Meet our members

The Cultural Managers Network consists of around 200 cultural managers from Europe and the Middle East and North Africa. Here you can find their profiles and get an idea of their work.
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Vicky Holliday
Cross-sector collaboration, Participation & Active citizenship
Community arts, Festival, Multidisciplinarity
About me:

Growing up I used put on shows with my friends on our street in the school holidays and I've not stopped. I developed a passion for creating magical events that bring people together and a commitment to working with people to co-produce and co-commission relevant art.

I’ve worked regionally and nationally; in participation and outreach roles for Peshkar Productions, Theatre Centre, and artsdepot and on national strategic initiatives including the Young People’s Participatory Theatre programme and the Find Your Talent ensuring young people are heard at the highest level.

In 2014 I joined the team setting up Creative Scene and am responsible for developing long term relationships between local communities, artists and arts organisations, creating opportunities for people to see, hear and take part in the arts. Alongside this I am currently setting up a new organisation focused on encouraging more women and girls into STEAM subjects and careers.

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Andra Vaida
Cultural exchange, Sustainability
Crafts, Heritage, Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinarity
Germany, Romania
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Ulrike Plüschke
Interactive communication
Germany
About me:

Ulrike Plüschke worked as a Robert Bosch Cultural Manager at the Edith Stein Haus in Wroclaw, Poland from 2006-2009, where she directed the program department of the Edith Stein Society. She further developed the Edith Stein Haus as the center for cultural dialogue and prepared for the transfer of the program department to a new Polish successor. She instituted international meetings, German-Polish networking initiatives, projects for intercultural and historical education as well as cultural events.

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Barbara Anna Bernsmeier
Civic rights & Activisim, Cultural exchange, Urban development
Literature, Public Space
Germany
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Oliver Pinchbeck
Community development, Cross-sector collaboration
Circus, Contemporary arts, Dance, Interdisciplinary, Performance
Germany
About me:

A project manger turned street-performer, I decided in 2015 to devote my skills towards helping young artists develop.

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Tímea Szőke
Community development, Cross-sector collaboration, Cultural exchange
Community arts, Dance, Interdisciplinary, Performance, Public Space, Theatre, Visual arts
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Shota Bukoshi
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Anton Sienknecht
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Ariane Jedlitschka
Empowerment, Participation & Active citizenship, Urban development
Community arts
About me:

Ariane Jedlitschka is Co-funder and Director of the NGO Helden wider Willen in Leipzig, promoting social skills in artistic, educational and cultural projects. Ariane has expertise in European projects particularly in artistic and curatorial practice, management, research and training.
In 2006 she co-founded the media art space EEG (Essential Existence Gallery) in Westwerk Leipzig. www.eexistence.de This project was heavily influenced by her experience as an arts educator at the Contemporary Art Foundation HALLE 14 in the Alte Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig, as well as the open educational movement. Due to gentrification of her work and living area, the processes of co-creation and cross-sectoral collaboration in neighbourhood communities became the center of her activities. In order to establish an international network to foster community building, she founded the HONORARY HOTEL - a mobile toolkit to welcome newcomers. Once a year the help* festival takes place in Leipzig to exchange tools and connect people’s activities. www.tandemforculture.org/stories/build-your-community/

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Adela Foldynova
European Capital of Culture
Public Space
Czech Republic
About me:

Currently, I work for a Prague-based organization called DOX Centre for Contemporary Art as a public program manager.
Until the end of 2015, I worked for Plzen European Capital of Culture 2015 as a project manager of the creative zone DEPO2015 (www.depo2015.cz ).
Until the end of 2013, I worked as a project manager at Košice European Capital of Culture 2013, Košice, Slovakia as a head of the international residency program facilitating mobility and exchange of artists. The program called K.A.I.R. Košice Artist in residence is focused on site specificity of created works which reflect the experience from staying in a new environment.

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Mxolisi Sonti
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Axel Halling
Literature
Germany
About me:

East European Studies, East & Southeast European History at FU Berlin, Hungarian Studies at HU Berlin at INALCO and Sorbonne Nouvelle IV Paris and at ELTE Budapest. From 1996-2007 in cultural exchange between mainly Hungary & Germany, f.ex. at the Hungarian Cultural Institut Berlin & as Robert Bosch Cultural Manager in Pėcs (2004-7).

