Cultural Education Policies in Europe

International conference
„Cultural Education Policies in Europe”


Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor CRICOTEKA
Nadwiślańska Street 2-4, Kraków

Can we share a common idea on arts and cultural education in Europe? Or do we have to focus on different, incomparable situations and concepts? Can we find or define standards in the European countries, meeting the challenges of the present world? Are the European countries facing similar or completely different problems?

These and other questions will be discussed by members of the European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO).

The ideas, concepts and suggestions of the invited experts from all Europe will be preceded by a panel devoted to the situation of cultural education in Poland. Speakers include: Edwin Bendyk, Tomasz Plata, Łucja Piekarska-Duraj, Tomasz Szkudlarek and Joanna Orlik.

Thank you very much for your participation.

„Similarities beyond differences” – conference summary written by Edwin Bendyk.

Feedback on the “Polish part” of the conference – Gerhard Kowař, KulturKontakt Austria

Conference materials



Photos by Magdalena Gardeła, MIK


9.00 am –10.00 am Registration
Session I
10.00 am –10.30 am Opening words:

Joanna Orlik, Director of the Malopolska Institute of Culture in Kraków
Agnieszka Oprządek, Deputy Director of the Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor CRICOTEKA
Ernst Wagner, President of the European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO)
10.30 am –12.30 pm Keynote speech and panel discussion "Cultural education in Poland":

Tomasz Plata, National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw
Łucja Piekarska-Duraj, Jagiellonian University in Kraków
Tomasz Szkudlarek, University of Gdańsk
Joanna Orlik, Malopolska Institute of Culture in Kraków

Moderator: Edwin Bendyk, Collegium Civitas, Centre for Studies on Future
12.30 pm –1.30 pm Lunch
Session II
1.30 pm – 2.00 pm Artistic manifesto: Jan Tomasz Adamus, Capella Cracoviensis
2.00 pm – 3.45 pm Panel discussion "Cultural education in Europe"

Mari Martin, University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland)
Egge Kulbok-Lattik, Estonian Government Office (Estonia)
Baiba Tjarve, Latvian Academy of Culture (Latvia)

Charlotte Svendler Nielsen, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Arno Neele, National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts LKCA (the Netherlands)
3.45 pm – 4.15 pm Coffee break
4.15 pm – 6.00 pm Panel discussion "Cultural education in Europe"

Zoë Zernitz, National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts LKCA (the Netherlands)
Michael Wimmer and Sirikit Amann, KulturKontakt (Austria)
Susanne Keuchel and Sandra Czerwonka, Akademie der Kulturellen Bildung des Bundes und des Landes NRW (Germany)

Nevelina Pachova, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and Cooperation, ConArte Internacional (Spain)
Ernst Wagner, UNESCO Chair in Arts and Culture in Education, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)
6.00 pm – 6.15 pm Conference summary: Edwin Bendyk

Practical information

Practical information

Date: 22/03/2018, 10.00 am – 6.15 pm

The registration will start at 9.00 am.

Place: Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor CRICOTEKA, Nadwiślańska Street 2-4, Kraków

Public transport: trams no 3 and 24 from the Kraków Main Station (Dworzec Główny). Final stop: plac Bohaterów Getta, then 500 meters on foot.

Free entrance, on-line registration

The first session of the conference will be conducted in Polish (with simultaneous interpretation to English). The second session will be conducted in English.



Edwin Bendyk

Journalist, publicist and writer. Edwin Bendyk works for the Polityka weekly magazine. He is the author of the books: Zatruta studnia. Rzecz o władzy i wolności (2002), Antymatrix. Człowiek w labiryncie sieci (2004), Miłość, wojna, rewolucja. Szkice na czas kryzysu (2009) and Bunt sieci (2012). In 2014, together with Jacek Santorski and Witold Orłowski, he published a book Jak żyć w świecie, który oszalał. At the University of Warsaw he conducts a Laboratorium Miasta Przyszłości project as a part of the Digital Economy Lab. He lectures at Collegium Civitas, where he heads the Centre for Studies on Future. At the Center of Social Sciences, PAN (Polish Academy of Sciences) he conducts a seminar on new media. He is a member of Polish PEN Club.


