Association of Cultural Centres (Brussels/Wallonia) – ACC asbl
Celine D’Ambrosio is ACC’s project and communication manager since 2011. She has been working in the cultural sector, mainly at European level for 12 years. In ACC, she is in charge of cultural projects, networks connections, communication and international links. She has also a strong experience in the field of EU cultural projects management, especially within the book sector, as she worked 6 years for a European organisation representing book publishers. She is member of the board of the Belgian Volunteering platform (PFV) and sits as an expert for the Youth centres consultative body (CCMCJ). She holds an arts degree from the University of Metz (FR) and a master degree focused on EU studies from the University of Avignon (FR).
ArtSocialSpace Brunnenpassage, Vienna, Austria
Brunnenpassage defines itself as a laboratory and venue for transcultural and participative art (processes). A learning space that develops models by means of the people. It is based on the belief that access to art and culture is a human right. Artistic values and social objectives are woven together in order to reach a diverse audience and create a novel collective space that allows for authentic, liberal, autonomous cooperation beyond typical models of classification. It is a project that reflects on its own art production in terms of quality and opportunities for participation, providing access to art for underrepresented population groups and establish long-lasting collaborations.
Zuzana Ernst-Moncayo, born 1984 in Bratislava, is the assistant art director of Brunnenpassage. The main focus in her work is to create spaces of encounter for artistic and socio-political dialogue. Her art practice is at the interface of scenography, performance, and community-based participation. She is a scenographer and founding member of the company tangent.COLLABORATIONS, developing collaborative transdisciplinary performances.
Dylan Butler, born 1986 in Toulouse, is the general director of Brunnenpassage. He is in charge for the management of the program and leads the volunteer team. He has been working over the last 10 years as a project manager and an audiovisual technician in performing arts, NGOs and community-TV in France, England, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Austria.
Bálsamo y fuga
Mery Cuesta, art critic, exhibitions curator, comics book illustrator and drummer.
In 2002 she moves from Bilbao to Barcelona, where she develops her multi-faceted trajectory. A typical art critic in the pages of La Vanguardia newspepaer Culture/s supplement, she writes and draws comic strips on contemporary art and popular culture for many other publications. In 2002 she wins Espais Prize for Art Critics.
As a curator, her projects address issues related to popular culture, outsider art and critical dissection of contemporary art mechanisms. Among the highlights are 8000pelas: low budget productions, Videoclisión (CGAC), Rock The Jury! (Centre d'Art Santa Mónica), or Low Cost(Foment de les Arts Decoratives).
Her more recent curators are successful exhibition of quinqui cinema 80´s quinquis: cinema, news and life at the streets (CCCB, La Casa Encendida, Centro de Historia de Zaragoza y Alhóndiga de Bilbao), Cervantes left hand (Instituto Cervantes - Karsi Sanat, Estambul),Absurd humor: a position in critical situations (Artium) and in 2016 Balm and escape: artistic creation at a penitentiary institution, Caixaforum. She is also curator of Catalunya proposal for Biennale di Venezia 2017.
As comics illustrator, she develops the Las mallas parlantes (The talking nets) serie for TMEO magazine from 2008 under the pseudonym La Leoparda de Rekalde (Rekalde´s Leopard). She also collaborates in different magazines and fanzines as BonArt or Mongolia Magazine. She has published two albums: Caída y auge de Antxon Amorrortu (Antxon Amorrortu rise and fall) (Ed. Iguapop Gallery, 2008), ans Istanbul Zombi 2066 (Ed. Institut de Cultura de BCN). Her last editorial work is the comic-essay La Rue del Percebe de la cultura y la niebla de la cultura digital (Culture Rue del Percebe and igital culture frog) published by Consonni editorial. She is manager of the ELISAVA Illustration and Comic Master Degree.
She was the drummer of punk rock Crapulesque group from 2008 to 2015. http://merycuesta.com
BeAnotherLab, Barcelona, Spain
Christian Cherene - Researcher/Co-founder, BeAnotherLab is an interdisciplinary multinational group dedicated to understanding, communicating and expanding subjective experience; focusing their work in understanding the relationship between identity and empathy from an embodied perspective. Since 2012 the group uses Virtual Reality and techniques derived from Neuroscientific Research in developing innovative applications in art, scientific research, social projects, healthcare and education, putting a strong emphasis in the impact of their work in people’s lives. Their work is based on an inclusive distributed model of action-research and collaborative design methods. They hold collaborations across multiple countries, disciplines and institutions.
