The Festivals were the brain child of Kazik and Ewa Brzeski. They, with the help of the organisation “Polish Post War Generations”, and the cooperation of several Polish Folklore groups in Great Britain successfully produced the first two Festivals in 1993 and 1995. After Kazik’s death in 1996, the organising committee and Ewa continued to prepare for the third Festival, which took place in 1997.
Each of these first three festivals was held in Royal Leamington Spa and were enormously successful.
In 1997 Maura Kutereba ( Karolinka) proposed to formalise our work by setting up a constituted Federation. She had been on the Festival organisinmang committee from the beginning along with Ewa and Kazik Brzeski, Leszek Bojanowski (Tatry), Andrzej Sagajllo (Zywiec), Basia Klimas-Sawyer (Orleta) and Janek Krupski (Polesie). Maura Kutereba became Chair of the Federation and remained so for 3 years. Subsequently Ewa Brzeska became Chair, followed by Basia Klimas-Sawyer (Orleta) from 2004 and Ania Szpek (Karolinka/Wiwat) from 2015.
In 1999 there was no festival organised within the U.K. Instead the Federation (which was officially established in 1997) helped to organise five groups to represent the U.K. at the International Festival of Polish Folklore in Rzeszow in Poland.
In 2001 Ric Gwizdek, with the help of the committee, organised the 4th Festival, which was held in the newly built Lowry Theatre in Manchester.
In 2003 the 5th Festival was held in Croydon, organised by Basia Klimas Sawyer and the festival committee. This Festival was aimed at a wider London audience.
The 7th Festival of Polish Folklore in Great Britain
Organised by Dana Sujecka.
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