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W środę, 15 lipca o godz. 20.00 Stowarzyszenie Polaków w Christchurch, we współpracy z Ambasadą RP w Nowej Zelandii, zaprasza na specjalną projekcję filmu Andrzeja Wajdy "Katyń" w kinie Lumière (Arts Centre).  


Przed filmem - o godz. 19-ej spotykamy się w barze Bijou w Lumière na drinka. 


Dzięki wsparciu finansowemu The Polish Charitable and Educational Trust, wstęp na film jest bezpłatny, ale wymagana jest rezerwacja miejsca, której można dokonać w Lumière Cinemas - osobiście lub online (przy tej opcji obowiązuje drobna opłata administracyjna).


On Wednesday, 15th July at 8.00pm the Polish Association in Christchurch, in collaboration with the Polish Embassy in Wellington, invites you to a special screening of "Katyń" the film, directed by an acclaimed Polish director Andrzej Wajda at the Lumière Cinema in the Arts Centre.


Before the screening - at 7.00 p.m. - please join us for a drink at the Bijou bar at the Lumière. 


Thanks to the generous support of The Polish Charitable and Educational Trust entry is free, but bookings are required (reserved seating).  For bookings visit  Lumière Cinemas - in person lub online (there is a small booking fee for online bookings).  


When Poland was nowhere…

Centenary of Poland’s Regained Independence 1918 - 2018

Commemorative Linwood Cemetery Walk

You can do this walk when it suits you.  Just print the pdf file (for best result print on A3, double sided) and fold into an A6 pocket map.  For more information about these, and other Polish settlers, please refer to the sources named in the map. 

2018 marked the hundredth anniversary of Poland’s regained independence, one of the most important dates in the long and complex history of Poland. From 1795, throughout the next century, and until 1918 Poland found herself divided among Austria, Prussia, and Russia, and deprived of independent statehood. Poles were subject to a series of measures aimed against them, against their language and their culture, which were replaced by incremental enforcement of the language and culture of the controlling states.

The loss of Poland’s independence led to a large wave of emigration from Poland in search of freedom and a better life. Among the countries that accepted Polish migrants was New Zealand, where a small number of Polish Jews started arriving in the 1850’s and 60’s, followed by a larger group of migrants from the Prussian zone arriving from 1872 onwards. Many of them were laid to rest at Linwood Cemetery. The walk takes you to the areas of the Linwood Cemetery which are linked to the history of early Polish settlement in Canterbury.

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