Polska Eire Festival 2016 –Pictured above: Polish Vice-Ambassador to Ireland Mr Piotr Rakowski, Sheila Deegan, Limerick Arts Council & Limerick 2020, Deputy Mayor Cllr Gerard Mitchell, Justyna Cwojdzinska, Polish Arts Festival, Mike Fitzpatrick, Limerick Arts Council & Limerick 2020. Photo: Sarah Hayes/ ILoveLimerick.com
The Polish Vice-Ambassador for Ireland Mr Piotr Rakowsk and Deputy Mayor of Limerick Cllr Gerard Mitchel officially launched Polska Eire Festival 2016. Polska Eire Festival is taking place as part of the Limerick 2020 bid. At the launch the committee discussed various ways Polish community could contribute to the bid and exciting plans were put in place.
Polska Eire Festival is an annual celebration of Poles and Irish living together to strengthen mutual relations, and celebrate the diversity and integration. This year the Polska Eire Festival events will run nationwide from May 16 to 22.
In Limerick the celebrations will start on May 20, starting with the multicultural event run by the Bank of Ireland on the streets of Limerick.
Also on that evening at 6pm in Limerick College of Art & Design on George’s Quay there will be a film screening of “Solidarity according to women” followed by a panel discussion with the directors and screenwriter Marta Dzido and Piotr Sliwowski. The feature-length documentary is a story about some of the brave Polish women whose wisdom, determination and commitment in the opposition movement of the 1980s helped bring about a change of the political reality in Poland. The link between the two aspects of the film is Marta Dzido – a co-director and narrator. Born in 1981, being a symbolic daughter of the Solidarity movement, Dzido makes an attempt at locating and reinstating women who were written out of recent Polish history.
On Sunday 22 May everyone is welcome to join a family day at the People’s Park. The day will be themed “Rising to Freedom” (12pm – 3pm). It will be a great chance to experience the spirit of rising as you walk through various different themed tents, taste a bit of Polish traditional food, enjoy theatrical performances and make your own family tree. All events are free of charge.
· Multicultural Day – Friday, 20th May , 10am -2pm, Bedford Row
Bank of Ireland celebrates UN World Day for Cultural Diversity in 12 branches nationwide. Local performance groups and food stands from different nationalities celebrating cultural diversity and integration.
· “Solidarity according to Women” Film Screening and meeting with directors– Friday, 20th May, 6pm, Limerick School of Arts & Design, George’s Quay
This renowned Polish documentary explores the role of women in the Polish fight against Communism. The screening will be followed by a discussion on the role of women in the history of Ireland and Poland. The film directors Piotr Śliwowski and Marta Dzido will introduce the film and talk about its topic after the screening.The film will have English subtitles and the discussion will be conducted in English.
· Family Day “Rising to Freedom” – Friday, 22nd May, 12pm – 3pm, People’s Park
Please join them during the day full of fun and learning celebrating Rising to Freedom of all nations through theatrical performances, exhibitions of Polish & Irish Risings, Polish & Irish Scouting Dexterity Games, Competitions, Air Soft shooting range, Family Tree workshop, Arts& Craft Workshops, Polish food, dance, music. ENTRY FREE. ALL WELCOME.