A – C D – G H – K L – R S – Z

Svetlana Acevic

Svetlana Acevic*1975 in Belgrade/ Serbia has been living in Germany since 1994. She studied German language and literature at the University of Stuttgart as well as at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville/USA, where she worked as a foreign language assistant. After her graduation she organized numerous cultural projects. In 2006 she began working at “Forum der Kulturen” (Forum of Cultures) in Stuttgart where she has been responsible for the development of learning opportunities for migrants and other cultural projects. She also is board member of “Fonds Soziokultur” (Fund Socioculture) as well as of “Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft e.V.”(Cultural political society).

Leonie Baumann

Leonie Baumann*1954, has a degree in education and social studies. In the 1980s she had established a centre, which coordinates activities of universities and the municipal administration in Osnabrück. In 1985 she became responsible for Architectural Sculpture and Public Art and edited a journal concerned with these subjects. Since 1991 she has been head of “Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst”(New Society for Fine Arts) in Berlin.
From 1997 to 2009 she had been active in the executive board of “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Kunstvereine” (Consortium of German Art Societies), first as vice and from 2003 on as president. Since 2004 she has member of “Rat für die Künste”(Arts council) in Berlin. In company with Bernd Scherer who works at “Haus der Kulturen der Welt” (House of the cultures of the world) she also acts as a spokesperson for this organization.
She also is the initiator of numerous conferences, author and editor of publications on arts mediation and arts policy, judge in various panels and an occasional lecturer at the University of Arts in Berlin.

Halim Bensaid

Halim Bensaid*1957, Project manager and Co-Director of Cité Creation, Oullins

Franco Bianchini

Franco Bianchinistarted in October 2007 in his post as Professor of Cultural Policy and Planning, in the Faculty of Arts and Society at Leeds Metropolitan University. He was Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban Studies, University of Liverpool (1988-1992). From 1992-2007 he was Reader in Cultural Planning and Policy and Course Leader for the MA in European Cultural Planning at De Montfort University in Leicester.

From 2003-2008 he collaborated with the Liverpool Culture Company in developing “Cities on the Edge”, a cultural co-operation partnership involving Liverpool and five other European port cities (Bremen, Gdansk, Istanbul, Marseilles and Naples), which formed part of the Liverpool 2008 European Capital of Culture programme. His current research interests include: the role of culture in urban regeneration (with a particular focus on port cities); cultural diversity and interculturalism as resources for innovation in urban policy, and the cultural impacts of globalisation in contemporary European cities (with special regard to the problems of standardisation and loss of local distinctiveness).

Rainer Bode

Rainer Bode*1954, was trained as an administration secretary, then studied social work at the University of Applied Sciences in Münster and also was trained as a building fitter at the Chamber of Crafts in Münster and finished his trainings by working at a drug counselling service.
After working for a development policy association where, among other things, he had to transfer vehicles to Tanzania, he co-founded “Cultur- und Begegnungszentrum Achtermannstraße” (Centre for Culture and Encounter Achtermannstraße) in Münster. In 1987 he began working a postmaster at “Landesgemeinschaft Soziokultureller Zentren NRW” (State Association of socio-cultural centres North Rhine Westphalia). Since 1990 he has been head of this organization and in this capacity also member in the executive boards of “Bundesvereinigung soziokultureller Zentren”(Federal Association of socio-cultural centres), “Kulturrat NRW”(Cultural Council of North Rhine Westphalia), “Fonds Soziokultur” (Fund for Socio-Culture) as well as member of the co-ordinating committee and spokesperson of the group “Rahmenbedingungen”(Parameters) at “Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement (BBE)” (Federal Network for Citizens’ Involvement).

Johannes Brackmann

Johannes Brackmann*1954, has been chief executive at the “Kulturzentrum GREND” (Cultural Centre GREND) in Essen since 1997.
Beyond that he has been a long-time board member at “LAG-NRW” and in 2003 he also became board director at the advisory committee for culture in the municipal administration of Essen.
Long before Essen became European Capital of Culture in 2010 he has been involved in establishing regional network and projects. Since 2002 he has been board member at “jazzwerkruhr”, a platform which supports contemporary Jazz music in the Ruhr district.
He published numerous articles on cultural and educational policy in various periodicals (journals) and papers.
He also is the co-owner of the company “KulturPraxis/ Bochum-Essen”, where he acts as a freelance cultural consultant. Beyond all this he is an active musician playing bass guitar and the trombone in a number of bands and projects.

Martina Bracke

Martina BrackeMartina Bracke, *1968, has been working full time as a qualified public administrator and business economist at “Kulturbetriebe Dortmund” (Cultural Organizations Dortmund) for more than a decade now. In 2008 she started working as a consultant for cultural education at “Kulturbüro Dortmund” (Cultural Office Dortmund), where she is co-responsible for the development of the municipal concept for cultural education in Dortmund and for the build-up and expansion of “Kontaktstelle für Kulturelle Bildung” (Contact point for cultural education) with a diverse network structure. She is one of the founders of “Theater im Depot” (Theatre in depot) and had been a long-time member of the management team, for over a decade she had been active in “Freie Szene” (Liberal Scene) in Dortmund, where she wrote, produced and staged plays. She also gives lectures and moderates at meetings.

Ruud Breteler

Ruud Breteler*1957, studied at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands (Bachelor of Arts Dutch linguistics and literature; Mastersdegree Theatersciences). He started his professional career as head of the department of marketing, publicity and education at the Twentse Schouwburg in Enschede (1985-1990).
Between 1990 and 1998 he established and managed an artistic ‘greenhouse’, connected to the Rotterdamse Schouwburg (Municipal Theatre Rotterdam), producing and co producing local, national and international theatre productions. He then moved on to Theater Zuidplein (Rotterdam) where he became the general manager, redirecting the venue and its programming towards an artistically new profile, with an emphasis on non-western performing arts and audience participation (1998-2006). At present he is project manager of Department of Arts and Culture, City of Rotterdam.

Ulrike Brockerhoff

Ulrike Brockerhoff*1960, has been working as actress and director at various theatres for many years now. Ever since the opening of “Consol Theatre” in Gelsenkirchen in 2001 she has been heading the theatre on an artistic and educational basis as well as lecturing and directing plays for “!STAGE”, an vocational preparation and qualifying educational measure ran by the theatre. She also runs acting classes and carries out various projects with children, teenagers and young adults et al. in the field of vocational preparation for students of secondary modern and special schools by means of theatre. Beyond that she has been a freelancer for “forum kunstverein e.V.” in Gelsenkirchen since 1995.


