Biograms

PROGRAMMING COUNCIL

Krzysztof Czyżewski
Head of the Congress programming Council. Practitioner of ideas, culture animator, actor, poet, essayist. Initiator and President of the Borderland Foundation, director of the Borderland of Arts, Cultures, Nations Centre. President of HALMA – the European Network of Literary Centres, Ambassador of the International Centre for Dialogue in Krasnogruda. He was a member of Cultural Council to the President, Council for Culture of UNESCO Poland. So far he has received many prestigious awards in Poland and abroad. In 2010−2011, he was Artistic Director of the Lublin 2016 European Capital of Culture Candidate programme.

Vahram Aghasyan
Painter, photographer, graphic designer, New Media expert. During 1989-1993 studied in Yerevan College of Arts, and in 1999 graduated Yerevan Academy of Fine Arts. In 1990s, he was as a freelance graphic designer, then member of the editorial staff of the Garoun monthly. In 2000−2003, he taught art subjects at school. Since 2006 he has been lecturing in an art college being part of the “mkhitar sebastaci” educational complex.

Oleksandr Butsenko
Director of the Development Centre – Democracy through Culture in Kyiv, adviser of the Committee on Culture of the Ukrainian Parliament, Member of the European Cultural Parliament. He also operates as an independent expert on cultural policies issues, author of essays and analysis prepared for the Ukrainian Parliament and Council of Europe. He is the initiator of government programs linked with the third sector and creative industries as well as of a set of international projects related to local communities culture-based development. Author, translator, editor-in-chief of the information bulletin “Dialogue”.

Jean Pierre Deru
Director of the Association Marcel Hicter pour la Démocratie Culturelle, Director of the European Diploma in Cultural Project Management. He is teaching at the Faculté Ouverte de Politique Economique et Sociale at the University of Louvain and holds a Ph. D in Law. Member of various European cultural networks including Oracle, the European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC) and the European House for Culture. He organizes many cultural cooperation projects all over Europe and in Africa with a wide range of local partners.

Milena Dragićević-Šešić
Head of UNESCO Chair in Interculturalism, Art Management and Mediation, former rector of University of Belgrade. Professor of Cultural Policy and Cultural Management, board member of ELIA, president of the Council of European Diploma in Cultural Project Management managed by the Foundation Marcel Hicter in Brussels, member of Art & Culture Subboard of OSI, published 14 books and over 100 essays; Cultural Policy and Management expert; implemented over 50 cultural policy and management projects in Europe and Asia.

Tarlan Gorchu
Artist, stage designer, theatre director. His unusual computer graphics and freehand art works are inspired by Arab alphabet. He participated in numerous art exhibitions in Azerbaijan and abroad. In 2009, he represented Azerbaijan at the 53th Venice Biennale, took part in the Third Moscow biennial of contemporary art and had a personal exhibition in Zurich. Founder and director of the Baku Puppet Theatre and TUTU Children’s Centre of Culture in Baku.

Witek Hebanowski
Sociologist. Founder and President of The Other Space Foundation, co-founder & Vice-President of The NGO Caribbean Development Foundation. Initiator of International Letter Writing Marathon of Amnesty International. Trainer & facilitator conducting workshops in Europe, Caucasus & Asia, the Caribbean & South America. Co-organizer of the Transkaukazja festival, coordinator of development aid and artistic projects. Participant of international election observation missions in Azerbaijan (2003) and Ukraine (2004), cooperates with the TOK fm radio station.

Andrei Khadanovich
Poet, literary scholar and critic, writer and translator. French Philology graduate, lecturer at the Minsk University since 1997. President of the Belorussian PEN Club since 2008. Author of poetry volumes Lysty z-pid kowdry (in Ukrainian translation, Kyiv 2002), Staryja werszy (Minsk 2003) and Listy z-pad koudry (Mińsk 2004), the selection of poetry From Belarus with Love (Kyiv 2005), poetry volumes Sto li100y na tut.by (Mińsk 2006) i Berlibry (Мińsk 2008). Author of a volume of Belarusian limericks. A selection of his poems in Polish translation was published in 2006.

Levan Khetaguri
Professor and Director of the Arts Research Institute of Ilia State University. Member of different international institutions and scientific boards. He has served as the organizer of various cultural programs: seminars, conferences, festivals. Secretary General of ITI Georgian National Center and Director of the European Theatre Research Institute in Georgia. Author of numerous books and papers. Member of the advisory board of the cultural program of the European Union. He conducts workshops and master classes and gives lectures in the field of cultural policy and cultural management.

