A scene from the last year's picnic, photo: press materials
This year's festival is going to be bigger and better than its first 2009 edition, boasting an ever expanding programme of events

It includes the very first performance in England of Polish folk band St Nicholas Orchestra at the Polski Picnic in Priory Park; a live football match 'Iran versus Poland'; art exhibitions, circus & football workshops, 30 Bird Productions' performance of Poland 3 Iran 2 (fresh from the Edinburgh Festival), and a series of art projects and a jazz concert led by the Deconstruction Project. Plus a special show from the Polish Lajkonik and Teatr Lalek that features giant puppets.

The repertoire also includes free Polish Film Screenings at the TAP Galleries (The Old Water Works in Southend-on-Sea), with some of the most interesting films from Poland including Khosrow Sinai's Lost Requiem, shown as part of the 'Chodzenie - Siberia' project. "The Lost requiem" tells the story of Polish men, women and children who were brought to Iran during World War 2. It centres around the story of one Polish family in Tehran and follows the lives of Polish children who were sent to New Zealand after the war.

Polish Short Films program will present a collection of Polish short films by directors from Sopot and Tricity (Sopot, Gdańsk, Gdynia). The films have been selected by the Sopot Film Festival and were originally shown as part of the Southend Film Festival.

Polish Arts Festival is supported by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Arts Council England, East, and the Polish Cultural Institute. It is produced by Hungry Arts.

For more information visit www.polishartsfestival.co.uk