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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.

Portrait of Yvonne Kower, Artistic Director

Creative 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.

Portrait of Basia Gadd

Folkloric Coordinator

Basia Gadd

Basia Gadd is the choreographer and co-artistic director of Polish Folklore Ensemble Podhale Sydney, a position she has held since 2009. Basia holds a Diploma in Polish folk dance instruction and choreography from Rzeszow, Poland, and her choreographies have been performed at various festivals and events, including the 2011 International Polish Folk Festival in Rzeszow and all PolArt Festivals since Sydney 2003, inclusive. 

Basia has over 25 years experience in performing arts, including 6 years in a Children’s Polish Choir, 5 years as an artistic gymnast and over 23 years in Polish Dancing.

Basia holds a Diploma in Events Management and has been organising events and concerts since 2001, including co-organising two folkloric concerts at Sydney PolArt 2003. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) and works as a Technical Business Analyst.

Portrait of Ewelina Ellsmore

Literature Coordinator

Ewelina Ellsmore

Ewelina is the School Principal and Polish Language Educator at the Liverpool Polish School. There she shares the knowledge and beauty of the Polish language, traditions and history with new generations of children.

In 2018 Ewelina was awarded a Silver Cross of Merit by the President of Poland Andrzej Duda during his historic visit to Australia for her Polish language education achievements in Australia and promotion of Polish culture. She is an initiator and organiser of many events and projects promoting Polish language and Polish culture in Sydney. In 2018 she introduced the first online interactive learning experience in NSW as a path for new learning opportunities for Polish school students in collaboration with Uniwersytet Ciekawej Historii DUCH Warsaw at the State Library of NSW.

Being a passionate reader, Ewelina has experience bringing Polish literature into the multicultural library collections and working within the library and information services in NSW.

Portrait of Jerzy Scislowski

Music Coordinator

Jerzy Scislowski

Jerzy is a passionate musician, composer, multi-instrumentalist, music teacher and promoter of Polish classical, folk and modern music.  He has helped many artists in their careers, including soloists, singers and musicians.

Graduating in 1970 from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw with a Master of Arts, Jerzy worked as music teacher with multiple institutions. He was also Artistic Manager of the Podlasie Folk Group “Trzy Pokolenia” in Domanice, leading through successes to the Oskar Kolberg Award from Poland’s Ministry of Culture and Art for the group and for Jerzy the “Zasluzony Dzialacz Kultury” medal.

After immigrating to Sydney in 1980, Jerzy became the Music Director of the Polish Folkloric Ensemble “Syrenka”, writing and composing the ensemble’s music for over 40 years and working with other Sydney ensembles – “Kujawy” and “Lajkonik”.

Jerzy has attended many PolArt Festivals with Syrenka starting in 1981, and with “Bialo Czerwoni” as Music Director in 1984. At PolArt Sydney 1991 Jerzy was the Festival Compere and Music Director. For PolArt Sydney 2003 Jerzy served as Festival Music Director.

Portrait of Maria Koter-Rosiak

Theatre Coordinator

Maria Koter-Rosiak

Maria has been actively involved in community work in the Polish community in Australia for about 30 years. She founded the Association of Polish Culture in NSW. It collaborates with the Association of Polish Culture in Victoria. Together they organise performances of various artistic groups in Polish centres across Australia.

She has been a co-organiser of Polish Christmas Festival in Sydney and Plumpton. Maria is a committee member of the Polish Foundation in NSW. She was the Theatre Coordinator for PolArt 2003 in Sydney. For over 10 years Maria has provided gardening advice on SBS Radio. She worked in the preparations for the World Youth Day in Sydney.

Maria completed her studies at the UMCS in Lublin and gained the title of Magister. While working at the University of Life Sciences in Lublin she gained the title of Doctor of Natural Sciences. She worked for Academic Choirs in Poland. From 1980 she worked in Solidarity trade unions.

Visual Arts Coordinator & Marketing Coordinator

Renata Brak

Over the past decade, Renata has worked for a variety of commercial galleries, artist run initiatives, auction houses and major arts institutions most notably the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. She has facilitated and curated over 100 exhibitions nationally and internationally. Renata has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Tasmania, and a Masters in Art Curatorship from the University of Sydney. Currently, Renata works with Australia’s oldest Indigenous Fine Art Gallery Cooee Art as their Exhibition Manager and Digital Curator.

Renata has over 20 years community volunteer experience, including fundraising, choreography, and dance teaching. She was a committee member and graphic designer for the inaugural Hobart PolArt in 2006, and is currently a committee member of “Syrenka” Sydney. Renata was a dancer for more than 25 years with multiple ensembles – “Oberek” Hobart, “Polanie” Calgary, and “Syrenka” Sydney – and has attended 5 PolArt Festivals, the 2008 Rzeszow Festival, and was dance instructor and choreographer for “Krakusy” Calgary in Iwonicz Zdroj 2009.

Her goal for PolArt Sydney 2022 is to showcase a dynamic range of Polish-Australian artists that explore their heritage through artistic disciplines unique to Poland.

