Bringing a taste of Poland to the heart of Melbourne
The Polish Festival @ Fed Square is a celebration of Polish culture in Melbourne. It is Australia’s largest annual Polish not-for-profit community event. All the Polish entertainment, hospitality, and cuisine in one place on the one day.
From its inception, the Festival’s aim has been to bring a taste of Poland to Melbourne. We want to showcase Polish culture to the greater Victorian population via one event on the Polish community calendar that caters to all demographics whilst brings all Polish community groups together.
Our aim is to ignite a little bit of the Polish in everyone who visits our festival.
You never need an invitation, just come along, get your Polish on and see what everyone’s talking about.
Program Polish Festival @ Fed Square 2022
Market Square Stage Festival Program – 2022
11:00 am Hejnał and Festival Welcome – Dani Paszkiewicz, Daniel Bolkunowicz
11:05 am Richard Stacewicz – Polish Folkloric Tunes
11:20 am Children’s Program
11:22 am Polish Saturday School, South Melbourne (Tadeusz Kosciuszko) – Polskie Zoo / Polish Zoo
11:31 am Melbourne Polish Children’s and Youth Choir
11:44 am Polish Saturday School, Essendon (Maria Konopnicka) – Krasnoludki Marii Konopnickiej / Maria Konopnicka and the Land of Krasnoludki (Gnomes)
12:00 pm Hejnał – Dominik Rawdanowicz
12:00 pm Children’s Program (Continued)
12:02 pm The Edmund Strzelecki Melbourne Polish School, Endeavour Hills (Edmunda Strzeleckiego) – Polska-Moja Ojczyzna / Poland- My Homeland
12:20 pm Polish Saturday School, St Albans (Mikołaja Kopernika)- At the zoo
12:30 pm Polish Saturday School, Rowville (Marshal Józef Piłsudski) – Rodzinny Obiad/ Family Dinner
12:50 pm Melbourne Polish Children’s and Youth Choir
1:00 pm Official Opening of the Polish Festival (including the Hejnał)
1:30 pm Folkloric Entertainment
Lowicz Polish Vocal – Dance Ensemble (Melbourne)
Polonez Song and Dance Ensemble, Melbourne
2:50 pm Rawdanowicz Family Band
3:00 pm Folkloric Entertainment
Lehenda Ukrainian Dance Company
3:30 pm Dance Workshop with Jacqui Paszkiewicz and Natalie Gasz
3:45 pm Afternoon Entertainment
3:50 pm Vechi Acum
4:30 pm Małgorzata Kustosik
4:55 pm Vechi Acum
5:35 pm Marek Ravski & Emilia Strzelecka
6:00 pm Official close of the Festival
All day Richard Stacewicz – Accordion, Yarra Terrace
Program Polish Festival @ The Edge 2022
MC – Lucyna Bak
1:00 pm Official Opening Ceremony (Main Stage, Market Square)
Tribute to Stanisław Moniuszko on the 150th anniversary of the death of the outstanding Polish composer
1:30 pm Piano recital by Konrad Olszewski Program:
S. Moniuszko (piano arrangement of the opera “Halka”), K. Szymanowski, F. Chopin
2.00 pm Concert of the winners of the PolMusicA competition
(Ewa Malewicz Award and Stanisław de Tarczyński Award – PolMusicA 2022) – part one
2.40 pm Opera recital
Małgorzata Kustosik – mezzo-soprano
Marcin Drzażdżyński – tenor
Konrad Olszewski – piano
Program: S. Moniuszko, F. Chopin
3.00 pm Concert of the winners of the PolMusicA competition and Adam Piechociński – violin
(Ewa Malewicz Award and Stanisław de Tarczyński Award – PolMusicA 2021/2022) – part two
3.30 pm Artists from Poland @ The Edge, Fed Square
Małgorzata Kustosik & Marcin Drzażdżyński
Konrad Olszewski – piano (the most popular Polish songs from the 20s and 30s)
4.00 pm Polish literature in Australia
Dr Bogumiła Żongołłowicz – presentation of the newest biography of Andrzej Chciuk.
4.20 pm Sacrum – piano inspirations Natan Fiedorowicz – piano
4.40 pm Artists from Poland @ The Edge, Fed Square
Marek Ravski & Emilia Strzelecka (famous Polish songs, poetry musical hits)
5.00 pm Rawdanowicz Family
5.30 pm End of the afternoon session Evening Gala Concerts
7.00 pm Artists from Poland @ The Edge, Fed Square – original project of Vechi Acum – “Sen Maricky”
Basia Motyka – violin / vocal
Wojtek Bochenek – vocal
Dominik Pietraszek – violin
Kuba Hubicki – accordion
Bartek Chojnacki – double bass
8.00 pm The Spirit of Poland DownUnder – iconic Polish hits from the last six decades
Scott Griffiths – guitar/arrangements/vocal
Marek Podstawek – drums
Bernadeta Głowacka – keyboard/flute/vocal
Tomasz Bartczak – grand piano/vocal
Barney Loveland – double bass Vocals
Małgorzata Kustosik (Poland)
If you would like to sponsor the next Polish Festival or get involved, please e-mail us: email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you next year!
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For more information about train services, visit Public Transport Victoria.
Trams stopping at Fed Square
Route 1 – East Coburg to South Melbourne Beach Route 3 – Melbourne University to East Malvern Route 5 – Melbourne University to Malvern Route 6 – Melbourne University to Glen Iris Route 8 – Moreland to Toorak Route 16 – Melbourne University to Kew Route 64 – Melbourne University to East Brighton Route 67 – Melbourne University to Carnegie Route 70 – Bourke St Docklands to Wattle Park Route 72 – Melbourne University to Camberwell Route 75 – City (Spencer St) – Vermont South
For more information about tram services, visit Yarra Trams.
PARKING AT THE FESTIVAL
Fed Square Car Park
Accessed from Russell Street or Batman Ave (Exhibition Street extension – City Link)
For weekend and public holiday rates, please visit the Fed Square Parking Website for more information.
Taxis and picking up/dropping off passengers
If you are accessing Fed Square by taxi, the safest pick-up and drop off zone is the taxi rank directly across the road on Swanston Street (outside Flinders Street Station).
FED SQUARE BIKE RACKS
Swanston St (near Transport Hotel) 5 racks Flinders St (in front of ACMI) 13 racks Flinders St (in front of the National Design Centre) 7 racks Russell St (near the roundabout ) 6 racks River Terrace (near Zinc @ Fed Square) 5 racks Level 3 Car Park (west end) 15 racks
To assist people with limited mobility, mobility equipment is available for hire. These include:
- Electric scooters
- Manual wheelchairs
- Prams and strollers
- Walking canes, frame, forearm crutches, walking sticks, and ID/Symbol Cane
Equipment can be hired from Travellers Aid Access Service (TAAS). For more details and prices please visit the Travellers Aid Access Service website.
15 November 2020
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