Polish culture, traditions & achievements
Our 4th annual Polish Festival Seattle brings you live music & dance, workshops, exhibits, authentic Polish food, kid’s activities and more. This year we showcase the unique culture of Polish Highlanders and the splendor of the Polish Tatra Mountains. The festival is produced by the Polish Home Foundation and the Polish Home Association of Seattle in partnership with the Seattle Center.
Poland’s landscape, culture, and folklore are rich and diverse. Each region has its own cultural traditions, and one of the most unique is the region of Podhale situated at the foothills of the Tatra Mountains in southern Poland. Podhale is inhabited by Górals (translation: Highlanders) whose vibrant culture and folklore are very much alive and cultivated on a daily basis in many Highlanders’ families.
The tourist center of the region is Zakopane, a mountaineering and skiing destination with rich folk traditions and many examples of Highlander architecture.
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.
Authentic Polish Cuisine
This year’s festival brings you a variety of authentic Polish dishes to satisfy your appetite. Try placki ziemniaczane (potato pancakes), bigos (hunter’s stew made with cabbage and sausage), kielbasa (sausage) and everyone’s favorite, pierogi (filled dumplings)! You can find the full menu here. In addition, we are bringing back the popular cooking demos. Stop by and learn how to make a delicious Polish soup or dessert.
Featured Performer: Siumni
This year we are delighted to welcome Siumni, a folk ensemble based in Chicago, Illinois that performs dances, music and songs from the Polish Highlander culture. The group was formed in 2001 and has performed all over the United States. Siumni ensemble represents the Polish Highlanders Alliance of North America and performs the traditional Polish Highlander dances of the region. The costumes are hand-made in Poland, as well as in the United States by talented individuals who continue the work of their Góral 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 Polish Festival Seattle 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!