Nearly 30 organisations in the United Kingdom have pledged initiatives for the 4th edition of Polish Heritage Days, which this year have a unique, online-only nature due to the coronavirus pandemic. This weekend, 2-3 May, we encourage you to follow the #PLHeritageDays hashtag on social media and celebrate all-things Polish!
This year’s edition will be launched live on Saturday, 2 May at 11am by Polish Ambassador Arkady Rzegocki on his Facebook page. It will feature such online events as the performance of Remi Rachuba’s “Intruz”, a Chopin music concert performed by internationally acclaimed Polish pianist Artur Haftman, a retelling of the story of the 307 Squadron, and competitions related to the theme of this year’s PHD, the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. One of those is the Dorset Polish Centre event, which encourages everyone to decorate their houses, balconies, windows and gardens in white and red and share photos of their creations on social media during the whole weekend. On 2 May, the results of “My Poland” art competition for children and young people will also be announced on Polish Embassy’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
If you are planning a Polish Heritage Days initiative this weekend, share information about it on the social media pages of the Embassy and Polish Heritage Days using the hashtags #PLHeritageDays and #PolesinUK! This coming weekend, let’s show how important Polish heritage and culture are to us and fill the internet with information about our country!
We also encourage you to use in your profile picture the Polish Heritage Days filter, which can be found on the embassy’s Facebook page.
The aim of the Polish Heritage Days is to celebrate Polish Day and Poles Abroad Day and Polish Flag Day on 2 May, and 3 May Constitution Day as well as to promote Polish culture, heritage of past generations, and Polish contribution to the cultural, economic, and social life of the United Kingdom. It is organised to emphasise the positive role that thousands of Polish people have played in the United Kingdom in the recent years. Last year’s edition of the campaign reached 73 towns and cities across the UK, in which over 150 events dedicated to Polish culture, science, traditions and sport took place, attended by more than 80,000 participants.
The official symbol of the initiative is the red-and-white chequerboard used by the Polish pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain and which, thanks to the Embassy’s efforts, has unofficially become the symbol of Poles in the UK.
Photo: Zespół Karolinka in Canterbury, #PLHeritageDays 2019