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Polish Festival

at the Seattle Center

 


May 2018


May 30   Meet the Author with J. Sienkiewicz at the Polish Cultural Center

May 28,

June 6 & 8

  Movie Birds Are Singing in Kigali by J. Kos-Krauze at SIFF
May 27   Polish Culture and Heritage Day in Coquitlam / Vancouver, BC
May 24   Reception with A. Storozynski and O. Krupa in Seattle
May 23 & 25, June 6   Movie The Last Suit by P. Solarz at SIFF
May 23   Movie KOSCIUSZKO: A Man Ahead of His Time at the UW
May 20   International Potluck and St. John Paul II in Belingham
May 19, 20 & 28   Movie Moomins and the Winter Wonderland at SIFF
May 18   Movie Solaris by S. Soderbergh at the Polish Cultural Center
May 12   Annual Pierogi Fest at the Polish Cultural Center
May 9   GiveBIG to Local Polish Organizations online
May 8 & 9   Consular Visit to Seattle at the Polish Cultural Center
May 6   Third of May Celebration at the Polish Cultural Center
May 5   Crowning, Mass in Honor of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Sammamish

Movie about Kosciuszko

Moomins movie


May 30, 7 pm: Meet the Author with J. Sienkiewicz at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Cultural Center presents a meet-the-author lecture Ander's Artists. Rescued from "Inhumane Land" with Prof. Jan Sienkiewicz based on his book with the same title. Dr. Sienkiewicz is a Professor at the Univ. of Torun, Poland and focuses his research on Polish artists creating abroad after WWII.

 

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

More: author's site www.janwiktorsienkiewicz.pl

May 28, June 6 & 8: Movie Birds Are Singing in Kigali by J. Kos-Krauze at SIFF

The Seattle International Film Festival presents the movie Birds Are Singing in Kigali / Ptaki śpiewaja w Kigali directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze and starring Eliane Umuhire and Jowita Budnik. This 2017 film is a story about a Tutsi woman saved by a Polish ornithologist and the subsequent struggle of both women to go on with their lives.

    

Where: at the Seattle International Film Festival in Seattle; on May 28 at 8 pm at Lincoln Square, on June 6 at 7 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown, on June 8 at 12:45 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown

More: about movie at SIFF, movie site

May 24, 6:30 pm: Reception with A. Storozynski and O. Krupa in Seattle

The UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee invites everybody to a private reception with director Alex Storozynski and leading actor Olek Krupa of the documentary movie KOSCIUSZKO: A Man Ahead of His Time. Mr. Storozynski is a Pulitzer prize winner and a former president of the Kosciuszko Foundation. His excellent 2009 book The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution provides a fresh perspective on the Polish freedom fighter and the American Revolutionary War hero.

 

Where: at a private residence; admission $50 ($30 tax deductible), please register online or mail a check written to UW Polish Studies to UW PSEC address.

More: UW PSEC.

May 23 & 25, June 3: Movie The Last Suit by P. Solarz at SIFF

The Seattle International Film Festival presents The Last Suit directed by Pablo Solarz. This 2017 film tells a story of Abraham Bursztein who, after going bankrupt in Argentina embarks on a trip to Poland to give the last suit to a Polish friend who saved his life during the Holocaust.

    

Where: at the Seattle International Film Festival in Seattle; on May 23 at 7 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown, May 25 at 4 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown and on June 3 in Kirkland Performance Center at 6 pm.

More: about movie at SIFF

May 23, 7 pm: Movie KOSCIUSZKO: A Man Ahead of His Time at the UW

The UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee presents a documentary movie KOSCIUSZKO: A Man Ahead of His Time directed by Alex Storozynski. The film is based on the recent excellent biography of the Polish and American hero The Peasant Prince - Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution also written by Mr. Storozynski. Both the director and the leading actor Olek Krupa will be present at the Q&A session after the screening.

 

Where: the Thomson Hall, Room 101 at the UW campus in Seattle; admission free

More: UW PSEC.

May 20, 12:15 pm: International Potluck and St. John Paul II in Bellingham

The Sacred Heart Church invites all to a Pentecost Mass at 11 am and then to an international potluck at the Parish hall and to the program The Holy Spirit and Saint John Paul II.

