The Congress of Culture Managers aspires to be a platform for exchanging experiences, a place where you can meet people who work in the field of culture. You will learn more about the idea of the event and goals pursued by the organizers.
Over the last few years there has been a considerable development of the cultural and creative sector, triggered by EU subsidies, opening up to international initiatives and increasing social need for participation in culture. It is a moment to pose the basic question: "What is next with this culture?" We have modern spaces, good artists and we create more and more works of art which are remarkable. The next question which should be considered is the level of Polish cultural management, as well as the competence of managers.
The issue is important for the entire sector because it concerns several thousand institutions and cultural organizations, including community centers, libraries, theaters, opera houses, concert halls, museums, NGOs and also interdisciplinary centers. We want to see how it looks in reality and confront the current state with consumers’ expectations and the reports of modern management .
The project has the status of a CONGRESS because it gathers a representation of outstanding people from the cultural profession. It is an open event, both organizationally and conceptually. The event is representative in terms of the developed ideas.
Using the term MANAGER in the name is not accidental and it is a declaration of taking a position significant to the target audience of the congress. The manager gives a clear indication of the scope of activities of people involved in culture – it is all about people who manage culture at different levels (in community centers, associations, concert halls, museums, etc.) but who do not create works of art.
Culture has a broad meaning with references both to subjects which create it (taking into consideration non-governmental subjects and non-formalized groups), their scope of activities (activity in different fields) and the relation between the sender, artist and recipient who changes increasingly into an active participant.
Culture Management in Poland is not treated as an autonomous discipline or the skill which helps build a career and can benefit the cultural and artistic practice. We meet the expectations of people who work in the field of cultural animation, organizing artistic, educational and social events, but who still do not have a defined place in the creative sector. The lack of managerial approach inhibits their development. We see a clear need to fill this gap and we would like to initiate conversations and reflection on management in culture. We hope that it will influence concrete actions and will show the way in which we should think of cultural management.
The development of cultural activity that has recently taken place in Poland is proof that similar actions have their meaning and goal. Many cities have verified their attitude to culture management thanks to the efforts for the title of European Capital of Culture. This is the key moment for the entire sector and an opportunity to implement new management methods worked out over the last few years. We cannot waste the energy and commitment of people who have already put a lot of work into activities in the field of culture.
Management is in fact an important area of cultural activities because it improves work in institutions, companies, NGOs and makes them function in an efficient and modern way, better communicating with the world, which, in turn, is reflected in the quality of the organized projects.
We want to define the current level of institutions’ awareness connected with implementing management tools in the culture and find solutions to strategic problems whose review and identification is one of the points under consideration during the Congress. We believe that they will emerge fully during the talks and discussions undertaken by participants of the event. We would also like to confront different schools of thought in relation to management and culture organization in the country. Our activities also aim to develop a position regarding the future of culture not only in the metropolitan areas but also on the outskirts of cities as well as district or commune centers of culture.
It seems to us that the city’s nomination for the title of European Capital of Culture in 2016 initiated a huge creative potential. The stereotype that the city is just a coal-mining, industrial, grey place with the landscape of chimneys and smog hovering in the atmosphere is slowly disappearing. Katowice becomes one of the cultural centers in Poland where events of international importance take place. More and more investors appreciate the advantages of this city. In addition, the opening of the new headquarters of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the new hall of the Silesian Philharmonic, the hall of the Academy of Music in Katowice and the whole grass-root culture are epitomes of all the phenomena concerning the past five years, the process of social change through culture.
We invite the activists of associations and foundations who are active in the field of culture, directors of community and cultural centers; theaters, operas and philharmonic orchestras; researchers and academics related to the area of culture; journalists and all others interested in management and the tools of creative management.
I Congress of Culture Managers will be held on 8-11 December 2015 in a recently built complex of International Congress Centre, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the new headquarters of the Silesian Museum in Katowice. We want to fully use the potential of these places that have become significant and crucial ones on the cultural map of Katowice. They are well-suited to the specific events of the Congress and are located in the city center.
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Initiative Association is an NGO, which has been actively shaping the cultural life of Silesian Voivodeship since 1998. Activity of the association centres around four spheres: cultural sphere, organization of training, research and information.
The primary target of Initiative is the promotion of culture and art, in particular the cinema. Since its formation, the association has organized the Cult Movie Festival in Katowice (nowadays named The Cropp Cul Moviet Festival). Over several years Initiative has organized a huge number of different cultural events, among others: „Przegląd filmów Andy’ego Warhola” (review of Andy Warhol’s films), „Przegląd Polskiej Animacji” (review of Polish animation), ‘Retrospektywa Woody Allen w Katowicach” (Woody Allen’s retrospective in Katowice). Moreover, our association is the organizer of many outdoor movie events: drive-in cinema in front of Spodek, special movie shows with live music, movie shows in the districts of Katowice and neighboring cities and towns. A very significant music event organized by the association (since 2012) is jaZZ & Beyond Improvised Music Festival which has an international character and is an event of artistic and educational high rank.
