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50 Years of SPK Iskry

The Polish Dance Ensemble SPK Iskry was founded in 1967 by Mr. Henryk Lorenc to mark the Centennial of Canadian Confederation. Iskry (translated into English as “sparks”) prides itself on preserving Polish culture and ethnic tradition through song and dance. One of the ensemble’s distinctive characteristics is its diversity of vibrantly coloured, hand-crafted costumes which have been imported from Poland, or have been carefully replicated in Winnipeg. Presently, Iskry’s wardrobe boasts over 15 different cosutumes depicting the numerous regions of Poland.

Iskry has had the thrill of entertaining and captivating audiences across North America and Europe with a repertoire rich in depth, ranging from the romantic Kujawiak/Oberek to the exciting and dynamic Goralski. Some highlights of Iskry’s career include performing at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Quebec and participating in the prestigious World Festival of Polish Folk Dance and Song in Rzeszow, Poland during the summers of 1993, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2011 and 2014. Members of the ensemble also had the privilege of attending a private audience with his holiness Pope John Paul II at the Vatican during their 1999 visit in Europe. At 2002 festival, Iskry became world champions after winning the Mazur Dance Competition. For their success the ensemble was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award from the city of Winnipeg by Mayor Glen Murray. The group has also had the privilege participating in the 2003 Levee for The Honourable Peter M. Liba, CM., O.M. Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. Each summer, Iskry performs for thousands of visitors at the Warsaw-Poland Pavilion – a mainstay of Canada’s multicultural festival Folklorama in Winnipeg.

VISION & MISSION

ISKRY envisions that the Polish culture and heritage is preserved, taught and appreciated by all around the world. SPK Iskry’s Mission is to preserve and showcase the Polish Culture and Folklore through traditional song and dance.

VALUES

ISKRY’s core values are:
Culture
Passion
Volunteering