Seminar in Gdansk, Poland


The Seminar in Gdańsk was partially open to the public including presentations, debates and workshops. One of the topics was the case of Young City Gdańsk, which is being developed in post-shipyard area. We would like to discuss the role of cultural events on waterfronts and their impact on the development of the new district as well as the possibility of implementing there participatory planning facilitated by artists.

Free admission. Registration by 11 March at this site.




13.03.2014 - Thursday

15.00 - closed meeting of R//C partners


Venue: Old Town Hall, 33/35 Korzenna St.


Keynote speech - "Connecting local audiences/visitors with transnational art. Why does Europe care about the public?", Chris Torch - Intercult (Sweden), member of the board of Culture Action Europe

17.45 – 18.45
Panel: Culture/Art on the waterfront – why? Audience development during festivals and cultural events on the waterfronts – how to change a passer-by into a conscious participant in the cultural event?

Moderator: Chris Torch
Panellists: Agnieszka Wlazeł (PL), Adrian Evans (UK), Katia Radchenko (Ukraine), Marcus Schober (Austria)

Discussion and keynote speech will be simultaneousely translated into English/Polish.

19.00 Culture on waterfronts: presentation of particular events in the form of Pecha Kucha with participation of River//Cities partners, invited guests: Francesco Calzolaio - Venti di Cultura, Adrian Evans - Thames Festival Trust,  Simon Häggblom - Floating Trunks, Bernd Herger - Danube Island Festival, Anne Pulli - Aura River Network, Michal Rolčík - United Islands Festival,  Karin Sporrer - IsarInselFest, Pedro Ressano Garcia - LabART,

and local activists and organisations from Gdańsk: Anna Szynwelska - Centre for Contemporary Art "Laznia", Aleksanda Szymanska - City Culture Institute, Aleksandra Kminikowska - the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, City Flow Project - students of Revitalisation Postgraduate Programme, Gdansk University of Technology.

Moderator: Iwona Preis Intercult (Sweden)

14.03.2014 - Friday

9.15 - 14.30 - Case study visits for River//Cities partners

Workshops and ideas fair: Strategic planning for building audiences on waterfronts - Agnieszka Wlazel (Impact & River//Cities Poland)

16.30-17.00 – coffee break

17.00 – 18.30
Panel: New (more) public space? Young City Gdansk

Moderator: Maciej Sandecki - journalist
Gary Johnson (garethhoskinsarchitects), Jacek Dominiczak (Academy of Fine Arts Gdańsk), Lucyna Nyka (Gdansk University of Technology), representatives of cultural institutions in Gdańsk

18.30 – summing-up - Chris Torch

Discussion and summing-up will be translated into English/Polish.


Saturday 15 March


Closed meeting of River//Cities partners


Organiser: Fundacja River//Cities Platform

Co-organiser: The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk

Rivers of Opportunities Learning Partnership is supported by the Grundtvig Programme of the European Commission.



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