Rafał Koziński
Creator of Culture, City Artist, explorer of cultural codes of the East in the Western Europe. Founder of festivals such as “ZdAErzenia”, “Theatrograf”, founder and coordinator of the Night of Culture, creator of the programme of cultural cooperation “Trans_Mission_Lublin_Ukraine”, co-producer of numerous Polish-Ukrainian artistic projects and festival (“L² – Culture to the Power of Two”, Week of Contemporary Art, Jazz Bez, Fort Missia, “Ukrainian Art – The Power of Art”). President of the Polish-Ukrainian Trans Kultura Foundation.  He was awarded the European Commission’s “Gold Star of Partnership” (2006) and the Artistic Award of the City of Lublin (2008).

Iryna Magdysh
Animator and cultural manager, initiator and author of numerous cultural projects in Lviv, including international initiatives. Editor and blogger of the Independent Cultural Magazine “Ji”, in the previous years Artistic Director of NGO Museum of Ideas. Recently she became deputy director of the department of culture of the Lviv City Council, and is engaged in the works on creating the city’s strategy of cultural development until 2025.

Larisa Turea
Writer, playwright, journalist and art critic. Member of Moldovan Literaty Union, Theatrical Association and Francophone Press Association. Redactor of the “Moldova Socialista” magazine, president of the AICT/IATC Moldova Section. Between 1992-1194 Vice-Minister of Culture, between 1994-1997 member of the Cultural Committee of the European Council. She participated in Remarque Institute Visitors programme at New Yourk University, holder of the French Government scholarship in the “Courant d’Est” programme.

MODERATORS, PANELISTS, COORDINATORS AND FACILITATORS OF THEMATIC AXIS

Asmer Abdullayeva
Art critic, Ph.D., senior teacher of Azerbaijan State Art Academy, culture mass events senior specialist at the Science and Culture Centre, coordinator of a joint project “Icherisheher Center of Traditional Arts” run by the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts of Great Britain and the “Icherisheher” State Historical-Architectural Reserve. Project initiator and developer. Co-organizer of the “Maiden Tower” International Art Festival (Baku 2011, 2012).

Robert Alagjozovski
Skopje-based free lance writer, researcher, cultural manager, art and culture critic, translator. Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Economy, Skopje University. Author of four books and dozens of studies in Philology, Film and Cultural Policy. President of the Oracle network of European cultural managers and trainer at the Marcel Hicter’s European Diploma in Cultural Project Management. He has been involved in many culture and youth projects on cultural decentralization, interculturalism, regional or international cooperation.

Mariana Assenova
Journalist, cultural and educational manager, producer. Co-organizer of Goat Milk festival of memories, project manager of Sofia Contemporary arts festival. Recent projects: “SPIRIT – Stara Panina Inspiring Rural and Intercultural Tourism” (2013), “The Abandoned Northwest – a parallel tourist tour” (2011), “Beyond the bridge – the secret story of Roma fairytales” (2010). In her work, she explores how arts, culture, civic education and IT can change the non-creative atmosphere in classrooms and how the art’s “languages” can be used in the process of teaching.

Edgar Bąk
He specializes in the widely understood visual communication. In graphic design he avoids author’s gestures. He surrenders to the tool and draws from its specific character. He cooperates on regular basis with Warsaw’s Nowy Teatr, magazine WAW and Cracow’s Month of Photography. In Poznań’s School of Form he holds lectures on architecture of information and typography. Winner of numerous awards, among others from Ad Creators Club, Association of Polish Graphics Designers, Chimera and Society of Publishing Designers in New York.

Lukáš Berberich
Culture manager, music promoter, cinephile. As a student he established with his friends a legendary Cinefil art-house cinema in Košice. He worked in London and Prague, but came back to Košice where he has been involved in the activity of the Tabačka Kulturfabrik independent cultural centre since 2010. Co-founder and head of the independent music label Exitab. Art director of the Moonride festival of contemporary arts, involved in many local and international projects dealing with film, theatre, music and visual arts.

Piotr Celiński
Digital media theorist and author, culture animator, assistant professor at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland. Books: “Interfaces. Digital technologies in communication”; “Postmedia. Digital code and data bases”, “Cultural codes of digital technologies” (Lublin 2011), “Mindware: The technologies of dialogue” (Lublin 2012).

