Poles Aloud Show – 3rd & 5th May

Three days of celebrations in a row, how decadent! Poland is inundated with national feasts at the beginning of May and we’re going to look at them in detail. Find out how Poland commemorates its Constitution Day (first constitution in Europe and second in the world!), why do so many Poles wave their flag on second of May and what do they do on May the first.

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We’re also going to catch up with Jerzy Byczynski, the co-ordinator of British Poles campaign, who encourages more Poles living in the UK to get involved with the local politics and have their say.

Thursday 7th May – don’t forget that date, it’s time to cast your vote in the general election. Make it count.

And as usual the recent headlines form Poland, look at weird and wonderful news from around the world and teaching you a word or two of Polish.

Love films? Interested in seeing some Polish classics? You don’t need to go all the way to London, the films will come to the cinema near you – Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema is visiting Bristol on the following dates (Cube cinema):

Innocent Sorcerers (Niewinni czarodzieje) 10/5/2015
The Saragossa Manuscript (Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie) 17/5/2015
Pharaoh (Faraon) 24/5/2015
Mother Joan of the Angels (Matka Joanna od aniolów) 31/5/2015
Blind Chance (Przypadek) 28/6/2015

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Poles Aloud Show – 26th & 28th April 2015

On the show today, we’re talking about the importance of your vote in the upcoming elections and looking at how the Polish community gets involved in the discussion on immigration. We spoke to Jerzy Byczynski, the co-ordinator of the British Poles campaign, who explained the reasons behind the drive and how you can find out what your local MPs stand is on the Polish and immigration issues.

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We’re also looking at the winners of Fryderyki 2015 – an equivalent of Brit and Classic Brit Awards – and sharing our thoughts and feelings on “Ashes and Diamonds” as part of the Kinoteka Film Festival.

Love films? Interested in seeing some Polish classics? You don’t need to go all the way to London, the films will come to the cinema near you – Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema is visiting Bristol on the following dates (Cube cinema):

Knife in the Water (Nóz w wodzie) 3/5/2015
Innocent Sorcerers (Niewinni czarodzieje) 10/5/2015
The Saragossa Manuscript (Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie) 17/5/2015
Pharaoh (Faraon) 24/5/2015
Mother Joan of the Angels (Matka Joanna od aniolów) 31/5/2015
Blind Chance (Przypadek) 28/6/2015

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Bradley Stoke Radio (BSR) – every Tuesday at 1pm (103.4 FM), repeated Sundays at 1pm.

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Poles Aloud Show – 19th & 21st April 2015

Following Magda’s trip to The Big Smoke last weekend, we’re going to bring you some of the highlights from the Kinoteka Polish Film Festival. From poster’s exhibition, through to Oscar nominated documentaries and finishing off with a real treat for cinema lovers; Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. We spoke to Marlena Łukasiak, the festival’s organiser about the origin of the festival and its development into one of the biggest film events in London. We also caught up with one of the acts, The Kissinger Twins, who delivered a fascinating presentation on interactive story telling (cinematic labyrinths).

Love films? Interested in seeing some Polish classics? You don’t need to go all the way to London, the films will come to the cinema near you – Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema is visiting Bristol on the following dates (Cube cinema):

Ashes and Diamonds (Popiól i diament) 19/4/2015
Knife in the Water (Nóz w wodzie) 3/5/2015
Innocent Sorcerers (Niewinni czarodzieje) 10/5/2015
The Saragossa Manuscript (Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie) 17/5/2015
Pharaoh (Faraon) 24/5/2015
Mother Joan of the Angels (Matka Joanna od aniolów) 31/5/2015
Blind Chance (Przypadek) 28/6/2015

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We also bring you the recent headlines form Poland, look at weird and wonderful news from around the world and teach you a word or two of Polish.

Somer Valley FM – every Sunday at 5pm (97.5 FM)

Bradley Stoke Radio (BSR) – every Tuesday at 1pm (103.4 FM), repeated Sundays at 1pm.

