Join the Polish Expats Association and Creative Black Country for a Polish Heritage Day on 06 May 2017 at West Bromwich Town Hall and celebrate openness, appreciation and better understanding between our communities in the Black Country.
The project is part of the Polish Heritage Day initiative by the Polish Embassy in London along with over 40 events planned across the UK and supported by the Polish Consulates in London, Manchester, and Edinburgh.
The free West Bromwich event, which starts at 4pm, will include an exhibition, ’From Exile to Freedom’; presenting stories of different generations of Polish Migrants, traditional folk papercuts workshops, craft stalls, Polish food and live music.
Taking place on 6-7 May 2017 and intended as an annual festival, Polish Heritage Day takes place after the symbolic date of 3 May, when in 1791 Poland proclaimed its modern codified constitution as the first country in Europe and the second in the world after the United States – a symbol of freedom and equality. The 2nd of May is also celebrated in Poland and in Polish communities around the world as the Polish Diaspora Day and Polish Flag Day.
A number of city councils across the country have already expressed their support for the project by offering patronage and raising the white-and-red flags on town halls during the festival as a gesture of openness and symbol of friendship. A virtual map of planned events can be discovered at the Polish Embassy’s website.
The project’s logo is based on the design of the white-and-red chequerboard – a symbol painted on the Polish airplanes during the Battle of Britain 1940, in which Polish pilots constituted the second largest Allied contingent after the British. During World War II and later in the time of communism, the United Kingdom was the refuge of the Polish Government-in-Exile and free Poles. The Polish community is a mixture of the descendants of those wartime and anti-communist exiles and those who decided to move to Britain after Poland joined the EU in 2004.
Polish nationals are now the largest minority in the UK, estimated at 984,000. Poles have opened 30,000 businesses in the UK , and pride themselves in the highest rate of individuals in employment or higher education among all ethnic groups in Britain – at 92 per cent.
For more information about the event, please visit the FACEBOOK PAGE or follow #PLHeritageDay on social media.