Launched in 2013, “Districts of Culture” (Dzielnice Kultury) is a long-term interdisciplinary programme aiming at increasing the cultural potential of Lublin’s twenty-seven districts. The realization of the programme is supposed to result in the boost in the active participation in culture of the residents of Lublin as well as in the upsurge in their cultural competences.
One of the basic tasks at hand is outreach: reaching the milieux and people for whom culture has so far been a marginal occupation as well as researching the needs and interests of the residents of the districts and areas in question with a view to jointly programming a series of attractive events. Activities undertaken as an integral part of the “Districts of Culture” programme focus on four ideas that constitute four pivots: “Lublin for Children”, “Culture for Seniors”, “District Spaces of Cultural Education”, “Install: Culture”.
“Districts of Culture” (Dzielnice Kultury) is one of the operational programmes of Lublin’s 2013-2020 Culture Development Strategy.
Up-to-date rules and regulations as well as downloadable application forms are available on the websites of the programme’s district operators:
1. Bronowice Cultural Centre (Dzielnicowy Domu Kultury "Bronowice") - Dzielnicowy Dom Kultury "Bronowice"
2. Węglin Cultural Centre (Dzielnicowy Dom Kultury "Węglin") - Dzielnicowy Dom Kultury "Węglin"
3. Workshops of Culture (Warsztaty Kultury) - Warsztaty Kultury
EEPAP is an organisation promoting the development of the performing arts (theatre and dance) in Central and Eastern Europe and it is also the first institution opened by the Eastern Partnership. 18 countries from the aforementioned regions participate in the project, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Poland. Additionally, in 2012 Lithuania and Latvia are planning to join the EEPAP, but there is even more to come because in 2013 the organisation should expand again by accepting two new members, namely Turkey and Russia.
EEPAP is mainly directed at independent theatre and dance artists, curators, critics, theoreticians, as well as people running independent art centres and festivals. The organisation initiates and supports co-operation of performers and experts in performing arts, runs curatorial education and arts programs, residency program and it researches into cultural policy on theatre and dance artists in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989. Furthermore, its goal is to strengthen the cultural circulation and to develop co-operation between the curators and artists from Western and Eastern Europe through launching a program of studio visits during which the curators from Western Europe will visit the countries of the Eastern Partnership.
The EEPAP was initiated by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in 2011 in the framework of the Polish EU Presidency Cultural Program. On 22 October, 2011 during the Eastern Partnership Culture Congress, a letter of intent concerning the co-operation in the EEPAP and the creation of the project’s office in Lublin was signed by the City of Lublin and the Institute. Since February 2012 EEPAP has been operating as the first Eastern Partnership institution with its headquarters in the Centre for Culture in Lublin. It is financially supported by the City of Lublin and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
(Translation: Patrycja Kozak)
The idea behind the Congress was that if one wants to establish Eastern Partnership as a cultural project, a new platform for idea exchange, for designing new tools of co-operation, and for establishing a common representation at European level is needed.
The Congress is a part of a broader, long-term project named “Eastern partnership as a cultural project”, which is run by the City of Lublin in co-operation with the Centre for Culture and the Trans Culture Foundation. The Cities of Lviv and Tbilisi as well as the Polish Institutes in Kyiv, Minsk and Bucharest are the partners in the project.
Various groups of people participate in the Congress, namely artists, people connected with culture, representatives of non-governmental organisations and self-governments mainly from the member states of the Eastern Partnership and the European Union, but also from Russia and other European countries.
The Congress continues and develops the previous initiatives with similar goals, including Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum started under the auspices of the Czech Presidency as well as “Go East!” conferences which have been organised in Warsaw since 2009.
(Translation: Patrycja Kozak)
Lublin and seven other cities will become a center promoting Polish presidency of the EU in 2011. The Minister of Culture and Natioonal Heritage, Bogdan Zdrojewski, presented the official cultural program of the Presidency.
Lublin will host three big cultural events:
Mindware. Technologies of Dialogue
International Festival Theater Confrontations
“The Oldest Songs of Europe” International Festival
and Eastern Partnership Culture Congress
In April 2011 the authorities of Lublin, Białystok and Rzeszów created the “Eastern Cultural Axis”- an alliance for culture of the largest cities of the Eastern Poland.
The initiative was launched by Lublin, the only city in this part of Poland that is a candidate for the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) in 2016. The first activity of this alliance was to support Lublin’s candidacy in the competition for the ECoC.
From 18th to 19th November 2011 there was a conference entitled “Eastern Culture Axis - culture for the development of the Eastern Poland. The hosts were: Lublin City Hall, the Workshops of Culture – the Culture Centre’s branch and Trans Kultura Foundation. The goal of the aforementioned conference was to strengthen the role of the centres of Eastern Poland by means of cooperation and exchanging good practices in such areas as regional and cross-border cultural activities, especially those related to the Eastern Partnership Initiative.
