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Lodz Night In Brussels
2009-12-10

The guests who had arrived at Concert Noble were welcomed by the fragrance of Polish Christmas Tree and by the Mayor of Lodz, Jerzy Kropiwnicki, the host of this one and only day in the year, the Polish Christmas Eve in the capital of Belgium. Lodz Christmas Eves at the heart of the European Union have already become a tradition, they are the talk of the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions, and Brussels itself. On welcoming the guests and opening the ceremonial night, Mayor Jerzy Kropiwnicki wished the gathering happy Christmas and a good New Year. Also, he asked everyone to share the wafer ...

The guests included the ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Brussels, Sławomir Czarlewski, the Minister of Health Adam Frontczak, Lodzkie Region Governor Jolanta Chełmińska, Vice Chair of the Lodz Assembly Czesław Telatycki, councillors - Marian Papis and Jerzy Loba, MEPs - Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, Ryszard Czarnecki, and Bogusław Sonik. The ceremony was also attended by representatives of diplomatic posts, e.g.: German Ambassador Reinhard Bettzuege, Serbian Ambassador Radomir Diklić, Croatian Ambassador Boris Grigic, Belorussian Ambassador Vladimir Senko, Ukrainian Ambassador Andri Veselovsky, and Prince Michel Czetwertyński, representing the King of Belgium. As every year, the meeting was attended by the famous Polish tenor living in Brussels, Marek Torzewski with his wife and daughter. In the course of exchanging the wishes of best of luck and sharing the wafer, apart from passing across the usual cordialities, a frequently heard wish was for Lodz to be the European Capital of Culture in 2016. In the opinion of many participants of the Christmas Eve night our city deserves it.

The guest star of the night was the soloist of many world stages Aleksandra Zamojska, who with much bravado sang the most popular Polish Christmas Carols, e.g.: „Bóg się rodzi" (God Is Born), „W żłobie leży" (In The Manger), and „Przybieżeli do Betlejem" (Came To Bethlehem). The artist was accompanied by the Vivid Singers Choir conducted by Dawid Ber. Many foreign guests were surprised at the Polish participants of that unforgettable night jointly and loudly singing Christmas Carols. The attending guests also had an opportunity to see a set of films promoting Lodz in Europe and in the world. In line with the tradition, Christmas presents were handed out. Among other gifts, the guests received the CD „Gwiazdkowe kolędy" (Christmas Carols) issued by the Lodz City Council.

The night in Brussels was warmly and elegantly hosted by - known not only in Lodz -journalists Magdalena Michalak and Krzysztof Turowski. (ab)

Letter from Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament

 

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