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PolArt 2018 - The largest Polish cultural festival outside of Poland - NOW ON SALE
Presented by PolArt 2018 Brisbane in association with Redland Performing Arts Centre

Tickets on sale in Monday 12 November.
Experience the heart and soul of Polish culture.

PolArt is the largest and longest running national multicultural arts festival hosted in Australia and is the largest Polish cultural festival outside Poland. It is the foremost national celebration of ‘being Polish’ within the Australian context and is the only event which brings together the Polish communities of Australia and New Zealand.

With a rich 40-year history, PolArt is held every three years in capital cities around Australia. PolArt 2018 Brisbane will pay homage to the beauty of our Polish heritage through a vast array of visual and performing arts.

Over the years, PolArt has drawn crowds in the hundreds of thousands and has established a reputation for being a family friendly, community festival focusing on artistic activities that allow audiences to immerse themselves in all forms of Polish art and culture.

2018 is the 100th anniversary of Poland’s Independence, therefore PolArt 2018 Brisbane aims to present the broadest possible experience of Polish arts and culture in Australia. This remarkable national community celebration of Polish visual and performing arts will descend on Brisbane in the form of a festival of Polish dance, film, theatre, music, literature, exhibitions and community events.


For further details about PolArt 2018 visit or download their program >>

Venue: RPAC Concert Hall
Price: Adults $35, Snrs/Pens $25, Children (14 years and under) $25

Wednesday 2 January, 7–9.30pm

Bringing together 13 folkloric dance groups from across Australia and New Zealand, each concert promises to showcase the diversity and richness that is traditional Polish folkloric dancing. With 100s of performers on stage wearing dozens of beautiful regional costumes, these spectaculars are for the entire family. You will be captivated by the technique, strength, choreography and passion of dancers, as they proudly showcase their Polish background and heritage.



Venue: RPAC Concert Hall
Price: All tickets $10*
PolArt 2018 Brisbane will feature an extensive line-up of classical, contemporary and jazz musicians from across Australia and overseas. From classical to contemporary to music of Warsaw of the ’20s, there will be something to suit everyone’s taste.
 * Koncert Niepodleglosci is a free event.

KONCERT NIEPODLEGŁOŚCI - Polish Independence Concert in Australia
Friday 28 December, 7–9pm

The concert will tell about the history of Poles fighting for the freedom of other nations including: Polish- Australian brotherhood of weapons during the battles for Tobruk; participation of Australians in discharges for Warsaw 1944; Australian Walter Smith - a forgotten Warsaw insurgent; Lech Zondek - a citizen of Poland and Australia, who died during the fighting in Afghanistan; and the Australian fate of Jacek Kaczmarski.

During nine years of work on the Independence Concert, its creators developed their own musical style, which they called hybrid music. It combines the original sounds of ancient hymns and songs, with modern arrangements and instrumental compositions, using elements of classical, ethnic and electronic music, jazz, rock, reggae, blues, techno-house music, and sung poetry. These compositions also use archival recordings and the sounds of nature. More info >>

* Koncert Niepodleglosci is a free event, no ticket required.

Sunday 30 December, 1–4pm

Combining the talents of both local and international artists, this showcase of fabulous musicians and singers will take you on a journey from classical to contemporary, and everything in between. This afternoon of music will include many highlights for lovers of all types of music. An event truly not to be missed.

Sunday 30 December, 7.30–10.30pm

In 2013, the Polish Heritage Foundation first performed a concert of hybrid music ‘Project Arboretum’, in the amphitheatre on Lake Czos in Mragowo. The musical inspiration of the project is the records of old folk songs and the regional dialect, recorded by outstanding ethnographers and linguists. Other inspirations of the Project Arboretum are: nature, landscape heritage and lost civilizations of Prussians and Yotvingians, whose ancient speech is being reconstructed for the needs of the new compositions of the Project Arboretum. The archives of folk songs from the interwar period and from the mid-twentieth century complete these sources. The effect of these treatments was to develop their own style, which the creators called hybrid music, which includes source music, electronic, contemporary and jazz, as well as high culture. 



