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Raül Abeledo Sanchis

Raúl Abeledo Sanchis (Paris, 1973) Doctor in Economic Sciences (2010) and Master in Environmental Strategies and Management (1999), his thesis is focused in the link between local development, environmental sustainability and cultural planning and management. Cultural rights, arts education, creativity and social and economic innovation are some key words in this sense.  After seven years in private consultancy (1999-2006), he became European Projects Director of Econcult, the Cultural Economics Research Unit of the University of Valencia, where he also teaches since 2008. As researcher as been involved in different european projects as Sostenuto (2009-12), 3C4 Spaces (2013-14) and CreativeMed (2013-14). He is also involved in different international networks as Foundation Roberto Cimetta dedicated to the promotion of artistic mobility. Amateur painter and song-writer.


Dagna Gmitrowicz


Dagna works as a facilitator and process designer who creates meaningful learning spaces at conferences, workshops and retreats for teams, organizations and institutions. Believes in and supports a collaborative work culture – one that uses the potential and strengths of everyone and taps into the collective wisdom of the group. She is inspired by Holacracy, The Way of Council, Art of Hosting, Resonant Leadership. She is a trainer of soft skills, artist and art- therapist. Recently worked among others with: Erasmus + National Agencies, Euroguidance, Bundesvereinigung Kulturelle Kinder- und Jugendbildung (BKJ) and she manages own cultural foundation in Poland.


Tomasz Ignalski


Cultural animator, educator, trainer, initiator and organizer of projects on culture and social activism field. He graduated from the Faculty of Pedagogy – Artistic University of Silesia, Faculty of Management and Social Communication at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Faculty of Social Sciences of the Higher School of Pedagogy in Warsaw, School of Leaders (Polish-American Freedom Foundation) and the International Visitors Leadership Program by United States Department of State.
From 2015, the Director of the Chorzów Municipal Cultural Centre, since 2002 director of the Municipal Cultural Center “Batory” in Chorzów. Previously associated with the Voivodeship Consortium for Sports and Entertainment “SPODEK” in Katowice. Founder and artistic director of the International Blues Festival “BLUESTRACJE” (since 1995). Founder and board member of diverse organizations, e.g. Association of Supporting Development of Creativity AKME, Polish Cultural Society, National Association of Cultural Animators “FORUM KRAKOW”. Trainer and animator of CAL Association in Warsaw, a non-governmental organization, initiating and implementing educational programs to support the activisation and development of local communities.




Beate Kegler


Beate Kegler (*1967) studied Cultural Sciences at the University of Lüneburg and the Polytechnics of East London. For over 20 years she ruled socio-cultural organisations in rural and remote areas. Since this time she combined the practice-based daily work to the academic research on participatory cultural work for regional development. Since 2011 she continued research as PhD student at the Department of Cultural Policy, University of Hildesheim (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider) and was involved in several projects connected to the research topic. Since 2016 she teaches and researches as an academic associate and professoral deputy at the University of Hildesheim. In the last years she published a range of relevant studies and articles and is well-reputed expert member of the socio-cultural advisory boards of the Ministry of Science in Culture Lower Saxony, the Landesverband Soziokultur, Lower Saxony and the Foundation Lower Saxony. Together with her family she lives in a village at the German North Sea coast.


Anna Komsta


Project manager, fundraiser, manager of education, teacher, moderator (School of Leaders) and adept of VII edition of the School for Leaders of Polish-American Freedom Foundation. Coach of the Polish National Centre for Culture, a “Lamplighter” of program WHOLE POLAND of EQUAL DIGITAL OPPORTUNITIES. Panelist, trainer, workshop leader at conferences and congresses mainly related to contact culture and community, and cultural animation in small local communities.
Co-founder and representative of Wandering Cultural Forum of Lower Silesia and together with Forum, a co-founder of a conference for local cultural institutions in Lower Silesia called “FIRST CONTACT CULTURE” (Community of Oleśnica, 2013).
Coordinator of international partnership projects, e.g. with University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. She was a participant in the study visit to the United States – program of Polish-American Freedom Foundation, with a topic: “Role of Culture in the Development of Local Communities”.
Since 2007, a director of the Center for Culture, Sport and Tourism in Wleń (Lower Silesia, Poland).
Cooperates with the Regional Support Centre for NGO sector in Wroclaw, a Leader of Local Partnership Act (FOR) Wleń, Forum of Partnerships “Krkonoše”, a president of the Association “Wleń TO TU (WLEŃ – YOU ARE HERE) and editor of the local newspaper “COURIER WLEŃSKI”.