Rolf Dennemann

Rolf Dennemann*1952, is a freelance film director, artist, actor and writer. Since 1997 he has been art director of the international festival “off limits”. He also stages and develops interdisciplinary location-specific creations and stage plays and appears in motion pictures and television films, writes stage-, screen- and radio plays and is a member of “ietm Brussels” and in the board of “Verband Freie Darstellende Künste NRW” (Liberal Performing Arts Association North Rhine-Westphalia).


Kurt Eichler

Kurt Eichler*1952, has a degree in engineering, spatial planning and drama studies. He is head of the cultural office run by the municipal administration in Dortmund. He also is general manager of “Kulturbetriebe Dortmund” (Cultural industries Dortmund), president of “Fonds Soziokultur” (Fund for Socioculture) and “Landesvereinigung Kulturelle Jugendarbeit NRW” (State association for Cultural Youthwork in North Rhine-Westphalia). Since 12986 he has been board member of “Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft e. V.”(Society for Cultural Policy), where his main areas of interest are planning of cultural development, socioculture, cultural work, youth culture and cultural international exchange.

Mechthild Eickhoff

Mechthild Eickhoff*1970, studied cultural education at the University of Hildesheim. After working on theatrical productions and several theatrical educational projects, she became responsible for the cultural educational youth programme at the cultural centre “Werkstadt Witten” in 1997. Since 2001 she has been a referent for “Bundesverband der Jugendkunstschulen und Kulturpädagogischen Einrichtungen e.V.”,bjke, (Federal Association of Youth Art Schools and Cultural Educational Institutions), where, together with other European partners, she has been working on building the Europe-wide youth art school network “Arts4All”. Since 2004 she also has been a lecturer at Siegen University, teaching practical experience in the field of cultural education (BA social work) and in 2007 she became board member of “Fonds Soziokultur” (Fund for Socioculture).

Jürgen Ertelt

Jürgen Ertelt*1957, studied social and media education, works as a project coordinator “Jugend online” (Youth online), this project is realised by “IJAB e.V.” (International Youth Work Office) in Bonn. In this capacity he is responsible for the internet youth portal “netzcheckers.de” and the network “netzcheckers.net”. In his function a web developer and writer he designs Community-software for educational work with teenagers. At the moment he works on developing offers in the field of mobile learning with digital media.
Jürgen Ertelt has been active in the sphere of media education for more than 25 years now, he is rooted in “Offene Jugendarbeit” (Open youth Work). Among other things he has worked on projects like “Konnekt” carried out by “Akademie Remscheid” and “Webmobil” by “JFC Mediencentrum Köln”(Youth Film Club at Media Centre Cologne). In addition he is a member of “Gesellschaft für Medienpädagogik und Kommunikationskultur (GMK)” (Society for Media Education and Communication Culture) and “JFF – Jugend Film Fernsehen e.V” (Youth in Film and Television). He also is active in the Pirate Party on a media-political basis.

Christian Esch

Dr. Christian Esch*1961, studied musicology and completed his studies with a doctorate about 18th century opera. From 1991 until 2002 he worked as a dramatic advisor for theatre and music theatre, amongst others in Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna. During this time he also held a number of lectureships, and as an author he published various scientific articles and works in the specialised press as well as the daily newspaper. From 1994 until 2003 he furthermore worked as a producer and editor for the broadcasting service “Hessischer Rundfunk”. In this position he worked on the conception of concert series, productions of CD-recordings and the conception and execution of concerts in the region of Hesse . He furthermore acts as a judge in several competitions and between 2001 and 2008 was a member of the musical advisory board of the Goethe Institute. Since 2004 he is the director of the NRW KULTURsekretariat (Northrhine-Westphalia cultural office) situated in Wuppertal.

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Director of Pottporus e.v., Herne

Mary Fleming

Mary Fleming*1954, started her professional career in 1974 and had been working in a range of library assistant roles in the Libraries and Arts Service in Gateshead council until she became the Cultural Services Development Manager at the Libraries & Arts Service Gateshead Council across the wider cultural services, i.e. Libraries, Arts, Tourism, Heritage, Sport and Leisure in 2002. In this position she is especially working on service improvement and human resources and since 2006 has been also responsible for AIRS (Access to Information and Resources) which provides services to sensory impaired people, for the Marketing & Promotions Team, the Employee Training & Development and Support Services. Her current role also involves acting as the Eurocities Culture Forum representative for Gateshead, as Equalities representative and being involved several Community Engagement activities.

Max Fuchs

Max Fuchs*1948, Prof. Dr., studied mathematics, economics and educational sciences. He is headmaster of “Akademie Remscheid”, president of “Deutscher Kulturrat”(German Cultural Council), honorary chairman of “Bundesvereinigung für Kulturelle Kinder- und Jugendbildung”(Federal Association for Cultural Education of Children and Youth) and chairman of “Institut für Bildung und Kultur”(Institution for Education and Culture) in Remscheid. At the moment he also teaches cultural work at the universities of Duisburg-Essen, Hamburg and Basel.

Gabriele Gerbasits

Gabriele Gerbasits*1961, studied cultural management at the University of Linz. Since 1996 she has been general manager of “IG Kultur Österreich”(Cultural Syndicate Austria). She also is board member of “Kulturrat Österreich”(Cultural Council Austria) and of “Europäisches Netzwerk für Kulturzentren”(European Network for Cultural Centres) and moreover in the editorial of “Kulturrisse – Zeitschrift für radikal demokratische Kulturpolitik”(Kulturrisse – Journal for radical-democratic cultural policy). http://www.igkultur.at

Volker Gerland

Volker Gerland*1957. From 1990-1999 he was head of the musical school in Wermelskirchen, Mülheim an der Ruhr. Since 1999 he has been acting as director and chief of the business unit at the musical school in Dortmund. In addition to this he is an active choirmaster and lecturer in the field of chamber music at various conservatoires. From 2001 to 2005 he had been lecturing general instrumental and vocal didactics at different musical academies.
At the moment he is president of “Landesverband der Musikschulen in NRW” (State Association of Musical Schools in North Rhine Westphalia), in his work he focuses on strategically development of musical schools, cooperation between musical and general educational schools and between musical schools and consevatories, also intercultural musical school work. He had been giving several lectures and published professional articles. Moreover he is acting as a spokesperson for the musical schools taking part in the project “Jedem Kind ein Instrument” (An instrument for every child).

Christopher Gordon

*1946, Christopher Gordonhas worked professionally in arts policy and management for nearly 40 years. Brought up and educated in Scotland, he worked for a London theatre company, several arts festivals, for the Arts Council of Great Britain (Music Department), and for local authorities in London and Hampshire County.

