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Celebrating the best in Polish culture

An international-scale charm offensive to promote Poland and its community in cities across the UK comes to Belfast this week.

The city’s Polish cultural week kicks off in the Ulster Museum today. Now in its fourth year, events includes music recitals and gigs, debates and food. The festival will see events at various venues in Belfast and was developed in partnership with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw and supported by the Polish Consulate in Edinburgh.

Eva Grosman, co-ordinator of Belfast’s Polish Cultural Week, said the series of events is the most significant to take place in the UK outside London. “Northern Ireland is particularly significant to Poland in terms of growing trade and cultural links which is why it is the only region outside London whose Polish festival has received strong backing and official acknowledgement,” she said.

Around 35,000 Poles live in Northern Ireland with many young families remaining established despite the recent economic downturn.

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