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Polish Festival

at the Seattle Center


July 2016

July 29 - Aug 4   Movie The Innocents by Anne Fontaine at SIFF Cinema Uptown
July 24   Viola Brzezińska in Concert in Tacoma
July 22   Town Hall Meeting w/ Min. W. Waszczykowski in Portland
July 21   How to Pickle Cucumbers & Tomatoes in Woodinville
July 17   Performance Beksiński_Butoh. Untitled 2 at the Seattle Butoh Festival
July 9   Polish Festival at the Seattle Center
July 1   Bartosz Beda Exhibition in Spokane
July   Polish Cultural Center Open in July


July 29 - Aug 4: Movie The Innocents by Anne Fontaine at SIFF

The Seattle International Film Festival presents the movie The Innocents / Les Innocentes directed by Anne Fontaine and starring Agata Kulesza and Agata Buzek. This 2016 deeply moving drama takes place in 1945 Poland where a young French Red Cross doctor comes to help Benedictine sisters after their convent was "liberated" by the Red Army. Ms. Fontaine's other films include Coco Before Chanel.


Where: from Jul 29 to Aug 4 at SIFF Cinema Uptown in Seattle

More: the movie at SIFF

July 24, 11 am/12 noon: Viola Brzezinska in Concert in Tacoma

Viola Brzezinski

The Polish Parish in Tacoma presents a concert by singer Viola Brzezinski. Ms. Brzezinski is a Polish singer with interest in songs inspired by religion. She is on an American tour promoting her new album Classical. She has also won the Anna Jantar Award at the Opole Festival, and performed at the Theatre Buffo in Warsaw. Ms. Brzezińska will first sing to the Holy Mass at 11 am, then will have a concert following the mass (around noon).


Where: at the SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Tacoma, WA; in Polish. Ms. Brzeziński also performs at the Polish Parish in Portland on July17.

More: Viola's website, contact to Fr. Bolda at the Parish (206) 282 1804.

July 22, 8 pm: Town Hall Meeting w/ Min. W. Waszczykowski in Portland

Min. Waszczykowski

This is an open meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Witold Waszczykowski. Mr. Waszczykowski, 59, is a career diplomat. Among others, he served as a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2005-2008 and as the chief Polish negotiator with the United States for the missile defense system. He is also a graduate of the University of Oregon Dept. of Political Science. The meeting is in Polish.


Where: Polish Hall & Library in Portland, OR; admission free, open to the public, in Polish

More: about the minister

July 21, 6:30 pm: How to Pickle Cucumbers and Tomatoes in Woodinville

21 Acres presents a culinary education class Fresh Fermentation with cukes and tomatoes by instructor Joanna Wirkus. Ms. Wirkus is a Univ. of California graduate with B. Sc in clinical nutrition and also a Bastyr Univ. trained Registered Dietician of Polish origin. She tells me that in this class she uses traditional Polish recipes, so attend and enjoy!


Where: at the 21 Acres School in Woodinville, WA; fee $45 / $35, registration at eventbrite by July 19.

More: Joanna Wirkus / Lovegreens

July 17, 7 pm: Performance Beksiński_Butoh at the Seattle Butoh Festival

Hanff & Laage in B_B

photo by Yassiek

Seattle's Daipan butoh and Warsaw's Theatre Limen butoh present a collaborative performance Beksiński_Butoh. Untitled 2, created by Joan Laage (Daipan), Sylwia Hanff (Limen) and Robert Jędrzejewski (video artist & composer). The play has been inspired by hauntingly evocative art of Zdzisław Beksiński (1929-2005), a renown Polish painter, graphic designer, photographer who was a dystopian surrealist. This art project is co-financed by the City of Warsaw.

Also: don't miss Beksinski Butoh Film and Presentation at the Polish Festival at the Seattle Center,  on July 9, 5 pm at the Armory loft #3


Where: at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in Seattle; admission free

More: about the play and Limen, Beksiński art, Beksiński Bio, Daipan Butoh, Jedrzejewski on youtube

July 9, 11 am - 7 pm: Polish Festival at the Seattle Center / Armory & Mural Amphitheatre

The Warsaw Mermaid

Lajkonik group, Tucson

Cooking demos: babka

jazz singer K. Zaręba

Update: photo gallery from the Festival


The 5th annual Polish Festival Seattle is part of the big ethnic festival series at the Seattle Center, known as Festal. The venue is again the Armory (the old Center House) and the Mural Amphitheatre. The Festival focus this year is on the capital region of Mazovia / Mazowsze, which includes  Warsaw, highlighted by an exhibit about the region. Other attractions include: live performances by folk groups, a jazz vocalist, singers, a piano concert, cooking demos and workshops, children’s activities and more. Vendor booths offer Polish glass art, hand-crafted pottery, crystal, jewelry, and paper cut-cut art. Also available: plenty of great Polish food and a beer garden.


The 2016 Festival Highlights include:


♦ Exhibition about the Mazovia Region

♦ Cooking Demos baking bread, baking babka, making bigos

♦ Workshops  making pierogi, Polish desserts, floral head wreaths, palms

♦ Film Program including Beksinski_Butoh movie & presentation

Kids Activities

♦ Stage performances by pianist Paweł Chęciński (Chicago), poet Leszek Chudziński (Seattle), Duo Draka (Portland, OR), Lajkonik Polish Folk Ensemble (Tucson, AZ), Mazovia Polish Song & Dance Assn (Calgary, AB), Andy Mirkovich (Seattle), Młodzi Polanie (Seattle), Parno Drom (Vancouver, BC), Polish School Dance Group Sobótka (Portland, OR), Jerzy Staszak (Seattle), Matt Strutynski (Seattle), Vivat Musica Polish Choir (Seattle) and jazz vocalist Kasia Zaręba (Bielsko Biała, Poland).

♦ Polish Food and Beer Garden

♦ Vendors


The Festival needs volunteers - info how to sign up. Among others, volunteers are still needed for face painting, head wreath making, serving foods and selling baked goods. Also needed strong people to help with transport on the day of festival for the morning setup from 7 am and the evening tear down at 7 pm! Please help!

Detailed program is posted at the Polish Festival website.


Where: Armory & Mural Amphitheatre at the Seattle Center in Seattle; admission & entertainment free

More: Polish Festival on facebook; for PR please contact Teresa Davis

July 1, 5 pm, through July:  Bartosz Beda Exhibition in Spokane

Bartosz Beda

If you are going to the eastern Washington in July, stop at the Marmot Art Space in Spokane to see a solo painting exhibition by Bartosz Beda. Mr. Beda, apparently already renown  internationally as a rising star in contemporary art due to his provocative and intriguing paintings, moved from London to Moscow, Idaho to be with the woman he loves. He already had exhibitions in different European countries, this is his first in the US.


Where: at the Marmot Art Space gallery in Spokane; admission free; open on Friday nights and on summer weekends 

More: artist's website, gallery info abut artist and exhibition, article from the Spokesman Review

July: The Polish Cultural Center Open in July

The Polish Home is open on Friday nights in July. It is closed on Sundays.


More: Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle


© 2016 Ryszard Kott

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