Fifth Polish Heritage Days held in UK

Saturday saw the inauguration of the fifth Polish Heritage Days in the UK, an event aimed at promoting Polish culture and traditions as well as the contribution made by Polish emigres to life in the UK.

The symbolic start to this year's event was the opening of an exhibition devoted to the centenary of the existence of the Polish embassy at 47 Portland Place, London. The opening was performed by Ambassador Arkady Rzegocki and remotely by Edward, Duke of Kent, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. 

The ambassador pointed out that it is rare for an embassy to inhabit the same building for so long, as well as the fact that the London embassy building is Poland's oldest globally.

Within the framework of this year's Polish Heritage Days, over 70 events are planned, twice as many as in 2020, including exhibitions, lectures, concerts and runs as well as others promoting Polish culture, although due to coronavirus restrictions, most events will be held remotely.

The guiding topic of this year's event is also related to the pandemic and is the promotion of community values and the aid potential of the Polish diaspora in the UK, which has been evident in recent months in the fight against Covid-19. 

Most of the events were held over the weekend, which was also a bank-holiday weekend in the UK, although some are planned for later dates in May.

Polish Heritage Days is an initiative of the Polish embassy in London and is held on the occasion of the Day of the Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad, as well as Polish Flag Day, which fell on May 2, and Constitution Day on May 3.