Prestigious Gloria Artis Silver Medal for Ewa Pilawska

The director of Powszechny Theatre Ewa Pilawska was awarded with Gloria Artis Silver Medal. The Medal was awarded to Ms Pilawska by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage on 9 September, 2019. She was decorated with it on 8 February, 2020, by the Łódź Province governor Tobiasz Bocheński. The ceremony took place on our Small Stage after the presentation of “Shame” – the play by Marek Modzelewski, directed by Wojciech Malajkat, which opened the 26th edition of International Festival of Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant. 

The governor compared director Pilawska’s love for the theatre with Shakespeare’s Prospero (“the Tempest”) and his love for books. – Her theatre is a place for dialogue, for comparing forms, for filling them with different substance. If we talk to director Ewa Pilawska we see how modest and humble person she is and at the same time how stubborn in looking after her theatre – Tobiasz Bocheński said and added that in his opinion she really deserved the award.            

Ewa Pilawska thanked the governor and the audience. – Without our audience there would be no theatre, no festival. Thank you for so many years of our co-operation, of our exceptional partnership. Our theatre is the team and the team is superb. I could go with you to the end of the world – Ewa Pilawska said. She also thanked her family and her friends for their sopport.

Ewa Pilawska has been the Powszechny Theatre director and artistic director of International Festival of Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant. She introduced many original projects, to mention only Polish Comedy Centre, Comedywriting competition, Reading theatre for people with poor eyesight and blind or Child in a situation. Her main idea is “Theatre close to people”. She was awarded with many prestigious honours, among others Silver and Gold Cross of Merit as well as Gloria Artis Bronze Medal. She was also chosen  “The Man of the Year in Łódź”, she also received a special Golden Mask.