The conference consisted of 6 thematic discussion sessions whose moderators were famous practitioners as experts, among others Krzysztof Czyżewski and Dariusz Jachimowicz. Representatives of local governments, cultural institutions and NGOs from about a dozen towns of Eastern Poland participated in the conference as well.
(Translation: Arkadiusz Ślanda)
Eurocities is a group of European cities which unites almost 140 cities from over 30 different European countries. The mission of Eurocities is to represent the interests of cities before the European institutions, especially while shaping the European Urban Policy. Eurocities is a platform for the exchange of experiences and good practices, as well as cross-border affairs in terms of the development of big European cities. Eurocities organises the Eurocities Culture Forum (ECF) twice a year. Among the previous ECF host cities were Liverpool, Lyon, Dublin and Bologna.
Eurocities’ works focus on:
- economic development of the cities,
- properly functioning public services,
- taking care of the climate, energy resources, the environment as well as transport and communication,
- employment and social affairs,
- culture, education and social awareness.
The activities of the Eurocities are fulfilled with the exchange of views and experiences, analysis of mutual affairs, diversifying and implementing innovative solutions thanks to a wide range of conferences, projects and other activities.
Eurocities was founded to shape the common vision of the future and fulfil that vision for the well-being of the societies and their inhabitants as a result.
The Eurocities Culture Forum is above all:
- promoting cultural cooperation as a key issue in successful development of the EU,
- promoting and supporting the cultural integration as a civic, regional and state strategy,
- fostering the best possible practices and research related to e.g. youth culture, the application of informative and economic values of culture and cross-culture communication,
- supporting international cooperation and exchange projects, especially concerning East European countries and the Southern Mediterranean countries.
The Eurocities Culture Forum took place in Lublin on 20 - 23 October 2010.
There were visitors from approximately 50 European cities, such as François Matarasso, an independent writer and culture scholar, Rose Fenton who is an art producer and a consultant cooperating with Lublin while it was competing for the title the European Capital of Culture. Jarosław Dziedzic, the director of the Eastern Partnership Department from the Foreign Affairs Ministry was yet another participant of the Forum.
The main themes of the Forum were urban cultural strategy and Go East, which is a cooperation program with the countries belonging to the Eastern Partnership.
(Translation: Arkadiusz Ślanda)
The European College of Culture is an initiative within the Lublin European of Culture 2016 Candidate project. With our experts, Dragan Klaic, Rose Fenton and Krzysztof Czyżewski, we are preparing a series of lectures, open meetings, and workshops taught by European experts in the field of culture. The aim of the European College of Culture is raising the awareness, improving quality, and gaining competence.
It is a unique occasion for everyone working in the field of culture, both professional and amateurs, to meet and share their experiences. The project come up to the expectations, as far as establishments of international contacts, evaluation of local activities in the European context, and introducing Lublin to the European culture is concerned.
Our main aim is to establish and strengthen cooperation with culture operators from Europe, not only the Member States, and to generate interest in Lublin. We want Lublin to enter a lively dialogue on important issues, show empathy towards the other, and to be effective. We have already attracted various well-known persons to Lublin.
The lecture and workshops by Dragan Klaic was the opening of the European College of Culture - lecture : European Capital of Culture - Aspirations, achievements, unfulfilled hopes a critical analysis of the program in the years 1985-2010
Krzysztof Czyżewski had a lecture: Magician of the East. Lublin as European Capital of Culture
John Tusa - lecture: Developing the Role of Arts Centre Today
Shewach Weiss - lecture: Intercultural Lublin. Tradition and chance for Future
Julia Rowntree Workshops: Changing the performance: building collaboration to unlock support and funds for the arts and new possibilities for the city and lecture: Building civic partnerships for the arts: inspiring cross-sector collaboration to unlock support and funds
Steve Austen workshops: Models for innovative entrepeneurship in arts and culture and lecture: The changing environment for Arts and Cultural organisations in Europe, dilemma's, questions and answers
John Ashford workshops and lecture: Why Dance?
Dennis Rodwell - lecture: Visual Integrity in Historic Cities versus Economic Development
Rose Fenton - lecture: "Key cultural events as crucial elements of cultural strategy development"
François Matarasso - lecture: The Parliament of Dreams: Why everything depends on culture
Hedwig Fijen - lecture: Presenting Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art
Jörg Haspel i Bogusław Szmygin - lecture: Lublin and Berlin on the World Heritage List
Jean Pierre Deru - lecture: Cultural cooperation networking, partnership and internationalization
Paul Collard - lecture: Developing Children's Creativity - luxury or economic imperative?
Mark Borkowski - lecture: Everything you know is wrong
In the forthcoming months there will be regular visits of various guests.
