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PAF Artistic Director

Justyna Cwojdzinska

Justyna is a performer, founder and artistic director of the Polish Arts Festival. She holds M.A. in English language & literature and Diploma in Theatrical Animation. A native of Poland. She made Limerick her home for the past 14 years. Her theatre performance “Nameless” has toured in Ireland and Poland and in 2019 you can see her in the newest production “Julia”.

Justyna works closely with the Polish Embassy in Dublin and is a very active advocate of social inclusion and promotion of indigenous arts. For the work on PAF in 2016, Justyna received An Outstanding Pole in Culture award from the Polish Government, Polish Promotional Emblem Foundation TERAZ POLSKA under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland. Former Chairperson of the Irish Polish Cultural & Business Association, a Board Member of The Hunt Museum, and an ordinary member of Forum Polonia. Justyna’s energy brings people together and makes them believe “Yes, You CAN“.

CEO Ireland Poland Chamber

Tim Madden

Tim has worked closely with the Polish Community in Limerick and Ireland since 2004. A keen soccer player and supporter Tim cofounded Polonia Luimni F.C. which continues to play and integrate Polish and Irish communities. Tim’s favourite time in Poland was supporting Ireland at Euros 2012. Former Chairman of the Irish Polish Cultural & Business Association, Director of the Ireland Poland Business Association and first CHIEF Executive of the Ireland Poland Chamber of Commerce Tim was awarded an Irish Person of the Year Award by the Polish Community in Ireland and 2011 and continues to support PAF in all their marketing and sponsorship initiatives. Tim is currently Manager of the UNESCO Global Geopark at the Burren & Cliffs of Moher with Clare County Council.


Ewa Kotula

Ewa is an independent artist and choreographer. BA graduate of Cultural Activities Organizer and Manager UMCS Poland, MA graduate of Social Practice and Creative Environment LSAD. Author of projects: Performing Emotional Labor, Inner Battle, Mapping Feelings and more. Co-choreographer of project Venus. Dance Teacher in Polish School. Laureate of Outstanding Polish Person in Culture awarded by Polish Government, Polish Promotional Emblem Foundation TERAZ POLSKA – Ireland 2018. Interested in psychology of dance, and its therapeutic benefits. Recently undertaking courses in dance therapy and trauma release trough movement.


Anna Banko – Szumacher

Hailing from Kraków, Poland, Anna Banko has been living in Ireland for many years. A graduate of the Liceum Muzyczne in Kraków, Anna is an accomplished violinist and trained singer.

Anna has been the choral director for the award-winning Cantate Deo Choir based in Limerick for the last number of years. The choir, whose repertoire covers a wide range of Latin, English and Polish choral music, won first place in the Limerick Choral Festival in 2017 and recently held a successful concert in aid of Enable Ireland.

Anna has been a voice trainer of PAF’s in “In Search of Identity” Project that has received funding of Limerick City and County Council as part of Creative Ireland “Made in Limerick 2019”. Anna performs live piano and violin music during “Julia” theatre show as part of PAF 2019.


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