A TWO day festival for a heart warming cause takes place this Saturday and Sunday – and the people of Redditch are invited.
Featuring music, dance, keep fit, face painting, parties and much more, the event, organised by the borough’s Polish community, is all in aid of their ‘Great Orchestra Christmas Charity’ (Wosp in Polish) and is one of many such celebrations taking place right across the country.
“Poland doesn’t have a National Health Service and it’s to raise money to provide health care in Poland, especially for children,” said local spokesman Frankie Prazer.
“You could say it’s the Polish equivalent of Children in Need.”
You don’t need to be Polish to take part either, with many of the performers coming from as far afield at Huddersfield and Bristol to play at the event.
“Last year was the first time we did this in Redditch and we managed to raise £5,000 and this time we’re hoping to go one better and aim for £8,000,” said Frankie, who also paid tribute to organisers Monica Sedlak and Robert Jankowski.
Held at Mettis Sports and Social Club in Batchley, the programme starts at 4pm on Saturday, January 13 with two hours of zumba fun before the bands kick in with music all the way to 11pm.
In between there will be raffle prizes on the hour every hour and traditional Polish food to enjoy.
At 12.45pm on Sunday, January 14, Borough Mayor Jenny Wheeler, joined by Councillor Bill Hartnett, the leader of Redditch Council, will re-start proceedings before a children’s party starts at 1pm.
This will be followed by more music and traditional dancing until 7pm when, in a link up with Wosp celebrations around the world, revellers will ‘light up the sky’ with sparklers.
From then on it will be music all the way, including acoustic, R’n’B, Beatles covers and much more until 11pm.
Entry on both days is free, although the zumba costs £5, and food will be available throughout,