Polish Heritage Day near you!

April 30, 2018 | Info
Celebrate the Day of Poles Abroad 2 May and Constitution Day 3 May with us wherever you are! There are 80 events in 65 towns and cities across the United Kingdom organised for Polish Heritage Day  from Inverness to Southend-on-Sea with Sheffield somewhere in between. 
Now in its second year this is the time to tell your friends and neighbours about the nearest event to you.
Events run from 3 May through to 13 May, though most are on the weekend of 5 – 6 May. If you’re not involved, go along to support your local community and immerse yourself in colourful Polish culture. Last year we had great fun in Sheffield at Barkers Pool in the city centre and this year we have joined up with the Polish Society at Sheffield University Students’ Union who are hosting the event for us alongside their World Food Festival.
It’s also a particularly momentous year for us as we celebrate 100 years of Polish Independence 1918 – 2018. For 123 years Poland did not exist as a country on the map, partitioned between three major neighbours, yet the Polish spirit lived on, preserving the language, customs and traditions so that the next generations could rebuild the country as they did with incredible vigour, industrialising the country, improving the economy and building a new port and town of  Gdynia. Our grandparents and great grandparents will have taken an active part in this renewal. For my post on events throughout the commemorative year of 2018 click here.

The Embassy’s virtual map (click here) has all the  activities planned near you! But here’s a list of towns and cities with events:

Scotland: Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee,Perth, Kirkcaldy, Motherwell, Hawick, Edinburgh, Paisley and Glasgow, including visits to the Great Polish Map of Scotland at Barony Castle Hotel, Eddleston, Peebles.

North East and Yorkshire: Darlington, York, Harrogate, Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield

North West: Blackburn, Oldham, Manchester and Liverpool

East Midlands: Nottingham, Worksop, Southwell, Woodhall Spa, Horncastle, Newark-on-Trent, Leicester and  Northampton

West Midlands: Wallsall, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon and Evesham

East of England: Bedford, Peterborough, Cambridge, Thetford, Braintree, Grays and Southend-on-Sea

London and Greater London: Uxbridge, Feltham, Ealing, Chiswick, Hammersmith, South Kensington, Stockwell, Islington, Ilford, Wimbledon, Sutton, and Edgware

South East: Milton Keynes and Crawley

Wales:Newport and Aberystwyth

South West: Salisbury, Bath and Bristol

And if you can’t get to an event, organise your own Polish Heritage Day and share our culture with friends, children and anyone interested with this British Council pack of information available on their website (click here)

The logo of Polish Heritage Day  is the red-and-white chequerboard, the flag of the Polish Airforce which was first used as the personal insignia of the Polish fighter pilot Stephan Stec, when part of Poland was under Austrio-Hungarian rule. It was adopted as the national symbol of the Airforce on 1 December 1918 and has been used ever since. It was particularly used by Polish pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain and the UK Polish Embassy have agreed for it to be used for Polish Heritage Day.

For more information and to share events, follow #PLHeritageDay, #PL100 and #PolesinUK on social media. 

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