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Poles Aloud Show – 12th & 14th April 2015

In the first part of the show we’re talking about the anniversary of the Smolensk plane crash (10-04-2010) and explain why all the Polish elite was flying over to Katyn. This tragedy initially united the Poles, but just few weeks after the mourning the opinions on Russians’ involvement and conspiracy theories divided the country till this day.

We’re going to hear from Anna, born and brought up in the UK to Polish parents and Paul, a teenager who came over to Britain after 2004, as they share their views and feelings on the Smolensk plane crash (the interviews were recorded a few days after the tragedy, in 2010).

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Polish symbols and traditions – we’re adding another one to this rich and expanding list and this time it’s white stork (bocian). They’ve been known in the Polish folk culture for centuries and we’re looking at some of the myths and legends behind this Polish icon. Check out the village where there are more white storks than the locals. “One in four (storks) is Polish”, we’re looking behind the statistics to reveal sad truth about the declining number of white storks in Poland.

Polish presidential elections – Sun 10-05-15, link to the voters’ registration and venues where you can vote across the UK.

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Poles Aloud Show – 5th & 7th April 2015

Happy Easter everyone! On the show this week we’re concentrating on Polish Easter traditions: Easter basket & food blessing, guards around the tomb and of course the craziest of them all – buckets of water for the Wet Monday.

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And all that with our usual blocks “World Weird Web” and “Polish for beginners”.

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Poles Aloud Show – 29th & 31st March 2015

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Some weekend highlights on the show: daylight saving time – goodbye to an extra hour of sleep, windy weather in the West illustrated with Andrzej Piaseczny’s song “Against the wind” and Palm Sunday traditions in Poland. Check out the video below to see some incredible examples of Polish palms.

And all that with our usual blocks “World Weird Web” and “Polish for beginners”.

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Bradley Stoke Radio (BSR) – every Tuesday at 1pm (103.4 FM), repeated Sundays at 1pm.

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Poles Aloud Show – 22nd & 24th March 2015

Spring has finally arrived! We’re looking at Polish traditions of spring cleaning, Marzanna doll and Easter eggs painting (Pisanki).

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We also bring you the recent headlines form Poland, look at weird and wonderful news from around the world and teach you a word or two of Polish.

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Bradley Stoke Radio (BSR) – every Tuesday at 1pm (103.4 FM), repeated Sundays at 1pm.

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Poles Aloud Show – 15th & 17th March 2015

In Britain we celebrate the Mothering Sunday on 15th March this year, in Poland it’s still a while to go before the chocolates and flowers are handed out to mums – Dzień Matki is an annual affair always celebrated on 26th May. Much better weather prospects 😉

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Today we’re going to introduce you to a Polish phrase “Matka Polka” (Mother Poland) and try to explain its ambivalent connotation in the Polish language and social life.

Another important date in May this year is Saturday 23rd May – the finale of the Eurovision Song Contest, we can’t wait! Seriously. So, we’re going to discuss the English and Polish entries for this year and what chances they have for a victory (let’s hope better than last year).

All that with our standard blocks “World Weird Web” & Polish for beginners and plenty of music – stay tuned.

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Poles Aloud Show – 8th & 10th March 2015

Happy Women’s Day! You don’t know what Women’s Day is or how it’s celebrated in Poland? You’re definitely missing out – tune in to today’s show to find out what tights have to do with the Polish celebration of Women’s Day and what was Marie Curie’s real name.

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We’re also looking at profiles of some famous Polish women, known in the world and also those known only in Poland. All that with our standard blocks “World Weird Web” & Polish for beginners.

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Poles Aloud Show – 1st & 3rd March 2015

resizeWe’re celebrating the Polish victory at the recent Oscars – congratulations to the crew & team behind “Ida“. But if you thought that every Polish person was happy about “Ida’s” successful night, think again! We’re going to discuss the Polish reaction to the well deserved award.

Also on the show, we’re looking at the controversial decision of stopping A-level Polish exams by AQA from 2018. What other options are there for anyone hoping to formalise their Polish language skills?

Read and sign the petition calling for AQA & Ofqual to reconsider their decision.

We also bring you a mix of headlines from current events back in Poland and some great selection of Polish tunes.

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