cultural policy

Raluca Bem Neamu

Raluca Bem Neamu graduated History and Theory of Art faculty and the MA in Audio-Video Communication. She worked as the Head of Education, Communication and Cultural Projects Department in the National Museum of Art of Romania for more than 10 years and then she founded a cultural NGO specialized in cultural education for children and young people named Da’DeCe Association (I Wander Why Association). She participated to different training programs as follows: Summer Institute for Museum Professionals (New York University, 2006), Training Program in Cultural Management and Trainer of Trainers in Cultural Management (Phare Program. 2000-2001) etc.

She is trainer in different fields: project management, cultural management, museum education, audience development in cultural institutions. She has a wide experience in project management as manager of cultural projects, evaluator of cultural projects and also trainer in this field. Raluca has a special interest in storytelling as a method of interpreting heritage and she is a co-author of a couple of volumes about this subject (Shadow Theater in Museums, ed. Tritonic, București, 2010; Museum Theater: Perspectives and Experiences, ed. Tritonic, București, 2009).

Raluca also wrote chapters in the following volumes: Public Relations in Museums, ed. Tritonic, București, Project Manager. Guide for Professionals, Ed. Centrul de Pregătire Profesională în Cultură, 2007, Bucuresti; Developing Educational Services in Museums, Centrul de Perfecţionare, Educaţie Permanentă şi Management, 2006, Project Management versus Organisational Management, Centrul de Perfectionare, Educatie Permanenta şi Management, 2006. She is also a national correspondent of the European Museum Academy.

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Carmen Croitoru

Carmen Croitoru is the general manager of The National Institute for Cultural Research and Training (NIRCT) in Romania. Since 2006 she is a Senior Lecturer, PhD. at The National University of Theatre and Film “I.L.Caragiale” teaching Cultural management and marketing, Project management and Cultural legislation. Between 1999 and 2001 she was an associate professor at the Media University – Business Administration and at the University of Bucharest – Faculty of Communications and Public Relations. From 2001 to 2003 she was the Chief Operating Officer at the Media University.

Since 2005 she is a permanent collaborator of the Ministry of Culture. From 2005 to 2008 she was an independent expert and the official representative for reporting the Sibiu European Cultural Capital 2007 Programme. Between 2010 and 2012 she was the personal counsellor of the Minister of Culture. Amongst the most important projects she participated in were: advocacy and promotion of the first management law to be implemented within cultural public institutions in Romania, the law for performing arts and public institutions and other legislative regulations in the cultural field; founding and managing the first BBC School in Romania dedicated to the independent radio stations; developing the Centre of Cultural Projects in Bucharest as an artistic director; being a member of over 100 evaluation and contest committees after implementing the management system in the cultural field.

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Andrei Crăciun

Andrei Crăciun is Head of research department at the National Institute for Research and Cultural Training, where he is engaged in designing and conducting both qualitative and quantitative studies on various cultural topics. He was a working group member within the Ministry of Culture for the Romanian strategy for culture 2014-2020. He holds am MA in Anthropology and Community Development. In the past years, he took part as an independent professional in different research projects in the field of culture, education, local development or migration.

He is co-author of several research reports, like “Extracurricular activities in the Romanian countryside. Development of key skills in children and young”, “Audience study of The Romanian Peasant Museum”, “Cultural vitality index of cities in Romania”, “The effects of the economic crisis on culture”, “Romanian Communities in Spain”. Andrei’s recent publications include chapters in „Cultural Consumption Barometer 2014. Culture, between global and local“ (Carmen Croitoru and Anda Becuţ –ed.), namely: “Artists and Active Persons in the Cultural and Creative Sectors: Perceptions, Attitudes and Opinions“, „ Cultural Consumption within the Public Space. General Data” and „From non-consumption to strategies of cultural consumption stimulation“.

