On Saturday 9th August 2014 Barka UK celebrated its 7th Birthday. The event was held in the White House Palace of Jan Żyliński in Ealing, London. The ceremony was attended by over 100 guests. These were representatives of diplomatic institutions, entrepreneurs as well as representatives of the Polish community, artists and media. Among those present were representatives of Sami Swoi and The Polish Bakery.
The event, in addition to staff Barka UK, was attended by members of Barka Netherlands, Barka Ireland, Barka Belgium and Barka Poland. The ceremony had a promotional character and provided an opportunity to new environments to become aware of the work of Barka in the UK.
Jan Zylinski devoted a lot of attention to representatives of Barka, especially the Leaders. In his speech he said that the event moved him, and that Barka was a “special group”.
The event was accompanied by an auction conducted by actor Kamil Lemieszewski. The subjects exposed to auction were provided by Polish artists such as paitings by Piotr and Pawel Sochacki, Teresa Pisarska Markiewicz, Barbara Matuszewska Berg and Wladek Klusiewicz. The audience however was most interested in an invitation to the House of Lords for tea with Lord Roberts of Llandudno, the Patron of Barka UK.
A great impression made the presentation of Andrzej Sydoruk, Barka Leader, who shared his personal account and talked about his path from exclusion to full social and vocational integration.
Beautiful concert was played by Alice Zawadzki on the cello. Alice is a Polish artist brought up in the UK (http://www.alicezmusic.com).
On Sunday, Barka staff participated in the Holy Mass in the Polish church on Devonia Road in Angel.
Photos from the ceremony (Photo: Kuba Nowak, Lukasz Rewkowski, Monika Piotrowska)
Ewa Sadowska Barka UK CEO and Prince Jan Zylinski
Representatives of The Polish Bakery, Prince Jan Zylinski, Ewa Sadowska, Ewelina Krzysztofik from 2SistersPR and Kamil Lemieszewski