Welcome to Ognisko Polskie

Ognisko Polskie was founded in 1939 to maintain the cohesion of the free Polish community in the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Following the war Ognisko Polskie became the center of social and cultural life for the Polish community in exile. It has served since to provide a home for Poles to meet and build friendships, as a place where Polish culture and history is kept alive and Polish identity and independence maintained.

In the 21st century Ognisko Polskie aims to continue to be a Centre of Polish life in the United Kingdom, where members can maintain and strengthen their relations with each other and the wider community, promote Polish culture through hosting events, supporting education and arts and providing a place where Polish generosity and warmth can be extended to all.

We are pleased to announce that Ognisko Polskie will develop a national Centre of Excellence to initiate, promote, implement and support the activities in the field of Culture and the Arts.

We will hold exhibitions, meetings, lectures, classes and seminars both alone or with others. We will gather artists, critics, art lovers, representatives of the academic world and of those working in the cultural sphere both in UK and abroad.

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Latest Reviews

  • New Year's Eve 2014

    Date: 31 December 2014

    After an absence of a few years, the New Year’s Eve Dance has finally returned to Ognisko ! As Iwo Zaluski of the group Domino writes in his memoirs: - the Polish London of the 60’s and 70’s had two big events, the Dozynki at the Hilton and the New Year’s Ball at Ognisko.... The New Year’s Eve Party was organized by Topaz, the Society of Polish Graduates and Professionals, as a fundraiser for Ognisko. The profit made was £2,300. View

  • Ognisko's Christmas Party 2014

    Date: 06 December 2014

    Ognisko's Christmas Party 2014 View

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Next Two Events

  • Monthly Members' Evening 12

    Date: 02 February 2015

    We are happy to announce the latest of our monthly Members’ Evenings. They take place on the first Monday of every month and will incorporate an interesting event, followed by a buffet with wine. At the moment we are very fortunate in being able to offer the ‘Musical Moments’ series of concerts to start those evenings. This month Glenda Allaway will be playing harp. View

  • Exhibition of Polish painters: Podlasie Impresions

    Date: From 09 February 2015 to 21 February 2015

    The main inspiration that artists have in common is the nature — especially, as in this case, the nature of the Podlasie landscape and the diverse population of that region. But nature shown on their pictures is by no means a copy of the landscape they see. It is merely a pretext. In some instances nature is idealized, in others — by invoking old masters — it is a€highly mystic surrealism, some other time it becomes a passionate expression or it approaches abstraction. View

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