cultural policy

Kontrapunkt

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 recent projects run by Kontrapunkt:

  • Across Europe – Traversing Cultural Space: In cooperation with partners from Germany, Czech Republic and Bulgaria a literary network shall be 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 aims to enable democratic models of knowledge production and distribution that will contribute 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 professor at Stendhal Grenoble 3 University and a researcher at Gresec. 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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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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Per Mangset

Per Mangset is a Sociologist of Culture and has been a Professor at Telemark University College since 2000. He is also a part time senior researcher at Telemark Research Institute and head of Centre for Culture and Sport Studies, Telemark University College. He has conducted several research projects sponsored by the Research Council of Norway – and some projects sponsored by public authorities (Ministry of Culture, Arts Council).

Together with Dorte Skot-Hansen he initiated the “International Conference on Cultural Policy Research” (ICCPR), whose Scientific Committee he currently cooordinates. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Cultural Policy Research and a national expert for the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe.

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Roberto Cimetta Fund

The Roberto Cimetta Fund is an international non-profit organization set up and is run by renowned cultural professionals from various countries of the Euro-Arab zone in order to find a funding solution to the ever-increasing mobility and internationalization of artistic practice. It has provided mobility grants to almost 1300 artists and cultural operators and stands out as a key player and mediator on the questions of artistic mobility and cultural development in the Euro-Med zone. RCF’s expertise is aimed at directly benefiting local artists working at an international level as well as providing public institutions with opportunities to outsource cultural and artistic mobility strategies in a cost-effective way.

An impartial selection system focuses on the quality of the artistic initiative and the concrete local impact of the travel grant when the artist returns to his or her home country. RCF helps to build sustainable partnerships between international funders and also between artists and cultural operators. As such it contributes to building a framework for diplomacy of local governing bodies next to national diplomacies. The Fund builds up partnerships with foundations, ministries, local or regional governing bodies, European capitals of culture that wish to promote artistic works and productions and favour local development through a Fund capable of providing international expertise in cultural cooperation.

It’s role is also to identify funding and policy issues and advocate for the sector by involving policymakers and institutions. The RCF set up a consultative platform in May 2011 in Paris with 50 participants from 14 European, Arab and other Mediterranean countries and defined an action plan with 6 specific recommendations that was sent to members of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly, members of the European Parliament and the EU Commission executive teams.

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