Poznań International Fair celebrates 95 years of operation!

2016 is a special year for Poznań International Fair for two reasons. 95 years ago, on May 28, 1921, the first Poznań Fair was organized, which started the history of PIF. It was an important moment for the inhabitants of Poznań, for whom the Fairs have become the symbol of the city’s greatness. Today PIF, which celebrates 95 years of operations, is the most important exhibition centre in this part of Europe, which organizes events on international scale. October 26 finalized the celebration of the 95th anniversary of Poznań International Fair. The main attraction of the 9.5 Gala Senses and Elements was the first performance of the music project Poznanianki [Women of Poznań]. The Gala was opened by Przemysław Trawa, the Chairman of the Board of PIF and Tomasz Kobierski, the Deputy Chairman of the Board of PIF. The evening with over 1,400 invited guests was hosted by: Iwona Kasprzak – Ciesielska, the PIF Marketing Director and the TV presenter, Tomasz Wolny. In their speeches, the honorary guests of the Gala, including: Tadeusz Kościcki, Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Development, Konrad Szymański, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jacek Jaśkowiak, the Mayor of Poznań, and Sergey Alekseev, the President of UFI – the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, stressed the economic role of PIF and the company’s position among the European exhibition organizers. The guests of the 9.5 Gala Senses and Elements included representatives of partner trade organizations, exhibitors and visitors at Poznań International Fair, many representatives of Polish Chamber of Exhibition Industry and the inhabitants of Poznań. For the first time the guests were able to visit the new North Building of the Conference and Congress Centre. In the Conference and Congress Centre PCC PIF, they were able to walk through the Halls of: Water, Sand, Air, Fire, Crystal, which had been inspired by the elements and the nature. In each of the room the guests could enjoy artistic performances by dancers or musicians. The centrepiece of the program, the concert of the music project Poznanianki , was held in the already known Earth Hall commissioned in 2012. The most expected part of the evening, the concert of the music project Poznanianki , was specially prepared for the 95th anniversary of PIF. The project was formed by seven female artists: Aga Czyż, Ewa Jach, Kasia Klich, Ewa Nawrot, Marta Podulka, Kasia Rościńska and Kasia Wilk, who prepared eight Polish classic hits in new arrangements under the supervision of Jacek Piskorz. The singers selected the works originally performed by artists connected with Poznań – Anna Jantar, Hanna Banaszak or the Strachy na Lachy band. PIF’s anniversary also had a social dimension. Instead of flowers and gifts, Poznań International Fair encouraged the guests to support the Dzieciaki Hojraki Association [Brave Kids] which operates to the Oncology, Hematolgy and Transplantology Clinic for Children of the Poznań Medial University led by Prof. Jacek Wachowiak. The benefactors included Jan Szynaka, the President of the Board of Szynaka Meble, and his wife Anna Szynaka, who donated a voucher to the Association for furniture to equip the newly built hospital wing. Polish Chamber of Exhibition Industry wishes the Board and the employees of Poznań International Fair continued perseverance, energy and many successes!