Wednesday, 18 May 2016

London’s Days of Poland Festival

Pic of Polish Bakery Stall at Polish festival

Glorious sunshine greeted the Days of Poland Festival in London on 1st May. The event was staged at Potters Fields Park between Tower Bridge and City Hall, home of London’s Mayor.

Pic taken looking down from Tower Bridge on crowds in front of City Hall
View of the crowds at Days of Poland from Tower Bridge

The Polish festival is an annual event to celebrate Polish culture in the UK. It was like a large family picnic with Polish food and entertainment. There didn’t appear to be anything nationalistic about the event at all.

Pic of families picnicking on the grass at the Polish Festival
Large family picnic at Days of Poland Festival, London

There is a large Polish community living, working and bringing up their children in London. The festival was an opportunity for Polish families to share their culture with their children and the rest of London.

Biscuit baker on stall with custom from Polish mother and her son
Polish mother and son admire the biscuits on a stall

Everyone seemed welcome. I heard and saw many other nationalities joining in – especially Italians.

The food queues were already very long when I arrived. I decided to wait. Big mistake. The queues got longer every time that I passed. The Polish sausages and pierogi (Polish dumplings) were extremely popular with the crowds.

Polish folk dancing, music and singing took place on the stage. I managed to get a good view of some of the dancing while they were rehearsing. There were also many activities for children. The face painting was some of the most artistic that I have ever seen.

Pic of dancers on stage from behind watching crowd
Large crowds watched the Polish folk dancing on stage

There were also lots of market stalls – from Polish builders to bakers. The event seemed to have lots of sponsors and was organised by a Polish public relations company.

Pic of Polish men dressed up as sausages and posing for photos with visitors
Photo opportunity with one of the sponsors

I very much hope that the new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, maintains all London’s multicultural events. It’s great to share our cultures in this way.

Pic of the large crowd and market stalls in front of City Hall, London
Large crowd at City Hall for Days of Poland Festival

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