!
The Polish Arts Festival’s highly anticipated Culture Night takes place on Saturday 19th September at The Hunt Museum Courtyard and this includes the talent of the Living Statutes Performance Lutrek Theatre and the fascinating Silver Lady. The Millennium Theatre hosts the very special and unique Polish/Slavic piano and harpsichord concert with Marcin Dominik Głuch and Yonit Kosovske.
Enjoying enormous success in previous Polish Arts Festivals, Lutrek Theatre returns with workshops for children with a special focus on the joy of creation. The workshop allows for the outburst of individual artistic potential and active group participation, and the open sessions can be booked via [email protected].
Continuing with this year’s “Celtic-Slavic Vision of Woman” theme, the festival features a series of compelling lectures including “Two Mary’s: Head of Communication of the Polish Underground during the Second World War”, “Warsaw Uprising 1944”, “Women and the Solidarity Movement” and “Celtic-Slavic Vision of Woman: Similarities and Differences”. The Polish Women’s Network will also be launched on 2nd October 2014.
Kindly supported by Limerick City of Culture 2014, the festival is flourishing with the help of its many creative Polish and Limerick friends. The Polish Arts Festival team looks forward to the further incorporation of artists from around the world and the establishment of the Polish Arts Festival in many towns and cities around Ireland.
Festival Artistic Director Justyna Cwojdzinska says “The Polish Arts Festival is such a proud event for us. It’s a contagious mix of Polish joy and Irish heart, and we want everyone to join the fun and enjoy a taste of our enchanting Polish/Slavic heritage.”
All the information you need about the Polish Arts Festival, including a full schedule of events can be found at their website www.polishartfestival.ie
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Photos by Jonathan Baynes for ILoveLimerick.com 2014. All Rights Reserved.