Venue: RPAC Auditorium for all events other than The Colors and Shadows of Frydryk Chopin which will take place in the RPAC Concert Hall
Price: All tickets $10
Theatre has certainly earned its spot as an integral element of the festival’s artistic schedule. During PolArt 2018 Brisbane, audiences will be treated to a special theatrical program from Polish classics and cabaret to satire – all full of emotion and heart. Eight theatre performances will be presented in the RPAC Auditorium with some performances in English.
BRANCH by Fantazja (in Polish)
Friday 28 December, 4–6.30pm
A contemporary comedy penned by screenplay writer and film director Juliusz Machulski.
Soooo "Buckle up !" to meet a typical Polish family at a reunion in a trendy hotel restaurant and experience a clash of three generations: Alicja and Kazia, who spent whole life in communistic system, Marta,Szymon and Knecht who grew up in it but adapted to "democracy" and young Nela and her Spanish boyfriend Olaf - computer, iPhone and high technology kids for whom communism is just an ancient history told by others...

SWIETOSZEK by Scena 98 Theatre (in Polish)
Saturday 29 December, 3 – 4pm

This Polish adaptation of Molière’s ‘Tartuffe’ still teaches and entertains despite the passage of time. ’Tartuffe’ is an ever-current warning against the web of lies and hypocrisy, which we are capable of both spreading and falling into. The spider spinning the web in this case is the main character, Tartuffe. The play’s humour emphasizes how easy it is to spread and be trapped in the web.

ZAZDROSC by New City Theatre (in Polish)
Sunday 30 December, 4–4.40pm

A Polish family confronted by a secret from their Mother’s past has to deal with issues of sibling rivalry, lifestyle choices (‘bohemian’ versus ‘normal’), biases, prejudices and common jealousy.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MALANIE by New City Theatre (in English)
Sunday 30 December, 5–6.20pm

Follow the story of six women from three generations. They have problems with their children, husbands, money, and even with political and environmental issues. Believing that the senior of the family has won big money in the lotto, their personal problems seem to be solved …
Author and Director: Anna Habryn. Music: Mike Burns.


Tuesday 1 January, 7.30–9.30pm

The cabaret group, Vis-à-Vis, was established in early 2011 and brings back Polish old days classical cabaret numbers mixed with contemporary humour. This show is entitled “Sex is healthy, if I recollect well…” (Seks to zdrowie, o ile mnie pamiec nie myli…) and invites you to a spectacle full of hilarious, highly entertaining and unforgettable moments.

Thursday 3 January, 4.30–6pm

The Colors and Shadows of Frydryk Chopin is a musical spectacle based on the biography of Poland’s most famous composer, Fryderyk Chopin. His life was colourful, but at the same time tragic, as he only lived for a short 39 years. This theatre piece explores his love of piano, family, friends, homeland, and women. World-renowned pianist Krzysztof Małek provide the musical backdrop for this moving tribute to a musical genius.


UCZTA MORDERCOW by Theatre Stary (in Polish)
Thursday 3 January, 7–9pm

Polski Teatr Stary presents the comedy by Andrzej Wydrzyński The Feast of Murderers. Into the stable but boring life of a bourgeois family Bill unexpectedly enters, a man alienated, a rider from nowhere, and in fact a wretch who is on the wrong side of the law.How will this visit affect the life of the whole family? What secrets will come to light during the feast of murderers? What will the characters do in the pursuit of happiness or revenge?




Venue: RPAC Concert Hall Foyer

Price: FREE entry, no booking required

Exhibition Open: Friday 28 December - Thursday 3 January during above performance times


With the spirit of our best artists, PolArt 2018 Brisbane will host the latest works of contemporary artists of Polish background/descent from across Australia. There are hundreds of Polish visual artists all over Australia and New Zealand practicing in a wide variety of artistic media including painting, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture to name but a few.
The PolArt 2018 exhibition at RPAC will open for viewing during the above performance times, with the foyer open from one hour prior to each event so you can enjoy the artworks on display before the performance you are attending.

Performance Times:
Friday 28 December - Thursday 3 January
RPAC Concert Hall and Auditorium as detailed above
Duration times are above and are subject to change.
Tickets for most events are $10 and the Folkloric Concert 'Pole Dancers Presents' $25-$35
Suit Children:
Parental guidance recommended to determine suitability for your child.
Booking Information:
You can book tickets:
  • in person at RPAC Box Office, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland
  • by phone - 3829 8131 (a $4.30 booking fee per transaction applies)
  • online 24/7 using the Buy Now link below (a $5 booking fee per transaction applies)

If you require mobility assistance please contact Redland Performing Arts Centre Box Office so that we can accommodate your needs.

On Sale

'Buy Now' links for each event is above with the event description.