From Producer to Artistic Director
Deacon Pedro
July 17, 2016
WYDPedro
I am very excited to be taking a slightly different role for this World Youth Day. Even though I am still helping with our S+L coverage and you will see me on TV, I am going to be spending most of my time at the Mercy Centre at the Tauron Arena-Krakow, which will be the hub for English-speaking pilgrims at WYD2016. I am responsible for all the artistic programming for this Catechetical and Youth Festival site, which is a role reminiscent of my role in Toronto 2002. I think I will enjoy the change of pace, not that I'll be less busy than on previous years!
This is going to be my 5th World Youth Day. I was the Artistic Director for Toronto 2002 and then attended Sydney 2008, Madrid 2011 and Rio 2013 as part of the S+L coverage team. Even though I didn't physically attend Cologne 2005, I really feel like I lived that WYD because I was part of the team, covering the event from our broadcast centre in Toronto.
That's the beauty of what we do here at S+L. Many people cannot attend WYD and some have no desire to attend a WYD but are still interested in the event, because the experience, the messages and the spirit are nourishing to their Faith. You don't have to go to WYD to live the experience and to benefit from it; you can live the experience through Salt + Light TV.
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