PolArt 2015 Melbourne has arrived, flourished and,
within the twinkling of an eye, disappeared!
400 dancers on stage at Hamer hall, PolArt 2015 Melbourne,
during the Introduction of the Groups
They were a crazy, happy, busy eight days, mainly in the Melbourne CBD, of Polish culture at its best, of music, art, literature, folklore and theatre from all around Australia, New Zealand and Poland. Hope that you caught some of it at least.
Fifteen folkloric Groups from every state in Australia, and from New Zealand. Kujawy (Sydney), Kukułeczka (Perth), Lajkonik (Sydney), Łowicz (Melbourne), Lublin (Wellington, NZ), Oberek (Hobart), Obertas (Brisbane), Orlęta (Wellington, NZ), Podhale (Sydney), Polonez (Melbourne), Polonus (Christchurch, NZ), Syrenka (Sydney), Tatry (Adelaide), Wawel (Wollongong), Wisła (Brisbane).
Some of the innovations included the introduction of the Legacy awards, in which those performers who had participated in over 6 PolArts were recognized in a special ceremony, surprisingly about 10% of participants, and, a Children’s Day.
The Folkloric component included 4 major events, the artistic program for the Opening day at Federation square, and three folkloric concerts at the Drum theatre, Dandenong,Clocktower Centre, Moonee Ponds and Hamer Hall at the Arts Centre, Melbourne.
There was a mass introduction of the ensembles at Hamer hall, 400 performers on stage! And a choregraphed Finale for 200 performers.