The meeting in Gdansk will take place at the Old Town Hall, the venue of the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre.

Venue: Gdańsk 13-15 March 2014, Old Town Hall, 33/35 Korzenna St.

Organiser: River//Cities Platform Foundation,
Co-organiser: The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk

Rivers of Opportunities Seminar

13-15 March 2014, Gdańsk


13.03.2014 – Thursday

Hotel Grand Cru
 11-12 Rycerska,

15.00 – closed meeting during lunch at the Hotel Grand Cru (getting to know each other)

Seminar venue: The BSCC, The 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 simultaneously 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 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)

21.00 Dinner at Pomodoro Restaurant (Old Town Hall)

14.03.2014 – Friday

9.15 – 14.30 – Case study visits for River//Cities partners: Young City Gdansk, European Solidarity Centre, and National Maritime Museum

13.45 Lunch at National Maritime Museum Restauracja Cała Naprzód

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
Panellists: 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.

20.00 Dinner at Zielony Smok Szeroka str. 125 (corner with Pańska str.)

Saturday 15 March

9.00 River//Cities Board meeting

10 – 11.30

River//Cities Platform annual meeting – ideas for future collaborative actions (guests welcome)


Rivers of Opportunities partners’ internal meeting

13.30 lunch on the spot

Contact phones:

Magda Zakrzewska-Duda +48 604 944 646,+48 58 326 10 19

Agnieszka Wlazel +48 604432921

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