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Christian Culture Festival
November 18, 2009   
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The annual Festival of Christian Culture was held in Lodz for two weeks in November for the 13th time. The festival comprised 27 events featuring performers from 17 countries, including shows by artists from Japan, Trinidad and Israel. The festival events attracted an audience of 10,000.

Admission to the festival is free, but the number of seats is limited. People stand in line all night to collect the free tickets, because the festival gives them an opportunity to attend some top-shelf events that they might not otherwise be able to afford to attend.

"We always admit viewers without tickets whenever there are seats left," said Fr. Waldemar Sondka, the organizer of the festival and the founder and director of the Logos Theater.

As usual, the festival program consisted of a wide range events and acts hand-picked by Sondka, from theatrical performances to music concerts to exhibitions. The festival featured intriguing theaters from across Poland and musicians playing diverse music genres and styles.

Four years ago, the Festival of Christian Culture became a member of a global network of religious music festivals, thus becoming an international event.

The Festival of Christian Culture attracts top international artists. In previous years, festival guests included world-famous Polish-born saxophonist Jan Garbarek, the Kingdom Choir of Britain, which gave a breathtaking gospel concert, and the Plain Chant group from France.

This year, the festival featured the Morphing Vienna Chamber Orchestra from Austria, the Sirin group from Russia, which performed medieval religious songs, and Rabih Ablu Khalil from Lebanon, playing meditation music.

Despite previous announcements by Sondka that this year's festival would be the last one, Lodz is getting ready for next year's event. "I'm addicted to this festival and perhaps I will carry on until the 15th one," Sondka said this year.
Maria Sondej
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