Polish Festival in North Vancouver 2016

 

Celebrating Polish Culture on the North Shore

 

Fourth Annual Polish Cultural Festival organized by North Shore Polish Association Belweder was held on September 4th at Lynn Valley Village in North Vancouver. 

Once again it proved to be a very popular and successful event among many visitors from the North Shore and beyond.  Local residents gathered in large numbers to enjoy exciting flavours of Polish food and to learn about Poland and its culture.  

Festival offered live music, traditional Polish dancing, excellent Polish cuisine, crafts, cultural and art exhibits, children's activities including games and theatrical performances, and cultural souvenirs.

This year event was not only a celebration of Polish folk tradition but also a presentation of its contemporary culture.  Exhibition entitled Polska. Architecture, a photography based display, showcased Polish modern buildings in its uniqueness of forms.

Festival successfully reconnected members of the Polish community to its roots and connected visitors from the Greater Vancouver community to Poland and its people helping to establish new relationships and friendships.

Festival wouldn’t be possible without generous support from many sponsors, please accept our heartfelt thanks for your generous donations.

Thank you to all hardworking volunteers, our Festival was a huge success because of you.  Your time and talents are priceless.     

Special thanks to all who came to celebrate our event on the North Shore! 

 

Photos: A. Sobieski and Claude Duke, J. Dobrowolska 

 

Polish Canadian guests included : 

1. Iwona Swiatczak, President of Canadian Polish Congress BC Branch
2. Urszula Sulinska, Prezydent Belweder North Shore Polish Association 
3. Elzbieta Kozar, Gazeta Informacyjna - Polish Canadian Press
4. Krzysztof Pipala, Gazeta „Glos Polonii” - Polish Canadian Press

,5. Krystyna Polubinska, President of 'Pegaz' Association

8. Joanna Koplinger, Vancouver Polish Theatre

9. Andrzej Gajos, Vancouver Polish Theatre
10. Elzbieta Kozlowski, Polish Friendship ' Zgoda '

10. Andrzej Dobrowolski, Vice-President of Canadian Polish Congress BC Branch,

Millenium Fund Coordinator. 

Urszula Sulinska and Ralph Sultan MLA West Vancouver

Urszula Sulinska and Ralph Sultan MLA West Vancouver

Urszula Sulinska and Karolina Francis

Urszula Sulinska and Karolina Francis

I. Swiatczak, President CPC BC A. Dobrowolski, Vice-President CPC BC

Urszula Sulinska

Urszula Sulinska

President of North Shore Polish Association Belvedere

A. Kopczynski, T. Rakowska, K. Polubinska

U. Sulinska, President 'Belweder', CPC BC A. Dobrowolski, CPC BC I. Sobieski, 'Belweder', CPC BC

A. Dobrowolski, Vice-President CPC BC J. Kopplinger, Vancouver Polish Theatre

K. Polubinska, President 'Pegaz' M. Trzcinski, Consul, Polish Consulate Vancovuer

Emilka Krupa, Polonez Dance Group

Emilka Krupa, Polonez Dance Group

Roma Gry Gypsy Dance Group

Roma Gry Gypsy Dance Group

Robert Krylowski

Robert Krylowski

Karolina Francis and Kamila Marczyk

Karolina Francis and Kamila Marczyk

Kamila Marczyk

Kamila Marczyk

Polonez Dance Group

Polonez Dance Group

Thanks to volunteers from Belweder Polish North Shore Association - many were enjoying polish food

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With the first edition of 'Glos Polonii' in our area and its Editor Cheef

Święto polskiej kultury na Zachodnim Wybrzeżu

 

W dniu 4 września Zrzeszenie Polaków Belweder miało zaszczyt zorganizować i zaprezentować polska muzykę, taniec, teatr oraz tradycyjna polska kuchnie w ramach dorocznego, czwartego już Polskiego Festiwalu Vancouver, który odbyl się w Lynn Valley Village, North Vancouver.

Imprezę otworzył i przywitał gości pan Marcin Trzciński, Wicekonsul Generalny Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej w Vancouver. Wsrod gosci oficjalnych znalazly sie takie osobistosci jak: Ralph Sultan – MLA West Vancouver – Capilano, Bowinn Ma – NDP Party, Robin Hicks Councellor of District of North Vancouver, Lisa King, photographer of the North Shore News.

Polonie reprezentowali między innymi:

1. Iwona Swiatczak, Prezydent KPK oddział BC
2. Urszula Sulinska, Prezydent Zrzeszenia Polaków z North Shore Belweder
3. Elzbieta Kozar, Gazeta Informacyjna
4. Krzysztof Pipala, Gazeta „Glos Polonii”

,5. Krystyna Polubinska, Prezes Zrzeszenia Pegaz

8. Joanna Koplinger, Polski Teatr w Vancouver
9. Andrzej Gajos, Polski Teatr w Vancouver
10. Elzbieta Kozlowski, Polskie Towarzystwo ' Zgoda '

10. Andrzej Dobrowolski, Vice-Prezes KPK odzial BC, Kurator Funduszu Milenium

 

 

Tegoroczny festiwal zaprezentowal plejade utalentowanych wykonawcow a wsrod nich zespol taneczny Polonez Polish Canadian Dance Society w przepieknych strojach ludowych i w bogatym programie tancow regionalnych, Laryse Lebede z Autumn Leaves – String Quintet, Akord – grupe wokalna, zespol cyganski Roma Gry w repertuarze piesni i tancow cygańskich, duo muzyczne Edwarda Gacka, oraz vancouverska grupe muzyczna Groove n Tonic Band.