Another area is education concerning the competences of organizers of cultural activities needed to manage culture. For many years, Initiative, in collaboration with the Marshal’s Office of Silesian Voivodeship, has led training sessions for the managers of culture. The association also runs research activity – it has realized the project “The programme of Cultural Product Promotion in Silesian Voivodeship’, whose aim was to diagnose the state of culture in Silesian Voivodeship. The last area of Initiative’s interests are activities to improve the quality of cultural information in the region. It runs the “Silesiaspace – an e-information system of cultural events of Silesian Voivodeship). ”Silesiaspace” serves to promote the cultural offer in the city and region.
Between 2013 and 2015 Initiative has realized two international projects: ‘Humanists effective on the labor market’ and ‘The young and competent in the culture sector’ whose aim is to improve the situation of graduates of Humanities in the labor market in Silesia and Łódź Voivodeships through creating the programs of training sessions and internships. The organization was also responsible for the idea and realization of the action “In the region, about the region”, a series of training sessions on regional education for teachers.
Among the invited guests there are people actively animating culture both in Poland and in other European countries. They are directors of museums, concert halls, theaters and libraries, presidents of associations and foundations, cultural activists, organizers of workshops and events, marketing & PR specialists, academics and many others.
Some of the speakers are people invited by us, but during the Congress you can also see yourself! Fill out the form and apply for the participation in the event.
If you want to participate actively in the Congress and become one of the speakers, you can submit the topic of your speech by completing the form. We will notify you of the results of the selection by e-mail/phone. The participation in the Congress is free of charge for accredited speakers.
You can become the participant of the Congress and attend the workshop and discussion sessions by purchasing the accreditation. The price of accreditation depends on the events which you would like to attend and the length of your stay. It starts from 149 PLN.
I Congress of Culture Managers should be an event attended by people genuinely interested in culture management. We want to avoid accidental people and to involve those who are willing to exchange experiences and discuss management. We believe that paying for the know-how is worthwhile and the benefits of participation in the Congress far outweigh the cost of purchasing the accreditation. For participation in events of this importance and rank you would usually pay more but we decided that the opportunity should be within reach of every person who manages the culture – representing large as well as small institutions.
The Congress of Culture Managers is created on the basis of certain values which are important for us as the organizers of the event and for the participants. These values define the priorities of our activity and the areas which are especially close to us.
They implement all of the above mentioned values. Without them, there would be no dialogue, without their willingness to act there would be no cultural activity. They are the reason and the purpose of development. Every project is realized for them and thanks to them.
Heritage and tradition of the Old Continent are indispensable values for every European. The way we speak, move and behave are inseparably linked to our origin. Europeanness is a value that must be appreciated, bearing in mind the consequences which the awareness brings to that identity. It means not so much the territorial borders but rather the entire cultural heritage of the continent that has shaped us as the citizens of Europe.
The basis of every project is to involve staff in its realization and a meritoric approach to it. High competences of employees, adequate preparation and the implemented standards of the organization are proof of the quality of its activities. The Congress of Culture Managers promotes the idea of effective and professional approach to cultural activities.
It is being open to compromise and common action, regardless of any type of barriers. That means moving from dialogue to action initiated by cooperation. It aims to develop unique methods of project implementation and maintain links between cultural institutions across Europe. The initiatives which are undertaken as a result of such cooperation enrich the cultural sector with new solutions and interesting ideas worth continuing.
It means the transition from discussion to the level of understanding and cooperation. Dialogue means getting out of your comfort zone towards another person in the circumstances that accompany this meeting. In practice, it aims to exchange experiences, to reach a compromise and efficient operation.
The Regional identity of culture institutions undoubtedly affects the nature of their activities. The local character of events is worth maintaining in the face of continued global expansion. We follow transnational ideas and encourage activities which support the uniqueness of the place, this is why we foster the tradition of Silesian culture.
Knowledge and skills are among the most appreciated human values today. Their growth based on experience and education is the primary aim of the organizers of the Congress of Culture Managers. The competences of culture animators raise not only the quality of the organization's work but also the level of realized projects, this is why we care for their growth.
Innovation is the value of the modern world, not only in the context of industry but also in culture. Culture Management, from the business perspective, is our postulated approach, so rarely implemented and discussed. This combination produces a number of innovations on the lower level, equally important and affecting the quality of projects. Innovative thinking means always being one step ahead. That is why the Congress of Culture Managers is a place open to any suggestions concerning new solutions and tools in the field of management.
