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Polish Festival

at the Seattle Center


February 2015

Feb 28   Frederic's Birthday in Portland
Feb 25   Happy Hour and Networking at the Polish Cultural Center
Feb 21   Polish Book Club Meeting at the Green Lake Library  
Feb 14   Movie Brothers in Arms at the Central Library
  Valentine's Day Party at the Polish Cultural Center
Feb 7   Japan's Rescue of Polish Children from Siberia in 1920s at the Polish Home
Feb 6   Lecture on Polish Folk Dances & Movie Mazowsze at the Polish Library
Feb 1 - Mar 15   Exhibit About Jan Karski and His Mission at the UW

Folk culture lecture

Feb 28, 7:30 pm: Frederic's Birthday in Portland

The Polish Hall in Portland presents a concert Frederic's Birthday in the series Polish Music at the Polish Hall celebrating Chopin's birthday with music and dance. The program includes a performance of Agnieszka Laska Dancers to Chopin's preludes played by Mitchell Falconer, Colleen Adent playing waltz in Db Major, nocturne in Eb Major and Barcarolle, and more.


Where: Polish Hall & Library in Portland, OR; tickets $15 regular & $10 discounted

More: please contact PLBA president Agnieszka Laska

Feb 25, 6-8 pm: Happy Hour and Networking at the Polish Cultural Center  

Following on the success of the first meeting, this is another opportunity to mingle with young Polish-Americans and make new connections! Share stories and ideas while enjoying imported Polish beers and local wines at a happy-hour pricing (BYOB at $5). The evening will feature complimentary appetizers and door prizes! Came in and bring a friend 21 and over as the bar will be open.


Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle, admission free 21+, RSVP by Eventbrite

More: event flyer, or contact Pawel Krupa

Feb 21, 11 am: Polish Book Club Meeting at the Green Lake Library

The book for the meeting is Gniew by Zygmunt Miloszewski published by Wydawnictwo Literackie in 2013, a current bestseller in Poland. Mr. Miloszewski, 38, started as a fantasy writer but made his name as an author of a series of three crime novels about prosecutor Szacki. The first two books won the Best Polish Crime Novel awards in 2007 and 2011, respectively, and have been translated to English (see Amazon); Gniew is the third and closing book of the series and is already nominated.


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

More: about the book (PL), about the author Polish Book Club

Feb 14, 2 pm: Movie Brothers In Arms at the Central Library

Seattle Public Libraries present a documentary movie Brothers in Arms about the current war in Ukraine by Serhiy Lysenko, Constantin Mohilnik, Yaroslav Ovsiienko & Miroslav Gai. The filmmakers braved the bullets to interview Ukrainian soldiers, pro-Russian separatists and civilians. Mr. Mohilnik and Mr. Ovsiienko will be present at the film screening for a Q&A session.


Where: at the Central Library, downtown Seattle, admission free

More: Movie producer site

Feb 14, 8 pm: Valentine's Day Party at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Cultural Center invites everybody to a Valentine's Day Party. Party from 8 pm to 1 am, music by DJ Philip. The restaurant will be open from 7 pm to 10 pm; the bar from 7 pm to 12:30 am. Complimentary tea, coffee, hugs and kisses!


Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; tickets at the door $10 member, $15 non-members

More: for more info please contact Lucyna Blonska, tel. 206-764-7057

Feb 7, 4 pm: Japan's Rescue of Polish Children from Siberia in 1920 at the Polish Home  

The Polish Home Association and the Honorary Consulate of Poland in Seattle invite you to a historical presentation by Martha Golubiec Japan's Rescue of Polish Children from Siberia from 1920 to 1923 about children saved from turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Seattle was an important transit point for the children on their way from Japan to Poland. Anna Domeradzka, a survivor's daughter, will be present at the event.


Where: the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle, this event is free & open to the public

More: Event flyer or please contact Martha Golubiec or Teresa Davis

Feb 6, 6:30 pm: Lecture on Polish Folk Dances and Movie Mazowsze at the Polish Library

The Polish Cultural Center invites everybody to a lecture on Polish folk dances and costumes by Beata Gallaher. The presentation will be illustrated with fragments of a movie about the famous Polish folk group Mazowsze. The group, created after WWII as a showcase of the Polish folk culture, is still running strong. This event is one of the new series of Meetings with Polish Culture, organized by Beata Gallaher and Monika Johnson.


Where: upstairs at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; admission free; in Polish with English subtitles

More: please contact Monika Johnson or Beata Gallaher.

Feb 1, 2 pm - till Mar 15: Exhibit About Jan Karski & His Mission at the UW

UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee presents an exhibit The World Knew: Jan Karski's Mission For Humanity. Jan Karski was a WWII hero, an underground courier for the Polish government who risked his life to bring first eyewitness reports about Nazis' exterminations of the Jews to the Allies, including President Roosevelt. He is recognized as a man who tried to stop Holocaust. Exhibition created by the Polish History Museum in Warsaw and the J. Karski Educational Foundation.


Where: Exhibition at North Lobby, Allen Library at the UW campus in Seattle, grand opening at 2 pm on February 1, admission free; the exhibit is available during the library business hours till March 15, 2015.

More: about Karski, Karski Foundation, UW PSEC


2014-2015  Ryszard Kott

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