Conde Duque Cultural Centre
Key items of its programming in Conde Duque: women (Ellas Crean festival); young people (La joven compañía for schools and institutes), revitalized the Jazz Festival and for the next season already has prepared an arsenal of activities dedicated to dance. http://condeduquemadrid.es/
Concha Hernández, director since 2014 of Conde Duque Cultural Centre (Madrid). She graduated the Universidad Complutense de Madrid Degree in Art History and she has been Cultural Advisor at the Government presidency between 2004 and 2011. During that period she ruled Ellas Crean and Turkish glances festivals, 2005 Ibero-American Summit cultural events and, also, the 2006 Euro-Mediterranean Summit . In 2010 she coordinated cultural activities at the European Union Spanish Presidency official programme, including the official opening at Teatro Real. Arts and Letters Knight Badge by the French Government.
Creative Europe Office - Culture
(Education, Culture and Sports Ministery)
The office is part of a network of offices set up by the European Commission General Directorate for Education and Culture, with the aim of disseminating information and providing advice to cultural operators who may be beneficiaries of European Creative Culture Subprogram calls.
Creative Europe is the EU programme for the period 2014-2020 aimed at promoting the cultural and creative sectors * (cinema, television, performing and visual arts, design and applied arts, music, literature, tangible and intangible cultural heritage and other related fields).It covers the previous MEDIA and Culture 2007-2013 programmes, and incorporates an intersectoral chapter as a novelty, which includes a guarantee fund and other initiatives, mainly: European Capitals of Culture, European Heritage Label, Literature, architecture, heritage protection, cinema and rock and pop music European prizes.
Miguel Sánchez, technical post at the European Creative-Culture Office that belongs to the Education, Culture and Sports Ministery.
Cultural exchange project QUATTROLOGE
Eleonore Hefner, born in 1955, Studies at the University Heidelberg (German Literature, History, Psychology, Education Science and Social Anthropology). About her work in the language and culture education in institutions of adult education in the Rhine-Neckar region and the Goethe Institute in Finland, she developed professionally for cultural mediator. Experience in managing cultural projects she gained as Deputy Head of the Coordination Center for Immigrants in Ludwigshafen, Head of Department of Cultural Promotion of Ludwigshafen and as Managing Director of Culture Rhein-Neckar e. V. She taught on issues of cultural work, migration, civil society and participation, organizational development of non-profit organizations at the Universities of Heidelberg, Karlsruhe and Mannheim and at the University of Applied Sciences of Social Sciences in Ludwigshafen.
Eleonore Hefner is guiding spirit (since 1995) of the German-Russian cultural exchange project QUATTROLOGE. 2004-2012 she was cultural policy spokeswoman of the SPD group on Ludwigshafen city council, 1998-2014, she was the spokesperson of the regional group Rhein-Neckar / Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft. Since 2004 she is a member of the Akademie der Künste Rhein-Neckar and since 2009 member of the National Advisory Committee for Migration Rhineland-Palatinate. Since 2013 Board member of the Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren. Since 2014 Board Member of the European Network of Cultural Centres ENCC.
