Co-founder and Director, Culture House Kultura Miejska/Gdansk

Lidia Makowska is co-founder and director of Association Kultura Miejska, created in 2006 in Gdansk as a self-organized collective of independent thinkers, who explore alternative strategies for cultural and city policies, by using socially and politically engaged art practice, research and public debates. Lidia is also the co-initiator of Indeks 73, an informal Polish initiative on protecting the freedom of artistic expression, and she is the co-founder of – a grass-roots movement for social change and empowering Gdansk’s citizens for their rights to the city (paraphrasing Henri Lefebvre’s theory). From 1997 to 2006 she worked in the Baltic Sea Culture Centre in Gdańsk. In 2004-2009, she was Head of ARS BALTICA Secretariat: a forum for cultural policy in the Baltic Sea Region. Lidia was active for 3 years as a Board Member of EFAH (European Forum of the Arts and Heritage) in Brussels.

Favourite cultural space: art & city & democracy
Main source of inspiration: Joseph Beuys, Henri Lefebvre, Pierre Bourdieu, Gilles Deleuze