He has been Chief Executive of the English Regional Arts Boards consortium for 15 years, and also a freelancer in cultural policy and management since 2000. He has worked extensively for the Council of Europe – including the cultural policy evaluations of Latvia, Italy, Cyprus and Turkey in 2009/10. and also has participated in cultural projects for the European Union (f.ex. advising the Parliament on cultural issues) and UNESCO, and on two projects in the Balkans and former Yugoslavia for the European Cultural Foundation.

He served as Treasurer for the European Forum for the Arts and Heritage. He currently is Visiting Professor at the University of Bologna and is running two courses at London City University and he also is Founder Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Cultural Policy.

Christoph Grothaus

Christoph Grothaus*1963 in Munster is a director, composer and musician based in Hamburg and Dusseldorf. He studied Philosophy, Musical Sciences and Theology and received his musical education from et al. Eliza Hansen and K.M. Ziegler.
From 1992 to 2007 he had been responsible for the programme and organization of “Traunsteiner Sommerkonzerte” (Summer concerts in Traunstein). Besides this he composed music for theatres and had been musical head of numerous city and state theatres, for example in Basel, Berlin, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Freiburg, Graz, Hamburg, Kassel, Lübeck, Mulheim/Ruhr, Osnabruck, Trier and Vienna. Since 1999 he has been working at “Station 17/barner 16” with disabled musicians and performers where he also had been in charge of the formation of the young band “kUNDEkÖNIG” and of “The Living Music Box”, a project within the educational programme of “Station 17/alsterarbeit” with physically and mentally disabled teenagers.
Since 2005 he has been board member of “Kunstwerk e.V.”(Art Piece) in Hamburg and in 2008 he became responsible for the set-up and artistic direction of “palaiXbrut” in Dortmund. In 2010 he also acts as artistic director of the stage play “Die Wut des Vakuums” (Rage of the Vacuum) at “barner 16” in Hamburg.


Christel Hartmann-Fritsch

Christel Hartmann-Fritsch*1950, studied German and Romance Literature and Language in Regensburg, Freiburg and Clermont-Ferrand. After her graduation in 1977 she had been working as freelance interpreter, journalist and moderator in the international children and youth social work in Berlin. From 1981 to 1984, on behalf of “Internationale Bauaustellung (IBA)”, she had been responsible for the management of a project that was concerned with the set-up of a youth and cultural centre in Kreuzberg/Berlin as well for the set-up of the international youth art-cultural centre “Schlesische 27”, where she had been general manager and artistic director from 1983 to 2009 on behalf of “Verein zur Förderung der interkulturellen Jugendarbeit in SO e.V.” (Association for the Support of Intercultural Youth Social Work in the South-East of Berlin). In 1989 she was assigned by the European Commission to organize and head the first youth minister conference between East and West that took place in Kiew/Ukraine after the Fall of the Wall. Besides this she had been in charge of the honorary management of the European Network “Ost-West Forum” (East-West-Forum) and initiated the network “Creative Cooperations” on behalf of the European Commission which was aimed at enabling youths to take part in the EU-programme “European Voluntary Service”. Since 2009 she has been general manager and board member of “Stiftung Genshagen”(Genshagen Foundation) in the field of „Kunst- und Kulturvermittlung in Europa“(Art and Culture Conveyance in Europe). She is also active in doing volunteer work on a regional and European level, she is board member of the European network “Banlieus d’Europe” as well as of “»Pépinières pour Jeunes Artistes“and of the programme committee of the Franco-German Youth Office and member in the board of trustees of “Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk”(German Children’s Emergency Fund).

Kirsten Haß

Kirsten Haß*1962, studied Literature, Linguistics and Journalism. After her graduation she began working as Head of Events and Marketing in Berlin book trade. From 1994 to 2006 she had been responsible for the management of “Landesverband freier Theater” (State Association of Free Theatres) in Lower Saxony and at the same time had been the president of “Bundesverband Freier Theater” (Federal Association of Free Theatres). She was also appointed to several professional advisory councils for theatre and socioculture as well as being a counsellor for “Künstlersozialkasse”(Artists’ Social Insurance). Besides she gave many lectures and workshops with special emphasis on the subject of evaluation in the field of culture.
In 2007 she began working for “Kulturstiftung des Bundes” (Federal Cultural Foundation) and in 2010 she became head of the promotion department of the foundation.

Larissa Israel

Larissa Israel*1974, studied European Studies (BA), Educational Science with emphasis on educational policy (MA) as well as Music Management (MA – master thesis on reorganization of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra into a foundation regulated by public law) in London, Aix-en-Provence and Paris.
In 2002 she moved to Berlin to work on the development of “Zukunft@BPhil”(Future@BPhil), the educational programme run by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. She co-organized and hosted a dance project which accompanied the documentary film “Rhythm is it!” and since then has run various creative musical and art boundary transcending projects in her function as project manager at the Berlin Philharmonics. IN 2008 she also has developed “KlangKIDS”, a programme focused on early musical education. Within the scope of her employment she has co-organized several educational projects on an international level, for example with the “Cité de la Musique” and “Salle Pleyel” in Paris, with “Festival d’Aix-en-Provence” and the Carnegie Hall in New York. Since 2004 she also on a regular basis has been holding international seminars.

Peter KampPeter Kamp

*1958, studied Philosophy and History and is now the educational consultant and manager of “Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Kulturpädagogische Dienste/Jugendkunstschulen NRW e.V (LKD)”n (State Committee for Cultural Educational Services and Youth Music Schools in North Rhine Westphalia), which initiated the European youth musical schools network “Arts4All” in 2005. In his capacity as head of “Bundesverband der Jugendkunstschulen und Kulturpädagogischen Einrichtungen e.V. (bjke)“ (Federal Association of Youth Art Schools and Cultural Educational Institutions) he represents a prospect of 400 institutions concerned with extracurricular cultural education. These institutions recently initiated the federal model project “Der Kunst Code” (The Art Code 2005-2008) and so tried to answer key questions on how to extend the inter-cultural offer.
Both associations try to emphasize the importance of further development in the field of cultural education by issuing “Infodienst”, a quarterly journal and by editing the magazine “Art4All – Art schools in Europe” in 2006. Peter Kamp is a board member of “Fonds Soziokultur” (Fund for Socioculture) and “Bundesvereinigung Kulturelle Kinder- und Jugendbildung (bkj)” (Federal Association for Cultural Education of Children and Youth).

Andreas Kämpf

Andreas Kämpf*1949, studied Sinology, Art History, German studies and Political Sciences at the Universities of Bochum and Marburg. Since 1990 he has been general manager of the cultural centre “GEMS” in Singen. He played an essential part in the establishment of the “European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC)”, the president of which he has been since 2006.

