cultural management

Zofia Dworakowska

Zofia Dworakowska is a cultural anthropologist, theatrologist, as well as a researcher of independent culture, community arts and art in the public space. She is the Head of the Culture Animation specialization in the Institute of Polish Culture at the University of Warsaw. She is responsible for a unit aimed at preparing students to run their own cultural projects.

She has organized and led workshops, work exchanges and study trips in the framework of international projects funded by European Commission Programs.  She was a Polish coordinator of DNA (Development of New Art) – a project funded from the EU program Culture 2007-2013. She has been coordinating different European projects, such as:

  • Leonardo da Vinci Program: HANDMADE – Culture animation: learning through practice; 
  • LOCALISE – Study trip as model of research, education and practice in vocational training in culture animation and community work


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Catherine Cullen

Catherine Cullen is a freelance writer and translator, contributing to many national and international meetings on various aspects of culture.

She has been Deputy Major in charge of culture for the City of Lille (2001-2014). Also, she has been Councillor for Culture at the Lille Metropole Communaute Urbaine since 2008 and President of the Committee on Culture of United Cities and Local Governments.

Ms. Cullen has been managing cultural projects and events for the last 30 years. After several years in publishing, editing and journalism, she became Editor in Chief of LIBER, the first European cultural supplement. She was an advisor to the French Presidency for the implementation of the Academie Universelle des Cultures.

As a writer and translator, she has contributed to numerous meetings and creative research projects that brought together a variety of European and international approaches.

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Montserrat Casanovas

Montserrat Casanovas is a cultural professional who  during her career at national and international level  has had the opportunity to work in a wide diversity of projects on different cultural fields. This allowed her to gain arelevant knowledge of the project cycle management of cultural projects, and to have a transversal perspective of culture and its role within each specific context.

Since 1999 her job as Project and Programme Manager of Culture at international level has brought her to work on cultural cooperation, and culture and development with different international organizations. She has worked at UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), UNESCO and European Commission in several countries of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean.

At national level, her experience includes cultural projects and action plans with the City Council of Barcelona and the Regional Council of Barcelona.

Among of the tasks she has developed there are: the definition, implementation, supervision, monitoring and evaluation of cultural projects; the definition of guidelines for call for proposals, and the selection of proposals. In addition, she has been involved in the organization and coordination of several international conferences, exhibitions, and events.

At present she is preparing her PhD research on international cultural cooperation at the Universitat de Barcelona. Since 2012 she is a lecturer of a Master on “International Cultural Management” and a Master on “Arab and Islamic World” at the Universitat de Barcelona.

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Toni Gonzalez

Toni Gonzales is an international consultant for arts and culture, design, organizing and advising international cultural projects in the field of contemporary performing arts and cultural policies. He is a member of IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting), where he was part of the Executive Committee for eight years. He was also vice-president of the Asociación de Profesionales de la Gestión Cultural de Catalunya (Catalan Association of Cultural Managers), co-founder and vice-president of the international network of performing arts markets EurAm Bourse and cofounder of Comedia Network, which promotes the dissemination of culturally diverse performing arts in Europe.

He recently worked as communication coordinator of ENICPA, content director of Feria Internacional de Teatro y Danza de Huesca, coordinator of Mov s (Space for International Exchange of Dance and Movement Arts) and curator of the programme International Theatres Management of Red de Teatros Públicos de España. Currently Toni is also in the list of experts of the European Commission Culture Programme.

He was also artistic director of the festival Barcelona Street Arts within the fiestas de La Mercè de Barcelona (from 1998 to 2003), artistic director of the Three Wise Kings Parade of Barcelona (2002 and 2003), project coordinator of NAUMON by la Fura dels Baus (2003-2004) and, for eight years, member of the direction team of the Feria de Teatro de Tàrrega (from 1991 to 1998).

