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Organ concert by the 1st organist at Krakow’s Wawel Royal Cathedral

 The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Wellington invites the Polish Community to a one-off special concert by Witold Zalewski, the organist at the Wawel Royal Cathedral in Krakow, who will perform at St Mary of the Angels in Wellington. The evening will see the launch of excerpts of Karol Wojtyła’s poem “Thinking My Country” into Te Reo Maori.
Following the 5pm Mass on Sunday, 12 November 2017, we will have an opportunity to hear the compositions of J. Bach, L. Vierne, C. Franck, M. Surzynski and B. Przybylski performed by the first organist of the Wawel Royal Cathedral in Krakow Witold Zalewski. Zalewski will play on one-of-a-kind instrument available in Wellington – the Maxwell Fernie Organ – originally built in 1958 by George Croft and Son Limited from Auckland to the tonal design and pipe-scaling of Maxwell Fernie who also supervised, both in England and New Zealand, the voicing of the pipes and the construction of the instrument. In 1984 the instrument was extensively rebuilt and extended by the South Island Organ Company of Timaru, once again to the specifications designed by Maxwell Fernie and under his careful supervision. It is the only organ of its type in New Zealand and was at the heart of the organ revival movement in this country.

Witold Zalewski is a graduate from the Academy of Music in Krakow. He undertook organ classes conducted by Prof. Jan Jargoń. Since 1995 he has been the 1st organist at Krakow’s Wawel Royal Cathedral. As a soloist he regularly gives concerts at some of the most important festivals in Poland and abroad. He has performed at such places as St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York’s Manhattan, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem as well as in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, Jerusalem, Irkutsk, Istanbul and Moscow. He is a lecturer at the Intercollegiate Institute for Church Music in Krakow where he runs classes in liturgical practice and the organ. In 2012 he was awarded PhD in art. Since 1998 he has been a member of the Church Music Committee at the Metropolitan Curia in Krakow. He was the organist during papal pilgrimages. In 2011 he was honoured by Pope Benedict XVI with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal.

Just before the concert there will be a launch of a limited publication with excerpts of Karol Wojtyła (later known as Pope St John Paul II) “Thinking My Country” with original translation into English by Jerzy Peterkiewicz and for the first time translated into Maori language by Mike Ross, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). The publication is prepared cooperatively by Wai-te-ata Press, Centre for Literary Translation, both of VUW and the Polish Embassy.

The evening will be a celebration of Poland’s Independence Day (99th anniversary on 11 November) and Poland – New Zealand friendly relations through the visits and influence of St John Paul II.


Wellington Polish Film Festival Announces Festival Patron and Polish Filmmakers to NZ

Media Release  – 27 October 2017

The Wellington Polish Film Festival (WPFF) is back for its second edition next week at the Roxy Cinema in Miramar, Wellington and is pleased to announce its Honorary Patron Mr Jacek Bromski, Chairman of the Association of Polish Filmmakers in Poland.

Festival Director, Wanda Lepionka, says it’s a great pleasure to welcome Mr Bromski and the Polish Filmmakers Association as Patron and Principal Partner for the 2017 Festival.

“Jacek Bromski’s prolific work as a filmmaker and respected leader within the Polish film industry, cements the Wellington Polish Film Festival as a festival which will be around for a long time yet”.

Mr Bromski said he’s very excited being asked to be a Patron for a New Zealand based Polish film festival.

“The Wellington Polish Film Festival has proved from its inaugural festival last year that Polish film has an audience in New Zealand.

“Polish cinema has a proud history and is a greatly artistic institution. I’m looking forward to being involved with the Wellington Polish Film Festival that wants to screen the best of Polish contemporary cinema in New Zealand. It will also be a great opportunity to bring Polish filmmakers to New Zealand to create opportunities to have dialogue between the two talented filmmaking nations.”

WPFF 2017 will present another year of recently released, contemporary, award winning and seldom-seen work from renowned and emerging Polish filmmakers including Agnieszka Holland’s shortlisted Oscar contender ‘Spoor‘ for Opening Night. The festival will also be hosting Polish filmmakers who will represent their films with Q + A’s and a ‘Polish Industry Day’ event for NZ filmmakers https://www.facebook.com/wpffnz/ .

This year the Festival will honour Polish film master Andrzej Wajda, who died at the age of 91 in 2016, and who left a great filmmaking legacy in Poland and in the filmmaking world.

All films, ticketing and schedule are now online at www.roxycinema.co.nz and details at www.wpff.nz

WPFF 2017 – Friday 3 November – 12 November 2017


For more information contact:

Wanda Lepionka
Festival Director
+64 21 489087

Mr Jacek Bromski
+48 22 556 54 40
+48 22 845 51 32


The Polish Filmmakers Association

The Association of Polish Filmmakers is the largest professional organization for filmmakers, representatives of various film-related professions and employees of the Polish film and television industry. The main aim of the Association is to integrate the entire profession and safeguard its rights. The list of its priorities includes: providing assistance and protection of the filmmaking profession; managing collectively all issues concerning copyright laws and supporting film culture in Poland. In March 2008 the Association of Polish Filmmakers, together with the Polish Film Institute, the Ministry of Culture and Polish Television, launched the Andrzej Munk Studio to produce feature films for cinema release and short films through programmes for young filmmakers.

The Association is a partner and co-organizer of many Polish film events and festivals. Members of the Board are also part of the Advisory Council of the Polish Film Institute.

The Association of Polish Filmmakers is a member of the largest audiovisual organizations, including FERA, AIDDA, AGICOA, CISAC, FIPRESCI and CIFEI. The current chairman of the Association of Polish Filmmakers is Jacek Bromski. Acting as part of the Association of Polish Filmmakers, the Union of Audiovisual Authors and Producers, the chairman works on behalf of its members, protecting their legal rights as an organization of collective rights management.