In this context he also took part in the arrangement and realization of “Shortcut Europe Weimar – Culture and Conflict” in 1999 as well as “Shortcut Europe Berlin – How to deal with different cultures?” in 2006. Further he was involved in the conceptual development, arrangement and realization of the “European Project Fair” and the European programme for staff exchange “Bridge between European Cultural Centres (BECC)”.

He is board member of “Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Soziokulturellen Zentren” (State Committee of Socio-Cultural Centres” in Baden-Wuertemberg and of “Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren” (Federal Association of Socio-Cultural Centres) and also is the spokesperson “Rat für Soziokultur unf Kulturelle Bildung” (Council for Soicio-Culture and Cultural Education) and in the board of spokespersons in “Deutscher Kulturrrat” (German Cultural Council).

Arie Keijzer

Arie Keijzer*1951, studied school music at the conservatory of Rotterdam. Consecutively he was teacher of music, director of the music and dance school in Rotterdam and director of the conservatorium of Rotterdam. At the moment he is the managing director of Scholen in de Kunst in Amersfoort in the Netherlands.

This school on a weekly basis takes care of 5000 students in the disciplines theatre, music, dance, digital arts and visual art. Besides this, Scholen in de Kunst reaches 14.000 children in the primary and secondary schools by means of different kinds of art education projects. They also support non – professional art and they work for other organizations and companies. Arie Keijzer also takes part in the board of managing directors of different social organizations.

Klaus Klinger

Klaus Klinger*1954, he had been master student at the Academy of Art in Dusseldorf from 1973 to 1981.
From 1978 to 2008 he collaborated with artists from all over the world, producing more than 120 mural paintings in mural painting projects in Germany, Nicaragua, Chile, Cuba, Brazil, Russia, Turkey, Senegal. He also had been working on projects concerning children, teenagers and adults. Further he arranged art initiatives in city centres involving masks, sculptures and art objects.
In 1997 he drafted the concept “mural-global”, a world-wide mural art project within “AGENDA 21”, which attracted many artists and initiatives from all over the world. By creating more than 100 mural paintings they began an intercultural dialogue dealing with important questions of the future.

Jan Jaap Knol

Jan Jaap Knol*1963, studied Dutch Language and Literature at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. From 1992 he has worked as communication advisor and senior policy advisor for theatre and arts education at the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.

In 2004 he became Head of the Unit for Cultural Outreach and Head of the Programm Culture and School at the ministry. Since 2008 Jan Jaap Knol directs the new Fund for Cultural Participation, based in Utrecht. As its name implies, the Fund promotes participation in culture, especially by encouraging people to engage in the arts and culture themselves. The fund does this, for one thing, by means of arrangements with the provinces and municipalities and by subsidizing cultural institutions.

The fund also encourages debate, initiates research, and ensures knowledge-sharing in the field of cultural education, the amateur arts, and popular culture.

Reinhold Knopp

Reinhold Knopp*1954, studied Educational Sciences and Social Work and had been long-term general manager of „ZAKK“, a cultural centre in Dusseldorf. Since 2001 he has been a teacher at the department of Social and Cultural Studies at Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. At the moment he is a professor by proxy in the field of Sociology and Political Sciences.
In his work he focuses on urban and space sociology, sociology of age, cultural work and socio-culture. He conducted surveys and evaluations on youth and culture, arts and culture in schools and worked on neighbourhood-related projects. He also published articles on cultural and educational work, socio-culture and urban development.

Pius Knüsel

Peter Knüsel*1957, studied German studies, Philosophy, and Literary criticism at the Zürich University. After his graduation he started working as arts editor in Swiss television. He had been programme manager of “Moods”, a famous jazz club in Zürich, as well as of the first “Jazznojazz”-Festival in Zürich and until 2002 he also had been board member of the “Europe Jazz Network”.
In his position as head of cultural sponsoring at “Credit Suisse”, Pius Knüsel has been increasingly involved in the field of cultural management since 1998 and in 1999 he became a member of the regulation committee and advisory council for cultural post-graduate studies at the Winterthur University in Zürich. In 2000 he co-founded the forum “Culture and Economy“ and from 1998 to 2002 he managed the Fund for Cultural Sponsoring at the “Credit Suisse International Services”.
He also wrote and published several essays on cultural sponsoring, i.e. “2008 to 2028 – Of disappearing and reappearing of culture” in “swissfuture”, journal for future monitoring.

Michael Köhler

Dr. Michael Köhler*1961, after being trained as a bookseller he studied German Literature and Language and Philosophy in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Heidelberg; he did his Ph.D. in Mannheim. Besides being a freelance writer for daily and weekly news papers, he also works at the radio broadcast station of ARD and as a host and editor at “Deutschlandfunk”(German World Service) in Cologne, where he is the voice of “Kultur heute” (Culture today). The author, journalist and radio host also gives lectures in the field of Practical Media Sciences at the University of Siegen. He has been focusing on media history in his books, articles and radio features for many years now.

Dorothea Kolland

Dorothea Kolland*1947, Dr., studied Voice, Musicology, Sociology and Italian language, she gained her Ph.D. by writing a thesis on musical youth movements.
From 1978 to 1981 she had been working as an educational advisor for “Bundesvereinigung Kulturelle Jugendbildung” (Federal Association for Cultural Education of Youth). Since 1981 she has been head of “Amt für Kultur und Bibliotheken” (Office for Culture and Libraries) and board member at “Rat für die Künste” (Committee for Arts) and “Hauptsatdtkulturfonds Berlin” (Capitol fund for Culture Berlin). Moreover she acts as a consultant and gives lectures on a national and international level, particularly for “Intercultural Cities” and “Banlieus d’Europe”. She has been board member of “Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft e.V.” (Cultural-Political Society) since 2000. Currently she is head of the Department for Culture in Neukölln/Berlin.

Eva Krings

Eva Krings*1956, studied Psychology with emphasis on Art and Media Psychology. After having worked as a journalist and publicist, she became general manager of “Deutscher Kulturrat” (German Cultural Council). From 1996 on she had been working as coordinator for School, Culture, Sports, Integration and Registration for the City of Solingen and in 2002 she became team leader and head of the State Department for Culture in North Rhine Westphalia. Besides this she has been working in honorary capacities, i.e. at “Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft e.V.” (Cultural-Political Society) and “Städtenetzwerk NRW” (City Network North Rhine Westphalia).