Toni is involved in international cultural policy research and provides best practice advice in managing arts projects and cultural institutions. Most of the reports can be downloaded here. Some of his recent studies are: “Strategic plan for Basque Country performing arts internationalization” (2010), “Theatres in London, Berlin and the Netherlands” (3 handbooks, 2007, 2008, 2009), “Assessment of the dance sector in Catalonia” (2007 and 2009), “The Political and Legal Context of Private Support to the Culture in Canada and Quebec” (2007), “The Arts Councils in Europe” (4 reports: England, Scotland, Finland and the Netherlands – 2008), “The National Trust in England” (2006), “Practices and Models of Support to Contemporary Performing Arts in Europe” (2005), etc.

He has extensively lectured, taught and written on arts management, arts internationalisation and cultural policies at major cultural and artistic events and in professional media. Toni currently teaches arts management and cultural policy at the University of Zaragoza and regularly writes articles in “Entreacte” magazine. His blog Cultura es Política deals with the performing arts community in Spain and Latin America.

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Milena Stefanovic

Milena Stefanovic holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade (2002)  and a Master in Public Administration (MPA), University Luigi Bocconi, Milan (2006). She is currently persuing Doctoral Academic Studies of Management in culture and media at the University of Belgrade.

After graduating at Bocconi she worked at the Italian Embassy in Belgrade on different projects, mainly in the area of cultural and business cooperation, followed by a six-month professional traineeship at the Administration of the European Parliament in Brussels, at the Foreign Affairs Committee, dealing with policy issues related to EU integration of the Western Balkans region.

From 2006-2008 she collaborated in different projects in Brussels, at Human Rights Watch, and at South-East European TV Exchanges (media projects). After returning to Serbia, she worked in public affairs and lobbying, in the meantime starting doctoral studies at the Faculty of Drama Arts in Belgrade focusing her research on cultural policy and management in culture. The topic of Milena’s doctoral research is the relation among different management theories (New Public Management, Theory of Change, Stakeholder theory, Balance scorecard), instrumental cultural policy and possibilities of applying some aspects of these theories (performance management and evaluation) to contemporary setting of Serbian cultural institutions. Also, the aim of her research is to define a new cultural model, one between state intervention and neoliberalism.

Since 2011, Milena is an Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts  (with professor Milena Dragicevic Sesic and Vesna Djukic) and has been Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts between 2011 and 2012. Some of the courses she teaches are: Human resources management in culture and media; Cultural diplomacy; Management in culture; financial management in cultural institutions; General management. She has also been involved in civil society activism for the Forum for Culture, European Movement in Serbia since 2013, and CESID – Centre for Free elections and democracy since 2003.

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Paolo Mele

Paolo Mele is a PhD student in Communication & New Technologies at IULM University in Milan and Visting Researcher at the New School for Public Engagement in New York. He is a cultural and digital project manager and has recently worked with several international organisations such as: the World Bank (Washington, USA), New Art Exchange (Nottingham, UK), Fondazione Veronesi (Milan, Italy) Fondazione Chivasso (Chivasso, Italy), and others.

He is founder and director of Ramdom, an organization working in the field of contemporary art (exhibition, residencies, masterclass) and culture. Paolo also organised two editions of Default, an international masterclass on “Arts, cities and regeneration”. He has been project manager for the Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and Mediterranean (Bjcem) from 2008 to 2012, where he has been responsible of the cultural programme in Bari (2008) and Skopje (2009) and for Digital Communication in Rome and Salonicco (2011).

In 2006 Paolo funded and coordinated the Observatory of Communication Politics (OCP) at the University of Salento. He is also founder of Cooperativa PAZ, a communication and advertising company based in Apulia region. Paolo has published two books on media and politics and wrote several essays and articles. His current research focus is on new media (art) and cultural policies.


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Paolo Petrocelli

Paolo Petrocelli is an arts administrator, musicologist, violinist, researcher, professor and UNESCO Expert in Music (Italian National Commission for UNESCO). He is also founder and president of EMMA for Peace, Euro-Mediterranean Music Academy for Peace, a non-profit global umbrella organization for music education and cultural diplomacy; a network of music institutions, universities and philanthropic foundations brought together in the shared interest of music and the promotion of peace in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions.

