10th POLISH FOLKDANCE SPECTACULAR !

A vibrant celebration of Polish dance, song and music presented by over 400 performers from across the UK and Ireland.

 The Federation of Polish Folklore Groups in Great Britain is proud to present the 10th Festival of Polish Folklore on the 25th anniversary of the first Festival held in the UK in Leamington Spa in 1993. You will be entertained by 14 song and dance ensembles from across the UK, including 1 ensemble from Ireland and a choir made up of singers from across the UK. They will be showcasing the broad range of national and regional folk songs and dances in the respective colourful traditional costumes.
Please note that both concerts have the same programme and running order.
Groups performing:
Echo Doliny – UK Choir
Karolinka – London
Karpaty – Southampton
Koniczyna – Dublin
Mazury – London
Mlody Las – Slough
Mlody Mazur – Huddersfield
Orleta – London
Polesie – Leicester
Polonez – Manchester
Tatry – London
Wiesniacy – Birmingham
Wiwat – Cambridge
Zywiec – London

Donated to 46 Bal Polski SIlent auction:

2 Exclusive VIP INVITATIONS
to the Festival Concert
Sunday 11th March at 3:30 p.m
VIP reception at the concert incl. drinks & snacks
2 specially reserved seats in VIP row
Bottle of champagne
2 Concert Programmes
2 Festival T shirts – choice of sizes
Total value of prize is in excess of £80

place your bids every penny of the winning bid will be donated to support MŁody Las Folklore song and dance group

read about Młody Las here

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Chrysalis. Polish Fashion Stories.

An anthology of Polish fashion from the 1930’s to the present day.

 

The Polish Cultural Institute in London Chrysalis, a limited edition art book, charting the history and evolution of fashion in Poland from the 1930s to the present day’s new crop of designers making waves on the Polish and international stages.

From Lola Prusac, who designed for Hermès in Paris between the wars, daringly introducing traditional Polish folk designs and creating Mondrian-inspired prints 30 years before Yves Saint-Laurent, to Kasia Skórzynska, a recent fashion graduate from Warsaw’s Katedra Mody who founded the already acclaimed and successful label k a a s k a s, Chrysalis will introduce the designers, photographers, models and fashion icons who shaped Polish fashion over the last 90 years. Beautifully designed by one of Poland’s most exciting artists, Tymek Borowski, and the first publication of its kind in the English language, Chrysalis is being launched alongside an accompanying website www.polishfashionstories.com, which will offer a constantly updated source of information about past and current trends in Polish fashion.

With the intriguing fashions of communist-era Poland currently experiencing something of a renaissance and undergoing a captivating reinterpretation, a new generation of Poles are now beginning to discover these jewels of Polish fashion, which Chrysalis finally offers to the English-speaking public and industry professionals.

The anthology is published by the Polish Cultural Institute in London and supported by Contemporary Lynx magazine and YES, one of Polandʼs best-known exclusive jewellery brands.

Visit www.polishfashionstories.com

Let’s hear it for the boys!

 

Established in 2014, The Italian Boys serve the very best Italian cooked food to the people of Putney and South London. From breakfast to lunch and through to dinner our friendly team create fresh and wholesome Italian dishes including stone baked pizza, handmade pasta and exceptional salads and sandwiches. You’ll find us next door to Putney Rail station on the bustling Putney High Street. We serve coffee and breakfast for busy commuters Mon-Fri and brunch at the weekend. Our lunch menu is great for a quick bite or a relaxing meal with a friend. Dinner time is all about hearty dishes and fresh hot pizza. Whether you eat in or takeaway our food is healthy and full of great Italian flavours. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Really nice relaxed very reasonably priced Italian. Proper wood fired oven. Nice interior And staff

The Italian Boys Restaurant
157 Putney High St, London SW15 1RT
Open ⋅ Closes 11PM

 

At 46 bal polski you could win a £60 voucher and enjoy an evening with The Italian Boys!

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Flowers with fruit bowl

“Flowers with fruit bowl”, medium pastel, 67cm x 86cm

 

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Painted for and donated to 46 Bal Polski fundraising by the artist Sophie Pecko

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Sophie Pecko was born in London of Polish descent. She has been passionately drawn to painting and drawing ever since she can remember and feels intensely about everything she creates. This, combined with a deep interest in people, makes her ideally suited to portraiture. Each portrait is unique, endeavoring to catch the individuality of the sitter. It is very important for her to create a portrait that will please both herself and the client. Her work hangs in many private collections and two of her portraits recently featured in BBC2’s Newsnight programme.

Dziękujemy !

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Experience Lviv Lwów – A city stroll and dining

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Bal Polski is proud to offer a walking guided tour of the historic city of Lviv Lwów in the company of a magnificent Polish-speaking tour guide, for up to two days.

