What’s Next | International collaboration, care and well-being in times of crisis

In times of forced migration, conflicts and uncertainty for the cultural sector, it is imperative to join forces and explore mechanisms that can offer support. “What’s Next? International collaboration, care and well-being in times of crisis” round table will take place in Bucharest on 18 June 2024, aiming to discuss the programme’s format from the What’s Next programme partners’ perspectives (Poland, Germany, Austria, Ukraine, Romania). The event will open a dialogue about the future of the field, the need for solidarity at the European level and sharing of best practices.

Date: Tuesday, 18 June 2024, 18:30 – 21:00
Venue: Goethe Institute, Bucharest, Calea Dorobanți 32

18:30 Introduction of What’s next? programme
Moderator: Cosmin Manolescu, Gabriela Tudor Foundation (Romania)
What’s Next in Berlin by Adina Constantin, zusa gGmbH (Germany)
What’s Next in Vienna by Georg Steker, Musiktheatertage Wien (Austria)
What’s Next in Wroclaw by Karolina Jaworska, Wrocław Institute of Culture (Poland)
What’s Next in Ukraine by Olga Diatel & Alona Karavai, proto produkciia (Ukraine)

19:15 Keep Moving – physical exercises led by Paulina Woźniczka (Poland)

19:40-20:05 Round table session 1 (includes 3 tables)
1st topic: Solidarity and European cultural collaboration in times of crisis
What is the role of organisations, and how do they reach out and connect? What can organisations learn from each other’s practices, and how do they maintain a collaboration? What is the added value to the European cultural ecosystem? How do they share knowledge and activate policymakers? What are the burning topics that artists and organisations need to address for the future?
Moderators: Karolina Jaworska, Wrocław Institute of Culture (Poland), Ari David, visual artist (Romania/ The Netherlands), Olga Diatel, proto produckiia (Ukraine)

20:10-20:35 Round table session 2 (includes 3 tables)
2nd topic: AiR carrousel and new formats for cultural sustainability bringing the long-term perspective & artistic practices
Hosting practices: how to create a space for artists and cultural managers to foster dialogue and exchange, while prioritizing participant care and considering the limited capacities and impact on residency hosts. How to incorporate the element of well-being on both ends?
Moderators: Adina Constantin, zusa gGmbH, (Germany), Mariia Bakalo, choreographer (Ukraine), Georg Steker, Musiktheatertage Wien (Austria)

20.40 Sharing outcomes, followed by networking opportunities
Participants’ bios:
> Karolina Jaworska, Wrocław Institute of Culture (Poland)
international projects specialist at the Wrocław Institute of Culture, MA in art history, certified project manager, producer of contemporary art exhibitions, member of the Wrocław grassroots organisation Museum in the Underground, co-founder of the Wrocław Off Art Festival: Wrocław Off Gallery Weekend
> Adina Constantin, zusa gGmbH (Germany)
Adina Constantin is currently an AiR Programme & Communications Officer at zusa gGmbH, Berlin. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Art and Design Cluj-Napoca and Animation at Griffith College Dublin. Adina has been involved in the organisation of three editions of the Kaboom Animation Festival in the Netherlands as part of the Communications & Marketing Department. The vision she has crafted for herself is intertwining her passion for community building and the cultural sector with her artistic inclination.
> Georg Steker, Musiktheatertage Wien (Austria)
Artistic  and Managing Director of MUSIKTHEATERTAGE WIEN, international festival for contemporary music theatre (mttw.at). Lecturer, coach, consultant and speaker in the field of cultural management. Previously: Founder and artistic director of the music theatre company progetto semiserio, director of the artistic operations office of the Schauspielhaus Wien, production manager for Linz09 – European Capital of Culture and the Vienna International Festival, among others.
> Alona Karavai, proto produkciia (Ukraine)
Co-founder of Insha Osvita, of residency house Khata-Maysternya, of agency proto produkciia, of the gallery Asortymentna kimnata and of the media about art post impreza.
Social investor at Urban Space 500. Has studied organizational development in TU Kaiserslautern. Professional interests are facilitation, organizational development, non-formal education and educational products, cultural management, visual art and music.
> Olga Diatel, proto produkciia (Ukraine)
Co-founder of cultural organisations. Kyiv. Originally from Crimea, currently lives and works in Kyiv. Interested in sustainability of independent cultural institutions, creating, discovering and implementing best practises in this field. Co-founder of proto produkciia, producer and cultural manager in the field of performative art. Head of NGO Insha Osvita. Founder of Antonin Artaud Fellowship, which supports emerging performing artists in Ukraine. Producer in the field of contemporary opera and musical theater.
> Ari David, visual artist (Romania/The Netherlands)
Ari David (RO) lives and works in Rotterdam (NL). In their work Ari explores how the social is inscribed in the body, focusing on themes of identity, collectivity and dissent. Through an interdisciplinary body of work that includes writing, video, sound, textiles, installation and performance, they stay grounded in the gestures and choreographies of everyday life to reflect on how bodies are shaped in society. Since 2022, they co-run an other world, an artist-run space in Rotterdam.
Mariia Bakalo, choreographer (Ukraine)
Mariia Bakalo is a choreographer from Ukraine (Crimea). In her recent practices Mariia questions art’s futility in the time of mass human sufferings. She is a recipient of the Gluck Fellowship, as well as I-Portunos grant, the Danceweb Scholarship Program, Ukrainian Presidential Award for the distinguished cultural activists in the field of dance, and the Tanja Leidke Foundation stipends. She received her MFA degree in Experimental Choreography at University of California Riverside.
> Paulina Woźniczka, choreographer (Poland)
Paulina Wozniczka is an artist, choreographer and facilitator based in Warsaw (PL). The main axis of her research is choreography as a practice in the times of a climate crisis. An important threads in her work are queer-feminist methodologies, magic understood through a post-humanist lens and eroticism liberated from the patriarchal order, meant as a space for emancipation. She works in the field of artistic research and deals with theory written from the perspective of a body. She is a co-founder of the Queer Movement Academy (2022-now), a grassroot initiative situated outside the institutional circuit, producing methodologies that are experimental, socially and ecologically engaged.
> Cosmin Manolescu, Gabriela Tudor Foundation (Romania)
Cosmin Manolescu is a curator, artist and cultural expert, executive director of Gabriela Tudor Foundation and co-director of AREAL | space for choreographic development in Bucharest. He is currently interested in cross-border cultural exchange, experiments and artistic innovation, creating participatory and inclusive projects and residencies that challenge the audience and artists in Romania and beyond.

The What’s Next? Round table is organised in the frame of Culture Utopias, a collective double residency jointly co-organised by Gabriela Tudor Foundation, Wrocław Institute of Culture, proto produkciia in the frame of the “What’s next? Safe cultural multi-spaces for the multidisciplinary reflection of (post)war and (post)crisis European identity” co-organised by zusa gGmbH (Germany), Musiktheatertage Wien (Austria), Wrocławski Instytut Kultury (Poland), and Proto produkciia (Ukraine), and Gabriela Tudor Foundation (Romania), co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union and undertaken in partnership with Goethe Institut Bucharest, Austrian Cultural Forum Bucharest, Polish Institute in Bucharest and Romanian Cultural Institute in Warsaw.

The What’s Next? residencies are a component of the “What’s Next — European platform of artistic research and creation”, cultural programme co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The programme does not necessarily represent the standpoint of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN cannot be held liable for the content of the programme or the manner in which the outcomes of the programme may be used. These shall devolve entirely on the beneficiary of the financing.


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