Anna Chistoserdova
Co-owner, art director, curator, manager of projects at “Y” Gallery of Contemporary Art, Minsk. Graduate of the Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship in Minsk (2004). She read theory and practice of contemporary art at the European Humanities University in Vilnius. Co-founder of “Podzemka” gallery in Minsk and its art director and curator in 2004−2009. Curator, manager, coordinator, participant of many international art projects.

Weronika Czyżewska
Facilitator of the “The Culture of New Competencies” at the Congress, she is associated with the Borderland Foundation. Currently, she is the coordinator of, among other, an international project “The Borderland School” addressed at animators of culture from the Eastern Partnership countries. PhD student at the Faculty of History at the University of Warsaw. Head of the research project “Irena and Tadeusz Byrscy Archive” funded by the Foundation for Polish Science (2008-2009). Individual tutorial in theatre studies in the Scientific Association Collegium Invisibile (2006-2010).

Vuk Ćosić
Internet veteran and internationally aclaimed classic of internet art. Cofounder of the Ljubljana Digital Medialab and of the consultancy Case Sensitive. Leader of project teams for key projects in Slovenian Internet. Subject of numerous BA, MA and PHD works, media coverage as well as key publications on new media published by MIT press, Thames & Hudson, Tate, Taschen, Baltic etc.

Anna Danilewicz
Culture animator and manager, Head of the Education and Exhibitions Department in the Army Museum in Bialystok. Cooperates with Association Marcel Hicter in Brussels and other independent projects. Completed the European Diploma for Cultural Projects Management and the International Seminary for Cultural Operators of NCK (Poland), gained scholarships of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in 2013 in the field of cultural management. Coordinator, co-organizer of a number of projects including History and Theatre HIT, Backpack History, Life Mission Bialystok CALM, Cultural Bridges.

Sanjin Dragojevic
Professor at University in Zagreb, Croatia. Teaches there Cultural Policy, Cultural Management, Mass media Politics, Communication and Mediation.

Michał Fronk
Architect engineer, M.A. in the landscape architecture, research assistant at the Civil Engineering and Architecture Faculty of the Lublin University of Technology, member of e_kolektyw group.

Paweł Frelik
Assistant Professor in the Department of American Literature and Culture, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University and a visiting lecturer in the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw. His main research and writing interests include fantastic visualities, videogames, and transmedia narratives. Together with Piotr Celiński and Radosław Bomba, one of the founders of the Video Games Research Center at MCSU, which will open in late 2013.

Marek Golonko
Facilitator of the “Socially Engaged Culture” thematic axis. He is associated with the Polish-Ukrainian-Belorussian borderland, socio-cultural animator and activist. Vegan, bicycle enthusiast, interested primarily in the correlation culture/society/nature, visual arts, experimental and independent cinema as well as activities in the urban/non urban spaces.

Karol Grzywaczewski
Graphic designer working in the field of design of books, folders, posters and other printed forms. In his professional career he combines the pleasure with the reality working for cultural institutions, yet not avoiding commercial commissions. In his free time he is the “weakest link” out of the three members of DJ collective “Słabi Prezenterzy” (“Weak Presenters”), trying to get recognition away from graphic programmes.

Ludwig Henne
Freelance cultural manager with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe. Representative of the Robert Bosch Cultural Managers network. His projects include work for the Robert Bosch Stiftung, international NGO´s and galleries. He read Cultural Studies and Communication and Media Studies at the University of Leipzig. Since 2000, he worked as a board member in various local and international cultural associations such as the Leipziger Hörspielsommer, the Kunstverein Leipzig, and the artist-in-residence program “blumen.”

Łukasz Jasina
Assistant professor in the Institute of Journalism and Social Communication of the Catholic University of Lublin, columnist and the head of the Eastern department of the „Liberal Culture” magazine, historian, film expert, publicist and commentator. He is a holder of scholarships of, among others, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, The Lanckoroński Foundation and Kościuszkowski Foundation.

Paweł Jaworski
He represents the “Napraw Sobie Miasto” Foundation (“Fix your city”). Philosopher and architect by education, in his professional work he deals with spatial planning. He prepares and conducts project workshops based on participation methods. Board Member of the Society of Polish Town Planners Katowice Branch. He cooperates regularly with “Autoportret” magazine published by the Małopolska Institute of Culture. He has planted a tree, yet he will never build a house. A fanatic enthusiast of living “in the blocks” and city centres. He suffers from intellectual ADHD and answers most of the questions with further questions.

