For 40 years PolArt festivals have been celebrating Polish culture and heritage through song, dance, music, theatre, film, the visual arts and literature. It enriches the broader community by displaying the intergenerational Polish spirit and pays tribute to the rich and vibrant heritage we share.
PolArt festivals embrace the passion of everyone: the participants, artists, and volunteers involved with creating these amazing events. It is the largest Polish cultural festival held outside Poland and the only event which brings together the entire Polish community across Australia and New Zealand.
Originating in Sydney under the name of ArtPol in 1975, the festival was the brainchild of the Federation of Polish Women in Australia. PolArt festivals are held every three years in capital cities around Australia.
They have been held in Sydney (1975, 1991, 2003), Adelaide (1981, 1994, 2009), Brisbane (1988, 2000), Melbourne (1984, 1997, 2015), Hobart (2006) and Perth (2012), with each festival growing larger and more popular than the previous.
This truly remarkable community initiative unites Polish and Australian communities across Australia with first, second and now third generation Polish youth the main participants.
The festival has helped promote and contribute to the multicultural character of Australia.
The festival logo contains many specific visual references to the elements of the Festival, but it also has subtle symbolic nuances.
Among the red images you will find Polish dancing couples, drama masks and music treble clefs. These have been deliberately composed in a circular arrangement, resembling both the graceful palm trees characteristic of Brisbane, and a delicate dandelion which dissipates in the breeze.
The black trunk doubles as a paintbrush and a writer’s quill forming the letter “P” for PolArt. The iconic BRISBANE sign situated at South Bank, has been given a distinct Polish flavour using paper cut (“wycinanki”) motifs.