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Festival Schedule

Experience the music and dances of Poland.

Polka Contest

Put on your dancing shoes and come polka with us! Two contests - one for children and another for adults - are held on Saturday and Sunday.

Dances

Local and international groups - including Portland's Sobotka Polish Dancers - perform traditional folk dances, such as the polonez, mazurek and krakowiak.

Music

Local bands, singers and musicians perform at the Festival each year. Listen and dance to some Polish folk, classical, rock and polka music. 

Exhibits

Learn about Polish history and culture by stopping by the Special Exhibit inside the Polish Hall Library. This year's exhibit is about the history of the Polish School in Portland. 

Full Schedule

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019

Performance by Duo Draka

11:00 am - 11:15 am

Opening Ceremony

11:30 am - 11:45 am

Lajkonik Polish Folk Ensemble

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Süsse Füsse Dance Group

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Lajkonik Polish Folk Ensemble

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Süsse Füsse Dance Group

12:50 pm  - 1:20 pm

Lajkonik Polish Folk Ensemble

1:20 pm  - 1:40 pm

Polish Folk Costume Demonstration

1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

Polish School Dancers

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Lajkonik Polish Folk Ensemble

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Violinist Sebastian Stenfert-Kroese

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Festival Dedication

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Oregon Polka Beats & Polka Contest

4:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Yaazda and Street Dance

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019

Lajkonik Polish Folk Ensemble

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm

Performace by Duo Draka

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Lajkonik Polish Folk Ensemble

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Polish School Dancers

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Lajkonik Polish Folk Ensemble

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

Polish Folk Costume Demonstration

2:20 pm - 2:40 pm

Polish Fencing Demonstration

2:40 - 3:00 pm

Oregon Polka Beats & Polka Contest

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Performers

LAJKONIK

The Lajkonik Polish Folk Ensemble from Tucson, Arizona, celebrates the rich culture of Poland through traditional dance and song. Lajkonik performs at many local events and cultural festivals in Tucson and Phoenix and travels to Polish Festivals throughout the Western United States, including in Las Vegas, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Portland. The ensemble has participated in last four editions of the International Festival of Polish Folk Dance in Rzeszow, Poland, where more than 30 groups from around the world celebrate Polish Folk culture.

DUO DRAKA

Duo Draka is musical duo made up of violinist Olimpia Trusty-Sojka and accordion player Pawel Sojka. These two classically trained musicians hail from the Pacific Northwest and perform Polish and Balkan inspired folk music as well as classical pieces by Chopin and Bach. 

YAAZDA

Yaazda is a band that plays upbeat Polish pop and rock. Originally from Gdansk, Poland and led by frontman Krzysztof Bujak, Yaazda plays at many festivals and events around the United States. 

OREGON POLKA BEATS

Oregon Polka Beats has been playing polka, waltzes and other lively dance music since 1987. Hailing from Portland, OR, band members Lyle Heilman (vocals & accordion), David Iverson (vocals & drums) and Jack Hillend (vocals & horns) have played at fairs, festivals and other events throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho and Arizona. They also play during the Polka Contest at the Polish Festival.

POLISH SCHOOL DANCERS

The Polish School Dancers (known as Sobotka) from the Polish School in Portland have been performing at the Polish Festival and at other cultural events throughout the Northwest since the 1990s. The ensemble includes an adult folk dance group and a children's group. They perform traditional dances such as the polonez, mazurek and oberek. 

SÜSSE FÜSSE

Süsse Füsse is an multicultural folk dance ensemble directed by Heidi Vorst. They perform throughout the Pacific Northwest. Their dances are inspired by various regions of the world.  

POLISH FENCING DEMONSTRATION

Polish champion fencer and assistant coach at the Oregon Fencing Alliance (OFA), Adam Skarbonkiewicz, joins Olympian fencer and OFA Director Ed Korfanty on stage at the Polish Festival. In 1984, Korfanty was the coach of the Polish National Team and received the an award from the Ministry of Sport and Culture in Poland in 1989. They'll demonstrate fencing techniques, talk about the history of the sport and share insights about fencing in Poland. 

Sebastian Stenfert-Kroese & Maria Garcia

Violinist Sebastian Stenfert-Kroese is a student at Lakeridge High School and a graduate of the Portland Polish School. He has performed at many events across town. He is accompanied by pianist Marcia Garcia, who is part of the critically acclaimed 20 Digitus Piano Duo.