The fourth edition of the international conference "AIR Wro Talks" will take place on 28-29 March 2019 in Wrocław (Poland). This event is addressed to experts and practitioners active in the field of culture, art and education, who through their activities increase access to culture in contemporary European cities, as well as build lasting and cooperative relations between them.

We are happy to announce that we have completed the registration for the AIR Wro Talks 4.0 conference and that we are currently accepting submissions for the reserve list only. You can still register to the events included in the artistic scene: concert by Piotr Damasiewicz and the opening of exhibition of works by Dominika Kulczyńska.

Programme of the AIR Wro Talks 4.0

Thursday, 28.03.2019


  • 10:00 - 13:30

    How to Talk About the Majority of the World? Culture and Art Versus Global Challenges (Barbara, Świdnicka Street 8B, Wrocław)

    Are we the majority or minority of the world? How do culture and art support global challenges? These are the questions that the workshop participants will explore. They will examine cultural activities and international collaboration from the perspective of global education, i.e. becoming aware of the phenomena and interdependencies between people and places. They will also jointly reflect on the creative use of the heritage of other cultures and how to build international partnerships based on values such as respect, responsibility and solidarity.

    [workshop conducted by Marta Gontarska]

  • 10:00 - 13:30

    Let's say “NO” to Hate Speech! (Recepcja, Ruska 46 Backyard, Wrocław)

    Basing on the most recent social research, the workshop will address the issues of identity and identification of different groups exposed to stereotyping and stigmatization in Poland. The participants will learn to recognize and distinguish discrimination, racism and hate speech, as well as to understand the links between these phenomena. They will reflect on the limits of freedom of speech and the consequences of hate speech. One of the most important elements of the workshop will be to get acquainted with the legal basis and human rights, as well as to gain knowledge about how to react to hate-motivated phenomena.

    [workshop conducted by Dorota Mołodyńska-Küntzel]

Lectures, presentations and discussions (Barbara, Świdnicka Street 8B, Wrocław)

  • 14:00 - 14:30

    Opening of the AIR Wro Talks 4.0 conference

  • 14:30 - 15:15

    Opening lecture

    [prof. Klaus Bachmann – SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities]
  • 17:00 - 18:30

    Who promotes Greenland? The Role and Tasks of National Institutes of Culture in the 21st Century – panel discussion

    The modern world is characterized by simultaneous integration and disintegration of existing structures. Relations between countries are undergoing constant change. Spheres of influence are shifting. Does the 21st century still leave room for the promotion of culture defined by official state borders? How do we present the national heritage and identity in the face of the growing position of regions? What are the challenges faced by the institutions disseminating culture in other countries? These and other questions will be answered by representatives of national cultural institutes in Europe, which deal with international collaboration on a daily basis.

    [moderator: dr. Karolina Bieniek – ART TRANSPARENT Contemporary Art Foundation]

    [panelists: Irene Larraza – director of the Etxepare Basque Institute, Joanna Tamborska – deputy director of the Danish Cultural Institute, Rupert Weinmann – director of Österreichisches Kulturforum Warschau]

Accompanying programme (Barbara, Świdnicka Street 8B, Wrocław)

  • 20:15 - 21:00

    Piotr Damasiewicz Solo – koncert

    Piotr Damasiewicz is a Wrocław-based composer, trumpeter and curator. His works draw on the language of jazz, the 20th-century classical music and European improvised music. Damasiewicz will present a piece for trumpet and piano, partly prepared, composed especially for this occasion.  It will use the sound of these instruments in a both conventional and contemporary way, resulting from an experimental approach to their structure. In its contents, it will address the concept of a city, in which the national and cultural boundaries disappear and intersect, based on the example of Wrocław and Novi Sad.

Friday, 29.03.2019

Lectures, presentations and discussions (Barbara, Świdnicka Street 8B, Wrocław)

  • 11:00 - 11:30

    Opening of the second day of the conference

  • 11:30 - 12:30

    Support Opportunities for International Projects: Visegrad Fund, Goethe-Institut, Creative Europe Desk Poland, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute (presentations)

    If you associate Visegrad primarily with the castle and lecsó, and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute with the national epic, you are welcome to attend presentations of organisations and institutions that financially support projects carried out abroad or in collaboration with foreign partners. You will be able to talk to experts about your ideas and learn how to submit an application.

    [Eva Blaute - Goethe-Institut in Brussels, Ewa Kornacka - Creative Europe Desk Poland, Paulina Woźniak - International Visegrad Fund, Olgierd Zbychorski - Adam Mickiewicz Institute]

  • 12:30 - 13:00

    Coffee break

  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Culture for All: Strategies for the Cultural Inclusion of People with Disabilities – panel discussion

    The culture of accessibility is still a major challenge for the cultural organisations and institutions in Central Europe. Theoretically, we all realise the necessity of creating barrier-free events and activities, in practice, however, it is not easy. What can we do so that more people with different degrees of disability can participate in our projects to the full? The purpose of the discussion is to exchange experiences and present best practices.

    [presentation: Anna Dąbrowa, Dagmara Stanosz – Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice]

    [moderator: dr. Bartek Lis – ZAMEK Culture Centre in Poznań]

    [panelists: Onny Eikhaug – president of the EIDD Design for All Europe, Agata Etmanowicz – Impact Foundation, Bartłomiej Skrzyński – commissioner of the Mayor of Wrocław for People with Disabilities]

  • 16:00 - 17:30

    What Does Brexit Tell us About the European Community? – panel discussion

    Since the referendum, in which the majority of British people voted to leave the European Union, the subject has been constantly discussed in the media, in private conversations and in the academic community. During the AIR Wro Talks conference, which falls exactly on the planned date, the so-called “Brexit” will hit the front pages of all the newspapers. It raises fears and uncertainties, but there are also some who feel happy and relieved. Is this a unique phenomenon or a certain tendency? Will it be a precedent? The discussion will focus on the significance of this event for Europe and the world, and the impact it can have on international collaboration in the field of culture.

    [moderator: dr. Monika Sus – Hertie School of Governance]

    [panelists: Chris Baldwin – theatre and performance director, Ivor Davies – independent advisor and researcher on cultural policies, Paul Hobson – director of the Modern Art Oxford, Julie Ward – member of the European Parliament]

  • 17:30 - 18:00

    Closing of the AIR Wro Talks 4.0 conference

Accompanying programme (Tętno Art and Design Gallery, Jatki 12/13, Wrocław)

  • 20:00 - 23:00

    Opening of the exhibition “Migratory Species” by Dominika Kulczyńska

    The exhibition summarizes the next stage of the work of Dominika Kulczyńska, an artist and designer from Wrocław, on the subject of migration, borders and movement. Kulczyńska's projects, also present in the city's public space, refer to swallows – a species that once lived close to human settlements, thus symbolically present in culture. Today it is hard to find their nests in European cities and villages. The artist believes that migration can be approached from many different perspectives, for example in the context of birds in the city, including protected and endangered species.


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