The European College of Culture enables artist and culture operators from Lublin to participate in international networks of cooperation, like Aerowaves, IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts).
Intercultural Cities - Joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission.
As communities across Europe grow increasingly diverse, their governance models, their public and media discourse, the management of their institutions and their policies determine whether this diversity becomes an asset or a threat. Successful cities and societies of the future will be intercultural: they will be capable to manage and explore the potential of their cultural diversity to stimulate creativity and innovation and thus generate economic prosperity and a better quality of life.
The Intercultural Cities programme will study successful experiences in a range of cities in Europe (and possibly beyond) and harness this experience to inform and shape structures, policies and practice in other cities through mentoring and good practice exchange.
“Intercultural Cities” is a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, aiming to reinforce and support the actions of local communities in order to make the most of their cultural diversity.
The programme is an important part of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 project. The aims of the „Intercultural Cities” programme include:
Lublin is the only Polish city chosen to take part in the pilot phase of the “Intercultural Cities” project. It was the result of the visit of the representatives of the Directorate of Culture, Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Council of Europe which took place at the end of January 2008.
During their stay, the representatives had an opportunity to appreciate the quality of Lublin’s intercultural events and the involvement of the city and its citizens in intercultural dialogue, as well as an appropriate understanding of the idea of such dialogue.
Cities participating in the programme:
See more: Council of Europe website
In 2008 the project “Living together in Europe tour” was carried out within the frames of the Intercultural Cities programme. 23 cities comprised in the Eurocities network took part in the project. The goal of the project was to present the best cultural undertakings that rose the issue of multiculturalism. Within the project, in June 2008, the representatives of Finnish city, Espoo, visited Lublin, whereas in August 2008, the representatives of Lublin visited Bristol.After completing the project, there was a conference held in amsterdam on 5-7 march.The information on the project and the visits was summarised in a publication "A journey through 23 European cities"
In 2008 as a result of Lublin's participation in the Intercultural Cities program, the idea of a new festival was conceived
The festival aims at presenting the culture, art, and heritage of national, ethnic and religious minorities of those which have been present in Lublin for ages and those of emigrant communities, refugees or students that have settled here in the last several dozens of years.
more on project
LUBLIN IS FRIENDLY
From March to May 2009 the Culture Department and Homo Faber Association carried out a pilot research project concerning the situation of foreign students living in Lublin. We wanted to ask them how they perceive living and studying in Lublin. We wanted to ask about their problems and needs, especially concerning culture, about waht they like in the city and what changes should be made. One of the important aims of the project was to find out about the level of engagement of foreign students in the city's cultural life and whether they would like to participate in or organize such cultural events. The project resulted in lauching Welcome to Lublin project.
See Lublin is Friendly - report
WELCOME TO LUBLIN
In 2009 Homo Faber Association launched "welcome to lublin" project - actvities aiming at integration of the foreigners - especially foreign students.
More about the project at Homo Faber website
Welcome to Lublin website:
THE RULE OF LAW FOUNDATION PROJECTS
Legal assistance service
Project "Integration of Foreigners in Lublin Region"
Project ‘Regional Network of Immigrants’ Support in Lublin’
Project website: www.migrant.lublin.pl
THE VOLUNTEER CENTRE PROJECTS
“Education for Integration — Partnership for Refugees”
"Bo byłem przybyszem..." (As I was a stranger...)
Caritas Centers of Support for Migrants and Refugees
Grodzka Gate NN Theatre
Office for Foreigners
HerO – Heritage as Opportunity – Sustainable Management Strategies for Vital Historic Urban Landscape – a projects operating within the URBACT II program – the Network of Development of Urban Areas concerning the exchange of knowledge and science for the cities supporting the “The Regions for Economic Changes” Initiative of the European Commission
The historic urban landscape acquires its unique and universal meaning both with evolutionary changes and the planned spatial development during a significant period of time. It results from the processes of urbanization, topographical factors, economic values and socio-cultural values distinctive for a respective local society.
This quotation from the Vienna Memorandum entitled “World Heritage and Contemporary Architecture – Managing the Historic Urban Landscape” (The World Heritage Center UNESCO 2005) states that the historic urban landscape cannot be treated as a collection of important buildings, but rather like a living organism and lively space for its citizens.
However, constant changes in conditions of our times (growing economic competitiveness accompanied by the investment pressure, climate change, demographical changes etc.) become a great challenge in management of many historic urban landscapes. Such challenges cannot be dealt with by the use of traditional politics of sectors. The lack of balance between the demand for progress and the preserving of historic tissue oftentimes results in economic stagnation, or the loss of historic values, and thus the loss of identity.
The lack of multileveled cooperation with the responsible Management Institutions and the lack of integrated politics concerning the sustainable development of the cities that join the retaining of the cultural heritage with the socio-economic development of the historic complexes of the urban landscape may lead to the loss of competitiveness of the urban areas as well as the loss of attractiveness both for the citizens and visitors.
