Out and About: Hygge with eastern European polish

The Polish Cultural Fest presented the country’s culture through a wide variety of aesthetic and artistic events, ranging from serious informative activities such as storytelling, poem recitals and lectures to more relaxing ones like face-painting, quizzes and live performances.




“People were happy and also surprised to find out there was a celebration of Polish culture,” said the organiser Barrett Clemmensen Powell (centre left in red). “I have a special bond with Poles. When I moved from the US to study here years ago, it was always Poles who gave me hygge.”

The opening ceremony on June 11 was attended by Olga Zawadzka-Kucharska (second from the left), the cultural attaché at the Polish Embassy. In her address, she showed gratitude towards Barrett for her efforts building bridges for Poles in Denmark.


“Poles here are separated nowadays,” concurred Samanta Maria Clausten (right). “But this event is amazing, bringing the Polish community together.”

There are 30,000 Polish expats in Denmark.