SUPPORTED by the Polish Embassy in Dublin over the last decade, the autumnal Polish Art Festival here in Limerick looks to promote Polish and Irish cultures “through the collaboration and exploration of the diverse heritage of both nations.
“We strive to find similarities between them and build strong common understanding based on intercultural exchange”.
This year’s PAF is rolling out under the theme of ‘Voice’ for a fortnight and it will launch today, Thursday 29 at The Hunt Museum, 4pm. Significant of the meeting of two cultures, Mayor of Limerick Kieran O’Hanlon and the Polish Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Ryszard Sarkowicz will officiate together.
From artistic director Justyna Cwojdzinska at www.polishartfestival.ie, we hear of a family day in the museum under the banner ‘PAF Kids’ on Saturday October 1 with novelist Roisín Meaney telling children’s stories at 12.15pm. Look forward to six languages for this international event, among them Slovakian and Japanese.
There’s more on the day: ”We offer a wide range of workshops for children – clay, wax candles, clothes for puppets, felt, basic drawing technique – and a chance to meet with the artists who will showcase their work in the Arts and Crafts and Food Fair”.
Further in from October 7 to 9, the ‘Voice Encounters Project’ will welcome singers who wish to take part in the final gala performance on Sunday October 9 at 8pm in Belltable.
On Friday October 14, in association with Limerick Writers Centre, the ‘VOICE of Poetry’ evening presents four Irish and Polish poets/ writers: Deirdre Grimes, Justyna Kosmulska, John Liddy and Piotr Surmaczewski reading at 8pm in Chez Le Fab Café at Arthur’s Quay.
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