Tomasz Plata

Lecturer at the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw and editor of the publishing house Edipresse. Formerly, i.a. creator and editor-in-chief of City Magazine monthly and Magazyn Dziennika weekly. The author of the books: Andy Warhol w drodze do teatru (2001), Akademia Ruchu (2003), Strategie publiczne, strategie prywatne. Teatr polski 1990–2005 (2005; German edition: Öffentliche Strategien, private Strategien. Das polnische Theater 1990–2005) and Być i nie być. Kategoria obecności w teatrze i performansie ostatniego półwiecza (2009).


Tomasz Szkudlarek

Pedagogue and professor at the University of Gdańsk. Head of the Department of Philosophy of Education and Cultural Studies at the Institute of Pedagogy, as well as Doctoral Studies in the field of Pedagogy and Political Sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Gdańsk. He conducts research on social, cultural and political determinants of education, in particular on the process of collective identity formation.


Joanna Orlik

Director of the Malopolska Institute of Culture in Kraków, associated with the institution since 2002. In 2007 she defended her Ph.D. dissertation at the Faculty of Polish Studies of the Jagiellonian University, dedicated to the importance of Polish culture in Soviet Russia during the Khrushchev’s Thaw period. Founder and first editor-in-chief of the Autoportret. Pismo o dobrej przestrzeni quarterly. She worked, i.a. for the Villa Decius Association in Kraków, the Association of Polish Cities and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. She co-initiated the creation of the Forum Kraków – the association of people acting for the benefit of cultural animation, as well as the movement of Kraków’s Citizens of Culture. Personally she believes that a lot can be done.


Łucja Piekarska-Duraj

Łucja Piekarska-Duraj holds an M.A. degree in European Studies (2002) and Ph.D. in sociology (2013) both received from the Jagiellonian University. She is a social anthropologist, interpretive heritage trainer and cultural manager. As a researcher, she is mainly interested in relations between social memory, heritage and identity, especially in the domain of museums as well as interpretive and democratic museology. She specialises in storytelling for museums and the support for brand management strategies. She has co-authored a manual for interpretive museology Lokalne muzeum w globalnym świecie (A local museum in a global world). After a decade of museum activism, she joined UNESCO Chair for Holocaust Education at the Jagiellonian University in 2016.


Jan Tomasz Adamus

A conductor, organist, harpsichordist and culture creator specialising in period performance of classical music ranging from Renaissance polyphony to Romantic symphony and opera. He studied in Krakow and Amsterdam and taught at the Academy of Music in Wrocław for a number of years. He has prepared many Polish premieres of great international repertoire for period instruments, which include Bach’s “St Matthew Passion”; Handel’s “Messiah”, “Theodora”, “Hercules”, “Amadigi”, “Sosarme”, “Tamerlano” and “Rodelinda”; Beethoven’s “Missa solemnis”; Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” and “Don Giovanni”, to name just a few.
He has performed at a number of prestigious festivals and venues, most recently at Wratislavia Cantans, the Festival of Polish Music, the concert hall of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, SWR Festspiele Schwetzingen, Bachfest Leipzig and Händel-Festspiele Halle. In particular, he is esteemed for his performances of vocal and instrumental pieces.

In 2008 he was appointed General and Artistic Manager of Capella Cracoviensis, an institution of culture which is a chamber choir and period instrument orchestra based in Krakow. In the recent years Capella Cracoviensis has become an exemplary model of successful management as the orchestra belongs to the most important ensembles in Europe specialising in historical performance practice, while the reputation of the choir, because of the exceptional colour and vividness of sound, has been growing among the best record labels.

