Experience Polish culture, traditions and achievements
Our 4th annual Polish Festival brings you live music, dance performances, workshops, exhibits, food, children’s activities and more. This year we showcase the unique culture of Polish Highlanders and the splendor of the Polish Tatra Mountains.
Like Washington state, Poland is made up of many distinct landscapes. Each region has a its own cultural traditions and one of the most unique is that of the Gorals (literal translation is “highlanders”) found in the most southern area. The most popular city in the region is Zakopane, a center of Goral culture and destination for mountaineering and skiing. It lies in the southern part of the Podhale region at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. We invite you to get into the spirit of the regional theme of this year’s festival by watching this short video, created for the 100th anniversary of the death of Stanisław Witkiewicz, the creator of “Zakopane style”, and his son, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz “Witkacy”- writer, playwright and painter.
Featured Performer: Siumni
This year we are delighted to welcome “Siumni”, a folk ensemble based in Chicago, Illinois that performs dances, music and song from the Polish Highlander culture. The group was formed in 2001 and has performed all over the United States. “Siumni” is the representative group of the “Polish Highlanders Alliance in North America” and represents the traditional Polish Highlander dances of men and women, (group dancing, duets and women’s solo and a men’s solo typically known as the “Robinhood’s Dance,” or “taniec zbojnicki”). The costumes are hand-made in Poland, as well as in the states by talented individuals who continue the work of our ancestors.
Drawing Contest for Kids
All greater Seattle area kids ages 2 through 14 are invited to participate in our first ever drawing contest! There will be three different age categories: 2-5 years, 6-9 years, and 10-14 years. Submissions will be displayed at the Polish Festival and winners of each age category will receive a prize! Entry forms are available at the Polish Cultural Center and on the Children’s Activities page. Submissions are being accepted now and voting will begin on our Facebook page in June, so be sure to “like” us!