Currently, Andrei is preparing a chapter for the collective volume „Creative Industries: Drivers for New Sectoral and Spatial Dynamics” (Caroline Chapain and Tadeusz Stryjakiewicz – ed.) in collaboration with Anda Becuţ. Also, he is involved in activities of the cultural NGO’s as coordinator for different educational or film based projects.

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NIRCT – National Institute for Cultural Research and Training

The National Institute for Cultural Research and Training (NICRT), subordinated to the Ministry of Culture in Romania, is the only national institute that aims to study, research and provide statistical data in the field of culture as well as training professionals who choose a career in this field. Its mission is to reach – by means of cultural research and training – all the cultural operators, regardless of their level of subordination or the type of organization, for collecting and offering statistical data in order to sustain their own projects and to support their professional development.

The institute intends to uphold the public authorities’ activity of formulating policies and strategies for the cultural field and coherent system regulations as much as measuring the impact of these actions at a local and national level. The experts of the institute carried out so far 70 studies and researches, participated in 31 national and international conferences, trained over 6000 beneficiaries coming from approximately 700 cultural institutions and evaluated over 4000 candidates within skill-evaluation sessions. Among the beneficiaries there were: public cultural institutions subordinated to local or central authorities (museums, art galleries, cultural centres, libraries, show and concert organizations, NGO’s), the World Intellectual Property Organization, the European Commission – Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency, the National Authority for Scientific Research, UNITER, the Committee for the Programme Sibiu European Cultural Capital 2007, ArCuB (the Centre for Cultural Projects of the City of Bucharest).

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Jelena Jankovic

Jelena Jankovic is the Program Editor and Producer of the Belgrade Music Festival. She graduated from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology. In 2006 she obtained her Master’s Degree at the University of Arts in Belgrade and Universite Lumiere Lyon 2 (Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies of Cultural Management and Cultural Policy in the Balkan).

She regularly participates in international symposiums in Serbia, publishes articles and translations in Serbian and international magazines, and is invited to give lectures at the Faculty of Music, Union of Composers of Serbia, University of Arts in Belgrade, and a number of other institutions.

In 2004 she spent three months on an internship at the Opera de Lyon (France) in the Department of Artistic Production. She attended the two-week International Summer Course at the International Centre for Culture and Management in Salzburg. In 2005 she participated in the European Atelier for Young Festival Mangers in Gorlitz, Germany. Also, she was a representative of Jugokoncert at the 16th Annual Conference of the European Forum for the Arts and Heritage in Athens (2007).

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Kontrapunkt is an association of citizens established in December 2001 in Skopje (Macedonia), devoted to developing alternative urban cultural policies and strengthening of the culture of connecting, locally, in the region of South East Europe and internationally.

This organisation is committed to creating alternative public spaces and to questioning the models of cultural action based on the principles of integration and diversity. The goals of Kontrapunkt are to de-monopolise the field of culture and cultural policy, to foster the culture of connecting through networks, building joint platforms and partnerships, exchange of creative and theoretical potentials through implementation of joint projects.

Kontrapunkt is mainly dedicated to long-term projects. Since 2008 the Robert Bosch Foundation supports Kontrapunkt with the aim to implement a frequent cultural program.

These are some of the projects by Kontrapunkt:

  • Across Europe – Traversing Cultural Space: In cooperation with partners from Germany, Czech Republic and Bulgaria a literary network is established to promote the idea of a trans-european cultural space – aimed at questioning the political borders by symbolic crossing and exchange.
  • Deschooling Classroom: Deschooling Classroom is a project that addresses the contemporary independent cultural scene in the region, offering an alternative to the hierarchical models of education in the art and culture. Mainstream educational models focus on exclusivity and individuality and so impede democratisation of our countries. In response to this, this project enables democratic models of knowledge production and distribution, contributing to the cultural scenes.
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Franco Bianchini

Franco Bianchini is a Professor of Cultural Policy and Planning at Leeds Beckett University and, from 1992-2007, he was  a Reader in Cultural Planning and Policy and Course Leader for the MA in European Cultural Planning at De Montfort University, Leicester.

