Funeral of Sławomir Mrożek

Wydawnictwo Literackie, Fundacja Panteon Narodowy and the City of Krakow would like to remind that the funeral of Sławomir Mrożek will take place in Krakow this Tuesday, the 17th of September, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Peter and Paul Church. The service will be conducted by Krakow Metropolitan Bishop, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz.

The programme of the ceremony:

At 10.00 a.m., the Barbican, where the urn with Sławomir Mrożek’s ashes will be placed, will open for the public. This will be a chance for Krakow’s residents to bid farewell to Sławomir Mrożek.

At 12.30 p.m., the urn will be taken by a horse drawn hearse from the Barbican through St. Florian’s Gate to St. Peter and Paul Church (ul. Grodzka).

The funeral ceremony in the church will begin at 1.00 p.m. The service will be attended by Sławomir Mrożek’s family, friends, co-workers, as well as by representatives of state and local authorities. Other participants will be able to watch the ceremony on a large outdoor screen located in pl. św. Marii Magdaleny.

During the service, polyphonic compositions Officium Defunctorum and Missa pro defunctis by a Renaissance composer Tomás Luis de Victoria and Arvo Pärta chorale will be performed by Capella Cracoviensis’ chamber choir conducted by Jan Tomasz Adamus. The organ parts and improvisations will be performed by Cyprian Jagiełło, the organist of All Saints parish church.

The urn will be buried at Panteon Narodowy [National Pantheon], which is a burial site for the greatest Polish representatives of literature, art, culture and science. According to a decision taken by the Mayor of Krakow, Jacek Majchrowski, the sarcophagus, in which the urn is to be placed, was financed from the resources of Krakow Municipality.

The crypt in which Sławomir Mrożek’s ashes will be buried will be available to the residents of Krakow immediately after the funeral service until 6.30 p.m.

Important notice! Please, do not bring flowers nor lights.

We would also like to remind you that from Monday (the 16th of September), a condolence book will be placed for anyone who wishes to bid farewell to the writer in the main seat of the Municipal Council (pl. Wszystkich Świętych 3-4). The book will be moved to the Barbican on the day of the funeral (Tuesday, the17th of September).

Photo: The Book Institute

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