“Łowicz,” originally named “Pawie Piora” (Peacock Feathers), is a vocal and dance ensemble formed in 1975 under the artistic direction and choreography of Mrs Krystyna Straszynski. It boasts a vibrant and enthusiastic group of Polish-Australian youth. Our driving objective is the practice and promotion of Polish folk song and dance and to cultivate the traditions of Polish folk culture to bring entertainment and unity to the wider multicultural Australian community.

Our captivating dance, rich costumes and orchestral music have mesmerised audiences for over 40 years. Łowicz regularly performs nationally, having toured to many major venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Hamer Hall in Melbourne, Federation Concert Hall in Hobart, Adelaide Festival Theatre, Perth Concert Hall, Federation Square in Melbourne and many other stages along the way.

Our very first performance was at the Fitzroy Festival of All Nations in November 1975. Throughout the years, we have performed at countless festivals and celebrations including Moomba, the Benalla Festival of Roses, and Australia Day events. Notably, we have been attending the triennial festival Pol-Art, since 1988. Pol-Art brings together Polish artists from around Australia and New Zealand to display the beauty of Polish heritage through visual and performing arts, and is a wonderful way of promoting the Polish language and culture.

Originally starting with only eight members, the ensemble has seen a surge in numbers in recent years to become the inspiring and dedicated group it is today, performing at weddings, festivals, balls and dinner dances. The group meets Mondays at 7:15 pm.

The group organizes various social activities throughout the year to ensure it’s not only a dancing ensemble but also a family, where everyone contributes, celebrates, shares with and helps each another.

Leadership

For many years the ensemble flourished, achieving greater and greater success under the tutelage and leadership of our founder, Mrs Krystyna Staszynski. When she retired in 2005, Mirosław Kuśmider took over to lead Łowicz in a new creative direction.

Mirosław, himself a former dancer and soloist of the official Folklore Vocal-Dance Ensemble “Anilana” in Łódz Poland, used his vast knowledge and creative vision to present several new and exciting dances to the ensemble.

Under his direction, Łowicz performed at the annual Polish Festival at Federation Square, attended “Mound and Mount Kosciuszko Festival” in New South Wales and danced at Pol-Art in Hobart, Adelaide and Perth. During our semi-annual “Łowicz and Friends” concerts the group danced alongside a variety of ethnic and folkloric groups.

In 2013, Teresa Ceberek commenced in the role of Artistic Director to fulfill the vision set forth by Krystyna Straszynski and Mirosław Kuśmider. Teresa, an active member of the Polish community for over 20 years and part of the Łowicz family for over 15 years contributed a number of stunningly popular choreographies to the groups repertoire – the dynamic Kaszubski, and the lovingly cheeky Polka Lwowsko/Warszawska.

In 2016, Michal Dabrowski became the fourth Artistic Director in Lowicz history and has brought his own unique style to the group with further exciting choreographies and projects planned.

Also in 2016, the group introduced a new junior troupe, our very own ‘Lowiczaki.’ The group is led by Basia Pawlik, and includes 5-12 year old budding dancers. Lowiczaki have performed at various functions and fundraisers with choreography that never fails to entertain – including ‘Wiewioreczka’ (Squirrel dance) a playful medley of Waltz, Kujawiak, Polka and Krakowiak dances; ‘Wiazanka Slaska’ (Silesian Medley), ‘Taniec Aniolow’ (Angel’s Dance), ‘Krakowiak’ and ‘Polka Staro-Warszawska’ (Old Warsaw Polka). ‘Lowiczaki’ meet each Monday at 6pm.