His other positions are: UNESCO Youth Delegate for Italy (2011), President Junior Chamber International Italy (Rome), Leader of the Italian National Network of the European Cultural Parliament Youth Network, Member of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum, Member of the Youth Committee of the International Music Council, Member of the Youth Committee of the European Music Council (2008-2010) and Ambassador for the Manifesto for Youth and Music in Europe, Family member of The Festival One Week. One Europe. Berlin 2012, Board Member of Plain Ink and Powering Education.

Paolo worked in the organization of international music and film festivals such as Tuscan Sun Festival, English Music Festival, Rome Chamber Music Festival, Accademia delle Crete Senesi, Rome Film Festival, Roma Independent Film Festival.

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CubicMetre – Resources for Culture is a Bucharest-based NGO set up in 2012 with the aim of becoming a platform for meetings and debates and a pool of expertise for the professionals in the field of culture. It aims to explore, support and help develop the cultural sector through specialised studies and interdisciplinary projects and by creating concrete favourable contexts in which artists, cultural operators, researchers and authorities can meet and communicate.

It advocates professional cultural management and a democratic process of substantiating cultural policies and good governance at national level. CubicMetre also has an interest in researching and influencing the quality and processes of cultural governance at local, national and European levels. It has been a member of Culture Action Europe since August 2013.

In 2013 CubicMetre participated in “Cultural governance services – CULTEMA PROJECT,” which aims to increase the attractiveness of South East European regions by advocating for investments in cultural heritage as a factor of economic growth for local communities. It is also part of the European Cultural Parliament Youth Network in Romania and since September 2013 maintains a permanent column on cultural policy in “Dilema Veche,” one of the highest rated cultural magazines in Romania.

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Aida Čengić

Aida Čengić works as an independent cultural manager and translator. She studied Computer Sciences at the University of Sarajevo and worked as the Assistant Producer with the International Theatre and Film Festival in 1993-1994. Between 1994 and 2002 Aida worked with the Open Society Fund BiH, where she was in charge for Arts & Culture, Library, and Youth Programmes, developing programme strategies, monitoring programme implementation and coordination of work with different regional programes and foundations in the framework of the Soros network.

In the period 2003-2008 she ran Pro Helvetia Sarajevo office as a Cultural Programme Officer, being in charge of implementation of the Swiss Cultural Programme Bosnia-Herzegovina, participating in development of a country specific strategic document, as well as in the development of instruments for supporting projects submitted by individuals and organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in identifiying and development of long-term projects and their monitoring and planning; day-to-day management of the for the local office and coordination of work with the Programme Directorate in Zurich and other offices in the region implementing the Swiss Cultural Programme SEE & Ukraine.

Since 2008, Aida has participated in various regional projects as a researcher and the author of reports, collaborating with organisations from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia. Furthermore, in 2000-2013, Aida was member of monitoring teams and selection committees related to different, mainly regional, cultural projects. She is also co-author of the BiH Profile for Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe.

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Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, The University of Warwick

The University of Warwick Centre for Cultural Policy Studies provides a focus for teaching and research in cultural management, cultural policy, media and communications, social enterprise and the creative and media industries. It is run by a multidisciplinary team of full-time staff supported by a range of distinguished practitioners and visiting experts. The Centre has awarded over 500 Masters degrees with students going on to PhD at Warwick. Its alumni network is global and its expertise is regularly called upon for research and consultancy work in the fields of cultural policy, media, culture, communications and the creative industries.

It forms part of an international network that connects with researchers, cultural managers and creative organisations and businesses in many parts of the world. It  teaches students from the UK,  different countries in Europe and other continents.  The Centre has partnerships and contracts with a variety of institutions including the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Arts Council England (ACE).

Founding members of the Centre have helped define the field of cultural policy studies, notably through the International Journal of Cultural Policy and the International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR). The Centre’s research seeks to inform policy and to engage with industry and communities, contributing to projects on aesthetic practice, digital innovation, heritage management, arts impact and the management of creativity through commissioned research, collaborative projects, industry seminars, conferences and workshops and by creating partnerships and networks with key institutions and agencies both nationally and internationally.

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