73rd Anniversary of the Arrival of Polish Children to New Zealand

Friday, 3 November 2017

Together with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, the Pahiatua community and the 70th Reunion committee, the Polish Association in Wellington would like to extend a warm invitation to the ‘Pahiatua Polish Children’ and their families, to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the arrival of Polish children to New Zealand.

A programme of events for the day, Friday 3 November 2017, has been organised, including the unveiling of a commemorative plaque, presented to the Pahiatua community by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and the Polish community in New Zealand.

Transport – Bus Service to Pahiatua

The Embassy and the 70th Reunion committee will be providing a bus to transport those who wish to travel to and from Pahiatua without the stress of driving. Confirmed details for the bus service are as follows:


1st pick-up location: Wellington Railway Station – Platform 9

Time: Meet at 8.15am – departing at 8.30am sharp

2nd pick-up point: Petone Postshop, Jackson Street

3rd pick-up point: High Street, Avalon (near St Martin de Porres)

Arrive in Pahiatua: 11.15am approximately

Restroom stops: Yes, on request


Time: 2.30pm

1st drop-off point: High Street, Avalon (near St Martin de Porres)

2nd drop-off point: Petone Postshop, Jackson Street

Final drop-off point: Wellington Railway Station – Platform 9

Arrive in Wellington: 5.30pm approximately at Wellington Railway Station – Platform 9


Guests are welcomed to travel by their private cars, but for catering purposes in Pahiatua could you please register your intent to attend with Irena Lowe – see contact number below.

As this special occasion is approaching fast, please send names of those requiring bus transport and a contact number. We need to receive confirmation no later than Wednesday 1 November 2017.

Via post: 73rd Anniversary Pahiatua Day Trip Registration, P.O Box 853, Wellington 6140

Via email: polish70reunion@polishcommunity.org.nz

Via phone: Irena Lowe 04 973 5839 (home) or 022 677 8450 (mobile).

If you should have any further questions, please contact: Irena Lowe on 04 973 5839 (home) or 022 677 8450 (mobile).



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Celebrate “New Beginnings” with our Hungarian Friends The Magyar Millennium Park Trust invites you to join the Hungarian Community in a “New Beginnings” celebration, to be held on the occasion of the 61st anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution on the Sunday of Labour Weekend at 3.30pm at the Polish House (in Newtown). It will include a classical music performance, a short presentation about the Lyall Bay Hostel where many Polish and Hungarian refugees started their new life in New Zealand, performances from our own Orlęta Polish Dance Ensemble and the Auckland-based Hungarian Csárdás dance groups, and there will even a traditional Hungarian Dance House!

Local European café, Doppio, is catering the event, which is why we need your RSVP by 14 October! Please contact Klara Szentirmay on tel. +64 21 907487 or email: klara.szentirmay@gmail.com. Entry is free but there will be a donation box on the day to help our Hungarian friends cover costs.


Polish School Holiday Program

Thursday 12 October 8.45am to 4:45pm

Morning: ceramic paints workshop – we’ll be painting mugs
Lunch: Polish cooking – we’ll be making lunch together
Afternoon: walk to the park, board games, singing and dancing – we’ll learn Belgijka

Friday 13 October: 8.45am to 4.45pm

Morning: trip to the city/Te Papa (depending on weather), art & craft – getting ready for Te Papa workshop
on Saturday
Lunch : we’ll be preparing shared lunch
Afternoon: magic show and you can learn a magic trick or two

Cost: $20 per child per day

Lunch will be provided, but we ask the kids to bring something for shared morning and afternoon tea.

There will be 4 teachers looking after the kids. Children from Polish schools in Christchurch and
Palmerston North will be attending, which will be a great opportunity for anyone from Wellington to
socialise and make some new Polish friends

You can enrol by email or phone baha@gazeta.pl or 021 135 4530

Free Polish Arts & Crafts Workshop for Kids

Sat 14 Oct 2017, 1pm-3pm

Te Papa
Te Marae, Level 4

Fun for kids and adults – paint and draw one of the most famous historical battles in the history of Poland
and be in to win prizes.

Brought to you by the Polish Embassy and the Wellington Polish School you can refine your art skills and
draw a Polish military legend, Tadeusz Kościuszko (and learn how to correctly pronounce his name).
Tadeusz Kościuszko was part of one of the most famous historical battles, and gave his name to the highest
mountain in Australia. Learn a little bit more about Polish history while creating a unique piece of art.


Czerwony Kapturek – Little Red Riding Hood

It’s an exciting time for Orlęta. This Sunday, 8 October, we premier our very special production of Czerwony Kapturek- Little Red Riding Hood at the Little Theatre in Lower Hutt, before taking the whole cast to Sydney, Australia in April next year to perform it at a Polish children’s festival. With 22 children in the cast, it’s quite a mission, but it’s worth it. It gives our children tremendous confidence and a strong sense of Polish identity. They are keenly aware that they have the support, and we teach them that dreams can be realised when we work hard and support each other. Once we get back from Sydney, we have to keep going: next December 2018, some of our children will also go to Brisbane, Australia to show the Aussies how it’s done in the triannual PolArt festival, the biggest of its kind outside Poland.

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Jolanta Kossakowska, (NZ School of Music, Victoria University)

Polish vocalist and string player Jolanta Kossakowska joins local Wellington musicians for a special concert of ancient, traditional Slavic songs and ethno-jazz. A public event with Jolanta Kossakowska and local musicians at Meow on 5 October from 8pm. Tickets $20.


More information go to….   https://www.victoria.ac.nz/nzsm/about/events/jolanta-kossakowska

Supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in New Zealand.