Facing various challenges of the various sized historic cities of Europe, the project of HerO network aims at creating a strategy of integrated management and innovative methods, tools, policies, programs and activities classified as “good practices” in achieving the proper balance between preserving the cultural heritage of a historic urban landscape which is an element of the identity and an integral part of the European history, and providing a sustainable urban development for the future so that the attractiveness and competitiveness and the requirements of the cultural heritage are met. It concerns the local economy, inhabitants, tourists, the real estate owners, UNESCO, restorers, etc.
10 European Cities take part in the program, and the leading city is Regensburg. Most of the cities are listed on the World Heritage list of UNESCO (Lublin is listed on the European Heritage List)
The partners of the project:
Liverpool, (Great Britain)
On the basis of the Act of July 23, 2003, on the monument protection and monument care (Dz.U.2 2003, item 1568), article 15, section 1, “Lublin – the urban and architectural historical complex” on April 25, 2007 was declared a monument of the history of the Polish state.
The monument of the history of the Polish state is an exceptional form of protecting the most valuable monuments in Poland. The title is awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland and can be awarded to a fixed object of exceptional historical, scientific or artistic value, which is inscribed in the common consciousness as important for the cultural heritage of Poland.
The Urban and Architectural Historical complex of Lublin
The complex comprises:
The Urban and Architectural Historical Complex of Lublin was shaped over the last thousand years, from the 10th to 19th century. It constitutes an exceptional example of the layout preserving all basic elements of the urban structure, from numerous relics of the medieval times, and changes connected with the spatial development from renaissance till the end of the 19th century. It is inextricably connected with many crucial moments in the history of Poland.
Recognized as the monument of history, the Urban and Architectural Historical Complex represents unique historical values thanks to the preserved authentic buildings, historical layout, and a connection between views and functional solutions. It gives a valuable testimony of the “long lasting.” Scientific publications oftentimes refer to these historical values, continuity of tradition, and cultural advantages that constitute the multiculturalism of the city (the complex) located in the interfluves of Vistula and Bug, that is between the “East and West of Europe.”
The complex comprises both sacred architecture dating from the 16th and 17th century (including also earlier relics), bourgeois tenements (from 16th till 19th century), old residential buildings, or public edifices (for example Crown Tribunal or town theatres), as well as fortifications (the tower of the castle, gates and town towers). There are also places commemorating important moments for the nation and state, among them very important Polish-Lithuanian Union, an agreement signed in 1569 marking the symbolic beginning of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth constituting prefiguration of the contemporary unification ideas of Europe. The area of the nominated complex is sui generis an archeological park because of the early (going back to prehistory) register of settlement. Recently, numerous fragments of wooden waterworks, installed since 1506, have been found. They are displayed after restoration in the museum of City water board.
European Heritage List was initiated by France during the conference Europe for Intercultural Dialogue in Granada in April 2006. The list, inspired by the famous UNESCO list, aims at creating a map of places and objects important for the European identity and its strengthening. The European Heritage Label is awarded to the objects, both tangible and intangible, that have played a key role in history and the cultural heritage of Europe.
The first objects listed under the European Heritage Label were Acropolis, Abbey of Cluny, the Berlin Wall and the House of Robert Schuman. In Poland, the European Heritage Label was awarded to Shipyards of Gdansk, Hill of Lech (episcopal cathedral, church, palaces, and museum),
Cathedral St Wenceslas and Stanislas on the Wawel hill in Cracow, and the Town of Lublin
Listing Lublin under the European Heritage Label concerns directly three objects connected with the historical signing of the Union of Lublin of 1569, namely The Holy Trinity Chapel of Lublin Castle, The Monument of the Union of Lublin, and Basilica of the Dominican Friars in Lublin.
The Label for Lublin has also some broader meaning. It was given to a city that is a symbol of the European ideas of integration, transnational heritage of democracy and tolerance, as well as the dialogue of cultures between the East and West. In this respect, the label relates to the important elements building the city’s identity.
The European Heritage Label – building the future of the European citizens.
The European Heritage Label initiative is designed to promote the European identity and shared European history and it consists in the European heritage. The program aims also to strengthen the sense of belonging to Europe and foster the understanding of its nature by the citizens.
The European Heritage Label program is designed to be a mean of promoting and preserving the cultural property, monuments, natural or urban sites, tangible and intangible, contemporary and traditional heritage and sites that have played a key role in understanding of the European history and culture and its transnational character.
The European Heritage Label was designed to point to the important role played by the European heritage in the processes of integration. It should ultimately become a common activity that will strengthen cooperation between the European Union, Member States, national institutions, the Council of Europe, as well as between the private and public sector and non-governmental organizations.