Peter Johnsson
Publicist and correspondent of the Nordic media in Poland and Eastern Europe. A historian by education. Author of books about Poland published in Sweden and Finland. He cooperates with Baltic Worlds magazine, Scholary Journal published by Centre for Baltic and East European Studies at the Sodertorn University in Stockholm. www.peterjohnsson.eu

Otar Karalashvili
Studied mathematics, graphics, and English in Tbilisi and Moscow. One of the founders of Diogene Publishers. Founding member of the Georgian Publishers Association. Publisher, book designer and illustrator for Diogene Publishers and also with other publishing companies. Designer, copywriter, illustrator and clip maker with various advertising agencies and as a freelancer. Lecturer of graphic design at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tbilisi State Academy of Arts.

Magdalena Kawa
Coordinator of the “Culture of New Technolgies” thematic axis. Political scientist, she has defended her doctoral thesis on Holocaust in public discourse. She deals with education about Holocaust, intercultural education and animation and the organization of cultural events in Lublin. She cooperates with the Workshops of Culture and the Society of Encouragement of Fine Arts “Zachęta”, between 2006-2013 she was associated with Homo Faber Association.

Eva Khachatryan
An independent curator from Yerevan, member of AICA Armenia (International Association of Art Critics) and International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern and Contemporary Art. In 2003−2008, a curator at the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art and in 2006−2008, co-director in the Department of Fine Arts at the ACCEA. Currently she implements various projects at the Suburb Cultural Center. In 2008, she was involved as a researcher in the “Gender Check” project and exhibition initiated by ERSTE Foundation, MUMOK, Vienna.

Lance Kirby
Performer, project coordinator and a workshop facilitator in the UK and abroad. Graduate of  Westminster Kingsway (2008). Lance has lead workshops for arts organizations including: Immediate Theatre, Urban Development, Project Phakama, FREE2B, Apples and Snakes, Index on Censorship, and Al Kasaba, Yes Theatre and Karama Children’s centre (Palestine). In his workshops he uses theatre, acting, writing and movement to create an open space for people to explore their personal views on freedom of expression, censorship and offence.

Valiancina Kisialiova
Co-owner, art director, curator, manager of projects at “Y” Gallery of Contemporary Art, Minsk. She read theory and practice of contemporary art at the European Humanities University in Vilnius. Originator and co-founder of “Podzemka” gallery in Minsk and its art director and curator in 2004−2009. Author of curatorial projects, participants of educational programmes of Goethe-Institut (2009−2010) and the US Department of State (2009).

Eugeniusz Komarnicki
Facilitator of the “Socially Engaged Culture” thematic axis. Board member of the Moja Firma Foundation and Media Prostir company. He graduated from the University of Warsaw (law, Psychology, ethnology, gender studies). Coach of street art workshops, translator. He was the curator and director of the project “Breath of Ukraine” project in the framework of of the Ukraine Year in Poland (2006), art manager of concerts of the band “5nizza” in Poland (2207).

Piotr Krajewski
Artistic Director of the WRO Media Art Biennale, President of the WRO Foundation. Curator of artistic projects. Graduate of the Cultural Studies Department at Wrocław University. Art critic, author of numerous publications and TV programmes. Member of AICA – The International Association of Art Critics. Lecturer in media studies at Wrocław University’s Institute of Cultural Studies, senior lecturer at the Multimedia Studio of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań.

Sophia Lapiashvili
Graduate of the State Academy of Art in Tbilisi and the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. She worked as a journalist, a photographer, and taught decorative arts at the Technical University in Tbilisi. In 2004, Sophia took part in the “Grenzenlos Vorschen” curatorial workshop and was invited to hold a lecture at the Office for Contemporary Art in Oslo. She won a scholarship from the Rave Stiftung to work in Berlin as an assistant curator. Since 2010, she has been working at GeoAIR as a project manager and curator. She has also participated in several exhibitions as a photographer.

Paweł Laufer
Journalist, writer, publicist. Founder and president of the Open Culture Foundation. Deputy editor and redactor of the Eastern section of the monthly magazine “Kultura Enter”. Initiator and coordinator of international art projects and research activities (including a series of seven reports on the state of culture and NGOs in the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia). Member of the team preparing the application of Lublin in the competition for the title of the European Capital of Culture 2016. Author of the books: “The City in the province” (2004), “Messiah shoes. Treaty on improving the degraded thing “(2010).

Emil Majuk
Cultural projects manager, journalist, redactor. Founder and president of Society „Panorama of Cultures” (since 2003). He works in the “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre in Lublin (since 2005) where he is responsible for coordination of trans-border projects. He cooperates with, among others, the Workshops of Culture (Lublin) and the Museum of History of Polish Jews (Warsaw).

