Polish Festival @Federation Square
Bringing a Taste of Poland to Melbourne
Sunday 20 November 2011
What do actress Magda Szubanski, tennis player Peter Luczak and science guru 'Doctor Karl'Kruszelnicki have in common? You may never have guessed it 'til you noticed the giveaway Zs intheir surnames, but these celebrities, among many others, are all part of the large Polish diasporahere in Australia. Poles constitute one of Australia's oldest ethnic communities – one earlyrepresentative, explorer Paul Strzeleczki, climbed and named our tallest mountain after his hero,General Tadeusz Kosciuszko, who himself spent much of his life outside Poland helping theAmericans win the War of Independence. Whether in snowy Chicago or sunny Melbourne, Poleshave gone on to form an integral part of the colourful patchwork that makes today's multiculturalcities so exciting and interesting to live in.It's not surprising that Polish people have come to Australia: the two nations have much incommon. Poles love a beer and a snag – known in Poland as
– and, likeAustralians, have a proud history of fighting for freedom against tremendous odds. The PolishFestival @ Federation Square, held on the third Sunday of every November, celebrates theseshared qualities and aims to give Melburnians a tantalising taste of that distant country whom itoften parallels. Hearty food and cold beverages are certainly on the agenda – not to mentionsome decadent pleasures of the sugary variety – as well as hours of dancing and musicalperformances, a huge range of unique merchandise, and even special entertainment for the kidsto make sure grown-ups aren't the only ones having fun.After drawing crowds from all over Australia in 2010, the Polish Festival is now in its seventh yearwith a host of exciting new elements in the mix for 2011. So if you haven't been yet, now's the yearto come and see what all the fuss is about – and enjoy a beer and snag in the sun, Polish-style!