Petra Kron

Petra Kron*1958, studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Mainz as well as Arts and English Studies at the University of Düsseldorf. After her graduation she had been responsible for the concept and management of “KABAWILL e. V.”, of the dance theatre “hungry feet.de” as well as of the dance theatre productions “The dark side of the sun”, “Who’s afraid of the black man?”, “Leila & Madschun” and “net_sein”. In 2008 she organized and realized the first cultural youth exchange between Ghana and North Rhine-Westphalia and also developed the concept for “Move It!” an educational measure for youths who are in transition between school and profession. Along with Ade Bantu she initiated “Framewalk!”, a cultural workshop week in various countries, et al. Ghana and Japan, as well as the project “The Art of Chatting”, the goal of which is to encourage the cultural dialogue between artists from different countries. She also created the concept for the relation-oriented cultural youth work of “KABAWILL e. V.”. At the present time she is a freelance producer and cultural educator in the fields of Fine Arts, Dance and Theatre in Düsseldorf.


Jürgen Lauffer

Jürgen Lauffer*1951, studied Social Sciences, Sociology, Philosophy and Educational Sciences in Bochum and Bielefeld and has also received a “Carl Duisberg”-scholarship at the University of Mexico.
After his graduation he had been working as a consultant at “Eurosysteam”, as advisor for educational sciences at “Diakonisches Werk Westfalen”, at adult education centres in Bielefeld and Gütersloh and at “Arbeiterjugendzentrum”(Centre for Working Youth) in Bielefeld.
Since 1986 he has been general manager of “Gesellschsft für Medienpädagogok und Kommunikationskultur (GMK)” (Society for Media Education and Communication Culture) and juror at “Deutscher Computerpreis” (German Computer Prize) as well as acting as member of the allocation commission of “Ein Netz für Kinder”, a project aimed at providing internet-access for children.

Seraphina Lenz

Seraphina Lenz*1963, studied Sculpting at the Arts Academy in Munster, Reiner Ruthenbeck being her teacher. As a freelance artist she has been carrying out projects in public space on a national and international basis since 2001. One of the main subjects of her work is the composition/ design of urban space by the daily routine of its residents.
She designed “Werkstatt für Veränderung”(Atelier for Change), an artistic concept for the Carl-Weder-Park in Berlin, which dealt with the use of pleasure grounds. In staging events she annually draws attention to a different aspect of space as for example natural space, living space and social space.
She has been member of juries and selection commissions and as a team curator for “U2 Alexanderplatz”(U2 Berlin Alexanderplatz), a project run by “Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (NGBK)” (New Society for Fine Arts).

Sarah Levin

Sarah Levin*1973, director of Banlieues d’Europe network. Trained as a specialist practitioner in international cultural exchanges, and following several experiences of intercultural exchanges with Germany and Poland, Sarah Levin worked on various projects for the Dance Biennial (directed by Guy Darmet) and the Contemporary Art Biennial in Lyon (France). After working as an exhibitions officer at the French Institute of Rabat (Morocco), she worked as promotion and international relations officer for the Pays de Savoie Chamber Orchestra, Chambéry (directed by Mark Foster) and then as the dissemination representative for the Laura Tanner Dance Company (Geneva). Since 2002, Sarah Levin has directed the Banlieues d’Europe Network where she has been developing research activities and expertise across Europe around questions of artistic practices and cultural innovation. Her publications include ‘Art pictural et littérature: adaptation et interférences – Siegfried Lenz et Emil Nolde: les tableaux de l’écrivain nés de l’univers du peintre’ (Centre Unesco d’Etudes pour l’éducation et l’interculturalité: Didier Erudition, 1997); ‘Dynamique artistique et culturelle et Développement urbain : une vision européenne’, co-authored with Jean Hurstel, Revue de l’Observatoire des Politiques Culturelles, no. 23.

Volker Lösch

Volker Lösch*1963, worked as an actor before directing his first play in Zurich in 1995. His engagements as director took him to various local and state theatres as in Berlin, Bern, Bonn, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Freiburg, Graz, Leipzig, Tubingen and Zurich. In 2003 he directed Aeschylus’ “The Oresteia” in Dresden and in 2004 “The Dresden weavers” based on Gerhart Hauptmann, which caused a media stir. In this production he worked with a choir consisting of unemployed laymen (“Hartz IV-Chor”) and due to restraining order of Berlin district court ha had to cut sharply and rename the production. In spite of this it was voted “Production of the year” by the theatre journal “Die Deutsche Bühne” (The German Stage) in 2005.
In the repertory season 2004/05 he introduced himself to the Stuttgart audience with “Die Hose-Snob 1913” and “The Reviser” based on Gogol.
Since 2005/06 he has been resident director and member of the art council at “Schauspiel Stuttgart” (Drama Stuttgart) under general administration of Hasko Weber.

Cornelia Lüddemann

Cornelia Lüddemann*1968, was trained as library assistant and after the political turnaround in Eastern Germany she began to study Educational Sciences in Halle/Saale. She was co-founder of “Kiez e.V.”, one of the first socio-cultural centres in the newly formed German states, which is located in her home town Dessau, where she also plays an active part in the women’s centre. Being a member of the help committee for youths and of the work group “Kinderfreundliche Stadt” (Child-Oriented City) she has been shaping the socio-cultural life of children and youths in Saxony-Anhalt for many years now.

After having worked as head of a district library, as a consultant for a member of German Parliament and as general manager of “Landesfrauenrat Sachsen-Anhalt e.V.”(State Council for Women in Saxony-Anhalt), in 2010 she became general manager of “Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren”(Federal Association of Socio-Cultural Centres) in Berlin. The focus of her work interest is on participation and user involvement.

Lisa Massetti

Lisa Masetti was born in Marseille, grew up in Sardinia and lived in Forli close to Bologna/Italy. The actress, theatre teacher and director had been working in various theatre ensembles in Italia before she came to Mannheim/Germany in 1994.
She organized and contributed to various art projects with the artist initiative “Laboratio 17” in Jungbusch, a deprived area in Mannheim, for example “Manége des Lebens”(Circus ring of Life), “Installation der Rituale” (Installation of Rituals), “Nachtwandel”(Somnambulating hihi) and “Liebe-s-leid”. Since 1995 she has been working as theatre teacher with teenagers of “Creative Factory”, an atelier for youth culture of “Gemeinschaftszentrum im Jungbusch”(Community Centre Jungbusch) in Mannheim.

