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June 2020

June 27   Polish Home Happy Hour with Sala on Zoom
June 27   Polish Presidential Election - by mail only
June 25 - July 1   Movie Reverse at Virtual Polish Film Festival Miami
June 20-27   Poland's Cult Comedies at Virtual Film Retrospective
June 24   Flavor of Poland, Ep.13: Podhale on KCTS9

June 22 & 23

till August

  Summer Polish Language Course - online & sold out!
June 17   Flavor of Poland, Ep.12: Lublin on KCTS9
June ongoing   Polish Film Club Recommendations online
June 12   Polish Book Club Virtual Meeting on Zoom
June 10   Flavor of Poland, Ep.11: Kielce on KCTS9
June 9   Warsaw Heritage, Traditions and Urban Myths on Zoom
June 7   Preserving and Teaching Heritage Languages on Zoom
June 3   Flavor of Poland, Ep.10: Toruń on KCTS9

Virtual Happy Hour!

Cult Classics

June 27 at 7 pm - 8:30 pm: Polish Home Happy Hour with Sala on Zoom

If you crave the time you could visit the restaurant at the Polish Home and chat at the bar over some drinks, this is an event for you! The Polish Home Association will be hosting a virtual Happy Hour on Zoom. Come to chat with old friends, make drinks at home following instructions from Sala and have a great time. Tickets are free on eventbrite, but this is also a PHA fundraiser so a suggested donation of $15 would be greatly appreciated.


Where: on Zoom; get a ticket on eventbrite and you will receive a link to the zoom meeting 24 hours before the event.

More: additional info on eventbrite

 June 27, Polish Presidential Election - By Mail Only, Voting Deadline Now June 27

The Polish presidential election in America has been rescheduled to June 27, 2020, 7 am to 9 pm. Voting in the USA is by mail only. Seattle belongs to the polling station #126 at the Polish Consulate General in Los Angeles.  If you are a Polish citizen and you want to vote by mail, you need to register. The registration deadline for this round has passed. This is the first round, with the second round two weeks later if needed.

The results of the first round In the LA consular region (polling station #126):  Trzaskowski 1509, Duda 653, Hołownia 291 out of 2899 packets returned and 2811 votes cast. In the United States President Duda had 50,7% of the 26 126 votes cast.

Registration for the second round: if you didn't register for the first round you can do it for the second one, the deadline is June 29. People who registered for the first round don't have to register again to receive their second round voting package by mail.


More: ivoting delivery deadline (PL), voting in the USA (PL), electronic voter registration (PL)

updated June 24, 2020

June 25 - July 15: Virtual Polish Film Festival Miami

Polish Film Festival Miami and the Embassy of Poland in Washington, DC present a retrospective of Polish cinema Stories From Behind the Iron Curtain. These fairly recent movies cast an interesting light on the reality of the post WWII communist rule in Poland and enjoyed a commercial success when doing so. Enjoy! All movies in Polish with English subtitles, with Q&A sessions in English

Streaming available for a week for each film at your own time

     6/21 - 7/1  Reverse / Rewers by Borys Lankosz (2009)

     7/2 - 7/8    Little Rose / Rózyczka by Jan Kidawa-Błoński (2010)

     7/8 - 7/15   All That I Love / Wszystko co kocham by Jacek Borcuch (2009)

Where: PFF Miami site, streaming is free but you need to register

More: registration required, available at the site

June 20-27: Polish Cult Comedies at Virtual Film Retrospective

Teddy Bear

The virtual film festival Comedy vs. Communism: A Retrospective of Polish Cult Comedies from Communist Times presents movies from 1970s and 1980s that were poking holes at absurdities of the communist system and have become cult classics since then. Organized by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and sponsored by the Embassy of Poland in Washington, DC.

All movies in Polish with English subtitles, with Q&A session in English following each movie. Registration required. All times PST

  Sat June 20, 10 am  The Cruise / Rejs by Marek Piwowski

  Sun June 21, 3 pm    Man - Woman Wanted / Poszukiwany / poszukiwana by Stanisław Bareja

  Mon June 22, 3 pm    A Jungle Book of Regulations / Nie ma roży bez ognia by Stanisław Bareja

  Tue  June 23, 3 pm    What Will You Do When You Catch Me? / Co mi zrobisz jak mnie zlapiesz?