 

Where: Sacred Heart Church in Belingham, WA; admission free

More: Please contact Urszula Kubik, also at 360-715-9331

May 19, 20 & 28: Movie Moomins and the Winter Wonderland at SIFF

All the Polish fans of Moomins rejoice! The Seattle International Film Festival presents Moomins and the Winter Wonderland directed by Ira Karpelan, Jakub Wroński and Bartosz Wierzbięta. This 2017 film is a Christmas special featuring the beloved creatures of the Moomin Valley from the books by Tove Jansson.

    

Where: at the Seattle International Film Festival in Seattle; on May 19 at 1 pm at Majestic Bay, May 20 at 11:30 am at SIFF Cinema Uptown and on May 28 in shoreline at 1 pm.

More: about movie at SIFF

May 18, 7 pm: Movie Solaris by G. Soderbergh at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Film Club Kino OKO presents the movie Solaris, directed by Steven Soderbergh. This film is another adaptation of a sci-fi novel by Stanislaw Lem under the same title; Andrei Tarkowski made the first, famous adaptation. George Clooney stars as an astronaut facing an alien intelligence that defies comprehension.

Evening schedule: 7 pm socializing & film intro, 7:30 pm screening.

 

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

More: Roger Ebert on Solaris, the Club site

May 12, 11:30 - 5 pm: Annual Pierogi Fest at the Polish Cultural Center

Pierogi!

The 13th Pierogi Fest brings the usual Polish dumpling extravaganza serving several kinds of pierogi: meat, potato & cheese, blueberry etc. with 10 pierogies for $10;  also available: sausage & sauerkraut, Polish beer, tea, coffee, soft drinks and desserts. Free attractions include folk group performances: Polish Choir at 1 pm & 2:30 pm and Pawel & Olimpia Duo at 12, 2 & 3 pm. Eat leisurely, listen to Polish music and have a good time. On sale: Polish cutout art, Polish tee-shirts, Polish sports scarves.

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

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle; all entertainment & additional programs free

More: 2018 event guide, please contact Festival coordinator John Golubiec for more info

May 9, all day: GiveBIG to Local Polish Organizations online

This year, the Seattle Polish Foundation participates again in the annual online GiveBIG event for local nonprofits. It's an opportunity to support your favorite Polish causes! Donations channeled through the GiveBIG do not receive any matching this year; however each donation can win a $1,000 Golden Ticket in a lottery with 250 such tickets. You can donate on or before May 9.

 

To donate to the SPF, visit the SPF Donation Page at the SF GiveBIG site - please specify the cause you want supported in the Comments field. The Polish News suggests the Polish Home 100th Anniversary Projects for this year's donations. To donate to the SPF directly without paying any fees, please send a check to Seattle Polish Foundation, 1714 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122.

 

Where: at the SPF Donation Page at the SF GiveBIG site

More: supporting Polish community through GiveBIG Campaign

 May 8 & 9: Consular Visit to Seattle at the Polish Cultural Center

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles kindly informs that the consular visit to Seattle, only to process passport applications, is scheduled for May 8 & 9, 2018. The Consul will be available at the Polish Cultural Center, by reservation only, 9 am to 5 pm on Tuesday and 9 am to 3:30 pm on Wednesday. To make a reservation send an email to losangeles.kg.paszporty@msz.gov.pl stating your name, DOB, the PESEL number and a preferred time.

   

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle, WA; reservations required.

More: info about the visit in Seattle (PL), the Consulate passport info

May 6, 2:30 pm: Third of May Celebration at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish Cultural Center presents the 3rd of May celebration marking the anniversary of the first Polish constitution, which was enacted in 1791. The program prepared by Barbara Strutynski highlights the 100th anniversary of Poland's regaining independence in 1918 and includes performances by pianist Marzena Szlaga, the Polish Choir, the Polish Scouts, the Young Polanie group as well as PHA members reciting poetry. 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

May 5, 4 & 5 pm: Crowning, Mass in Honor of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Sammamish

The Mary Queen of Peace Parish in Sammamish, invites the faithful to a special mass in honor of Our Lady of Czestochowa and crowning of the Virgin Mary statues. The schedule is as follows: 4 pm crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary statue at the grotto behind the church, 5 pm the Vigil Mass and crowning of the statue in the church; after the mass there will be a delicious dinner reception hosted by the Polish community at MQP.

 

Where: at the Mary Queen of Peace Church in Sammamish, WA; admission free

More: parish bulletin with the event description

 
 

2018  Ryszard Kott

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