Last Saturday, eight pairs performed Stary Rzeszów at the Polish Community Council Ball at the Dom Syrena, Rowville. We received a brilliant response, where we were highly praised for our professionalism, our singing, and of course, our performance. Our youth certainly did POLONEZ proud: they danced beautifully, with all the energy and oomph required. We shall retain a memory of Joe Pawlicki running on, yelling “Hej chlopacy!” and our boys making this huge entrance from the bar at Rowville, Great stuff!
within the twinkling of an eye, disappeared!
during the Introduction of the Groups
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.
Please enjoy the photos.
It is little less than two months to the beginning of PolArt and preparations are in full swing all over Australia and New Zealand.
PolArt is such a unique occasion to showcase the Polish Community in Melbourne, and to display Polishness at its best.
Tickets, program and events details all found below.
Planning and working towards the Best PolArt ever!! to be held in Melbourne, at the end of this year.
The vision for this PolArt is to provide a Melbourne experience for our many interstate and overseas visitors and to make it easier for our local community to attend as many events as possible, as they will be held within close proximity to each other. All the Main events are in the Melbourne CBD, at the Melbourne Town Hall, Federation Square, the Arts Centre, Melbourne, including Hamer Hall and the Fairfax Theatre.
Some of those highlights will be the PolArt Opening day on Sunday, 27th at Federation Square, The Childrens’ day at Deakin Edge at Federation Square on Tuesday 29th December, the Gala concert at Hamer Hall on Sunday, January 3rd, and of course, New Year’s Eve at Flemington Racecourse.
Please note the Advertisement below, Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, 30th September.
Polonez recently performed at the President’s Ball, Polish Community Council of Victoria, at Dom Syrena, Rowville. Various distinguished guests, including the leader of the opposition, Matthew Guy, the local member of Parlt were present. Representatives of various ethnic groups including the Jewish and Hungarian groups were also in attendance. Polonez performed Nowy Sacz much to the crowds delight.
The Reunion was a great success, with many generations of Polonez dancing and mingling together.
Some of the highlights were seeing so many well known and much loved Polonez faces over the years coming together one more time, a rousing performance of the Polonez of today dancing Nowy Sacz, the photos of yesteryear so beautifully displayed and providing such an amazing and popular attraction, the awarding of the the 10 years and over long service medals to current Polonez members, and our beautiful 50th anniversary cake highlighted amongst 50 golden balloons.
This would not have been possible without Ala Mielnik’s dedicated work. As I said at the Reunion, I would talk concert preparations at her, and she would reply with her Reunion issues to me. Thank you Ala, you made a big difference! Also thank you to Irena Kutypa, Kama Lesniak, Joe Pawlicki and Jasia Wierzbicka who helped with all the preparations over the week-end.
Thank you to everyone who made them so successful and such an inspiring memory of the Polonez 50th Anniversary Concert.
Six sections of Polonez came together as one to produce such a wonderful and unique occasion, Mały, Średni, Duży, Złote Dorotki, Złoty Polonez and the Kapela. Thank you Helenka, Zosia and Jurek!
Thank you to the Zloty Polonez contingent, who came together to celebrate with us, it was great fun, many aching muscles, corny jokes but well worthwhile. You are always welcome back Beata, Grazyna, Irena, Jennifer, Joasia, Lily, Sarah, Scarlett, Wanda, Andrew, Andrew, Joe, Sal and Tom. There was some serious dancing there.
Thank you also to the Polonez alumni who came to the concerts, it was touching to see so many well known faces and very much appreciated knowing you were in the audience.
Polonez recently has been busy practicing for its upcoming 50th anniversary concert, its all guns blazing as we prepare for our biggest show ever.