Thematic areas

CONGRESS OPENING: Culture and Solidarity – inaugural lecture
For centuries of lack of statehood and struggle for sovereignty, culture has been the foundation of identity and duration for the nations of Eastern Europe. Today, however, we need a culture which not only protects our difference, but also helps build the Eastern Partnership and Europe as a joint cultural project; which not only underlines independence, but is also conscious of mutual dependencies in a multicultural and globalizing world, which restores connective tissues where they are ruined by cultural conflicts and the ever-deepening abyss between ‘Us’ and ‘Them’, the rich and the poor, the privileged and the excluded. The time is coming to pose a question about culture and solidarity anew.

 

CULTURE AND IDENTITY
The programme of this thematic axis is focused around three key terms: Europe, Identity and Memory. We will try to jointly work out the opinion of the people of culture from the Eastern Partnership states in the discussion on a new narrative for Europe. We will search for answers to the question of how culture copes with history. We will make an attempt to sketch the European map of memory. We will dwell on the problems of today’s cultural self-identification and the issues of creating local narratives.

 

SOCIALLY ENGAGED CULTURE
Socially engaged culture often operates on the peripheries: geographical ones (beyond the ‘nice’ city centre), thematic ones (touching topics not featured in the mainstream public debate), and artistic ones (using tools reserved for other disciplines). Within this thematic axis, we will have a closer look at the methods of exploring new space for artistic activities and non-obvious ways of participating in culture. Examples will be given of activities at the interface of disciplines, such as: culture and urban studies, art and politics, art and law or culture and social economy.

 

NEW COMPETENCIES FOR CULTURE
The thematic axis offers the programme which confronts automatisms of perception of contemporary culture’s role. Today, a serious need exists for developing non-formal education for cultural operators who would like to cooperate in the future with partners from Eastern Europe and develop their competencies. We will focus, among others, on innovative practices, methodologies, and trainings for cultural animators who need a new culture of management. Besides, we will touch upon the issues of prospects for new media in the educational culture as well as of gaining new partners and raising funds.

 

CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT
This thematic axis is focused on discussions and workshops activities concerning the issues of development in culture and development through culture. The points of interest here include defining the notion of development, working out new and non-economical indicators of development, searching for new tools of supporting cultural, integrative and prosocial activities, as well as the chances and mistakes of the EU cultural policy towards third countries.

 

THE CULTURE OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES
Today’s culture is the function of media technologies. During the Congress proceedings, we will search for and critically analyse the symbolic consequences of such state of things: first in a more general way, in the space of cultural alphabets and the accompanying them collective communicative representations, that is, literacies; then in the field of theory and practice of design, the visual Esperanto of today, to focus at last on a radical change in the cultural landscape introduced by the art of media.

 

CONGRESS FINALE: Europe of Cultures – Culture of Europe (debate)
The borderlands of Europe, the Mediterranean and the East, were once the cradle of European culture, but what about now? The borderlands need support from the European Union and development of the neighbourhood programmes. If, however, this cooperation remained only a “one-way street,” we would live in a Europe of different cultures. The community of European culture still is the challenge of tomorrow.

 

PARTNERSHIP FAIR (open presentations of cultural initiatives and organizations)
If you are going to share an idea, a project or an initiative, if you are looking for a partner for cooperation or want to present the activity of your organization, you are welcome to participate in the Partnership Fair.
Pecha Kucha* presentations will be delivered on October 4 and 5.

* Pecha Kucha is a kind of multimedia presentation consisting of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each, so it lasts 6 minutes and 40 seconds in total. This format provides the dynamics and liveliness of a presentation while its relatively short duration assures the concentration and attention of the audience. Questions and discussion are withheld until the end of presentation. (http://www.pechakucha.org/)