The Polish Folk Dance Festival took a place at the American Polish Cultural Center on Saturday, February 11, 2017, celebrating its 10th anniversary. The Polish Mission was a proud sponsor of this event and was there to be a part of Polish cultural life in metro Detroit.
The event begun with Polish and American anthems performed by the Filarets Choir and an opening by Richard Konrad, the president of The American Polish Cultural Center. Several dozen folk dance groups from Michigan and Windsor were participating at the festival and about a thousand people visited the Center to watch beautiful performances and enjoy a tasty Polish dinner. The dancers were between 3 and 30 years old and wore wonderful authentic costumes from different regions of Poland. Besides the dance performances, there were exhibits about Polish history and famous people.
Polish media were present and there were several booths with sponsors who are important active Polish organizations and companies in Michigan such as Polish American Congress, Friends of Polish Arts, Polish National Alliance or Polish unions. All sponsors had a chance to talk about their organizations and activities. They were also there to promote their cultural and social activities and programs.
Everyone enjoyed this lovely ethnic event, which through a beautiful music and dance performances reminded us about our Polish customs and roots.