This year's International Exhibition of Church Construction, Church Fittings and Furnishings and Religious Art SACROEXPO was held in Targi Kielce from 20 to 22 June 2016. SACROEXPO has featured the awarding ceremony of the Pontifical Council for Culture's Medal "Per Artem at Deum" - Through Arts to God.
The Medal Chapter presided over by Fr. Bishop Marian Florczyk PhD has resolved that Antonina Krzysztoń, Arvo Pärt and Arnaldo Pomodoro will be included in the Medal fellowship.
The Per Artem ad Deum gala awarding ceremony was held in the Targi Kielce Congress Centre's OMEGA Hall. The memorable and beautiful thoughts expressed at the ceremony will go down in history. Antonia Krzysztoń - a Polish singer, songwriter and composer personally received the award; at the ceremony she could not conceal her emotions.
- The first word that comes to mind is gratitude (...) I am grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to sing, for the fact that on my way of life I have met so many wonderful people - said Antonina Krzysztoń during the ceremony.
At this year's ceremony we did not have the chance to meet Arvo Pärt on stage. Arvo Pärt is another Medal laureate - the Estonian composer of choral and instrumental music assured us that he will join the Medal awarding ceremony next year. With the courtesy of the centre which cares for Arvo Pärt's heritage, the audience saw the film which features Arvo and his perceptive over music.
This year's third laureate of the Per Artem ad Deum Medla sent his address to the audience The letter reads - I believe in this complex and chaotic period, in the times of liquid modernity and social uncertainty we need to find an authentic dimension of humanity filled with the deepest spiritual values". He also added that " the idea of spirituality is essential in art " .
The Per Artem ad Deum gala awarding was also the opportunity to award SACROEXPO medals of honour - Honorary Medals of HE Primate Cardinal Józef Glemp, the Medal of Polish Primate Archbishop Wojciech Polak, and the Medal of Kielce Bishop, HE Jan Piotrowski and the annual award of Council for Culture and Cultural Heritage Protection of the Polish Bishops' Conference - the PER AD ARTEM Excelsis Medal.
The awarding ceremony culminated with Antonina Krzysztoń's live concert. Almost 400 people gathered in the OMEGA Hall - they savoured one of Poland's most beautiful voices. "The Pearl Boat", "Brightness Shines in the Darkness" or "Canola Honey" - these are just some of the song titles.
Upon leaving the concert hall guests expressed their gratitude for being able to participate in this cultural event.