OBITUARY/TRANSPORT: Funeral for Andrzej Wajda
Tomorrow afternoon at 2pm, Krakow will come together to mourn the loss of one of Poland’s greatest and most cherished film directors. Andrzej Wajda shone a beacon of hope for many, during a time when the disenchanted postwar generation was so greatly in need of both understanding and inspiration. During his lifetime, Andrzej Wajda not only revolutionized Polish cinema with his plethora of rebellious and controversial films but also gained enormous international acclaim, receiving the Palm d’Or at Cannes and an Honourary Oscar. After 90 years of art and life, tomorrow at Basilica oo. Dominicans we bid farewell to a legend. Following the Mass, the funeral procession will move towards the Salwator Cemetery (Cmentarz Na Salwatorze).
We would like to note that during this time, the following trams will undergo changes to their route:
- Lines 1, 6, 8 and 13 by ul. Westerplatte, Basztowa and Dunajewskiego
- Line 18 by ul. Westerplatte and Pawia excluding ul. Długa
- Line 20 by ul. Basztowa and Dunajewskiego
CULTURE: Future unclear for Bunkier Sztuki
Bunkier Sztuki has long been a cultural institution for Cracovians – bearing one of the few cafes which has been lucky enough to share the leafy wonderland of Stare Miasto’s Planty with the birds, the chalk-drawing children and the rollerblade clad. The underground section of the bunker is reportedly in great need of renovation due to its state of physical decay, but its location within a UNESCO area creates strict guidelines for the proposed expansion.
An architectural competition (with a first prize of PLN 70 thousand) has been held in order to form the building’s new design, and on October 14th a winner, Robert Konieczny of KWK Promes, was announced. Robert’s proposed design would move the popular outdoor café to the basement gallery, which may cause some controversy amongst its regular customers. The budget of this project will be over PLN 24 million, 85% of which is hoped will be invested by the European Union and it is expected to take up to three years to complete, beginning in 2018. [Love Krakow]
RELIGION: Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe becomes first recipient of ‘Veritis Splendor’ Award
The inaugural presentation of the Veritis Splendor award, in the name of John Paul II, was received on Monday at Theatre Słowacki in Krakow when Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe became the first ever laureate to be honoured. This distinction is accompanied by a prize of 100 thousand dollars, a silver laurel, and a diploma. She has also received the special additional present of a sewing machine, in an homage to her organization ‘Sewing Hope’. This initiative works to restore and rebuild ‘one stitch at a time’ the lives of women and children affected by political upheaval in her Ugandan Motherland . Due to her incredible work in assisting the victims of war-torn Uganda, Sister Rosemary was named in Time magazine as one of the hundred most influential people in the world.
The Regional Assembly of Małopolska Veritatis Splendor Award is to be bestowed upon a new recipient every two years. It was established this year in order to celebrate those who with hearts open to all the people of the world, are setting an example for others. This award was inspired by John Paul II’s call for ‘selfless love for others and dialogue’ in his encyclical “Veritatis Splendor”. [RadioKrakow]