Józef Markiewicz
Facilitator of the “Culture of New Competiencies” thematic axis. Cultural anthropologist, founder of the Center for Studies on History and Culture of Small Towns in Tykocin. Coordinator and participant of various projects on social memory in Central and Eastern Europe. Participant of a research project on the cultural identity of the Polish-Ukrainian borderland carried out by the University of Warsaw and the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He cooperated with the International Organization for Migration, the Armenian Foundation KZKO, and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

Hussein Masmaliyev
Graduate of the Centre of Eastern Europe Studies of the University of Warsaw, consultant in the framework of international projects. Owner and director of “Xurcun-ART” gallery in Baku.

Nebojša Milikić
Cultural worker, manager, researcher and activist. Graduate of the Institute for Regional Geology and Paleontology in Belgrade, the School of History and Theory of Image of the Centre for Contemporary Art (Belgrade) and the Center for Queer Studies, Belgrade. Since 1995 involved in organizational, artistic and curatorial practice in visual and relational arts. Participates in a number of independent research projects and activist campaigns. Writes about cultural and artistic production. Works at the Cultural Center Rex in Belgrade.

Ashot Mirzoyan
Head of the City Research Center, member of the Union of Armenian Architects, graduate of the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute. He worked as a chief architect for Gyumri city and a national expert for the Regional Programme of the Council of Europe on the Cultural and Natural Heritage of the South Caucasus. Currently he is an architecture designer, consultant, researcher and initiator of intercultural exchange projects within the states of the South Caucasus and Europe.

Leszek Napiontek
Head of International Cooperation Office in Culture Department of City of Warsaw. He was studying International Relations and Eastern Studies at Warsaw University, graduate of European Diploma in Cultural Project Management. Since 2003 working with international cultural project as Warsaw – Berlin project “Promised City” or Warsaw – Kiev cultural exchange in 2012. Was responsible for development of Artists-in-Residence program of CCA Ujazdowski Castle in City of Warsaw, as well as Academy for Cultural Diplomacy – Training program for managers of culture from EaP countries.

Marcus Oertel
Cultural manager dealing with projects in Southern Caucasus and Belarus. Graduated with a Master in Contemporary History, Communication sciences and Sociology at the University of Dresden (2005). Cultural operator and freelancer for international and local activities. Since 2010, he has been is engaged in the international project Transkaukazja, acting for 2013/14 as co-ordinator of EU grant by the Culture programme. Executive Board member and since 2013, General Manager at Kultur Aktiv, a Dresden-based NGO.

Maciej Ożóg
Musician, theoretician and historian of media art. Assistant professor at the Faculty of Media and Audiovisual Culture’s Electronic Media Institute, at the University of Łódź. He has published numerous articles on the subjects of avant-garde cinema, video art and new media art. In 2002 he was awarded a Ph.D degree for his dissertation on American avant-garde film. He specializes in the historical and theoretical aspects of media art, the areas relating to audiovisual culture, cyberculture and the information society.

Paulina Paga
Coordinator of „Socially engaged culture” thematic axis. Culture Animator, producer of artistic events. Coach and facilitator at the Warsaw Multicultural Centre. Member of the Association of Cultural Practitioners and the Other Space Foundation, she cooperates with, among others, the Musuem of Modern Art in Warsaw, National Audiovisual Institute and the National Centre of Culture. Initiator and coordinator of social-artistic and animation projects, carried out in less obvious spaces.

Paweł Passini
Theatre director, musician, founder of the first Web theatre in Europe: neTTheatre – Theatre in the Web of Connections. He has directed over 35 performances in theatres all over Poland, was nominated twice to the Polityka Passport Award in Theatre category. Winner of multiple awards, including Herald Angel and Total Theatre at Edinburgh Festival, Grand Prix at Pra-Premières Festival in Bydgoszcz, 1st price at  R@port Festival in Gdynia, individual award at the 14th National Competition for Staging of Polish Contemporary Drama for the performance “Requiem”.

Szymon Pietrasiewicz
Member of the Lublin group “Tektura” group and coordinator of “Tektura” Creative Activities Space, social and cultural animator, performer, coordinator of the “Contestations” Theatre Festival, member of the programming council of the “FAMA” Academic Youth Festival, coordinator of the The studio of socially engaged art “The Districts”.

