PolCa is proud to present seven hours of non-stop entertainment from skillful dance groups, to music from different genres! Put on your dance shoes or grab some food and watch the vibrant performances.
Each year several Polish festivals are held throughout the Bay Area to celebrate Polish heritage and tradition. Our collaborative Polish Heritage Festival is held in Belmont, CA – providing both indoor and outdoor places to sit and meet old and new friends alike that is equidistant to San Francisco, San Jose, and the East Bay.
Kids will also enjoy their own entertainment by visiting the children’s playground.
Why a Polish Festival? Americans are now more pluralistic than ever in their values, faith, and family origins. We, Polish Americans, are proud of being an integral part of American society, since 1608. Today, we aim to continue to integrate in the larger Bay Area community and share our joy of Polish culture with everyone!
DAWID DOBRZYŃSKI is a 14-year-old blues/rock guitarist, a prodigy… He was awarded third prize in the 2017 Wilson Center International Guitar Competition. Congratulations, Dawid!
Kuzyni (cousins) is a group of musical enthusiasts established in 2013 who perform at various Polish events in the San Francisco Bay Area. Combining a broad range of instrumental and vocal talent, the musical style of this joyful, collaborative band could be loosely described as “street folk.” The group’s musical material includes pieces that span 80 years of Polish hits and popular songs. [Wojciech Czarniecki, Wojciech Debies, Małgorzata Broda, Paweł Karolak, Bogdan Komorniczak, Piotr Filipowski, Marek Jaworski, Maciej Danek, Agnieszka Mrozek]
ORLIKI is a delightful children’s folkdance ensemble, directed by Magda Leszowska, from the John Paul II Polish Language School in Walnut Creek. Orliki performs in the San Francisco Bay Area at Polish festivals, celebrations and cultural events. Performances include traditional folk dances and contemporary pieces choreographed by music and dance teachers at our school. Visit us at www.PolishSchool.org www.facebook.com/pages/John-Paul-II- School-of-Polish-Language
REVEREND VITALIY OSMOLOVSKYY, S.J. is a talented Roman Catholic Jesuit priest who officiates at the Polish Past oral Center in Martinez. He sings national songs from the eastern region of Poland (now Ukraine). Rev. Osmolovskyy, a native of Zhytomyr, studied law and political science (international relations) before entering the seminary. He currently takes classes at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley (and he has a black belt in judo!).
PODHALE FOLK DANCE COMPANY Founded in 1992 by Roman Sobański, former Polish national champion skier, and his son John “Jasiu” Sobański. Podhale Folk Dance Company uniquely presents Polish folklore through traditional song and dance. The company is based in Los Angeles where John is currently the company’s Artistic Director and Choreographer. Podahale has a varied repertoire and has amassed a collection of costumes from nearly 30 unique regions of Poland. Over the past 25 years, Podhale has performed throughout the US and Europe. In April of 2017, after a 6-year hiatus, three generations of dancers have reunited to honor and continue traditional Polish folk dance and music, as well as to celebrate Podhale’s 25th anniversary.
ANA ROMISZEWSKA is an accomplished musician (trumpet and violin), who has performed with the Palo Alto Pops Orchestra. Together with her husband, Jacek Romiszewski (long-time Stanford employee), who plays accordion, the duo perform at Polish festivals and private parties. The Romiszewskis received their musical training in Poland.
Sokoły (Polish Falcons) is a team of young performers who present traditional dances and songs of Poland, who work on various art projects, and learn about Polish language, history and custom, in a light-hearted and child-friendly atmosphere. Classes are held on Saturdays, 2-4 pm in Capel Hall at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1835 Valota Road in Redwood City. Group Director: Gosia Wojciechowska; Artistic Director: Piotr Irby; Music Director: Ted Savarese;
Skrzypeczki – (established March 2016) is a string ensemble of young musicians with Polish background ranging in age from 5 to 11. The children meet at the JPII School of Polish Language. With the help of teachers and family members, the ensemble applies the Suzuki violin method to traditional Polish music. Skrzypeczki performs at local Polish cultural events and elsewhere. Facebook: SkrzypeczkiSF