Big Polish-only Family Picnic

This is an interesting poster. The only ‘English’ on it is “Big Family Picnic”, plus the name of the major attraction and park in Southport where it would be held.  Even the days of the event are in Polish.

Now, I find this odd.

How come posters/leaflets for every event in Merseyside gets re-translated into at least 20 different languages except for this one?

It was kept to the Polish community only.  Why?

The event itself was fun and consisted of plenty of big muscle-bound men pulling cars with their teeth, lots of food and excessive drinking.  The PA played only Polish music, and the announcements were only in Polish.  The attendees were predominantly Polish.  Was this because there was no advertising in other languages?

I can only assume that the intentions of the organisers were to keep the event racist in nature, designed to exclude others who were not from the chosen racial group.  If this was the case, why did the local council allow such an event to occur?

Yes, I attended, and as one of the only English people there I felt no level of intimidation.  I work and banter with Polish people, can vaguely meet and greet in their impossible to pronounce language (which is so difficult it is actually worse than Scouse) and would hope that some of them would consider me to be their friend.  The people I spoke to when asking for translations or help to understand who was who in the main strongman ring were kind and understanding of my ignorance, also feeding me and inviting me to spend time with them and their families despite having never met me before.

Some families were indeed picnicking on the grass, others were on the adjacent beach where the more drunk were dangerously racing around doing handbrake turns on a large area of the sand, and driving their family cars at each other playing chicken to see who would turn away first.  Scary, breaking all the laws and Health and Safety regulations, but actually really fun to watch despite no crashes or deaths.

Over the course of the afternoon that I was there I noticed a lot of the English locals looking on from afar, feeling shut out and excluded.  Plus, of course there was no literature in their language to explain what the heck the thousands of Polish people were doing there.  Neither, it seems, was there anything in the appropriate languages for the occasional Asian originating Muslim families walking hurriedly by.

Again, I have to ask why in this multi-cultural society where I am not allowed to put up warning notices in English only, was this event allowed to be publicised in Polish only?

I think we should be told.

Do zobaczenia, innit.

One comment

  1. It's one rule for the indigenous population, and a completely different rule for all the foreigners. They come over here and take all our jobs in the first place, now they are taking our language. It's an outrage.

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