Our assumption is that looking back inhibits development and kills creativity. The turn towards the future and thinking about what else you can do for culture cannot happen without the memory of previous achievements. However, progressive thinking is a cornerstone answer to the questions bothering us. Future is what we can really influence and therefore we turn our actions towards its shaping.
The creation of each project is caused by a certain vision – how it should look or present itself. Creating the vision is based on a number of inspirations to which the creator makes references while fulfilling the task. It is important to choose the most valuable and coherent ones with the idea of the project.
Conversations and ideas are one thing, but the project is brought to life through action. It is associated with motivation, movement, activity which has a real influence on the culture. As a value, it stands in opposition to stagnation and monotony and suggests solving real problems and taking concrete steps using appropriate tools. The basis of this approach in the context of culture management is project thinking - a priority for every cultural animator and manager.
The key to finding a right solution is a good exposition of the problem. The questions which are defined correctly often lead to accurate answers. Looking for solutions to pressing issues is a priority of our work . We want to find them by talks, discussions and a dialogue between the guests and participants of the Congress . Organizing this event is a step towards taking up the topic of management and at the same time searching for solutions to many problems faced by cultural institutions .
The Congress of Culture Managers is four days filled with discussion and workshop sessions, training and other events. Download programme.
10-12 inspiring presentations in the form of short (20 minutes) lectures, which will comprehensively present the problem and stimulate further discussion.
PROGRAMME 8 December 2015:
PLACE: International Congress Center
from 9.00 - participant registration
11.00-11.30 - opening panel:
11:30-12:30 - programme panel:
Discussion - Cultural-educational people, cultural animators and managers in journalists' eyes: Patrycja Wanat (TOK FM Radio), Agnieszka Obszańska (Polish Radio Three), Max Cegielski (TVP Kultura)
13.00-14.00 - lunch
14.00-18.00 - speakers' speeches- short and inspirational presentations:
PROGRAMME 9 December 2015:
PLACE: International Congress Center
10.00-12.00 - discussion sessions - part I (3 sessions):
12.00-12.30 - coffee break
12.30-14.30 - discussion sessions - part II (2 sessions to choose):
14.30-15.30 - lunch
15.30-17.30 - discussion sessions - part III (2 sessions):
Discussion sessions will be an opportunity for exchanging information, experience and good practice. They will also serve as a form of discussion between the representatives of different groups, institutions and circles.
PROGRAMME 10 December 2015:
PLACE: International Congress Center
8.00-11.00 - workshop sessions (6 session to choose):
11.00-11.30 - coffee break
11.30-14.30 - workshop sessions (6 session to choose): + one from 7 billion others:
Accompanying Event - 7 billions Others:
11.30-12.30 - discussion panelThe function of art in building of culture of diversities: Roman Batko, Tomasz Szabelski, Małgorzata Błaszczyk, moderator: Anna Zaroda ¬ Dąbrowska
12.30-13.30 - workshop: Human in organization, benefits transfer: art, society, quality of life
14.30-15.30 - lunch
15.30-18.30 - workshop sessions (6 session to choose):
PROGRAMME 11 December 2015:
PLACE: International Congress Center
8.00-9.30 - I part of workshops
9.30-10.00 - coffee break
10.00-12.00 - II part of workshops
12.00-13.00 - lunch
13.00-14.30 - III part of workshops
14.30-15.00 - coffee break
15.00-16.00 - IV part of workshops
During the Congress of Culture Mangers you will have an opportunity to consult legal and organizational issues with experts in their fields. They will be ready to answer your questions and help resolve any doubts.
8-10.12.2015 experts' table - the NGOs' functioning:
the Incubator of Social Entrepreneurship at NGO Centre in Gliwice
8.-9.12.2015 experts' table - copywright, mass events (theory):
Michał Klekotko - Michał Klekotko Law Firm
10.12.2015 experts' table - copywright
Wincenty Krawczyk - The Secretary of the Board, Związek Artystów Wykonawców STOART (The Artist Union - STOART)
10.12.2015 experts' table - the avability of culture for the disabled:
Anna Jankowska - Jagiellonian University/ the Siódmy Zmysł Foundation
Raising funds to perform tasks is a fundamental issue for every organization or institution. During the presentation you will learn about 300 European grants programs.
‘7 billions Others Café’ is a place where we invite you to talk with other culture managers and organizers of cultural activities. We encourage you to share your experience and knowledge also outside the workshop and discussion session in conference rooms.
During the Congress you cannot miss the accompanying events that provide various types of entertainment in many well-known and appreciated places in our region. Tours, movie screenings, concerts, study visits to local cultural institutions and performances will be held at such places as the The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Silesian Museum, Żelazny Theatre, the objects belonging to the Institution of Silesia Film, as well as in the districts of Nikiszkowiec and Giszowiec whose architecture is the pride of the city.
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