Tomasz Pietrasiewicz
Founder and director of the “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre in Lublin (since 1998), founder and director of NN Theatre (since 1990), before 1989 he was an actor of “Grupa Chwilowa”, printer and editor of publications in the independent circuit. Author of numerous books, exhibitions, and “Mysteries of Memory” carried out in the open spaces of Lublin.

Ana-Maria Plamadeala
Associate Professor and director of the Center for the Study of Arts at the Cultural Heritage Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Moldova, film critic.

Agnieszka Podpora
Facilitator of the thematic axis “The culture of new competencies”, culture expert, Hebraist, translator and lecturer, PhD student at the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the University of Warsaw. She coordinates and co-authors educational projects both as an organizer and workshop leader. She has cooperated with the Polish Children Fund, Warsaw’s Przemiany Festival, Collegium Invisible Association, the Museum of History of Polish Jews. At the  Borderland Foundation she works with young people, and is a co-coordinator of the international project, the “Borderland School”.

Darius Polok
Co-founder and executive director of MitOst (Berlin), operates in the field of active citizenship and cultural exchange in Europe and its neighbouring regions. He coordinates programmes such as “Tandem – Cultural Managers Exchange” in cooperation with the European Cultural Foundation and “Actors of Urban Change” in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Stiftung. He studied Slavic Culture and Philosophy in Bochum, Wrocław and Potsdam. In recent years, he has worked as evaluator for foundations and NGOs and advisor in non-formal education and cultural exchange.

Anton Polskyi
Artist and activist. Graduate of the Russian State University for Humanities with major in Art History. In Moscow, his projects have included co-creating the USE/LESS–DIY cycling map series for the city, co-organizing Delai Sam, and most recently, co-founding Partizaning.

Olena Pravylo
Film producer from Kiev, co-organizer of “Transkaukazja” Festival in Ukraine.

Vahida Ramujkic
An artist who base her practice in social context. Her ongoing works such as Documentary Embroidery, Microcultures and Disputed Histories deal with the questions of identity, representation and subjectivization in the current social and political system. Author of books. Co-founder of the rotorrr.org collective (Barcelona 2001) and member of the irational.org. Her work Disputed Histories was awarded with the 1st prize on 52nd October Salon.

Mykola Ridnyi
Graduate of the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts (2008). Since 2005 is a member of the SOSka group. Participant of CEC ArtsLink residence program, New York, Santa Fe, US (2009), Sommerakademie in Centre Paul Klee in Bern, CH (2011), marathon-camp Truth is concrete on the Steirischer Herbst festival in Graz, AT (2012). Lives in Kharkiv. Conducts curatorial and writing activities. As an artist he works with installation, video, sculpture and found objects, realized projects for public space.

Alicja Rogalska
Visual artist, graduate of MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London and Cultural Studies at University of Warsaw. The author of videos, objects and installations (mostly dealing with political and socio-economic issues), education projects (for Tate, University of Edinburgh and Modern Art Oxford, etc.) and public domain projects (in collaboration with Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, amongst others). Lives and works in London. www.alicjarogalska.co.uk

Joanna Roszak
Assistant professor in Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, member of the board of Slavic Foundation. Author of books: Południk spotkania. Paul Celan w polskiej poezji powojennej, W cztery strony naraz. Portrety Tymoteusza Karpowicza, Synteza mowy Tymoteusza Karpowicza, Interior. Szkice o przeczytanym. Author of poetry books Lele, wewe, ladino. Research interests: goepoetry, Jewish fate, Polish poetry of XX and XXI century, Shoah.

Anna Rozhentsova
Cultural manager and coordinator of non-commercial projects “Cinema Perpetuum Mobile” film festival (filmfest.by) and “La Mora” art-space (la-mora.info), based on volunteer work and self-organization. Resides in Minsk, Belarus. Also works as a translator at the international film festival “Listapad” (www.listapad.com). Previously worked as a journalist for the web-editions “Art Aktivist Theatre” and “Znyata” (photography). Coordinator at “Cinema Perpetuum Mobile” film festival (filmfest.by).

Melinda Sipos
Budapest-based artist and designer, cultural producer who works locally and internationally. She studied glass design and new media design in Hungary and France and went on to hold various positions at Kitchen Budapest media lab, including programme director. She is currently a freelancer involved in several grassroots initiatives at the intersection of art, design and technology. More info on actual projects: http://melindasipos.net, http://replytoall.es/

Tamta-Tamara Shavgulidze
Lecturer and scholar at Tbilisi State Academy of Art (her alma mater) and the National Research Centre for Georgian Art History and Heritage Preservation with research interests focused on contemporary art. Her research projects were funded by Open Society Georgia Foundation (2004), Scholarship of President of Georgia (2005), Heinrich Boll Foundation (2008) and Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation (2012). Founder of the New Knowledge Laboratory, member of INCUBATOR and Literacy Development Centre.