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João Guimarães
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Bistra Ivanova
Civic rights & Activisim, Community development, Cultural exchange, Discrimination, Empowerment, Migration
Community arts
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Silke Wittig
Community development, Cross-sector collaboration, Cultural exchange, Environment, Political engagement
Contemporary arts, Education, Interdisciplinary, Visual arts
Germany, Greece
About me:

Silke Wittig is a freelance curator, writer and art mediator based in Athens and Berlin. She studied Photography and Digital Media with Stan Douglas and Hito Steyerl at the University of the Arts in Berlin and at École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts at Paris. From 2010 to 2012 she worked as Robert Bosch cultural manager at the NGO LOJA in Tetovo / North Macedonia. Since 2008 she has been working at the art institution Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) in Berlin, both at the video art collection Video-Forum (2008–2010), as Head of Communication and Public Program (2012–2016) and currently as curator and editor. She recently worked as art mediator for Goethe Institute, Big Olive and documenta14 in Athens, and as project coordinator for the NGO COMM’ON in Athens. Recent exhibitions and screenings include: Harun Farocki – Über die Entgrenzung der Arbeit (Goethe Institute Bucharest, 2019); Images. Gestures. Memories. (Deutsches Kulturzentrum Timisoara, 2018); Matters of State (Center for Contemporary Arts, Prague, 2018); Privately – Quiet ODD (ODD, Bucharest, 2017); What it could look like (KRIK Festival / Čifte Hammam, Skopje, 2016); Thu Van Tran – Échange de présents (n.b.k., 2016); Where Are We Now (n.b.k., 2016); Yet Another Haunted Image (Brno House of Arts, 2013); The City Will Recall (Ministry for Culture, Archangelsk, 2013); Initiated by… (Institute for the Future, Minsk, 2012); Split Screens & Snow Flakes (Note On, Berlin, 2012). Her texts have recently appeared a. o. in: Videoarchiv (2017); Nordstern Videokunstzentrum (2016); Where Are We Now (2016); Ciprian Mureşan. Of Puppets and Humans (2015); History is a Warm Gun (2015); The Unanswered Question – Iskele 2 (2014); Give Us The Future (2014).

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Evi Scheller
Architecture
Austria
About me:

In the frame of the Robert Bosch Cultural Managers program Evi was working at the Brno House of Art (Dům umění města Brna) for one year (2010-2011). The Brno House of Art is the City`s Kunsthalle and has been an integral part of Brno's cultural life for over 100 years. Besides its exhibitions, the Brno House of Arts offers a regular off-program with readings, concerts, lectures and artist talks and also operates in public space (festival „Brno Art Open“).

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LORENZA SALATI
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Gwendolenn Sharp
Environment
Music
France
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RBCMN Team
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Małgorzata Ćwikła
European Capital of Culture
Education
Poland
About me:

Małgorzata Ćwikła is a PhD student at the Faculty of Management and Social Communication (Universityof Krakow) where she is writing her dissertation about theatrical co-productions with special attention given to project management in the European performing arts. She worked as a curator and producer of cultural projects in Germany, Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Radmila Krstajic
Cultural exchange
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Veronika Lajer
Urban development
Architecture
Hungary
About me:

Veronika Lájer (1979) is an art historian and graduated Phd-Student (2012) from Budapest, Hungary. She is complating her thesis is on the "Oeuvre of Ludwig Rauscher (1845-1914)" - an important German-Hungarian architect, graphic artist and professor of 'arts and crafts'. Her thesis based on the the topics of urban art and architecture, art education, neo-renaissance and modern art history in Eastern and Western Europe.
She is also an educated communicator, specialized in radio-journalism and education. She worked as cultural program coordinator at the Ludwig Museum - Museum for Contemporary Art, Budapest (2005-2008). And she was also a curator and head of the suburb project room, LudwigInzert of the Museum (2010-2011). She is interested in intercultural; social-political and critical projects with artist in residence.

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Susan Lahesalu
Organisational development, Participation & Active citizenship, Sustainability, Youth & Children
Music, Performance
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