He will be able to point out the splendid architecture in and around the Rynok (Market Square) and Old Town. A mixture of styles are on show, with international influences – Russian, Austrian-Galician, Polish and Ukrainian.

Lviv Lwów Opera

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Lviv Lwów Church

Founded in 1256, the Old Town has such sights as the magnificent Roman Catholic Latin Catherdral, the Boim Chapel (the only surviving 16th century family chapelin the city), the Bernardine Greek Catholic Church of St Andrew, the Byzantine Armenian Cathedral, the Korniakt Palace with its Italian courtyard, and many other churches and palaces, all lovingly restored. Quirky places of interest include the Lwów Coffee Mine in the Square, which needs to be seen to be believed!

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Boim Chapel

Further out, climb to the top of the Vysokyi Zamok hill, from where a beautiful panorama of the city can be seen, visit the Potocki Palace, now a renowned art museum, and go inside one of the most beautiful Opera Houses in Europe.

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Lviv Lwów City Hall

Of course, a visit to the Lychakiv Cemetery (Cmentarz Łyczakowski) is a must. Over 400 acres in size, this is a moving and beautiful experience. See the Powstanie Styczniowe (January 1863 Uprising) and Powstanie Listopadowe (November 1830 Uprising) Memorials with the graves of hundreds of insurgents, and the Lwów Orlęta Cemetery (Cmentarz Orląt Lwowskich), as well as the graves of many famous Poles with connections to the region.

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Lwów Orlęta Cemetery | Cmentarz Orląt Lwowskich
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Lviv Lwów city walls

Included in this offer is a meal for two at the world-famous Baczewski Restaurant in the Old Town. Offering Galician delicacies, this is one of the city’s top restaurants.

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Dining at Baczewski Restaurant Lviv

More information about Baczewski Restaurant can be found here

Many Thanks to Baczewski Restaurant who donated this dining voucher and to the Bal Polski supporter who donated the 2 day walking tour.

To bid for this unique Galician experience please look for our silent auction at 46 Bal Polski

Tickets for 46 bal Polski on sale now info@balpolski.org.uk

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Basia Hamilton – The Renaissance of Portrait

Barbara Kaczmarowska Hamilton is internationally famous thanks to her great skill in the art of portraiture. What do the Queen Mother, Pope John Paul II and the Maharajah of Jodhpur all have in common? They have all been painted by Basia Hamilton.

What does the Queen Mother, Pope John Paul II and the Maharaja of Jodhpur have in common? They’ve been all portrayed by Basia Hamilton – the world-famous artist, who has immortalized the icons of our times. Born in Sopot, Poland. Graduated from the Academy of Art in Gdansk and then continued her studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice and Rome. She specializes in portraits in oil and pastels.

The artist became internationally famous thanks to her great skill in the art of portraiture.  She lives in Berkshire, UK, with her husband Ian and their sons Felix and Maximilian, and divides her working time between her studio in London, and travelling world-wide.

Regarded by many as the ‘Ambassador of Poland in the West.’ In 1994, the Polish President and the Noble Prize Winner Lech Walesa awarded Basia Hamilton with the Order of Merit – “in recognition of her precious contribution to the spreading of Polish culture and art”.

Her sitters include: His Holiness Pope John Paul II, H.M. Queen Elisabeth The Queen Mother, H.R.H. Princess Royal, H.R.H. The Duke of Kent, H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent, Lech Walesa, H.R.H. The Maharaja of Jodhpur, H.R.H. Duke of Braganza, Princess Tatiana Metternich. Margaux Hemingway, Alberto Moravia, Giorgio De Chirico, Buzz Aldrin, and many others who all together constitute ‘the Hall of Fame’ in her gallery.

She is listed among the 50 citizens of Polish ethnic background, who made a significant impact on the life and history of the British Isles, among General Anders, Joseph Conrad, King Canute and Roman Polanski.

 

Born in Sopot, Poland. Wife and mother of two boys. Living with her family in England. Works at her studio in Central London.

EDUCATION

Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice and Rome

Academy of Art, Gdansk, Poland

AWARDS

2nd Prize, 33rd Festival of Arts, BWA, Sopot

Bronze Medal, Polish Contemporary Painting Festival

Gold Medal, 3rd Biennale of Gdansk Art, Gdansk

2nd Prize – Biennale of Contemporary Art, Rome
1st Prize Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Rome
Bronze Medal, 4th Review of Contemporary Art, Fontana di Trevi

International Exhibition of Paintings and Sculptures of Young Artists, Rome

SITTERS

Pope John Paul II

H.M. Queen Elisabeth The Queen Mother
HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent
HRH The Duke of Kent
HRH Prince Michael of Kent
The Duchess of York
Lady Salisbury
Sultan of Brunei and Family