Bohdan Shumylovych
Curator of the multimedia library at the Centre for Urban History of East and Central Europe (Lviv). He gives lecturers, participates in the preparation of theme exhibitions and does scientific research. He holds a masters degree of modern history from the Central European University , holds a diploma of art historian from the Lviv’s Academy of Arts. Additionally, he was a student at the Department of Project Management of the George Washington Univeristy. He is a curator of audiovisual festivals and artistic projects.

Volodymyr Sklokin
Visiting fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, assistant professor of history at the International Solomon University (Kharkiv, Ukraine), editor of the historical website historians.in.ua. Interests: contemporary theory and history of historiography, nationalism studies, methodology of history, social and cultural history of the early modern Ukraine and Russian Empire.

Marcin Skrzypek
English teacher by education. Since 1992 he is a member of Saint Nicholas Orchestra. Since 1998 he works at the “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre as the maker of events based on different narrations about Lublin. Animator of the Forum and Council of Space Culture. Co-author of Lublin’s application in the competition for the title of the European Capital of Culture 2016, the Lublin’s Development Strategy and the Culture Development Strategy. Author of a collection of interviews “Conversations about the Space Culture”. Co-author of Gordon Cullen’s book “Townscape”.

Zbigniew Sobczuk
Curator of art, coordinator, designer, artist, pedagogue. Between 1992-2010 he was creating and carrying out the program of KONT Gallery. Since 2006 he is engaged in the activities of the Society of Encouragement of Fine Arts “Zachęta”, in 2010 he has become its president. Co-author of the exhibition programme and the collections of modern art at he Society of Encouragement of Fine Arts “Zachęta”. Co-founder of Rybna 4 and Lipowa 13 galleries. Between 2009-2012 he was associated with the Workshops of Culture in Lublin. Curator and coordinator of numerous artistic, publishing and educational projects.

Aneta Spaseska
Graduated from Faculty of Architecture in Skopje. She is a member of Prva Arhi Brigada – a group that strives toward active citizen culture in the process of architectural and urban city shaping. In the past couple of years she has been working as a lecturer at the Polis University in Tirana and as an architect in the studio Metropolis.

Oleksandr Suprunets
Co-founder and current head coordinator of Garage Gang Kollektiv NGO. Since 2009, editor of the platform of social innovation Biggggidea.com. He has over 5 years experience working with media-related projects. From 2007–2008, he served as project manager at the BBDO Ukraine Global Advertising Agency. Also, from 2007−2009 he served as journalist for Korrespondent, Focus, and Ukrainska Pravda.

Bogusław Szmygin
Professor of the Lublin University of Technology, dean of the Civil Engineering and Architecture Faculty at this university. He specializes in the in the protection and conservation of architectural monuments (the theory of conservation, revitalization of historic cities, protection of the ruins), author of over 100 publications, research and educational programmes (including several scripts for educational films). President of the Polish National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, secretary of the International Committee for Preservation Theory.

Anna Szyńkarczuk
Graduated Management at the University of Economics in Wroclaw. Observer,  journalist by passion, the author of the blog Ruda To Nie Kolor, motivating to posses widespread opinion, leaving the comfort zone, following dreams, openness to other cultures and countries. Member of such organizations as Geek Girls Carrots, Wroclaw Hospice Foundation for Children, City Research Center. Since 2011, together with the CRC, is looking for real prospects for the development of intercultural dialogue and cooperation with the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Poland.

Ines Tercio
Phakama’s Executive Director. She read Media Arts with Film and Video Production at Thames Valley University, London, then undertook a postgraduate degree in Arts Criticism and Management at City University. Before joining Phakama in 2007, she worked for the Teacher Artist Partnership Programme and as a Learning Assistant at LIFT. In 2009 she was selected by the British Council to travel to China as part of the China—UK 400 Cultural Leaders programme. In 2010, Ines joined City University’s mentoring scheme.

