PolCa is proud to present seven hours of non-stop entertainment from skillful dance groups to Guitar Virtuoso, Maciej Krystkowiak from Poland! So put on dance shoes or grab some food and watch the lively performances.
Kids will also enjoy their own entertainment by visiting Dragons Den for this day.
We are proud to share local talent along with our featured entertainment from Poland! Guitar Virtuoso, Maciej Krystkowiak from Mogilno, Poland, is an accomplished young guitar wizard, composer, and recording artist who transforms classical music into exciting rock renditions. He was a finalist and 3rd place winner in the 2012 edition of the Polish Television program, Must Be the Music. He appeared in the Polish TV show Got Talent and performed many times in the show Name That Tune. Maciej played with top Polish rock bands including Dżem, TSA, Lady Pank and Oddział Zamknięty. He starred in solo shows in Poland, Germany, Ireland and Lithuania. Maciej is also a member of the Dixie Team, a traditional jazz band which won a top prize in the 2016 Old Jazz Festival in Iława, Poland.
Łowiczanie Polish Folk Ensemble, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015, presents authentic programs of traditional music song, dance, and customs. Most members have danced since their teens. The Ensemble has performed throughout California, many parts of the USA, and in Europe. Łowiczanie‘s repertoire spans over 20 sub-regions. For PolCa’s Festival program, Łowiczanie presents suites from the eastern border area of Biale Podlasie, Tatry mountain dances from Spisz, an area bordering Slovakia, and Żywiec Highlanders dances of the Żywiec-Beskids mountains, part of the Trans-Carpathian chain. Łowiczanie’s achievements were recognized in 1989 and in 2000 by the Polish government. Artistic director, Mary Kay Stuvland, completed choreographic studies in Poland. Find us at http://www.polishfolk.org
Mazovia is an ensemble of enthusiastic, energetic, and friendly young dancers who are proud of their roots and the richness of Polish culture. The Mazovia Polish Song and Dance Association is a newly formed non-profit organization in Calgary, Alberta, Canada founded by Majka Kowalczyk in September 2015. Mazovia members are proud ambassadors, actively sharing the charm and treasure of Polish folklore (with its uniqueness, diversity and power of expression) with ensuing generations by entertaining and educating Canadian and worldwide audiences. With a repertoire of both national and regional songs and dances Mazovia has danced at many venues throughout Canada and the US.
Kuzyni (which means cousins) was formed in 2013 by a group of music enthusiasts performing at various Polish events around Sacramento and the Bay Area. Combining a broad range of instrumental talent, the result of combining their talents produced a joyful, collaborative band that has now performed across the Bay Area. The musical style could be loosely described as “street folk”. Their philosophy is reflected in its name “cousin,” which is an endearing term used to call a close friend or buddy. Every public appearance so far has had a different combination of performers. The group’s material includes pieces that span almost 80 years of Polish hits and popular songs including hits by artists such as Maryla Rodowicz, Marek Grechuta, Ryszard Rynkowski or groups such as Czerwone Gitary, No To Co, Dwa Plus 1, Perfekt, Budka Suflera, Maanam, Orkiestra Golec, Balkanica and many more. They continue to welcome new members to join their band with any instrument they enjoy playing.
Bogdan Komorniczak (vocals, guitar, banjo, ukulele, charango, harmonica, bass and many other exotic instruments), Piotr Filipowski (vocals, guitar, harmonica),
Małgorzata Broda (vocals, hand drum (bohdran), percussion instruments), Wojciech Czarnecki (guitar, vocals), Pawel Karolak (clarinet, vocals), Maciek Danek (bass guitar, vocals), Wojciech Debies (vocals, percussion instruments), Marek Jaworski (ukulele, vocals).
The John Paul II School of Polish Language was established in 1967 by the Polish-American Educational Committee of San Francisco (PAEC). So right now, it celebrates 50-year anniversary! In addition to studying the Polish language, history and culture, students who attend the school have the unique opportunity to learn and perform traditional Polish dances. The Polish School children’s dance group performs regularly at various Bay Area cultural festivals. Classes are held on select Saturdays at the United Methodist Church, 1543 Sunnyvale Avenue, Walnut Creek. For more information, including enrollment information, please visit their website at: www.PolishSchool.org www.facebook.com/pages/John-Paul-II- School-of-Polish-Language
Sokoły (Falcons in Polish) – a team of young performers who present traditional dances and songs of Poland. They work also at various art projects, and learn about Polish language, history and customs, in a light-hearted and child-friendly atmosphere. Classes are held on Saturdays, 2-4 pmin Capel Hall at Messiah Lutheran Church, 12835 Valota Rd. in Redwood City. Facebook: SokolyDanceGroup; firstname.lastname@example.org