Poland and Krakow celebrated in Sochi!
The 9th of February was a white-and-red Sunday at the Winter Olympics in Russia. Before Kamil Stoch became an Olympic Champion, the stage of the Winter Theatre in the centre of Sochi resounded with Polish music. On stage, the most praised city was... Krakow!
The symphonic concert held on Sunday (9th February) at the Winter Theatre in Sochi was under the patronage of Poland’s First Lady Anna Komorowska. Compositions of Krzysztof Penderecki, Grażyna Bacewicz and other composers were performed at the concert.
During the ceremony Yuri Bashmet – ranked among Russia’s most prominent conductors and musicians, received an Honoris Gratia award handed to him by Deputy Mayor of Krakow Magdalena Sroka. Yuri Bashmet praised the beauty of Krakow, the city’s hospitability to artists and love for music.
The concert was organized by the Polish Olympic Committee chaired by Andrzej Kraśnicki and the Ludwig van Beethoven Society chaired by Elżbieta Penderecka. Among the guests attending the event were Deputy Head of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland Minister Sławomir Rybicki and numerous IOC members with the former Olympic champion Irena Szewińska, the head of the delegation.
On the same day, the exhibition ’The Krakow of Penderecki, the Tatras of Szymanowski’ was opened at the Zimny Theatre in Sochi. The exhibition will be available to visitors until the end of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The beauty of Krakow and the charms of the Tatras are featured at the exhibition. Both the concert and the exhibition were part of the Cultural Olympics, i.e. events accompanying the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi (only a few of all the countries participating in the Olympic Games organize such events). The concert was also an opportunity to present Krakow’s efforts to host the Winter Olympics in 2022. Visitors could also see the exhibition ’Dreams Come True’ presenting Krakow as the Applicant City.
On Monday (10th February) at 8:20 pm local time, representatives of Krakow participated in the ceremony in which Kamil Stoch was awarded an Olympic gold medal. They also took part in the working sessions of the Observation Programme, concerning logistics and transport during the Olympics.