The Maharaja of Jodhpur

President Lech Walesa

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw

Royal Pastel Society, The Mall Galleries
Royal Portrait Society, London

Gdansk, 10th Festival of Polish Contemporary Art

Rome, Palazzo Nazionale
Rome, National Biennale of Modern Art

Venezia, Bevilaqua La Masa

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Royal Lazienki Gallery, Warsaw

Residence of the British Ambassador, Warsaw

Partirdge Gallery, London

European Academy for the Arts, London
Accademia Italiana, London

Polish Cultural Institute, London
Palm Beach, Florida

Liguanea Club Kingston, Jamaica

Polish Hearth, London

Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Springs, California

Polish Museum, Sikorski Institute, London
Palm Springs, California

Palm Beach, Florida

Gdansk, Sieñ Gdañsk

Galleria Il Trittico via Margutta
Cassel Gallery, London
Penellaccio, Rome
Gallery Picasso, Sassari
Gallery 8, Soport, Poland

Donated by the artist to 46 Bal Polski:

A portrait sitting by Barbara Kaczmarowska Hamilton

Basia Hamilton, 46 Bal Polski, Bal polski

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Come to 46 Bal Polski and bid in our auction to win a sitting with this renowned artist!

 

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Crystal Head Vodka

THE FINEST VODKA IS UNTOUCHED. NATURALLY SMOOTH.

Highest quality peaches and cream corn is distilled four times into a neutral grain spirit and blended with pristine water from Newfoundland,  Canada. The liquid is then filtered seven times, of which three are through layers of semi precious crystals known as Herkimer diamonds.

THE CRYSTAL HEAD BOTTLE WAS DESIGNED WITH A PURE SPIRIT IN MIND.

Dan Aykroyd and John Alexander wanted to craft a vessel worthy of one of the world’s purest vodkas. A symbol of life, reflecting power and enlightenment, to hold their award-winning white spirit of super natural purity.

Crystal Head contains no additives. No glycerol, citrus oils or sugars. Nothing is added to enhance or mask the taste.

Nothing but Pure Spirit.

LSA Sapphire Blue VASE

LSA have donated a modern and elegant blue sapphire vase for the fundraising at 46 Bal Polski.

MODULAR VASE

Coloured glass is encased in the thick clear walls and heavy base of this handmade, architectural vase. Combine with other Modular shapes to build a skyline of varying heights and proportions. Available in white and sapphire. DETAILS: Handmade glass. RRP: £60.00 DIMENSIONS: 40 x 10 x 10cm

The origins of LSA International are found in fashionable swinging sixties London, when Janusz Lubkowski and his wife Ewa were inspired to approach Terence Conran at Habitat with traditional brightly coloured enamelware from their native Poland.

Having established the company with co-founder Tony Saunders, the success of these enamelled coffee pots, mugs, kettles and colanders led Janusz to explore other avenues of Polish production.

Porcelain clay was made into plain white and patterned tableware, popular amongst consumers who sought practical and contemporary designs. Leather bags, satchels and holdalls made from tanned cowhide were sourced from small production workshops. Wooden accessories from Polish cooperatives specialising in the folk traditions of woodwork completed the early collections.

But it was mouthblown glass that offered the greatest potential for transformation. Whilst an archetypal tumbler and jug reflected Janusz’s affinity for the practical, the versatility of the material spurred experimentation with shape, colour and decoration thereby extending the range for the fashion-conscious consumer.

On joining the company in 1985, Monika Lubkowska-Jonas worked closely with her father, gaining a deep understanding of skilled craft production and developing her unique instincts for quality and style.

This insight into artisan dexterity and the potential of the raw materials encouraged Monika’s creativity, leading her to experiment with different techniques and push the boundaries of hand production – particularly in mouthblown glass, which quickly became her principal focus. She began designing unique collections which demonstrated the complexity of glassmaking, blowing refined or complicated shapes and using lustred paint or richly coloured glass, as well as simple yet functional pieces which reflected her love of entertaining and demonstrated an intuitive understanding of the way people live.

Today

Today Monika shapes and refines LSA International’s identity, continuing her father’s passion for contemporary design and traditional craft, guided by the creativity and innovation around which the company was originally built. As a result, the products celebrate Monika’s aesthetic, her continued inspiration from artisan processes and the original 5 materials – glass, porcelain, leather, wood and enamelled steel.

Craft

Almost all LSA International glassware is handmade. This means that each product is individually mouthblown and hand-finished by skilled artisans. The techniques used to make glass by hand have not essentially changed for 2000 years.

Our designs are brought to life by some of the world’s most talented craftsmen, located in Poland – a country with a long and rich heritage in glass, porcelain and wood production. Their skills have been refined and perfected over several generations and the process continues to evolve as we explore new techniques.

Modular

A collection of block-shaped vases inspired by architectural structures. Combine a series of pieces to build a skyline of varying heights and proportions. Each vase is individually crafted by glass craftsmen and presented in photographic packaging.