Faces of fhe Centennial Hall

Hundred eminent guests, hundred grand events

The Centennial Hall is characterized by extremely strong magnetism. It attracts everyone equally – after all, it is the Cathedral of Democracy. We already know that it was visited by emperors, world-famous painters, politicians, scientists. In 1997, on the occasion of the 46th International Eucharistic Congress, the words of Pope John Paul II resounded inside the Hall. Thirteen years later another outstanding spiritual leader, His Holiness the 14th Tenzing Gjatso, the Dalai Lama, said under a monumental dome: “We have to remember that seven billion people living on this planet in fact are no different. We are all the same”.

Over the years, also thanks to our efforts, in the austere concrete spaces of the Centennial Hall, we have listened to the eminent guitarist Pat Metheny, incredibly charismatic pianist and composer, Herbie Hancock, legendary musicians from Deep Purple, iconic Marlena Dietrich (of course this was already some time ago, in 1966). The Hall also featured Iron Maiden, Steven Wilson, Dead Can Dance, Ennio Morricone, Joe Cocker, Alicia Keys, the symphonic Jimek and countless other equally eminent artists.

We are proud to tell you how in 2019 Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk signed her books at the traditional Good Books Fair Hall. We have hosted and continue to host opera super-productions, film screenings, basketball, volleyball and boxing matches on top. We are open. Because that is what Max Berg would want.

The Dalai Lama in the Centennial Hall