On the 14th of November the doors of the Dom Polski opened to our Polish and broader Wellington communities for the 4th annual
Wellington Polish Christmas Market. Sunny weather and the closure of Rhodes St meant we could again spill out onto Rhodes St to enjoy an old-style neighbourhood street festival. Following the official market opening by HE Dr Grzegorz Kowal, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland (with just a little help from Mikołaj), guests settled at café tables to enjoy an excellent line up of Polish and Central and Eastern European entertainment arranged by market organiser Helena Fagan.
Master of Ceremonies, Rick Sahar, introduced the performers: Orlęta Polish Dance Ensemble, Orzeł Dance Group and Lublin Dance
Company; Koledzy, Las Bachateras (from Salsa Therapy Dance Studio), The Klezemer Rebs (Jewish music of Central and Eastern Europe),
Bulgarian Dance Ensemble Horo, Vox Ethos (Sounds from the Balkans and beyond) and Wellington Youth Choir who contributed a beautifully rendered selection of Christmas music. Thank you all for your colourful and vibrant performances. They were very much enjoyed by our guests and made for a wonderful afternoon. Throughout, guests enjoyed food from four different stalls: Orleta Polish Dance Ensemble’s famous pierogi, bigos and kielbasy, Dutch pancakes and even Cambodian noodles and Argentine baked goods. The Association’s neighbouring bar offered a range of Polish beers in different styles.
In the library, the Association’s Cukiernia offered tea, coffee, pączki and a range of baked goods, generously contributed by many, predominantly younger, members of Wellington’s Polish community for the benefit of the Association. In the hall, a range of stalls offered toys, jewellery, books, handmade cards, lightboxes, arts and crafts, miniatures, Polish liqueurs, baked goods, kielbasa, kiszona kapusta and zakwas do barszcu. Święty Mikołaj (Father Christmas) was also at home to greet children.
The Association Executive would like to thank everyone who contributed with their talent, labour and skills and those that came along to be part of the fun and to make the 2020 Wellington Polish Christmas Market the best one yet. Particular thanks are owed to the Wellington City Council, the Embassy of the Polish Republic of Poland, the Newtown Festival, the Newtown Residents’ Association,
Hannibal at Waterloo Liquorland, Hiremaster, Rick Sahar Entertainment, Ewelina Greń for amazing ornaments and signage, Fresh and Bushy Christmas Trees, Accent Entertainment Ltd and Electrical Generation Services Ltd.
See you next year!
Polish Association Executive