Experience Polish culture, traditions and achievements
Our 4th annual Polish Festival Seattle 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. From the coast of the Baltic Sea to the north, to the plains of the central regions, to the mountain peaks of the south. Each region has distinct traditions and culture and one of the most unique is that of the Gorals (literal translation is “highlanders”) found in the most southern area. One of the most popular cities 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 Grand Architect, the creator of “Zakopane style” and his son, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz “Witkacy”- writer, playwright and painter.
Drawing Contest for Kids
All greater Seattle area kids ages 2 through 14 are invited to participate in our first ever drawing contest! The goal of the contest is to familiarize children with Poland and Polish culture. We strongly encourage all participating kids to research the Internet and library for inspiration and information. Contest entries must be related to this year’s regional theme of Polish Highlanders (“Górale” in Polish) and the splendor of the Polish Tatra Mountains, famous for its rugged peaks, climbing, hiking.
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. You can also find forms and contest rules on the Children’s Activities page.