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  • 19 April 2018

    The second edition of Polish Heritage Day will see 83 events organised across the United Kingdom between 5th and 27th May. Discover our virtual map and see what activities are planned near you!

    The aim of Polish Heritage Day is to promote and celebrate Polish culture, heritage of past generations and the positive contribution made by the million members of the Polish diaspora to the cultural, economic and social life in the United Kingdom, as part of the Day of Poles Abroad and the Flag Day celebrated on 2nd May as well as the 3rd of May Constitution Day. This year, all Polish organisations, Roman Catholic parishes and Saturday schools in the UK are encouraged to actively take part in the celebrations by including the theme of Polish independence.


    Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in London Arkady Rzegocki said: “I would like to warmly invite everyone to join us in the Polish Heritage Day celebrations which for a second time will take place across the whole of the UK around the 3rd of May Constitution Day. The 2018 edition is a special one, as Poland marks the 100th anniversary of regaining its independence. We have a choice of 83 events which will be organised by the Polish community together with their British friends in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. I hope that as we celebrate Polish Heritage we can share with our British friends the richness of our culture and tradition.”


    This year’s edition will see a great diversity of celebrations among the 83 events taking place in around 65 British towns and cities. History enthusiasts can choose from exhibitions, trips to the Great Polish Map of Scotland and meetings with war veterans, including with a pilot of the 302 Polish Fighter Squadron. Book lovers can enjoy poetry workshops and author meetings in libraries and cultural centres. For music enthusiasts there will also be pop, rock and folk concerts. Sports fans can join football matches, while those who are into arts and crafts can choose from the many workshops. And no Polish festival is complete without tasty treats, so many of the events will include Polish food.


    The official symbol of the initiative is the red-and-white chequerboard, which was the symbol of the Polish pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain and which, thanks to the Embassy’s efforts, has unofficially become the symbol of Poles in the UK.


    For more information about the celebrations, follow #PLHeritageDay, #PL100 and #PolesinUK on social media and visit the virtual map of all events available below.


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