Culture in education
(October 2014 – April 2016) aimed to encourage cultural programmes with an educational dimension in Romanian schools through the development of a professional network of people and organisations, and the creation of resources about practices and public policies in the field. At the end of the project, CubicMetre and its partners continue to develop the network as a community of practice. Several other initiatives emerged, that grow the competences of cultural and educational practitioners for quality and sustainable projects and partnerships: different formats of trainings and mentoring, international exchanges, books and guides for teachers and schools to integrate arts and heritage in their teaching. In 2016 CubicMetre won the award of the National Cultural Fund for the coordination of the Culture in education project (the area “Communication and cultural mediation”), as well as the Romanian National Radio Cultural Station award for ”Education and teaching”. http://culturaineducatie.ro/
Raluca Iacob (Pop) lives and works in Bucharest, Romania. She is a cultural policy professional, manager and founding member of Cubic-Metre resources for culture. Her work spreads across different areas, such as cultural planning at local and national level, research and advocacy about the misuse of European funds, mainstreaming the arts and heritage in Romanian schools. Her current interests are: building intersectorial communities of practice, innovation in public funding for culture, learning in the public administration, mediation and ethics of public policy. http://ralucapop.m3culture.ro/
Mayor of Segovia
Clara Luquero has a degree in Geography and History Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), speciality Modern and Conatemporary History. After being Responsible of Segovia PSOE Province Executive Culture Secretary, in 2003 she became Culture y Turism Councilor, as wel as Deputy Mayor of the City of Segovia, positions he held until 2008, when she happens to dedicate himself exclusively to the Department of Culture of the City of Segovia. Her philosophy from the post has been to make culture reachable for everyone. During her years in charge of the Department of Culture of Segovia, the most important projects have been Hay Festival Segovia, Segovia European Film Show (MUCES), the Encounter of Women Transforming the World, The Noght of the Full Moon, and La Cárcel_Segovia Creation Center as a space for culture and citizenship. Political leader of Segovia 2016, candidacy of the city to become European Capital of Culture, reaching the final stage in the selection process. From June 14th, 2011 until the end of the legislature, she was national deputy for the province of Segovia at the national Congress of Deputies, replacing the regional PSOE secretary, Óscar López. On April 5th, 2014, she replaced Pedro Arahuetes as Mayor, and after the local elections held on May 24th, 2015, she became the first woman mayor of Segovia. http://www.segovia.es
Paladio Arte Association
Asociación Paladio Arte has among its aims the social and work insertion of people of any age, in a social disadvantage situation, mainly people with physical, psychic, sensorial and mental illness through a mean as effective as the theater. They are performing throughout Spain, France and Portugal with this company formed by desabled people since 1996. Paladio School of Theatre is working from 2004, providing theatre training to people with and without disability. Paladio Arte Association organizes since 2006 Paladio Arte International Festival, where scenic arts companies throughout the world can show their work. http://paladioarte.org/
Marta Cantero Díaz, psychologist, Paladio Arte Association manager.
Praxis, Sochi, Russia
In 2015 alternative culture centre Praxis started to work. They made first event , a lecture about street art. And now Praxis. Make different events from fiction workshops for children to lectures on different. Tasks , from film screening to evenings of experimental and avant-garde music. Mikhail is just a founder of this project and project manage by a collective of the people. And as they said they try to make people who want to make an event in Praxis feel very free and common , and try to make all decisions together.
Mikhail Barzykin was born 1987 in Sochi. Most part of his life live in his native town, only lived and studied political science and international relations in Moscow Peoples' Friendship University of Russia. From early young years he was high influence by puтk rock and hardcore D.I.Y culture, skateboarding subculture and anarchist and anti-authorian communism ideas. Most of his friends were musician and artists, and they always have different interest from soviet avant-garde to western counter-culture. These spheres and interest made his word-view basis and he always has an idea to make indiependent self-managed culture centre. In 2014 he find a place where he and his friends can make there dreams come true.
Valnalon Tech City
Iván Diego,projects coordinator.
Valnalon Tech City is a public company located at Langreo, Asturias The company´s main goal is to design and carry on a regeneration, promotion and business dynamism plan in the Nalón Basin. Throughout all this time we have evolve towards a new goal: to change society´s way of thinking, moving from an industrial culture to an entrepreneurial one. The 'Training Chain for Entrepreneurship', launched in 1993, is developed in two areas:
- Entrepreneurial Education, whose objective is the promotion of the entrepreneurial spirit in the different educational levels.
- Entrepreneurial Promotion, whose objective is the creation, development and business consolidation.
In this sense, the work developed by VALNALÓN is aimed to society as a whole and includes all its components, as each one of them must be involved in the Entrepreneurial Culture development. Valnalon works in different levels of the Education system, from primary schools, to push the entrepreneurshipp way of thinking in children, youngsters and adults. Regarding entrepreneurial promotion, much of the projects they collaborate in belong to the cultural field. They allso work on European projects, managed by Ivan Diego. http://www.valnalon.com/web