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.

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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October is Polish Heritage Month

Today is the start of Polish Heritage month. Fill your calendar with the many events to celebrate your culture, heritage, and honor the many outstanding contributions made to freedom, the US, and other areas of science, technology, music, art and literature. There is a wealth of events or things to partake - you can learn and honor Pulaski’s endeavors, listen to Chopin, wonder at the scientific contributions by Marie Curie, Pope Paul II endeavors for freedom and peace or even indulge in Polish cuisine at your favorite restaurant, and so much more.

Polish immigrants have been a part of America since 1608 when the London Company sent skilled craftsmen on the Mayflower to help build the new settlement. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, over a million Poles came to the US, and are the largest ethnic group of Slavic origins in the US. Mainly in the NE and Midwest states, they can be found across the country. (5 photos)
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The International Finals of EUCYS (European Union Contest for Young Scientists) 2014, two Polish youth take awards.

Although still young, these Poles demonstrated their scientific discoveries and projects were truly ground-breaking and worthy of a Nobel prize. The European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) is a major event for teenaged discoverers. This years contest took place in Warsaw. 110 participants from 37 countries were involved, with 77 entries covering all scienfitic fields. Monika Leończyk was awarded for studying the impact of bumblebees on tomatoes, while Jerzy Szuniewicz won a prize for finding a way to optimise quantum cryptography. Another Polish contestant, Andrzej Żak, analysed how the Polish language affects Wymysorys, a local language that is at risk of becoming extinct.

Monika Leończyk, a student of the 2nd Adam Mickiewicz Upper Secondary School with Bilingual Classes in Slupsk, won a two-week stay at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in the Italian town of Ispra. The jury liked her idea of setting up special garden boxes for bumblebees, which would help arrest the dramatic fall in their populations in Europe. Bumblebees play a major role in pollinating crops, a task they share with bees whose numbers have also been in rapid decline of late.

“In my research, I wanted to see what impact the pollinating insects have on the quality and number of ordinary tomatoes grown in greenhouses, and to juxtapose their sale profits,” Monika Leończyk said when presenting the results of her research. “What I found was that one bumblebee family could replace human labor in an area of 20-25 acres, thereby reducing the use of artificial inducers.”

Jerzy Szuniewicz, a student of the 7th Adam Mickiewicz Upper Secondary School in Poznan who is the second Pole to be awarded, won a trip to INTEL ISEF, the world’s largest competition for young scientists. The event will take place in the United States in May 2015. Jerzy has already taken part in this year’s edition of this American contest, winning the 3rd prize in the physics and astronomy category for the very same project he presented in Warsaw - discovery of a method of effectively driving single light photons into optical fiber cables. His solution is usuable in many area, e.g. in quantum cryptography (most advanced way of securing information).

“I couldn’t dream of a better prize,” He explains that he will be doing his new research in the University of Vienna, at a state-of-the-art lab of Prof Anton Zeilinger, who is an internationally acclaimed physicist.

“He’s in charge of the world’s best team that conducts research in quantum physics – and it’s not theoretical, but experimental physics. It’s an honor to work with them,” adds Szuniewicz.

EUCYS 2014 was hosted by the University of Warsaw in cooperation with the Polish Children’s Fund and the Copernicus Science Centre.
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ONFERRADA, Spain (VN) — Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) soloed to victory just one second ahead of a furious pursuit to win the elite men’s race on Sunday at the UCI World Road Championships in Ponferrada, Spain.

The 24-year-old Pole jumped away from a desperate chase of a four-man breakaway, then left the quartet behind to ride alone to the finish, just inches ahead of a late surge from several of the race favorite.

I saw some of the riders there were still calculating. And I won. That was incredible,” a breathless Kwiatkowski said. The Polish team’s strategy was a simple one: “We decided just to continue racing, to stay in the front,” said Kwiatkowski, the first Pole to win the elite men’s title. “I felt great from the start. What our guys did was just amazing.”
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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

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