Portrait of Alina Brymora

Children’s Day Coordinator

Alina Brymora

Alina holds a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education degree and has over 20 years experience as a creative arts teacher. She has been responsible for delivering programs in music, dance and drama throughout many schools in the Sydney, Blue Mountains and Newcastle regions. She has a particular interest in writing, directing and producing major productions for her school communities, and firmly believes in giving children opportunities to participate in the performing arts.

Alina has been involved in the Polish community since her youth, performing in the children’s choir Laetare, and dancing groups Mazowsze and Kujawy. She has played the organ for many parish masses across Sydney and Newcastle, and has been a member of the Polish Scouting Association. Alina has attended two PolArt festivals as a performer (Brisbane 1988 and Sydney 1992) and one as a children’s choir director. Alina has a love for all things Polish, and is very much looking forward to being part of the PolArt team that delivers a successful event for future generations of Polish performers.

Portrait of Karolina Barry

Events Coordinator

Karolina Barry

Karolina has been involved in the Polish-Australian community for over 33 years, performing in the Polish Dance and Song Ensemble ‘Kujawy’ as a small child, and then the Polish Folkloric Ensemble ‘Syrenka’ since 2003. She helped coordinate the first Quo Vadis conference in Sydney and from 2013 – 2015 assisted with the popular Polish Christmas Festival in Darling Harbour. She has performed at nine PolArt Festivals since 1991, and is excited that PolArt Sydney 2022 will be her tenth PolArt!

Karolina is a passionate and hard-working event professional with a strong background in corporate events and festivals gained from over fifteen years of experience. She holds a Masters in Management in Event Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. She works at one of Australia’s largest event management companies as a Senior Event Director and is responsible for the delivery of meetings, conferences and incentives both nationwide and overseas.

Portrait of Elizabeth Donati

Fundraising Coordinator

Elizabeth Donati

I am Elizabeth Donati and I am the Sponsorship Grants and Fundraising Coordinator. I have been involved with Kujawy for 45 years, as either a dancer, parent and committee member. I have attended nearly all PolArt festivals held in Australia both as a performer and now as a parent. In 1987 I had the opportunity to perform with Kujawy at the World Folkloric Festival held in Majorca, Spain. I also performed with Kujawy at Rzeszow in 2017. Currently I am involved with the committee for Kujawy and also act as the Little/Middle Group Liaison. My role in Kujawy involves responsibility of the finances for our younger groups and organising fundraising opportunities, with other members of the Committee, throughout the year.
Whilst working as a Legal Assistant, I was also in charge of General and Trust Funds for my employer.

IT Coordinator

Alex Brak

Alex has more than 20 years experience in technology strategy, delivery and operations across a variety of industries. He operates a technology strategy and architecture consultancy with recent clients all household names in Australia.

Alex was a director for Sydney’s previous PolArt in 2003. He also served as the President of the Polish Folkloric Ensemble “Syrenka”, multiple periods as a dance teacher and was an enthusiastic dancer for 20 years. As a dancer Alex performed across Australia and overseas, including at PolArt festivals in every Australian host city.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology from the University of New South Wales. He has completed a variety of management and technology courses and certifications. During his tenure as a dancer he studied choreography and dance with Poland’s State Folk Group of Song and Dance “Mazowsze” at the invitation and sponsorship of the Republic of Poland.

Portrait of Jonathan Chawa

Merchandise Coordinator

Jonathan Chawa

Johnny has over 20 years experience performing in previous PolArts and in the Polish community with Kujawy Sydney. He has been a graphic designer for 5+ years with print and web design and currently works at Blackwoods producing their catalogues.

In his spare time, Johnny enjoys going camping, enjoying games nights with friends or relaxing with movies or TV. Johnny also designed the new PolArt logo.

Volunteer Coordinator

Renata Donati

Renata has been an active member of the Polish Community since she was little. She danced in Kujawy Sydney for 17 years. She is currently a member of the Kujawy committee. Renata also participated in Polish Scouts for a time. 

Her first PolArt was PolArt 2003 in Sydney and has danced at every PolArt since, obtaining a Legacy Award (an award given to PolArt participants who have been in six or more PolArts) at the most recent PolArt. One of Renata’s favourite moments, whilst dancing, was participating in the International Folk Festival in Rzeszow, Poland in 2017 with Kujawy. 

Renata has completed a Bachelor in Entertainment Business Management and currently works in the Data Operations department at APRA AMCOS, as Reporting and Claims Administrator. Renata is super excited to take on this role as Volunteer Coordinator and see how PolArt works from a different perspective.

Supporting Committee

Assistant to the President
Pawel Kidon

Assistant Treasurer
Tomek Kukielka

Children’s Day Assistant
Dana Douglas

Fundraising Assistant
Nathalie Budniak

IT Assistant
Benjamin Budniak

Marketing Assistant
Maia Trepa

Music Assistant
Paulina Pazdzior

Social Events Assistant
Stephanie Pawlowski

Social Media Assistant
Zara Borysewicz

Portrait photography courtesy of Link to Facebook page of Norrie Photography