IV Danube Conference of Culture

  • Published: 09 Dec 2016 16:18
  • Author: Intercultura Consult

In November 2016, the IV Danube Conference of Culture gathered participants and Danube countries in Ruse, Bulgaria to discuss

Successfully Launched Danube Cultural Projects and Promising Initiatives Moderated panel

 • Attila Balázs (Timişoara) is an actor and manager of the Csiky Gergely Hungarian State Theater in Timisoara. The theatre performance ‘Manipulations’ is one example of the power of art to manipulate us into co-creation and to trigger a positive change for very different audiences. It started as a late night discussion in the centre of Europe, was realised as a touring performance and has lived long beyond the original 5 performances planned.  www.tm-t.ro/en/?page=listpage&pid=14&introlng=en

• Elisabeth Pacher (Vienna), head of Creative Europe Desk – Culture at the Federal Chancellery of Austria presented a fresh opportunity that will start in 2017. The unique multiyear large-scale initiative is about arts and culture ‘off the beaten track’ in Danube tourism routes. The “Danube Culture Platform – Creative Spaces of 21st Century” is an ITERREG project expected to create intangible but real connection points.


• Gábor Móczár (Pécs) is the International Relations Manager at the Zsolnay Heritage Management Nonprofit Ltd., the cultural holding of the City of Pécs in Hungary (European Capital of Culture 2010). We discussed the current outlook which continues to transform Pécs as a city that connects and boosts cultural initiative and talent in the Danube region. As one of the creative incubators in Europe, Zsolnay sees culture as a tool to enhance regional cooperation in the Central-South European region www.creativeincubators.eu/partners/partner_detail/thezsolnayheritagemanagementnonprofitltd

• Nina Alexandrova, Head of the Civic Education Department at the International Elias Canetti Society presented the Erasmus+ funded project Languages against dropout from school (LAD). This is just one of the projects that is built on a strong partnership linking a cultural centre with the education system. The aim is to empower young minority children to learn through arts the official national language. This enlarges their opportunity for self-expression and development. Such projects are a key to creating opportunities vis-à-vis the future generations of the Danube region. http://amalipe.com/index.php?nav=projects&id=94&lang=2

• Svetlana Kirova, Head of the Art and Culture Department of the International Elias Canetti Society in Ruse discussed the success and evolution of the Literature Festival which is going to have its tenth edition in 2017. An important message keeping this festival alive is that it listens to the participants and to local and distant partners. The format and theme are new every year but a literacy moment remains central to the programme every time. www.eliascanetti.org/47.0.html?&L=3

• Ralf Rainer Reimann (Ulm), the leader of the „akademie für darstellende kunst adk-ulm“ and the „akademietheater ulm“ presented a future project for the creation of a European institute for Theatre pedagogy. It does not showcase theatre as an art form but as an arts practice that changes people and connects cities and minds. www.adk-ulm.de

• Siegfried Atteneder (Linz) is an assistant professor in architecture and urbanism (University of Art and Design Linz). He shared his work on projects in which ‘borders’ are spaces of the coming-together of difference. European values or identities could be such ‘border’ concepts that either spark conflict or become an indispensable source for positive spatial development. Undoubtedly the Danube region is unique in the different and shared identities, so cultural projects bring out its rich potential.  http://www.ufg.ac.at/Sigi-Atteneder.6974.0.html

• Vuk Radulović (Novi Sad) is the International Relations Manager of the ‘Novi Sad 2021 – European Capital of Culture’ project. The new concept of DanubIANS was highlighted in this presentation that specifically covers four core bridges that bring the European projects and initiatives in the Danube region to Novi Sad. Today’s Danube region and its future will be under exploration in the artistic co-programming that opens with a series of collaborative initiatives. http://novisad2021.rs/en

The moderator of this discussion was Dr. Petya Koleva(Sofia), international researcher and consultant, professor on cultural entrepreneurship and innovation at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts Bulgaria, founder of Intercultura Consult®.


Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg

The Municipality of Ruse

Free Spirit City Foundation – Ruse

European Danube Academy – Ulm

Association of Danube River Municipalities Bulgaria

Kulturreferentin Südosteuropa – Ulm

Danube Cultural Cluster – Vienna

Council of the Danube Cities and Regions

ARGE Donau

Elias Canetti Society – Ruse