Lone Leth Larsen


Studied art history at Vrije University Amsterdam and University of Copenhagen. Worked at Museum of Modern art, Louisiana, director of Danish Cultural Institute Brussels, founding father of International Cultural Network of Cultural Institutes EUNIC, Head of Culture (Municipality of Kolding). International cultural advisor, central Denmark EU office for Aarhus 2017. Worked on role of people, cultural centres and libraries for villages and rural areas in think tanks, books, conferences and now ECoC Aarhus 2017.



Dr. Andrea Lutz-Kluge


Dr. Andrea Lutz-Kluge is a professor for Artistic Education at the department for Social Work and Health Care at the University of Applied Sciences Ludwigshafen at the Rhine/Germany. Her special interest focusses on the developing and the exploration of artistic methods and participatory settings in matters of education, cultural work and social science research. The essential intention is the contributing to qualitative aspects of communication in societies of increasing ethnic, cultural and religious diversities reinforced by socioeconomic and political conflicts.

Born 1962 in Frankfurt at the Main, Andrea Lutz-Kluge grew up mainly in Hamburg/Germany and New Jersey/USA. She finished High School in the United States in 1980 and Abitur in Germany in 1982. Parallel to studies of Art Education and Media Sciences in Lüneburg and Marburg she worked as a teacher in the media center „Parabol“ in Nürnberg, at the department of „Developement in Rural Areas“ at Kamaraj University in Madurai/India and at the department for Science of Education at University Leuphana in Lüneburg.  In 1999 she finished her PhD in Artistic Education at Leuphana University, Lüneburg.

From 1999 to 2008 Andrea Lutz-Kluge worked as professor at the Ev. Fachhochschule Ludwigshafen, since 2008 at the University of Applied Sciences Ludwigshafen at the Rhine.

Andrea Lutz-Kluge was founding-member of the Cultural Center „Kunstladen e.V.“ in Mannheim (2004-2010); www.kunstladen-mannheim.de and is a member of the Cultural Center „Kultur-Rhein-Neckar e.V.“ (KRN) since 2001; www.kulturrheinneckar.de

Projects: www.hs-lu.de


Gregor Pellacini 


Gregor Pellacini (*1989, Hamburg) studied B.A. Cultural Studies and specialized in cultural mediation in his current M.A. studies in Hildesheim. Working on his artificial arts subject music he’s interested especially in inner cultural policy of Germany and the meaning of cultural politics for democratic developments. His education is connected with an important period of circus arts and music, which are deeply combined with initiative and cultural practices as juggling and performing on stage.
Several excursions and an Erasmus residency brought him to different countries like Portugal (Porto) and Turkey (Istanbul). The Meaning of cultural cooperation, international moving and colleting cultural knowledge is a central motivation of his interest. Since 2014 he is working as a student assistant for Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider and since 2016 for Beate Kegler.



Professor Dr. Wolfgang Schneider

Professor Dr. Wolfgang Schneider, born 1954 in Mainz am Rhein,  Director of the Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim, UNESCO-Chair in Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development, Member of the International Theatre Institut and the German UNESCO Commission, Chair of ASSITEJ Deutschland and Honorary President of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People. He was Founding Director of the National Centre for Children’s and Young People’s Theatre in Germany, Chair of the Theatre Council oft he State Lower Saxony, Member of the Advicery Board for Dance and Theatre of the Goethe-Institut und as an Expert Member of the der Commission „Culture in Germany“ of the German Parliament Examiner for Arts Education, Socio Cultural Centers and Theatre. Research Projects and Publications about Cultural Policy, Cultural Diplomacy, Arts Education, Cultural Diversity and Theatre Arts; Editor of books and magazins in Cultural Studies.



Marek Sztark


Independent cultural and local development animator. Advisor, trainer and lecturer. In 2005-2007 he was Director of the Opera at the Castle in Szczecin. A scholar of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in 2007. He managed the efforts of City of Szczecin to win the title of European Capital of Culture, and was the director of cultural institution SZCZECIN 2016. The President of the Association for the Development of Western Pomerania SZCZECIN-EXPO. He works in a number of non-governmental organizations. He is a board member of the Forum Krakow.
Carries out projects in various fields: development and integration on social and professional level, supports social economy, protection of cultural heritage, local development, animation and cultural animation. He is the creator of a regional brand “Drahimski Honey” and author of the concept model of local animation “New Culture”.

He was program director of Cultural Conference Non-Congress in 2014 and 2016. He currently works in the City of Wroclaw and coordinates the cooperation of European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016 with the region of Lower Silesia.