Festival of Polish culture in Kirkcaldy

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THE Polish community in Kirkcaldy wants to give local people an opportunity to experience its traditions and culture.

Kirkcaldy Polish Club - Polski Klub - hosts a Saturday morning school for the children of Polish nationals staying in Fife.

On June 9, it will hold a Family Fair in the grounds of Bennochy House, Forth Park Drive, to highlight the work of the school and demonstrate how it integrates with the local community.

Polish school pupils, along with youngsters from other Kirkcaldy schools, will be giving performances of poetry, music and dance, while there will be a host of other games and attractions.

Renata Lopatowska, who chairs the Polski Klub, said: “There’s a big Polish population in Kirkcaldy and throughout Fife, but a lot of people don’t realise the Polish Club exists.

“We’d like to welcome all Polish people and everyone else living in the area to come and enjoy the day, and to experience our Polish culture and some of our traditions.”

The Polski Klub was established in Kirkcaldy in 1953 by the many Poles who settled in Fife following the Second World War.

It is now reaching out to the new generation of Poles who have settled in this country in recent years following Poland’s acceptance into the European Union in 2004.

At the Family Fair, there will be a chance to enjoy a taste of Poland, with traditional foods on offer and a stall selling an array of cakes. A professional chef from Poland will give cooking demonstrations.

Polish writer Andrzej Grabowski, best known for his children’s stories, will host a creative writing workshop, while a film about Polish folk will be shown at an outdoor cinema.

The children will perform dances, songs and poetry from their native country, while local performers will give demonstrations of everything from Scottish Pipe Band music and dancing, to breakdancing and zumba.

The Young Engineers’ Club from Adam Smith College will deliver a renewable energy workshop, and there will be face painting, a raffle and refreshments, including a barbecue. Entry to the fair, which will run from noon into the evening, is free.