Irmgard Merkt

*1946, Prof. Dr., Professor for music, pedagogy and rehabiltiation, Technical University Dortmund

Barbara Meyer

Barbara Meyer*1961 in Switzerland, was trained as primary school teacher, studied Liberal Arts and Graphic Arts at “Schule für Gestaltung Luzern” (Luzern School for Design) and first had been master student at “Akademie der Bildenden Künste”(Academy of Fine Arts) in Munich, then a post graduate Cultural Education student at “Hochschule der Künste (HdK)”(University of Arts) in Berlin.
After having worked as a chief instructor for the training course “IHK Veranstaltungs kauf- mann” (Management Assistance in Event Organization) at “Bildungswerk der Wirtschaft Berlin-Brandenburg”(Training centre for economy in Berlin-Brandenburg), she had been a long-time lecturer for Arts Transfer and Participation in Artistic Processes at the Department for Contextual Art at “Universität der Künste”(University of Arts) in Berlin.
In 2007 she became head of the business unit at “Landeseigene Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH” (Cultural State Projects Berlin) and also head of the office for the Berlin Project Fund for Cultural Education. Since 2002 Barbara Meyer has been general manager and artistic director of the International Youth Art House “Schelsiche 27” in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The focus of her attention there is on aesthetic experience in the context of cultural education.

Jochen Molck

Jochen Molck

*1956, studied Geography and History. In 2001 he became acting and general manger of „ZAKK GmbH“(Centre for Action, Culture and Communication) in Dusseldorf , one of the largest socio-cultural centres in Germany with focus on music, word and stage, inter-culture, debates and municipal cultural policy. On a regular basis he is published in various cultural-political journals and information services. He is also responsible for public relations of various NGOs, is an editor in print media, freelancer at various radio stations and lecturer at “Fachhochschule Düsseldorf”(Dusseldorf University of Applied Sciences). Besides all this he is also board member at “Fonds Soziokultur” (Fund for Socio-Culture).

Leszek Napiontek

*1978, obtained a Master degree in International Relations at Warsaw University. He has worked as an office manager for the European Centre of Information and Education and from 2001 to 2002 was project manager and program coordinator for the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe. One of the programs focused on support for the Ukrainian independent press, another one on the training for NGO leaders from the Caucasus. Since 2003 he works for the international relations office of the culture department of the city of Warsaw, since 2005 as the head of the international relations office. Furthermore he is a Warsaw representative of the Eurocities Culture Forum and a member of the Access to Culture Working Group.

Karin Nell

Karin Nell*1955 in Dusseldorf. She works at „Zentrum für innovative Seniorenarbeit“(Centre for innovative work for seniors) ran by „Evangelisches Erwachsenenbildungswerk Nordrhein“(Lutheran Adult Education Organization North Rhine), where she is responsible for the state programme „Erfahrungswissen für Initiativen“(Practical knowledge for Initiatives). Prior to this she had been executive assistant at the Project Workshop for Innovative Work for Senior Citizens. In her work she focuses her attention on networking, key work and seniors’ living. Furthermore Karin Nell founded the key work-workshop in Dusseldorf. In close co-operation with cultural institutions in North Rhine Westphalia she developed concepts for innovative education facilities and multiplier programmes in the field of “Kulturvermittlung und Partizipation” (Cultural Conveyance and Participation), for example “Kulturführerschein ®”(Cultural Driver’s License), “Keywork im Quartier”(Key Work in the Neighbourhood), “Wohnschule” (Living School) and “Soziales Inszenieren”(Social Staging).

Ivo Peeters

Ivo Peeters*1954, Director of the community centre De Zeyp, Ganshoren

Jon Price

Jon Price*1970, his career began in writing and music, and he previously worked as Principal Arts Officer for Leeds (1998-2009), securing significant investment from national and European sources, operating a £3M annual grant scheme, and representing the city at board level for funded organisations like Phoenix Dance.

He co-ordinated many international events including Breeze International Youth Festival (2004-8), and helped found the UK’s national “Light Night” event network. He has also worked as a cultural expert for the European Commission, and represents Yorkshire on the English National Youth Arts Network.

At the moment he heads the Find Your Talent (FYT) programme in Leeds. FYT is the UK government’s flagship programme for involving young people from all backgrounds in the arts. Leeds is one of ten locations running pathfinder programmes, developing new ways of working with cultural and education professionals, and influencing national cultural policy.

Kirsten Karla Reckeweg

Kirsten Karla Reckeweg*1974, after being trained and employed in the field of Marketing, she began studying Cultural sciences and Aesthetic experience (formerly Cultural Educational Studies) at Hildesheim University, her major subject being Fine Arts in combination with Literature, Theatre, Media, Cultural Policy and Psychology.
In 2000 she was awarded a Socrates/Erasmus-Scholarship in the field of Drama Studies and Scandinavian Anthropology at the University of Bergen in Norway. Since 2003 she has been regularly involved in different cultural projects in Norway. In 2007 she became a freelance artist and cultural agent after having worked in the field of culture and tourism for several years.
In addition to creating her own exhibitions, she is also a board member at “Bergen Kustmuseums Venner”. In the context of “Kulturrelle Skolesekken” (Cultural Conveyance in schools) she designs and teaches cultural-historical and artistic programmes and has been participating at “Den Kulturrelle Beremeisen” (Cultural Kinder Gardens), a pilot project ran by the City of Bergen, ever since the project started in 2006.
She also co-operates with “Kinderkulturzentrum Barnas Hus” (Cultural Centre for Children in Barnas Hus) and “Hochschule für Erzieherausbildung”(University for Pedagogic Education) in Bergen as well as the International Pageants in Bergen.

Franz-Josef Röll

Franz-Josef Röll*1949, studied Sociology and Educational Sciences with focus on Extracurricular Education and Adult Education at the Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main. He did his Ph.D. with a thesis on myths and symbols in popular media at the Bielefeld University.
After having graduated he had been working as a consultant for youth education at a youth association for three years and subsequently has been a consultant for education at “Institut für Medienpädagogik und Kommunikation” (Institution for Media Education and Communication) in Frankfurt/Main for 16 years.
In 1999 he became professor at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, he teaches in the filed of Social Sciences and Social Work with an emphasis on New Media and Media Education.
In his research he focuses on: change of perception and consciousness of children and teenagers due to media consumption, activity-oriented media education, on didactic preference research, Web 2.0 and self-regulated learning with New Media.

Daniel Rottner

Daniel Rottner*1951, studied Educational Sciences an Philosophy in Frankfurt/Main. In the course of his studies in the 1970s he had been an active member of “Naturfreundejugend” (Youth of Nature Lovers) and of the programme for youth education and youth theatres ran by “Hessische Jugendbildungsstätte Dietzenbach” (Hessian Youth Educational Institution Dietzenbach). Since 1979 he has been a social education worker at “Frankenheim Gallus”, in the 1980s he turned this initially youth league centre into a district-oriented open house and in 1989 it became an atelier for youth culture. Ever since, the institution has been dedicated to the support of socially disadvantaged teenagers with a multi-cultural background with artistic project work in terms of school and spare time courses, design projects in public space, extracurricular offers in the afternoon, international youth encounters as well as an atelier for sculpturing used by delinquent teenagers.
He also is a co-founder and board member of the European Network “Banlieus d’Europe”, that since 1990 has been bringing together artists, social scientists, community politicians and other social work participants in annual symposia to encourage the exchange and development of artistic intervention in social fields.