From 2010-2014 he was a member of the team preparing the successful bid by the city of Matera, in Southern Italy, for the title of European Capital of Culture 2019. During the same period he supported Dr Jancovich in leading the UK-based Knowledge Exchange Network on Participation and Engagement in the Arts.

His books include: Focus on Festivals (2015), Urban Mindscapes of Europe (2006), Planning for the Intercultural City (2004), The Creative City (1995) and Cultural Policy and Urban Regeneration: the West European Experience (1993).

His research interests include: the role of culture in urban regeneration (with a particular focus on port cities and on innovation in European Cities/Capitals of Culture); cultural diversity and interculturalism as resources for urban policy, and the development of urban cultural strategies in Europe in the context of the current political, economic and environmental crises.

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Stephane Bauer

Stephane Bauer studied sociology, political science and economics at the Universities of Bohn and Berlin.

He worked at the Federal Association for Student Cultural Work in Bonn and at the Berlin University of Arts. From 1990 on, he was General Director of the Kunstamt Kreuzberg (District Department of Culture).

Since 2002 Bauer has regularly led cultural mediation seminars for the Goethe Institute Berlin. His projects and workshops have entailed visits to numerous countries, including Ghana, Serbia, USA, Israel, Egypt, Palestine and Brazil. Also, he was appointed Director of Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, which is an exhibition space with a focus on current cultural issues. In parallel to that, he teaches cultural mediation and is exhibition curator for the Goethe Institute, Berlin University of Arts and for the Berlin artists’ teaching service.

He is a member of the Berlin Arts Council since 2008.

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Marie-Christine Bordeaux

Marie-Christine Bordeaux is a Vice-president for Culture and Student Life of Stendhal University in Grenoble. She is a deputy publications director of the review Culture et Musees, and second-in-charge of l’ARC 5 ‘Cultures Sciences, Societies and Mediations’. She is a member of the High Council for artistic and cultural education, for what are known as specific public groups, amateurs and for current issues of democratization and cultural democracy.

Marie-Christine Bordeaux has conducted research on forms of cooperation between artists and scientists and  has a number of publications including: ‘For the right to artistic education. A Franco-German plea’ (2014), ‘Artistic education, eternal return? A national ambition put to the test at local and regional levels’ (2013), ‘Amateur theatre and the experience of art. Accompaniment and autonomy’ (2011) etc.

She has directed several collective publications and collaborates regularly with the Observatory of Cultural Policy.

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Mario Azzopardi

Mario Azzopardi is an expert in Malta’s literature and cultural sphere.

In 1979 he set up the Lyceum Youth Theatre and conducted Theatre in Education projects with Theatre Centre (London), North London Polytechnic, and Histoire et Theatre (Paris). He co-founded the Maltese-Palestinian Standing Committee and directed Theatre in Italy. Also, he was a coordinator of the International Festival for Peace held to commemorate the Bush-Gorbachev Malta Summit. Furthermore, he carried out work with art and theatre institutions in Berlin, Moscow, Leningrad and Vilnius. Since 1995 he has been the coordinator of the Spektrum of Il-Mument, a platform for writers and intellectual commentary.

Azzopardi is the author of an entry on Maltese theatre in the Encyclopedie Bordos de Michel Carvin (1995). He resumed educational drama work with the Ministry of Education, conducting a series of projects for academically-unmotivated youth.

In 1998 he was appointed member of the Policy Unit at the Ministry of Education and Culture and created Malta’s first cultural policy. He has since then contributed with several entries related to cultural policy to various European agencies. He also conducts regular theatre workshops within the framework of European Union programmes. He was appointed director of the Malta Drama Centre, introducing drama for personality development and community theatre.

Azzopardi was educated at the Lyceum, the Training College for Teachers, and the University of Malta. He graduated as a teacher of art qualifying with a distinction in the Theory and Practice of Education and later obtained a Master of Philosophy in Theatre.

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