Who we are
The project is run by the Polish Cultural Festival Association (PCFA), a community organisation (social enterprise) which was incorporated in 2008 and has since been actively working to achieve our aims:
2) To support Polish-Scottish integration and promote equality and social diversity through non-political cultural activities.
3) To promote, establish, operate and/or support other schemes and projects of a charitable nature for the benefit of the Polish community and its integration in Scotland.
In order to meet our aims, each year we design, fund raise for and deliver a unique programme of educational and cultural events. We use interviews and community consultation to gain inspiration and develop events truly needed by the community in Scotland.
In the past 5 years we have delivered a number of successful projects:
2009: Polish Cultural Festival– A week long programme of events (20-26th April 2009) showcasing theatre, heritage, visual arts, film and music. The festival was a great success and attracted an audience of almost 7 000 who participated in 20 different events run in venues all over the Edinburgh .
2010:The Experiance of Polish Scottish Integration– A research and community consultation project funded by “Investing in Ideas” Big Lottery Fund. The project created a platform to discuss the process of
integration in Scotland, and allowed us to learn more about the needs and barriers to integration for the Polish migrant community in Scotland. It also generated ideas and recommendations to design better informed services and projects responsive to the needs of the community. (The Polish-Scottish Heritage Trail is one of the projects based on the outcomes of this research).
2010: Bajka-Fairytale Project– Art and theatre workshops for Polish and Scottish children. The script for the play used Polish and Scottish fairy tales as well as songs and rhymes. Polish and English speaking children acted in the play. (20 children acting, 150 people saw the shows)
2010: Confident Careers– Career development workshops for Ethnic Minority Women delivered with Skills for Scotland, and Edinburgh Napier University. (60 women took part in total of 3 workshops)
2011: Polish Kaleidoscope– A series of public lectures and cultural events presenting different aspects of Polish modern
culture. Throughout the year, the PCFA showcased Polish contemporary cinema, design, animation, literature, urban design, history and language to a mixed Polish and Scottish audience to stimulate interest and discussion. (total programme audience 1525)
2012: Polish Food and Culture Festival– A series of culinary and cultural events. The events were designed to introduce people to the exciting flavours of Poland while giving them an opportunity to learn more about Polish culture. The series of tasting events were run alongside interesting exhibitions, movie screening and games, as well as with songs for children introducing Polish traditions of Christmas and Polish celebrations like St Andrews day . (audience 500 people)