The only dedicated festival of its kind in the UK, the Polish Arts Festival was established in 2008 and ran for six years gathering momentum year on year. It began life in Ipswich, Suffolk, and subsequently migrated to Southend-on-Sea in Essex, where it attracted wide audiences from throughout the Thames Gateway, London, and beyond.
It produced cross-border, multi-discipline, arts festivals that provoke new conversations, international collaborations, and artistic commissions.
The Polish Arts Festival provided a platform for contemporary Polish arts and artists based in the UK and overseas. It additionally celebrated Poland’s rich cultural heritage via its traditional cuisine and crafts. With Polish now recognized as the most commonly spoken second language in England, the Polish Arts Festival provided another important role: a unique opportunity to meet and greet, and perhaps have a dance with, the new neighbours. There are no plans to produce another Polish Arts Feastival at this stage.