Roman Schanner

Roman Schanner*1965, Mag. Phil., studied Journalism and Communication as well as Political sciences. From 1998 to 2002 he had been responsible for the content-related and organisational management of the Austrian “Lehrlingskunstfestival”(Apprentice Arts Festival) as well as the management of a range of projects dedicated to the conveyance of culture to trainees run by “Büro für Kulturvermittlung”(Office for Cultural Conveyance).
Since 2004 he has been in charge of the co-ordination of Austria-wide projects with trainees in the field of culture conveyance at “KulturKontakt Austria”(Cultural Contact Austria).
One of his tasks is the development of project modules concerned with “Kulturvermittlung in neuen sozialen Kontexten”(Culture Conveyance in New Social Contexts), which supports the cooperation between cultural institutions and new audience groups like seniors, migrants, etc.
Beyound this he takes part in various international networks, i.e. “Grundtvig-Lernpartnerschaft INCREASE – Stimulating Intercultural CREAtivity of Seniors.

Oliver Scheytt

Oliver Scheytt*1958, Prof. Dr. jur., studied Music and Law. From 1993 to 2009 he had been head of the Culture Department of the City of Essen, where he had been in charge of the Department of Education and Youth. From 2004 to 2006 he had been directing the successful application of Essen for the “European Capitol of Culture 2010” as a moderator and since 2006 he has been managing director of “RUHR.2010 GmbH”.
Since 1997 Oliver Scheytt has been president of “Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft e.V.”(Cultural-Political Society), he is also a member of a range of organisations for arts and culture, of “Verband Deutscher Musikschulen” (Association of German Music Schools) and of the Cultural Commission of the German UNESCO-Panel. Until 2007 he had been member of the Enquete-Commission “Kultur in Deutschland” (Culture in Germany) of the German Bundestag. He wrote and published various works on cultural policy and management and since 2007 he has been professor for Cultural Policy and Cultural Infrastructure at “Hochschule für Musik und Theater”(University for Music and Theatre) in Hamburg.

Brigitte Schorn

Brigitte Schorn*1958, until 2008 she had been working as a cultural consultant at „Bundesverinigung Kulturelle Kinder- und Jugendbildung (BKJ) “(Federal Association for Cultural Education of Children and Youth), she developed et.al. “Kompetenznachweis Kultur”(Expertise Proof for Culture) and had been responsible for the nation-wide implementation and further training of professionals as well as the conception and execution of further nation-wide projects. She published works on cultural education and the topic “New ways of appreciation of skills in cultural education”. Since 2008 she has been lecturing at the Department for Cultural Policy at the Unversity of Hildesheim and also head of the project office “Kulturelle Bildung in Schule and Jugendarbeit NRW”(Cultural Education in schools and youth work in North Rhine Westaphalia) in Remscheid.

Norbert Sievers

Norbert Sievers*1954, Dr.Phil., studied Sociology and Educational Science and Bielefeld University. From 1982 to1988 he first had been secretary at “Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft e.V.”(Cultural-Political Society), in 1988 he then became the general manager and the honorary general manager of “Fonds Soziokultur” (Fund for Sosioculture). He has been a long-time staff member at “Deutscher Kulturrat” (German Cultural Council) and also edited various publishings on cultural policy and socio-culture, et al. “New Cultural Policy” and “A look back forward. 20 years of New Cultural Policy”. He is also one of the editors of “Jahrbücher für Kulturpolitik”(Yearbooks for Cultural Policy) and of the reports for federal cultural- political conventions and editorial member of “Kulturpolitische Mitteilungen. Zeitschrift für Kulturpolitik der Kulturpolitischen Gesellschaft”(Cultural-Political News. Journal for the Cultural Policy of the Cultural-Political Society).

Katriina Siivonen

Katriina Siivonen*1959. Senior Researcher Katriina Siivonen PhD, Adj. Prof. is an expert on research and development projects concerning regional development and culture. Her expertise is in qualitative ethnographical methodology and empowering futures study’s methodology. Her experience has been gained from, for instance, the projects Culture as a resource of the countryside (http://create2009.europa.eu/projects/participating_countries/suomi_finland.html), which she led as project manager, and in the ongoing research project Young people creating arts. In the latter one art projects for young people in national project Myrsky (Storm) are studied. In her dissertation to University of Turku, European Ethnology she developed a semiotic theory of culture as a process on the basis of the semiotics of Charles S. Peirce and social anthropological theories on culture, globalisation, cultural heterogeneity and organisational power for the analysis of the relationship between individuals and different organisations, such as public administration. She is an author in many publications concerning culture, local development, and culturally sustainable development.

Søren Søeborg Ohlsen

Soren Soeberg Ohlsen*1958, is educated as musician and teacher at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus in 1988. From 1989 to 1996 he worked as Pedagogical Consultant and member of the executive board in “Nøddeknækkeren” a private school for adult education in the field of creative and artistic disciplines.

Since 1996 he is daily manager at the cultural center Amager Kulturpunkt and since 1998 a member of The Cultural Council of Amager. In 1998 he established “The Backstage” an adult educational project within the disciplines of creating and managing cultural events. From 2001 he has worked as the Secretary General of the National Society of Cultural Centres in Denmark, and since 2007 he has been a board member of European Network of Cultural Centres. Parallel to these positions he has been an active musician and composer within theater and film as well as the initiator of several festivals and conferences.

Jörg Stüdemann

Jörg Stüdemann*1956, from 1984 till 1987 he has been research assistant at the Ruhr University in Bochum and from 1987 to 1994 he has worked at “Soziokulturelles Zentrum Zeche Carl e.V.”(Socio-Cultural Centre Zeche Carl”. From 1992 to 1994 he had been heading “Pentacon”, a cultural centre in Dresden and subsequently he had been the mayor of the City of Dresden and also assigned for Culture, Youth and Sports. Since 2000 he has been alderman and assigned for Culture, Sports and Recreation for the City of Dortmund and also chairman of the cultural commission “Städtetag NRW” (Association of Cities in North Rhine Westphalia). In his work in the board he focuses on issues like cultural policy in the newly formed German states, media art and media culture, cultural policy of the second modern age and creative economy.
Since 1992 he has also been board member of “Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft e.V:”(Cultural-Political Society).