                                       by Stanislaw Bareja

  Wed June 24, 3 pm   Teddy Bear / Miś by Stanisław Bareja

  Thu  June 25,  3 pm   The Emergency Exit / Wyjscie awaryjne by Roman Załuski

   Fri   June 26,  3 pm   Sexmission / Seksmisja by Juliusz Machulski

   Sat  June 27, 10 am  King Size / Kingsajz by Juliusz Machulski

Where: online at https://www.victimsofcommunism.org/events/comedy-vs-communism

More: registration required, available at the site

June 22 & 23, till August: Polish Summer Courses online & sold out

The Polish School in Seattle organizes online courses of the Polish language for adults this summer. Both beginner and intermediate level courses will be available, starting on June 22 and 23, respectively and running for 10 meetings online. Group size 5 to 10 students. Please find more info as well as the registration form to here. This course has already sold out.


Where: online with the teachers from the Polish School in Seattle

More: the course is sold out, the following is for info purposes only registration and course info; for more info please contact Anna Babcock or call 206-362-3077

June ongoing: Polish Film Club Recommendations online

The Polish Film Club Kino OKO went virtual - as movie screenings at the Polish Cultural Center are off for now, the club recommends movies available online for watching at home.

There are now five recommendations for June:

       Sweet Rush / Tatarak by Andrzej Wajda

       Fanatic / Fanatyk by Michal Tylka, 33' short movie

       Escape from the Liberty Cinema / Ucieczka z kina Wolność by Wojciech Marczewski

               - absurd black comedy, available on Netflix and Amazon Prime

       Remembrance / Zagubiony czas by Anna Justice - war drama on Amazon Prime

       The Mire / Rojst by Jan Holoubek - thriller/crime series w 5 episodes on Netflix

Where: movies available at Netflix or Amazon Prime

More: the Club blog, Escape from the Liberty Cinema, Remembrance, The Mire, other Polish movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime

June 12, at 7 pm: Virtual Polish Book Club Meeting on Zoom

The Polish Book Club comes back to life after a two-year hiatus under new management and in a new format. Paulina Phung has just started the virtual edition of the club at the Polish Cultural Center with meetings happening on Zoom. The book to discuss is  Zgubiona dusza by Olga Tokarczuk published by Wyd. Format in 2017. Polish Book Club meetings are in Polish.


Where: using the Zoom app; please contact Paulina for the Zoom invite or more info

More: Virtual Polish Book Club page (PL), this event is in Polish

June 9, at 7 pm: Warsaw Heritage, Traditions & Urban Myths on Zoom

The UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee invites you to an online lecture Warsaw - Heritage, Traditions and Urban Myths with a (Very) Modern Twist by Justyna Zych. Dr. Zych is the 2020 UW Polish Studies Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Washington, currently teaching the course Warsaw: Window on Contemporary Polish History and Culture. Dr. Zych is an Assistant Professor at the Polonicum Center of Polish Language & Culture for Foreigners at the University of Warsaw. 


Where: this lecture is on Zoom; please sign in to Zoom to attend it. 

More: detailed info about the lecture at the UW PSEC site

June 7, 2 pm: Preserving and Teaching Heritage Languages on Zoom

The Ethnic Heritage Council of the Pacific NW invites local ethnic community leaders to a roundtable discussion on Preserving and Teaching Heritage Languages. This discussion, continuing from a previous meeting, will focus on the challenges and impact of the coronavirus pandemic on language programs run locally. Local specialist and fellow ethnic educators in attendance, a presentation and pointers to additional resources for teaching and heritage promoting available.


Where: on Zoom, registration is required, please register here

More: more information on the EHC website

June 3, 12 pm: Flavor of Poland, Ep.10: Toruń on KCTS9

Flavor of Poland is a culinary-travel PBS television weekly series presenting the country of Poland to American viewers like they've never seen it before. Hosted by Aleksandra August, the series shows off not only distinctly Polish dishes (check out the sorrel & crayfish soup recipe!) but also the most beautiful and interesting aspects and landscapes of Poland. The series premiere is scheduled on KCTS on April 1, 2020 with a segment about gthe old Polish capital of Cracow.


Where: On the KCTS9 channel in the Seattle area on Wednesdays at 12 noon

More: Flavor of Poland website


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