About the Group

The Polish-Scottish Song and Story Group was co-founded by Professor Ian Russell and Agnieszka Waszkiewicz in early 2011. Since then, the group has become a unique hub for cultural exchange between locals and the city’s largest foreign-born community, while also acting as a catalyst for research. The group is hosted and coordinated by the Elphinstone Institute in partnership with local community members.

Polish-Scottish Group members singingThe group's principal aims are to:

  • foster exchange and dialogue between Polish residents of Aberdeen and other residents (Scottish-born or otherwise) in the city and shire;
  • promote the University of Aberdeen as a leader in community engagement;
  • encourage university research within the wider community.

The group has been supported by the Consulate General of the Republic Of Poland, the Friends of the Elphinstone Institute, Scottish Culture and Traditions (SC&T), and the University of Aberdeen's Vice-Chancellor's office.