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Dream Lights, the 2013 Kosciuszko Fesitval, was held from February 23 to 24, 2013.

The festival celebrated the best of Aboriginal, Australian, Irish and Polish cultures, inspired by the achievements of the explorer Sir Paul Strzelecki and the majesty of the mountain he named after General Kosciuszko, a renowned champion of equal rights and the liberty for humankind.

Click here to read articles about this historic event (note: opens external website).

Click here to read article about preparations for the festival (note: opens external website).

The action-packed weekend featured:

  • a special guest appearance by the acclaimed and award-winning American pianist Roy Eaton, whose concert was dedicated to the Ngarigo people, the traditional custodians of Mt Kosciuszko;
  • a piano recital by Krzysztof Malek;
  • an historical Centenary Mass on Mt Kosciuszko, celebrated by Bishop Julian Porteous, and retransmitted at the Jindabyne Bowling & Sports Club;
  • a stunning visual laser display over Lake Jindabyne on Saturday night;
  • the movie premiere of Polish Aboriginal Fraternity Flights over Mt Kosciuszko; and
  • two Gala Concerts at the Strzelecki monument, featuring:
    • the Zayazd ensemble from Gdansk, Poland,
    • the Claribel Clarinet Quartet from Lublin, Poland,
    • Olivia Kierdal, a young star from Sydney,
    • the Theatre Group “Scena 98” from Perth,
    • the Kowalski Sisters, sopranos from Sydney,
    • the Folkloric Ensemble ŁOWICZ from Melbourne,
    • the Folkloric Ensemble LAJKONIK from Sydney, and
    • Bogumiła Filip and Dariusz Plust from Sydney.

Thank you for joining us in Jindabyne and on Mount Kosciuszko!

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