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Twin Cities Polish Festival August 12, 13, & 14, 2016

Twin Cities Polish Festival Minneapolis, MN

Welcome to the Twin Cities Polish Festival in Minneapolis, MN

Welcome to the Twin Cities Polish Festival!

The Twin Cities Polish Festival is a non-profit organization created to bring a world-class celebration of Polish culture and heritage to the Twin Cities. It also helps promote various community-service and Polish-American organizations.

The Twin Cities Polish Festival will immerse Minnesotans and visitors in “all things Polish”, presenting a kaleidoscope of unique cultural and educational displays, food and top-notch entertainment.

Bring a blanket, take a seat on the lawn along the Old Main Street in Minneapolis, visit with friends, watch outstanding musical and dance entertainment, enjoy traditional foods and beverages, and just simply have fun!

You’ll see for yourself why Poland has earned itself the reputation as one of the World’s most hospitable cultures.

Friday Night's Cultural Stage Entertainment Announced!

The 2016 Twin Cities Polish Festival is excited to announce that the Riverside Hitmen and Riverside Swing Band will be performing on Friday night August 12 from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Visit our Cultural Stage link for more information and get ready to dance the night away along the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis!



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Golub-Dobrzyń Castle - a four-wing conventional Teutonic castle built on the turning point of the thirteenth and fourteenth century, built on a hill - as a look-out point over the whole town of Golub-Dobrzyń; kept in a Gothic-Renaissance architectural style.
The stronghold's construction began on the turning point of the thirteenth and fourteenth century. In the fourteenth century, King Władysław I Łokietek of Poland tried to gain the stronghold into his realm. In 1408, the castle was a guest to the Grand Master Ulrich von Jungingen. In 1422, the castle was destroyed by an army of the Kingdom of Poland. During the years of 1611-1625, the castle was of the ownership of Anna Wazówna (a Polish and Swedish princess), it was the castle's truest time of magnificence.
During the time of the Swedish Deluge, the castle was damaged and began to go into decline. In the years of 1941-1944, the courtyards were used as a training base for the Hitlerjugend. After the Second World War the castle underwent restoration work - conducted between 1947-1953 . the ruins were rebuilt (1959–1966) with further historical adaptations of the castle completed in 2006. Today, the castle is used as a regional museum, housing a vast collection of militaristic exhibits and holding numerous medieval festivals.
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Still great music wherever you are - don't forget to take in the Chopin celebration at the Twin Cities Polish Festival, August 12-14, 2016 - great summer fun, tasty food, and free admission ... See MoreSee Less

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Did you know that the Polish company Arrinera from Warsaw has designed first Polish Supercar, named Hussarya GT. The name is derived from Poland’s Hussar cavalry of the 16th century, known for their beauty, strength and maneuverability, and these are all traits Arrinera hopes to instill in its new supercar. A true modern rebirth of the Winged Hussars. Its set to race in the GT4 category through 2016 and 2017, with other races in the pipeline. It'll be the first time a car from Poland has ever entered the GT racing class. But the news isn't just of interest to motorsport enthusiasts, as Arrinera is "in the process" of developing a road-going version that it wants to compete in the full-blown supercar leagues with. The production Arrinera Hussarya received few changes from the concept in terms of its engine. The Hussarya is powered by a 6.2 litre, mid-mounted V8 engine delivering 650 horsepower and 604 lb·ft of torque. The Hussarya has a 650-horsepower engine, and a performance of 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, 0-124 mph in under 10 seconds, 0-186 mph in under 30 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 11 seconds. Top speed is 211 mph. The price is $160,000 USD. But our first car in this comparison is Polski Fiat 126p. (literally in English: Polish Fiat 126p) between 1973 and 2000. At first it was almost identical with the basic model: differences included a higher chassis, a modified grille on the back, and the front blinkers that were white in Italy but orange for other markets. To distinguish it from the original Italian car - Fiat 126, the letter "p" was added to its name. It was produced by Fabryka Samochodów Małolitrażowych (FSM) in Bielsko-Biała and Tychy under Italian Fiat licence. Due to a relatively low price it was very popular in Poland and was arguably the most popular car of the 80s. Its very small size gave it the nickname maluch ("the small one","small child", pronounced [ˈmalux]). The nickname became so popular that in 1997 it was accepted by the producer as the official name of the car.

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The cursed soldiers (also known as "accursed soldiers" or "damned soldiers"; Polish: Żołnierze wyklęci) is a term applied to a variety of anti-communist Polish resistance movements formed in the later stages of World War II and its aftermath by some members of the Polish Underground State. These clandestine organisations continued their armed struggle against the Stalinist government of Poland well into the 1950s. The guerrilla warfare included an array of military attacks launched against the communist regime's prisons and state security offices, detention facilities for political prisoners and concentration camps that were set up across the country. Most of the Polish anti-communist groups ceased to exist in the late 1940s or 1950s, hunted down by agents of the Ministry of Public Security and Soviet NKVD assassination squads. However, the last known 'cursed soldier', Józef Franczak, was killed in an ambush as late as 1963, almost 20 years after the Soviet take-over of Poland.

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Solveiga KisselburgMy parents survived Stalin. Today, people don't understand the evils and brutality of communism.

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2016 Festival Hours

Friday, August 12:     5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday, August 13:    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday, August 14:    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.