MENTORS AND SPEAKERS
Trevor Davies (1949) holds a UK passport (still) and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He works in the fields of arts/culture, urbanism and interculturalism.
Originally educated as an Urban Planner in the UK (Nottingham School of Town and Country Planning 1968-72).
He has gathered some 40 years of experience with establishing / managing arts festivals and largescale projects/institutions both in the UK and in Denmark.
He still enjoys working both at micro and macro levels, both on curating/producing and presenting work but also on strategic levels and on conceptual levels working with cities, regions and national/ international programs and initiatives.
Davies works specifically with creativity and culture as a driving force of change and innovation in society and particularly in cities and he is passionate about designing and leading inclusive, challenging creative processes.
Davies founded Copenhagen International Theatre in 1980, which has curated / produced more than 55 international contemporary theatre, dance performance festivals since then.
Through KIT, he has initiated a series of projects, each with a different focus, covering experimental performance (Copenhagen International Theatre Festival 1980-85); contemporary dance (Dancin City 1990-96), global programs (Images of Africa 1990-1996, Images of 2003, Images of Middle East 2006); International Summer Stage 2000-2006; contemporary circus (New Circus Festival 2006-2016).
TD has worked intensively with international /intercultural relations and he initiated the Danish Centre for Culture and Development under the Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (1998-2017), which in fact has just been closed down by the right wing Dansk Folk Party after 19 years of successful intercultural activity. He also acted as consultant for Nordic Council of Ministers & Danish Arts Council on the theme of cultural diversity (2008-10).
TD was also director of The Aarhus Festival (1985-1990), The Salisbury International Arts Festival, UK (2000 – 2004) and he was commissioned to establish The New Writing Partnership in Norwich, which since resulted in Norwich being appointed as UNESCSO City of Literature. He has held a number of positions in funding organisations a.o. Chair of Danish National Cultural Foundation 1996-1998.
He is still co-director of CIT with Katrien Verwilt. The current focus of CIT is Metropolis CPH launched in 2007, which focusses on performing arts in the public space. The platform is the leading platform in the Nordic countries of site /situation specific work. CIT is also leading a three year “Nordic Urban Lab” program, a meeting place for urbanists, artists and strategists working with culturally driven urban change.
Davies was director of European Capital of Culture Copenhagen 96 (1992-97) and also project manager of European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 (2008-13), managing the preparation process and developing the theme and key programs for the bid as well as the funding and organization. He has also worked with both Sofia and Bucharest in their bids and is currently working with Bodo, Norway, as Norway’s proposal for ECoC 2o24.
At present, he is also acting as consultant for the Nordic Baltic Project “Culturability”, managed by Danish Cultural Institute /Nordic Council of Ministers and is supporting cultural/urban programs in 12 selected neighbourhoods in Riga, Kiel, Gdansk, Pori, Lolland and Vilnius, all based on locally generated social innovation strategies.
HUGO DE GREEF
Hugo De Greef (1953) was the Founder of the Kaaitheater (1977) in Brussels and worked for twenty years as General Manager of this contemporary theatre organisation. He was General Manager of the European Capital of Culture Brugge 2002 and Artistic Director of the European Capital of Culture Brussels 2000. From 2007 to 2010 he was the General Manager of the Flagey Arts Centre in Brussels.
Hugo De Greef co-founded the Informal European Theatre Meeting (IETM), the Europe for Festivals| Festivals for Europe – EFFE program, the Atelier for Young Festival Managers, The Festival Academy, and others.
Today, Hugo De Greef is the President of PARTS, an international dance school in Brussels founded by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, and President of Passa Porta, the literature house in Brussels. He was Secretary-General of the European Festival Association – EFA (2004-2008).
He was co-founder and currently the president of two artist-in-residency venues: ‘De School van Gaasbeek’ and the ‘House of Herman Teirlinck’.
Ulrich Fuchs (1951) has the French and German citizenship. He was born in Bavaria and lives in Marseille. Studied German language and literature, politics, history, sociology and theatre studies, 1982 PhD at Free University in Berlin.
1984-2005 teaching post at the University of Bremen,
1993-1996 teaching post at the University of Mainz.
1984-2003 dramatics advisor at the Bremer Theater.
2000-2004 Manager of the Cultural management course at the College of Bremen.
Since 2001, teaching post at the University of Avignon.
2003-2005 project manager of team for preparing Bremen’s application to be European Capital of Culture 2010.
From 2005 to 2010 deputy managing director and program director of Linz 2009 – European Capital of Culture 2009.
From 2010 to 2014 deputy managing director and program director of Marseille-Provence 2013 – European Capital of Culture 2013.
Teaching post at several European universities.
Nele Hertling (1934, Berlin) studied Philosophy and Theatre Sciences at Humboldt University Berlin.