Anne Line Svelle

Anne Line Svelle*1962, studied dramaturgy, aesthetics and culture at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. After her graduation she was engaged as a junior assistant in a research project developing a digital theatre concept at the Department of Dramaturgy. She has worked at the cultural institution “Kulturhus Aarhus” on projects concerning cultural development.

Furthermore she has worked as a dramaturge on various theatre and dance productions and as a project developer in a project concerned with stimulating child participation and interaction in the arts. Since 2005 she was appointed chief consultant /Coordinator of children’s Culture at the Municipality of Aarhus and is currently functioning as the head of the organization Børnekulturhuset. In this position she participates in developing local cultural strategies with focus on children and young people. Furthermore she is developing various cultural projects for youngsters, which involves the cultural institutions of the region as well as professional artists.

She is also actively involved in various advisory boards concerned with developing cultural offers for children and young people at a local, regional, and national level.

Tony Trehy

Tony Trehy*1960, studied ceramics and literature before working in a trade union organisation. In the 1980s he worked in a range of contexts including theatre, marketing, and gallery curating, the he moved onto rural community arts and public art commissioning. In 1997, he established the Irwell Sculpture Trail, a 30 mile public art trail linking central Manchester to the Pennine Moors.

For the last 15 years as the Arts & Museums Manager in Bury, Manchester, he has curated contemporary public commissions, plus linked an innovative exhibition and community programmes. He has a parallel career as a poet and installation artist, with 4 collections of poetry, plus publications and anthologies of poetics theory; his installations/ exhibitions have taken place in venues and galleries from Melbourne to Reykjavik. Bringing together the poet-curator aspects of his practice, he created the international Text Festival in 2005, which seeks to create a dialogue between global innovative poetry and language artists in other forms – conceptual, multimedia, sound, and visual art.

Rainer Treptow

*Rainer Treptow1954, studies Educational Sciences, Sociology and Philosophy from 1972 to 1978. Subsequently he had been employed as social worker in children’s home education. In 1985 he did his Ph.D. with a thesis on the relation of daily routine and utopia. He also published several works on youth social work, cultural work, cultural education and internationality of social work.
In 1992 he habilitated on the history and prospects of an action-oriented cultural youth work. From 1993 to 2003 he had been professor Social Education at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena and in May 2003 he became professor for Educational Sciences at the Eberhard Karl University in Tubingen.

Helga Trüpel

Dr. Helga TrüpelDr., *1958, studied psychology, German studies and religious educational sciences, in 1982 she did her Ph.D. in the field of literary studies at Bremen University. She had been actively engaged in the Bremen Bürgerschaft from 1987 to1991 and from 1995 to 2004 with special interest in Culture, Education and Science and in 1980 she joined the Green Party. From 1991 to 1995 she had been senator of Cultural affairs and Integration of foreign residents in Bremen. She has worked in her own agency “Art”, a cultural political service company for several years before being voted in to the European Parliament in 2004, where she is now in her second period of office and vice chairwoman of the committee for Culture and Education, as well as a member the budget committee and of the European delegation for China.

Hortensia Völckers

Hortensia Völckers *1957 in Buenos Aires, studied Art History and Political Science in Munich and New York. From 1989 to 1995 she was responsible for the conception and organisation of “Internationale Tanzbiennale München” (Munich International Biennale for Dance). Subsequently she had been member of the art directory board of “documenta X” in Kassel for two years and from 1997 to 2001 she had been in charge of the administration of “Wiener Festwochen”(Vienna Festival). In 1997 she was appointed into “Beirat für bildende Kunst” (Commission for Fine Arts) of the Austrian Office of the Federal Chancellor. Along with Martin Bergelt she published the articles “Zeit-Räume”(Time-Space), “Sonderreihe Form”(Special edition on Form), “Ordnung und Zerstörung” (Rgulation and destruction), “Sonderreihe Das Schöne”(Special edition on Beauty) and “körper formen” as well as “ReMembering the Body” along with Gabriele Brandstetter and the exhibition catalogue “98/99/2000.Stipendien für bildenede Kunst. Die neue Künstlergeneration” (98/99/2000.Scholarships for Fine Arts. The New Artist Generation)
Since 2002 she has been artistic director and board member of “Kulturstiftung des Bundes”(Federal Cultural Foundation) in Halle/Saale, where she developed various programmes on subjects like migration, dwindling cities, future of employment as well as on culture exchange with Eastern-European countries.

Kristina Volke

Kristina Volke*1972, studied Art and Cultural Sciences and afterwards had worked as curator, lecturer, research assistant of”Kultur in Deutschland” (Culture in Germany), the Enquete Commission of German Bundestag. In 2007 she became consultant and representative of the curator in the art collection of German Bundestag. For over a decade now she has been researching and publishing works on cultural-political questions with emphasis on culture and society. Among her recent publications are works as “Intervention Kultur. Von der Kraft kulturellen Handelns”  (Intervention Culture. On the Power of Cultural Action), “Wenn Statistik droht, Politik zu machen – der demografische Wandel und seine Herausforderungen für die Kulturpolitik“

Monika Wagner

Monika Wagner*1968, studied Cultural and Social Anthropology at Vienna University. Since 1994 she has been working in the field of Cultural Management and Public Relations and from 2001 to 2007 she had been responsible for Public Relations, Marketing and Communication at Vienna theatre.
Since 2007 she has been general manager of the NGO “Hunger auf Kunst und Kultur” (Hunger for Arts and Culture) as she mentored and co-developed the preceding eponymous campaign that was initiated at Vienna theatre in 2003.
She is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Vienna, board member of SOCARE Austria (Austrian Society for Caribbean Research) and of “Plattform für Kulturen, Integration und Gesellschaft” (Platform for Cultures, Integration and Society), which is an alumni association of the graduates of the Department for Cultural and Social Anthropology at Vienna University.

Rolf Witte

Rolf Witte*1959, was trained a social worker with special focus on child and youth social work. From 1990 to 1995 he had been head of “Internationales Jugend-Kulturzentrum” (International Cultural Centre for Youth) and of “Deutsch-Französiches Forum Junger Kunst”(German-French Panel for Young Art) in Bayreuth. Since 1996 he has been an educational consultant for International Youth Cultural Policy and International Youth Cultural Exchange at “Bundesvereinigung Kulturelle Kinder- und Jugendbildung(BKJ)”(Federal Association for Cultural Education of Children and Youths) in Remscheid. He als had benn vice chairman at “Fachstelle für Internationale Jugendarbeit” (Office for International Youth Social Work) in Bonn from 2002 to 2005. In 2008 he joined the Executive Committee of the European network “Culture Action Europe”.

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