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 centre 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.


Latest Reviews

  • New Year's Eve 2015

    Date: 31 December 2015

    75 lecie Ogniska Polskiego zakonczylo sie bardzo udanym Sylwestrem. Po przywitaniu z Sylwestrowym koktailem Ogniska w Sali Balowej, przy muzyce fortepianu, 120 gosci zeszlo do slicznie udekorowanej restauracji na wytworna kolacje. 0 21.30 dolaczylo do uroczystosci 30 osob na tance w Sali Balowej. Towarzystwo bylo od dzieci do najstarszych. Szesnascioletnia Panna Julia zaprosila kolezanki angielki ze szkoly aby poznaly polskiego Sylwestra. Z przerwa na obfita loterie byl szampan o polnocy. Po tym byl tradycyjny zurek i goscie sie bawili do drugiej nad ranem. Pozegnali sie odspiewaniem tradycynych piosenek. View

  • The Elixir of Freedom by Michael Moran

    Date: 29 September 2015

    Michael Moran was first posted to Poland shortly after the collapse of communism, and he’s clearly grown deeply attached to the country. Born and raised in Australia, he initially felt a degree of objectivity that Europeans attempting to study Poland might not, and arrived unshackled by any preconceptions or stereotypes about the Poles. It’s interesting then to see how this relative neutrality has matured over the years into a deep fascination with and, it seems, protective love for the country. View

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Next Two Events

  • Ćwiżewicz Brothers concert

    Date: 05 May 2017

    The Virtuoso Violinists, Ćwiżewicz Brothers, play works by: Mozart, Handel-Halvorsen, Bartok, Prokofiev, Bacewicz, Birchall & Ćwiżewicz in aid of Fundacja Ex Animo im. Marii Sapiehy. View

  • Unveiling of the sculpture of Krystina Skarbek

    Date: 09 May 2017

    Krystina Skarbek a.k.a. Christine Granville, was the first woman to serve Britain as a Special Agent during the Second World War. She was honoured with an OBE, George Medal and the French Croix de Guerre in recognition of her courage and achievements. She was a patriotic Pole but chose to serve Britain when she found herself unable to return to Poland in 1939. Ognisko has commissioned a bust to be displayed in our club which has been created by conceptual artist and sculptor Ian Wolter, winner of the Venice Arte Laguna Prize 2016 and the Global Sustainability Art Prize in 2015. Clare Mulley, who has written a biography of Krystina Skarbek, 'The Spy who Loved' will be giving a short talk and we will be hosting drinks afterwards. View

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