Prof. Jacek Purchla, the co-founder of the local government and the founder and longtime director of the International Cultural Centre, which has been opening Krakow and Małopolska to the world for 30 years, was honored with the Józef Dietl Award.
The prestigious distinction has been awarded since 2008 to people and institutions working for the common good of Kraków and Małopolska and distinguished by patriotic and civic attitudes. The winners are selected by the Award Committee appointed from people with social authority in Małopolska, representatives of universities, media, local governments and companies, as well as winners of previous editions of the Award. The award ceremony was traditionally held on March 19, on Saint Joseph's Day, the saint patron of Krakow, but due to pandemic restrictions, this year's celebration is scheduled for May 27.
Prof. Jacek Purchla is an art historian and economist, an outstanding expert in cultural heritage. He is a lecturer at the Jagiellonian University and University of Economics, an active member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, head of the Institute of European Heritage, president of the Society of Friends of Kraków History and Heritage, author of over 400 scientific papers, including many books. In 1990-1991 he was the vice-president of Krakow, in 1991-2018 - the director of the International Cultural Centre which he created, in 2015-2020 he chaired the Polish UNESCO Committee, and in 2016-2017 - the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.