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  • 5 April 2019

    On Friday, 5 April, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London hosted a celebration of the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Polish club Ognisko Polskie – Polish Hearth.


    The event saw a discussion on identity and the importance of the concept of home (ojczyzna in Polish), which featured Chairman of Ognisko Polskie Jan Falkowski, Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps Alistair Harrison and writer and journalist Neal Ascherson.


    Opening the celebration, Ambassador of Poland Arkady Rzegocki said: “The club’s membership reflects the close links with our British friends. I am delighted that apart from club members we have with us two prominent British friends – Mr Neal Ascherson and Mr Alistair Harrison.”


    Among the guests at the event were club members of Ognisko Polskie and representatives of the Polish community in the UK.


    A performance of the music of Polish composers Henryk Wieniawski and Moritz Moszkowski by Ognisko Ensemble – violinists Michał and Filip Ćwiżewicz and cellist Richard Birchall – accompanied the evening.


    Ognisko Polskie – Polish Hearth is one of London’s oldest Polish clubs which today hosts a variety of theatrical, musical and other cultural events. Founded in 1939 to maintain the cohesion of the free Polish community in the United Kingdom during the Second World War, it went on to become the centre of social and cultural life for Poles living in the British Isles. It regularly takes part in Polish initiatives and national day celebrations. Its patron is His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent.


    Polish Embassy UK Press Office


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