Twin Cities Polish Festival August 7, 8, & 9, 2015

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.

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Famous Poles to Know - Władysław Teodor "W.T." Benda

Benda was born in Poznań (1873-1948), studied at the Krakow College of Technology and Arts and also the School of Fine Arts in Vienna. He came to the US for a family visit with his aunt, movie actress Helena Modjeska, at the end of the 19th century. He stayed, settling in New York in 1902. He became a naturalized citizen in 1911.

In 1905, he primarily created in the graphic arts arena. He has literally illustrated thousands of books, short stories, advertising copy, magazine covers for major magazine firms, and posters. During the 1920-1930s, he was as well-known as Rockwell, Wyeth and Parrish. Benda’s beautiful women were often exotic and mysterious, and he was highly sought out for his artistic ability.

Benda was fiercely proud of his Polish ethnicity, supporting several Polish cultural and heritage organizations. During war periods he actively designed posters for both Poland and the US. He was honored with the “Polonia Restituta” by the Polish government after WWI.

His creative venues also included mask making, and by 1914 was considered a master craftsman in this area, along with costume designing. He sculpted these masks from papier-mâché, and they were used in various plays and dances, and would include them within his paintings. His talents were so masterful, that his name became synonymous for any lifelike mask, whether it was his design or not. He also created masks that embodied fantasy and caricature in nature. He is very well known as the creator of the mask design in the movie “the Mask of Fu Manchu.” In the later part of his life, he transitioned almost totally to masks, even writing a book “Masks” in 1944, a comprehensive study of his designs and unique construction techniques.

His illustrations and masks are in numerous museums and library, including his military posters at the Polish Museum of America and the Pritzker Military Museum. (21 photos)
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Quiz - Polish Women in history and culture - how many do you know? (5 photos)
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Teresa NelsonI know the best Polish woman.! My Grandmother.14 hours ago
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Famous Poles to know - Jan Krenz

Jan Krenz is considered one of the leading Polish contemporary conductors, laying down a foundation for a renewal of Polish musical life.

Making his debut in 1946 at the Łódź Philharmonic, he has gone on to numerous other symphony orchestra (Poznan Philharmonic, Polish Radio Symphony Orchesta in Katowice, WOSPR, et al) and numerous international performances, bringing Polish music throughout the world. He also created chamber, vocal and symphonic music, in addition to creating music for films.

The recipient of many prestigious awards, to include the "State" award, the "Orfeusz" (a critic's award), the "Diamond Baton" award and many others.

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Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

The Twin Cities Polish Festival and The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul in collaboration will present great Polish films, and will run concurrently with the Twin Cities Polish Festival August 8-10, 2014 as part of the Festival’s celebration of Polish culture and heritage. This year, the Festival is proud to offer Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. Click here to learn more.

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Friday, August 8:     5:oo PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday, August 9:    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday, August 10:    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM



The Twin Cities Polish Festival is a 501(c)3 non profit organization; your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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