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Polish Folk Dance Group “Ziemia Bydgoska” to Perform at TOM

“Ziemia Bydgoska” will be coming from Poland to perform at Trinity on Main (TOM) Sept. 1 at 3 p.m.

According to Lucian Pawlak, organizer, there is a dancing group in Connecticut he was trying to get to perform in Dozynki. But, they were preparing for this group to come down from Poland and could not perform at Dozynki.

“They called me to see if this group would be available for Dozynki,” said Pawlak. “The timing was off, but they asked me if there was a place in New Britain they could perform.”

Pawlak thought of TOM. The Connecticut group checked out TOM and loved it.

“The woman who is married to the former governor (Yousef Rogalski) of the province of Kujawsko-Pomorskie is the artistic director for this group. Her sister is in the United States,” said Pawlak. “He was here for Dozynki one time. In 1999 he hosted me in Bydgoszcz, which is a City in Poland with 360,000 people, the 8th largest in Poland.”

Rogalski was governor and arranged for Pawlak to be in the front row of the papal mass.

“I invited him to Dozynki in 2000/2001 so he came here and we took him to Newport and all that stuff,” said Pawlak. “It just shows what a small world this is.”

The group dances and also plays a few instruments.

“This is an opportunity for many folks who have never seen Trinity on Main to come and sit in that beautiful hall and experience this group,” said Pawlak. “Maybe there can become a connection between TOM and Polish groups that come to New Britain.”

The group will only be in the United States for 10 days and this will be the only performance in New Britain. The group has performed in Russia, China and across the world. They are preparing to play for the Polish President.

They bring their own accompaniment and play regional music.

It is “under the leadership of Mrs El?bieta Kornaszewska, artistic supervisor and the chairwoman, ensemble takes care and popularises beautiful Polish folklore in these, such anti-folk, times,” says its website at

“Trinity on Main is such a beautiful venue, I want to help keep it alive,” said Pawlak.

It will take place Sept. 1 at 3 p.m. at TOM, 69 Main St.

Tickets cost $25 and $30 and are available at Polski Express (860-826-5477), Bernat’s Deli (413-594-8769), Polamer Travel (860-827-0239), Downtown District (860-229-0878) and Trinity on Main (860-229-2073). Tickets will also be available at the door.