Polish Midsummer Festival

Date and Time: 
Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 11:00 to 18:00

On Saturday 22nd of June 2013, Merseyside Polonia will be celebrating The Polish Midsummer Festival in Chavasse Park, Liverpool ONE.

The festival traces its roots to a peaceful pagan ritual where maidens would float wreaths of herbs on the water to predict when they would be married, and to whom. The day of marry making had become a festive event and it still continues until today. It is also a feast celebrating the unity of fire and water, Sun and Moon, man and woman, joy and love, on the shortest night of the year.

The day long ( from 11:00 until 18:00 ) festival will be filled with performances of live Polish folk bands, dance, singing and workshops on arts and crafts. There will be an opportunity to create a flower headdress, learn some Polish Language and traditional dance and find out more about Poland and its treasures.

On this special occasion Liverpool will also welcome Lodz based folklore band - ‘Zołotar’, which cultivates folk music of Eastern Europe, with unique, slightly modernized arrangements of traditional folk songs. The band members use a wide range of instruments and various performance techniques, as well as rhythms inspired by Latin American, African and Indian music.

The Event will also be joined by the well-known Muzury Band and Dance Company. With its over 60 years of existence, Mazury have performed in over 30 countries, alongside Come Dancing, New Year's Day musical shows, many prestigious London dance venues, The Festival of the Pyrenees, Arundel Castle, the Cheltenham Spring Festival, Charleston Manor for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and several other heads of state including the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Official Programme:                                

11:00am 11:15am  Opening of the Polish Midsummer Festival

11:00am 6:00pm    Flower Garland Workshop

11:15am 12:30pm  'Zolotar' Polish Folk Band

12:30pm 1:30pm    Polish Language and Dance Lessons, Quiz  and Interviews                                     

1:30am 2:30pm     'Mazury' Dance Company

2:30am 3:00pm      Polish Language and Dance Lesson

3:00am 4:00pm     'Mazury' Dance Company

4:00am 4:30pm     Polish Language and Dance Lessons

4:30pm 5:30pm     'Zolotar' Polish Folk Band

6pm                      Closing

Chavasse Park
Liverpool ONE