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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 in their surnames, but these celebrities, among many others, are all part of the large Polish diaspora here in Australia. Poles constitute one of Australia's oldest migrant communities – one early representative, explorer Paul Strezleczki, climbed and named our tallest mountain after his hero, General Tadeusz Kosciuszko, who himself spent much of his life outside Poland helping the Americans win the War of Independence. Whether in snowy Chicago or sunny Melbourne, Poles have gone on to form an integral part of the colourful patchwork that makes today's multicultural cities so exciting and interesting to live in. It's not surprising that Polish people have come to Australia: the two nations have much in common. Poles love a beer and a snag – known in Poland as piwo and kielbasa – and, like Australians, have a proud history of fighting for freedom against tremendous odds. The Polish Festival @ Federation Square, held on the second Sunday of every November, celebrates these shared qualities and aims to give Melburnians a tantalising taste of that distant country whom it often parallels. Hearty food and cold beverages are certainly on the agenda – not to mention some decadent pleasures of the sugary variety – as well as hours of dancing and musical performances, a huge range of unique merchandise, and even a special stall for the kids to have their own fun away from the grown-ups. After drawing record crowds in 2010, the Polish Festival is now in its seventh year with a host of exciting new elements in the mix for 2011. So if you haven't been yet, now's the year to come and see what all the fuss is about – and enjoy a beer and snag in the sun, Polish-style!
About the Polish Festival @ Federation Square: The Polish Festival @ Federation Square is a not-for-profit festival run under the auspices of the Polish Community Council of Victoria Inc. Now in its sixth year, the Polish Festival @ Federation Square is a major ethnic event on Melbourne's calendar. For more information please visit www.polishfestival.com.au About the Polish Community Council of Victoria Inc: The Polish Community Council of Victoria Inc. was established in 1962 as the state's peak Polish organization or federation of Victoria's Polish associations, organizations and individual grouping of Polish migrants. The Council represents the concerns, needs, aspirations, achievements and interest of the Polish community of Victoria. Its constituency through Victoria comprises over 40 Polish regional and special interest associations. The role and functions of the Council could be summarised in terms of three key activities: • • • Coordination and advocacy Information dissemination and exchange; Community welfare, relations and development.
For more information please visit www.pccv.org.au For more Polish Festival @ Federation Square information or to arrange an interview, please contact Mateusz Buczko. M: 0434 191 112 E: email@example.com
Organising Committee of the Polish Festival @ Federation Square
A committee established by the Polish Community Council of Victoria Inc ABN: 53 793 599 879 GPO Box 1123 MELBOURNE VIC 3001
The Blum Foundation
Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney Telephone 03 9629 8277 Fax 03 9629 8377 Email firstname.lastname@example.org