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POLART SYDNEY 2022 – A Polish Tapestry Through Time

Spirited young dancers twist and turn like the beautiful intricate patterns of delicate lacework created by a master artisan’s touch

Graceful swaying hands gently imitate the weaving of fishing nets by elderly port-town villagers in a time gone by

Spinning skirts burst into a lively and breathtaking kaleidoscope of colours

A Polish Tapestry Through Time is a unique visual and emotional experience that connects the expression of Polish culture in Australia and New Zealand across different artistic disciplines. It is the collaboration of a diverse generation of talented artists celebrating Polish heritage through dance, music, song, literature, theatre, film and visual arts.

Stemming from age-old traditions, the festival of PolArt embodies the evolution of Polish culture in Australia – from its humble origins 50 years ago in Sydney as a vision of the Polish Women’s Auxiliary to its influence in modern Polish Australian communities today. The ‘father’ of Polish ethnography, Oskar Kolberg, catalogued traditional folklore for the benefit of future generations. PolArt Festivals too, chronicle the cultural diversity of Australian and New Zealand communities.

Drawing upon Polish textile traditions that developed through history, the festival entwines distinct artistic disciplines to tell a story – like threads of wool finely woven into an intricate tapestry. Unique patterns are created, taught, inherited, and handed down over generations – contributing to a distinctive and multi-layered identity. They incorporate shared ideas, and thus evolve over time. This can be seen in the vibrantly coloured costumes worn by the festival’s dancers which, to this day, reflect the same patterns used in handmade kilims originating centuries ago from the central regions of Lowicz, Opoczno and Sieradz – each deriving influence from each other, but distinct in their appearance.

Even the master composer of classical music himself, Frederic Chopin, was exposed to traditional folk music early in his youth, which later manifested in a plethora of Romantic Music that we still hear performed today.

Whether you are reconnecting with your heritage or discovering the Polish arts for the first time, PolArt Sydney 2022 will be your opportunity to fully experience and enjoy the richness and remarkable diversity of Polish culture.

PolArt Sydney 2022 welcomes you, as this Polish tapestry continues to weave its journey through time.

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST Discipline OVERVIEW

FOLKLORIC PERFORMANCE

PolArt Sydney 2022 invites individual artists and ensembles that specialise in Polish folkloric performance (music, song and dance) to submit their interest in participation. Opportunities to perform at both larger and intimate venues will be provided for traditional full ensemble cast, and for smaller groups of performers or individuals. Performance opportunities will be provided for children’s groups through to adolescent and adult ensembles.

Expressions of interest for Folkloric Performance close 31 March 2021. Late submissions may not be accepted and if accepted may limit the participant’s opportunities in the festival.

LITERATURE

PolArt Sydney 2022 invites authors, publishers, linguists and other related specialists to submit their interest in participation. Event opportunities include talks, presentations and interactive workshops surrounding the written word and Polish culture for adults and children alike. Focus will be brought upon the richness and beauty of the Polish language and its evolution through time.

Expressions of interest for Literature close 30 November 2021, though earlier applications are encouraged as they may enable participation in pre-festival opportunities. Late submissions may not be accepted and if accepted may limit the participant’s opportunities in the festival.

MUSIC

PolArt Sydney 2022 invites musicians, orchestras, bands, choirs, singers and individual artists to submit their interest in participation. Festival events may include performances, masterclasses and workshops for audiences of all ages. Folk, contemporary, traditional, classical, jazz and other genres will be considered.

Expressions of interest for Music close 30 November 2021. Late submissions may not be accepted and if accepted may limit the participant’s opportunities in the festival.

THEATRE

PolArt Sydney 2022 invites theatre practitioners to submit their interest in participation. Opportunities exist for performances, workshops and masterclasses for audiences of all ages. Short-form and longer shows, solo artists through to ensembles are invited to participate. Wide ranging theatre styles e.g drama, comedy, musical, cabaret or other are invited to be submitted. Specialists in theatrical areas not directly involved with the performative are also invited to apply.

Expressions of interest for Theatre close 30 November 2021. Late submissions may not be accepted and if accepted may limit the participant’s opportunities in the festival.

VISUAL ARTS

PolArt Sydney 2022 invites individual artists and collectives to submit their interest in participation, with opportunities for exhibiting works, presenting artist talks and masterclasses, and online art sales. The art forms that will be considered for display may include architecture, ceramics, decorative art, design, drawing, ephemeral, fashion design, glass, graphic design, illustrations, jewellery, mixed media, painting, photography, posters, printed digital art, printmaking, public art / street art, sculpture, textile art, watercolour and work on paper.

Expressions of interest for the Visual Arts close 30 November 2021, though earlier applications are encouraged as they may enable participation in pre-festival opportunities. Applications for inclusion in PolArt Sydney 2022 Visual Arts festival events will commence in December 2021.

OTHER DISCIPLINES

1. PolArt will host a film festival and interested organisations with a previous history of facilitating festivals of the moving image are invited to apply. Please submit your application under “Other”.

2. Artists who feel that their particular discipline is not adequately represented by the above categories are highly encouraged to submit an application with a clear description of their specialty in the relevant section of the form under “Other”. This may include, but is not restricted to, such areas as performance art, contemporary dance, physical theatre, video art, multimedia or other hybrid art.

Expressions of interest for other disciplines have closure dates corresponding to the art disciplines outlined above, based on the types of festival events that the other discipline’s art is suited to. Specifically:

  • participation in the folkloric performance events will require submission by 31 March 2021,
  • participation in non-dance stage events will require submission by 30 November 2021,
  • while participation in live music events will require submission by 30 November 2021.