Polish festival shines spotlight on Redlands from December 27

FESTIVAL: Redlands a key player in the PolArt 2018 festival from December 27. See art, music and drama at RPAC and at Southbank during the 10-day event.
FESTIVAL: Redlands a key player in the PolArt 2018 festival from December 27. See art, music and drama at RPAC and at Southbank during the 10-day event.

The Redlands will play a key role in the PolArt 2018 Brisbane festival being staged from  December 27, 2018 to January 6, 2019.

FESTIVAL: Redlands a key player in the PolArt 2018 festival from December 27. See art, music and drama at RPAC and at Southbank during the 10-day event.

FESTIVAL: Redlands a key player in the PolArt 2018 festival from December 27. See art, music and drama at RPAC and at Southbank during the 10-day event.

The festival celebrates Poland’s rich and vibrant culture through dance, music, theatre, film, visual arts and literature for 10 days during the summer holiday.

The largest of its kind outside of Poland, the festival is held every three years in a capital city around Australia.

The festival will officially open with the Children’s Day on Friday 28 December at the State Library of Queensland precinct, where children and their families can come along to enjoy free activities and entertainment.

Many of the activities are occurring at Southbank.

Through arts and crafts, folkloric dance workshops, nursery rhyme musical games and traditional storytelling — children are able to experience and wonderful and colourful traditions.

Part of the celebrations includes a Folkloric dance with the Pole Dancers at the Redland Performing Arts Centre from 7pm on January 2.

The performance combines 13 dance groups across Australia and highlights the diversity and richness of traditional dancing.

Tickets to this show are $35 and $25.

RPAC also features a line-up of classical, contemporary and jazz music with Koncert Niepodlegt Osci from 7pm on Friday, December 28, a gala music concert from 1pm on Sunday, December 30 and the Projekt arboretum at 7.30pm on December 30.

All tickets are $10.

Dramatic performances include Branch by Fantazja at 4pm on December 28, Swietoszek by Scena 98 Theatre at 3pm on December 29, Zazdrosc and Happy Birthday Malanie on December 30, a Cabaret Vis a Vis performance on January 1 and a musical theatre and comedy performance on January 3. All are in Polish.

Art exhibitions will be staged at the concert hall foyer during the period of the festival, featuring painting, drawing, ceramics and sculpture of the country.

Bookings for all shows and performances can be made on 3829 8131, rpac.com.au

Festival president Chris Dutkowski said the festival was about sharing the heart and soul of his culture and heritage with the community.

“We look forward to promoting and contributing to the multicultural character of Australia. It is definitely something you wouldn’t want to miss,” Mr Dutkowski said.

Artistic director Henry Kurylewski said the folkloric concerts were indescribable.

“They’re vibrant, uplifting and showcase the diversity, beauty and richness that is traditional Polish folkloric dancing.

For vintage car lovers, there is also a chance to win Henio, the festival mascot and a lovingly restored 1989 Fiat/FSM 650. More on polart2018.com.au