Wato Tsereteli
Artist, photographer, curator and creative administrator. He studied Film in Tbilisi and obtained an MA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp (Belgium). His artistic works are two, three, and four-dimensional objects with well-structured spatial organization. Initiator of the Caucasian Center of Cultural Development and the Cumbo group, a free artist-run space. He has curated the international art exhibition ‘Appendix’ and multiple exhibitions and projects of contemporary art. Founder of the first Center of Contemporary Art in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Vladimir Us
Artist and curator living in Chisinau, Moldova, a founding member of the Association of Young Artists Oberliht (http://oberliht.com). He studied art, curating and cultural policy in Chisinau, Belgrade and Grenoble.  Through his latest works and projects he examines the processes of creation and transformation of public space in post-Soviet cities and other territories in the period of transition.

João Ventura
Artistic Director at TEMPO – Teatro Municipal de Portimão. Cultural analyst and cultural business model designer. Marketeer for cultural organizations. Author of the book Libraries as public sphere. Writer in literary magazines and blogs. Cultural activist e.g. director of Festival Invisibles Cities and Reading Communities. He was teacher of Portuguese Literature at University Paris IV and teacher of Cultural Management at Universty of Algarve. He was also Regional Director of Culture in Algarve

Ihar Yukhnevich
Graduated from Anatoly Izoitko Studio in Vitebsk and the Belarusian State Academy of Arts in Minsk. He works as an independent designer carrying our project for Belarusian and foreign clients. He cooperated on research project devoted to modern Belarusian contemporary art “Zero radius. Ontology of Art-zero” («Радиус Нуля. Онтология Арт-нулевых»). He also carries out social projects and runs courses on the basics of graphic design.

Joanna Zętar
Editor-in-chief of the website leksykon.teatrnn.pl, she works at the “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre (since 2001) and is a lecturer at the Lublin University of Technology. She holds an M.A. degree of art history (Art History Faculty of the Catholic University of Lublin), she has completed post-graduate studies at the Department of Journalism and Social Communication of the Catholic University of Lublin with a specialization in Public Relations and the Academy of Heritage of the International Cultural Centre in Cracow.

Aleksandra Zińczuk
Coordinator and facilitator of the “Culture of New Competiencies” thematic axis. Editor of books and magazines, coordinator of  local and international art and educational projects, NGO activist at Bruno Schulz Festival Society and Panorama of Cultures Association. Since 2005, connected with the “Grodzka Gate—NN Theatre” Center.  She worked on Lublin’s application for the title of European Capital of Culture 2016. Independent researcher of culture and language of the Polish-Ukrainian borderland.

Anna Zvyagintseva
Graduate of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Kyiv (2010). Her works have been shown in such institutions as the National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kyiv), Sevastopol Art Museum, Visual Culture Research Center at National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”; Arttransponder and Flutgraben e.V. in Berlin. Finalist of the 2010 “MUHi” Young Ukrainian Artists Prize, Kyiv. Member of the curatorial group “Hudrada” since 2010, co-founder of ISTM (Art Workers’ Self-defense Initiative) in 2011.  Anna Zvyagintseva lives and works in Kyiv.

Anna Ghazaryan
Senior specialist at the International Department of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia. She also has background in marketing and sales. Graduate of Linguistics, she is fluent in Armenian, Russian and English and knows well French and Italian,

Danuta Glondys
Holder of Ph.D. in the field of cultural studies and the European Diploma in Cultural Management, an English teacher and political scientist by education. Between 1993-99 she was the director of the Department of Culture of the City of Cracow responsible for the development of new cultural policy and the application for the title of the European Capital of Culture 2000. In the years 2000-2001 Regional Director of the Local Government Partnership Program (USAID). Between 2005-2011 she was en expert of the European Commission for the selection and monitoring of all the preparations of all European Capitals of Culture in the years 2013-2018. She is a lecturer at Jagielloński University on Cracow. Author of articles, editor of publications on cultural management and the relationships between culture and the widely understood field of politics and European integration.

Markijan Iwaszczyszyn
Activist, manager and culture animator. In 1991 he was a leader of student strikes in Lviv. One of the founders of “Dzyga” Art Association, he directs its activities until today. He inspired the most significant events organized by Dzyga, including the trans-border Fort.Missia Festival, International Jazz Festival “Jazz Bez” and the Week of Contemporary Art.

Adam Reichardt
Editor-in-Chief of „New Eastern Europe”, before to taking this post he worked as the Managing Editor of New Eastern Europe. Prior to this, he spent eight years in public policy in Washington DC, and spent a substantial time of his studies in Cracow, Poland, where he now  resides. He holds an M.A. in Public Administration in Public and Non-profit Management from the George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia USA, and a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.