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Team

President

Agatha Satala

Agatha has more than 30 years community and volunteer experience, including fundraising and event management. She was a member of the last two Sydney PolArt committees in 1991 and 2003. Agatha is Vice President of Polish Foundation in NSW, member of the Advisory Committee to the Polish Club Ashfield development, and a committee member of Polish Folkloric Ensemble ‘’Syrenka’’. Agatha was a dancer for more than 20 years with both Kujawy Sydney and ‘’Syrenka’’, and her children now dance in “Syrenka”.

Agatha has almost 20 years’ experience as a practicing solicitor, specialising in family law and commercial negotiations. For more than 10 years, Agatha has operated her own business.

As the daughter of Polish migrants, Agatha has dedicated her community life to ensuring the continuation of Polish culture and traditions and is very excited to be President of PolArt 2022 Sydney.

Vice President

Daniel Gadd

Daniel has been involved in the Sydney Polish Community for over 40 years through various Polish organisations and is currently President, Assistant Artistic Director and Teacher of Polish Folklore Ensemble Podhale Sydney and a Committee Member of the Cabramatta Polish Association.

Daniel has participated in every PolArt Festival since Sydney 1991 in various capacities, including performer and group leader and in 2003, held the position of Folkloric Co-ordinator and Artistic Director of two folkloric concerts. He has also led two contingents to the International Folk Festival in Rzeszow, Poland, in 2002 & 2008.

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and has over 22 years professional experience across a variety of roles within Credit Management, IT Education, Auditing, Business Analysis and is currently an IT Applications Manager.

Secretary

Halina Borysiewicz

Halina has a long and distinguished history of service in the Polish Community. Growing up she played in the Polish Youth Orchestra Bialo Czerwoni, went to Polish school and also danced in Syrenka. Since then, she has fulfilled roles in a variety of Polish Organisations in Sydney. These include; Liaison officer for the Polish Team at the Invictus Games 2018, Vice-President of Syrenka, Secretary of Fundacja NSW, committee member of the Polish School in Ashfield, and volunteer work at the Ashfield Polish Club and Harcerstwo (Polish Scouts). Currently, Halina teaches the junior group of Syrenka.

Halina was also a member of the Sydney PolArt Committee in 2003 and she looks forward to passing on her knowledge and experience to the younger members of the PolArt 2022 committee. She is passionate about Polish culture and looks forward to being part of the team that will bring you PolArt 2022!

Treasurer

Victor Jarmusz

Victor has completed a Bachelor of Business degree and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, a registered company auditor, a registered SMSF auditor, and a registered tax agent. He has worked in public accountancy since the 1980’s and is currently a partner in a public accounting practice.

Victor has been involved with various community based organisations, holding committee positions in a local sporting club, as well as acting as an auditor for many non-profit organisations over the years.

Victor has a deep passion for Polish culture and the community, starting as a dancer with Kujawy Sydney in the 1970’s and is looking forward to being Treasurer of PolArt 2022 Sydney.

PRODUCTION Director

Yvonne Kower

For over 30 years Yvonne has trained actors, dancers and gymnasts, owned a dance company, curated video and dance festivals, and worked as an actor. Awarded the Master of Art from UNSW in video dance, her work has been televised, won awards, and she has presented at conferences nationally and overseas.

Yvonne is a dance graduate from the Laban Centre London, LISPA, UMCS Poland (Folklore), and has trained with theatre practitioners from Gardzienice, Song of the Goat Theatre, and Teatr Zar.

After attending the first Sydney ArtPol in 1975, Yvonne’s passion for Polish folklore ignited and she joined the Polish Folkloric Ensemble “Syrenka” as a dancer. She returned as Artistic Director many years later, whereby one of the highlights was taking “Syrenka” to the International Festival of Polish Folkloric Ensembles in Rzeszow, Poland.

She has facilitated voice and choreographic workshops for a number of other Polish folkloric ensembles throughout Australia. She was an active committee member of Sydney PolArt 1991 and worked in an artistic capacity at Sydney PolArt 2003, choreographing the finales, artistically directing one of the concerts and assisting the director of the Gala Concert.

Art Coordinators

Folkloric Coordinator
Basia Gadd

Literature Coordinator
Ewelina Ellsmore

Music Coordinator
Jerzy Scislowski

Theatre Coordinator
Maria Koter-Rosiak

Visual Arts Coordinator
Renata Brak

Committee Members

Assistant to the President
Pawel Kidon

Assistant Treasurer
Tomek Kukielka

Children’s Day Assistant
Dana Douglas

Children’s Day Coordinator
Alina Brymora

Events Coordinator
Karolina Barry

Fundraising Assistant
Nathalie Budniak

Fundraising Coordinator
Elizabeth Donati

IT Assistant
Benjamin Budniak

IT Coordinator
Alex Brak

Marketing Assistant
Maia Trepa

Marketing Coordinator
Renata Brak

Merchandise Coordinator
Jonathan Chawa

Music Assistant
Paulina Pazdzior

Social Events Assistant
Stephanie Pawlowski

Social Media Assistant
Zara Borysewicz

Stage & Props & Social Events Coordinator
Kamila Hutchison

Volunteer Coordinator
Renata Donati

Portrait photography courtesy of Link to Facebook page of Norrie Photography