Popular Polish rock band Lady Pank will perform at a Hull City Hall on Sunday 7, May as part of a weekend of events taking place across the country to celebrate the first ever Polish Heritage Day.
The new initiative of the Polish Embassy in London aims to invite openness, appreciation and a better understanding between the Polish community and wider British society.
Invited special guests include the Mayor of Hull, Councillor Sean Chaytor, and Polish Hull City player, Kamil Grosicki.
The performance is also timely as it takes place during the Roots and Routes the second season of UK City of Culture 2017.
The season celebrates Hull as a gateway to Europe and a place of migration and transitions.
Gosia Prochal is a presenter at UK-based Polish radio station Radio Star and co-organiser of Lady Pank’s concert. She said:
“We are really pleased that the concert of Polish rock legends Lady Pank, celebrating Polish Heritage Day, is taking place in Hull, the UK City of Culture 2017 and in the beautiful Hull City Hall.
“At Radio Star, we see the great need to strengthen relations between the Polish and British people – especially with regard to Brexit.
“We feel deeply honoured that Mayor of Hull accepted our invitation to attend the concert and we appreciate the support of Hull City Hall to promote the diversity in the city.
“By organising the Lady Pank concert, who are sometimes referred to as the ‘Polish Rolling Stones’, we want to promote Polish music and culture and contribute to the cultural life of Hull.”
The concert follows the success of Polish comedy troupe Kabaret Ani Mru-Mru, whose show at Hull City Hall last year was the first to be performed entirely in a foreign language and without subtitles in the venue’s history.
Last month, another Polish comedy group, Paranienormalni, also performed.
Janice Wincott, Hull Culture and Leisure’s Theatre and Halls Manager, said:
“With Hull being UK City of Culture 2017, there is a ten year cultural strategy in place which looks to build on the year and one of the aims of this is to increase our audience by responding to local demand.
“Events such as Lady Pank will help Hull City Hall play a key role in increasing participation in culture for all.
“Bringing new shows like this to the city not only helps us develop our audience but puts Hull City Hall at the heart of Hull’s cultural ambition by supporting the kind of quality and diversity that is needed for the arts to play an important part in Hull’s future.”
Tickets for Lady Pank at Hull City Hall on Sunday, May 7, 2017, are from £25.
Tickets are also available at the door. The concert is due to start at 6 pm. Doors open at 5 pm.
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