As a culture creator, Jan Tomasz Adamus stood behind the launch of Theatrum Musicum, a joint project developed by music institutions of Krakow which is turning into one of the biggest classical music scenes in Europe. Since 2000 he has been Artistic Director of the Bach Festival Swidnica, one of the largest and most recognisable festivals organised outside major centres of musical life and, at the same time, a remarkably organic and culture-forming event. His numerous recordings include solo organ repertoire, Polish old music, Romanticism on period instruments (Chopin, Schubert) and contemporary music (Arvo Pärt).

Recently, together with Capella Cracoviensis, he has carried out a number of extremely innovative stage projects including operas, crossover projects and social performances (Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”, Händel’s “Amadigi di Gaula”, Gluck’s “Orpheus and Eurydice”, Monteverdi in a milk bar, Mendelssohn performed by a choir in the woods and Mozart’s “Requiem” as karaoke). He is involved in the work of Opera Europa, an international organisation for opera houses and festivals from across the world.


Susanne Keuchel

Susanne Keuchel was trained in sociology, musicology and German studies at the University of Bonn and the Technical University of Berlin. She received her PhD in 1999. She is Director of the Academy of Arts Education of the German Government and the State of North Rhine-Westfalia and Chairwoman of the Institute for Education and Culture in Remscheid, Germany. Prior to joining the Academy, she served as a researcher and, from 2009 to 2013, as the Executive Director of the Centre for Cultural Research in Bonn. She is co-(author) of books on cultural participation of young persons (Das 1. +2. Jugendkulturbarometer), migrants (Das 1. InterKulturBarometer) and best agers (Kulturbarometer 50+) and author of several articles in German and English publications. Her research interest is mainly focused on arts and cultural education, diversity and applications of digital technologies in culture. She is honorary professor at the University of Hildesheim and lecturer at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre.


Ernst Wagner

Ernst Wagner studied visual arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He is graduated with a PhD in art history (University of Munich). He taught visual arts at secondary schools until 2006. From 2006 – 2014 he was employed by the Institute for School Quality and Research in Education in Munich (responsible for art, film and drama education). From 2008 until 2018, Ernst Wagner worked at the UNESCO-Chair in Arts and Culture in Education at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich from 2014 until 2018. He is honorary professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Ernst Wagner is deputy chair of the Board of Culture at the German Commission for UNESCO. On the European level he is chairing the “European Network on Visual Literacy” ( and he initiated the “European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts Education” (ENO). He also started the “International Network for Research in Arts Education” (INRAE), a global network of UNESCO-Chairs and UNESCO-Observatories ( that is now a UNITWIN network, recognized by UNESCO. Within INRAE he has been responsible for the project “Monitoring Arts Education” (MONAES) together with Teunis IJdens from LKCA. He is editor of the “International Yearbook for Research in Arts Education”. He has published more than 250 articles and books.


Charlotte Svendler Nielsen

PhD, Associate Professor, Head of Educational Studies at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, research cluster “Embodiment, Learning and Social Change,” University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Collaborator of the Finnish strategic research project ArtsEqual 2015-2020. From 2013-2014 co-leading the qualitative part of the Danish Ministry of Education’s research project “Learning through movement.” Board member of the European Observatories of Arts and Cultural Education linked to UNESCO. Co-editor of the Routledge books on dance, young people and change (2015 and 2017). Executive board member (research officer) of Dance and the Child International since 2009. Program chair of the 13th Dance and the Child International Congress held in Copenhagen July 2015 and chair of the committee of scholarly presentations for the joint daCi and WDA Global Dance Summit held in Taipei July 2012.


