Colour­ful in­sight into Pol­ish cul­ture

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

VIS­I­TORS to the mu­seum were treated to a colour­ful, mu­si­cal and vi­brant in­sight into the city’s Pol­ish her­itage dur­ing the week­end.

The Poles Apart: Pol­ish Her­itage Event was held at the mu­seum, in Pri­est­gate, on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

It was a chance for vis­i­tors to look around at an ex­hi­bi­tion about Peter­bor­ough’s Pol­ish com­mu­nity which is cur­rently on show in the com­mu­nity cafe at the mu­seum un­til May 18.

There was also the chance to lis­ten to tra­di­tional Pol­ish mu­sic per­formed by young­sters from the Pol­ish Satur­day School Choir as well as a speech by one of the com­mu­nity’s old­est res­i­dents Jan Cz­wortek.

The main com­mu­nity event or­gan­iser was Aneta Weigelt, who is head­teacher of the Ni­cholas Coper­ni­cus Pol­ish Satur­day School.

Laura Han­cock, the mu­seum’s her­itage co­or­di­na­tor, said: “It was held as part of the se­ries of com­mu­nity ex­hi­bi­tions and events at the mu­seum.

“We have a Pol­ish ex­hi­bi­tion on at the mo­ment so the event was held to cel­e­brate that and to en­cour­age peo­ple to come in over the next cou­ple of weeks to see it while it is still on.

“As it was a free event it is dif­fi­cult to tell how many peo­ple came to the mu­seum specif­i­cally for this event but dur­ing the key part, fea­tur­ing tra­di­tional singing, the room was at full ca­pac­ity with peo­ple wait­ing out­side so that was about 90 peo­ple.”

It is part of a se­ries of com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tions put on ear­lier this year in­clud­ing Roma Gypsy and Pak­istani events.

The next one will take place on Septem­ber 22 to cel­e­brate the city’s Ugan­dan Asian com­mu­nity.

Cel­e­bra­tion: Singers per­form­ing tra­di­tional Pol­ish songs to the sound of an ac­cor­dion dur­ing the Pol­ish Her­itage event at Peter­bor­ough Mu­seum. (METP-06-05-12AL114) Picture: ANDY LAITH­WAITE.

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