First years of her career working free lance for radiostations and publishing houses.
1986 – 1988 directing the artistic program of European Capital of Culture Berlin 1988.
1989 founding and direction until 2002 of Hebbel-Theatre Berlin.
2002 – 2006 director of the Berlin based Artists in Residence program of the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst).
1998 elected as member and 2006 – 2015 as vice president of the Academy of Arts Berlin, since
summer 2017 director of the section for Performing Arts.
Member and cooperator in different cultural and culture/political organisations and initiatives, as in „A Soul for Europe“.
Caroline Kadziola holds a degree in English and Russian translation from the International School of Interpreters and a Master in International Relations from the University of Mons. Caroline has a strong background in Communication. After having worked for seven years as a communication consultant within Edelman Public Relations (Brussels HQ) she joined in 2008 the cross-border living arts organization, the manège.mons, in order to take up the Communications’ management and its team of nine people. She actively worked at positioning the institution as a major cultural player in the field of contemporary art both at national and international levels. At the same time she has been heading the Communication of the project Mons 2015, European Capital of Culture during its bidding and preparatory phases. As of January 2014 Caroline took up the International Relations Department of Mons2015 where she was responsible for the project’s international outreach as well as the coordination of all its international strands (partnerships, artistic, communication and promotion). Having been involved in the ECoC project from its early stages she has an in-depth knowledge and clear understanding of the process and stakes of a European Capital of Culture. Since 2016 Caroline has been working at the legacy of Mons2015 within the new Foundation as its communication and development Director and occasionally travels across Europe to share experience with candidate as well as ECoC cities.
Dominika Kawalerowicz (1986) completed Cultural Studies at Wrocław University and the Academy for Culture Leaders at the University of Economics in Cracow. Since graduation she has been actively involved in non-governmental organisations, and since 2012 has worked in the office of European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016, where she leaded the programme team.
Fredrik Lindegren (1968) is currently working as head of Culture department in the City of Umeå, Sweden. He was originally hired 2006 by the municipality to work with the bid for becoming European Capital of Culture. During the bidding phase Fredrik combined the head of Culture department position with being project manager for Umeå2014. After the successful bid he was appointed Artistic Director for the upcoming ECoC year, a position he maintained throughout the cultural year (2014) to the end of the project in September 2015.
Mr. Lindegren has studied History of ideas and Drama-theatre-film at the University of Umeå in Sweden, and during the 90´s he was engaged by different companies as stage actor, singer and director. Fredrik is also running a small cultural venue in Umeå under the name The Artistic Bureaucracy – @Bureaucart; where he combines artistic skills with a bureaucratic twist.
Fredrik is frequently hired by different organisations as a speaker and moderator and has appeared several times at TEDx and other major forums.
Main focus for his work as an Artistic Director is how to create the dramaturgy of the program that will engage both stakeholders, citizens and broad audiences.
Krzysztof Maj studied at Wrocław University of Technology, first at the Faculty of Electronics and then – at the Faculty of Computer Science and Management. He was an active member of student self-governments. Later he also completed Executive MBA postgraduate studies at the same university.
He began his professional career in the media, specialising in sport. Later he abandoned journalism and became involved in projects improving students’ welfare run by the Manus Foundation and the Planet of the Youth Association.
Another stage of his career began when he accepted the post of the spokesman for the mayor of Lubin. After almost four years he became the deputy staroste in charge of social affairs. Later he became involved in broadly-defined Wrocław culture.
For many years Krzysztof Maj has also chaired the cultural section of the Parliament of Students of the Republic of Poland. For the last four years he has been managing the Jazz on the Odra Festival. He was also the instigator and co-creator of the Capital of Rock Festival, which attracted two globally-renowned stars – Rammstein and Limp Bizkit – to the Municipal Stadium in Wrocław, alongside thousands of fans from all over the world.
Among the most memorable events held under the ECoC programme were the Opening Weekend and the concert of David Gilmour, a former guitarist of Pink Floyd, which attracted thousands of music lovers to the Freedom Square. The innovative idea of the Coalition of Cities, which involved the cooperation of Polish cities that had run for the title of European Capital of Culture 2016 and lost to Wrocław, was highly appreciated by the European Commission. This unique project successfully turned competition into cooperation.
Katarzyna Mlynczak (1980) graduated in Economics and Dutch Philology, holds a PhD in political science. She specialises mainly in Polish-German relations from the cultural and civic perspective, and was involved in many European scientific research programmes. In the Wrocław 2016 ECoC office she was responsible for international relations. She is lecturer and member of the ART TRANSPARENT Managing Board. Since the beginning of 2017 she got involved in developing a private art gallery, the Krupa Gallery, with a strong international perspective.