Sirikitt Amann

Head of the Cultural Education Department at KulturKontakt Austria, a non-profit organization that promotes education and culture in Austria as well as in East & South East Europe. As a cultural manager she plans and leads cultural projects with schools and cultural institutions throughout Austria since the 1980’s. Her focus is on the use of new technologies in the context of cultural education. To this topic she wrote many contributions; the last one was published in the edited volume „VIS-A-VIS Medien.Kunst.Bildung: Lebenswirklichkeiten und kreative Potentiale der Digital Natives“ published by De Gruyter, 2017. She had previously served as an expert advisor in artistic affair at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Art and Culture and in the Office of the Federal Chancellery Minister.


Arno Neele

Research officer at the Netherlands Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA). Since he received his PhD in cultural history from Utrecht University in 2011, he published several books, articles and reports on cultural history, cultural education and amateur arts. Together with colleagues he currently works on a book about trends and developments in cultural participation, to be publish spring 2018 by LKCA and the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP). He is a member of the board (secretary) of the European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO).


Baiba Tjarve

Researcher, lecturer, a cultural manager and a theatre scientist. In 1997, she founded and led (till 2004) Latvian New Theatre Institute, which organizes various contemporary theatre projects. She has conducted seminars and workshops in various projects and lectured guest lectures at the Latvian Academy of Culture, has engaged in research in the field of culture, both on national and international level. Baiba has also acted as independent expert for various national and international organisations. Currently she is researcher at the Research Centre of Latvian Academy of Culture. She holds PhD, in 2013 she has defended Thesis on Institutional transformations in Latvian culture in the post-communist transition.


Mari Martin

Doctor of Art (in Theatre and Drama) from the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. She has worked as a researcher, pedagogue and artist. Now she works as a coordinator of the Finnish Observatory for Arts and Cultural Education. She has been working in ArtsEqual research initiative (2015-2021) since its beginning as a researcher, editor and research assistant. Her latest publication is a questionnaire research Children’s Cultural Centres producing involvement. Parents’ evaluation about their children’s participation and involvement in the arts and culture (2017). At the moment she works also as a community artist in a multicultural community in Helsinki. She has created her post doc research around the issue of artistic dialogue. Her particular interests are equality and social dimensions of art.


Nevelina I. Pachova

Researcher and coordinator of international cooperation projects with the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and Cooperation at the University of Girona, Spain. She studies the role of culture and the arts in development processes and actions and supports the development, implementation and evaluation of projects and programs in the field of arts and cultural education for social inclusion and sustainable development. Prior to joining the UNESCO Chair, Nevelina worked with different agencies of the United Nations in the field of participatory development and poverty alleviation.


Zoë Zernitz

Researcher at the National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA) in the Netherlands. She obtained a M.A. degree in Arts, Culture and Media from the University of Groningen (2015). She conducts and supports research on developments in cultural education and participation. She is currently researching cultural education for children with special needs.


Egge Kulbok-Lattik

Cultural policy researcher and adviser to the prime minister of Estonia. Her research interests are related to the historical development of the cultural policies in different political systems Estonia and Europe and also, cultural sociology and sociology of arts.
Previously, she has been working as producer and artistic director of the Performing and Visual Art`s Festival Dionysia in Tartu, (1992-2000). She is co-founder, Cultural Policy and Art Education Observatory Estonia and has been involved into research and study programs, as well as various public platforms discussing on the cultural policies, management and cultural education issues in Estonia.



About the European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO)
The network was founded on 16th November 2015 in Berlin. ENO members are research organisations from 12 European Union countries, active in the field of research and analysis of cultural and artistic education, including the Malopolska Institute of Culture in Kraków together with the Institute of Sociology of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. The secretariat of the network is located in the National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA) based in Utrecht, the Netherlands.



Conference partner:



Małopolska Institute of Culture in Kraków
ul. 28 lipca 1943 17c
30-233 Kraków
tel.: +48 (12) 422 18 84

MAŁOPOLSKI INSTYTUT KULTURY W KRAKOWIE, ul. 28 lipca 1943 17c, 30-233 Kraków, tel.: +48 12 422 18 84, 631 30 70, 631 31 75, NIP: 675 000 44 88