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Instytucja Kultury Katowice - Miasto Ogrodów/ Katowice - City of Gardens Cultural Institution

National Network: 
pl. Sejmu Śląskiego 2, 40-032 Katowice, Poland
+48 32 785 70 26
Organisation Type: 
Public Institution
Year of Establishment: 
General Information: 

The structure of the institution consists of 13 staff employed and 13 freelancers. Katowice – City of Gardens cultural institution is a municipal institution (public finance sector) with the budget of several mln PLN per year.
The main modalities of actions are as follows: artistic events (concerts, exhibition, workshops), festivals (Street Art Festival, Ars Independent Film Festival, Video Re:view Festival), educational and public space projects.
Main partners involved in the organization's projects/activities - city of Katowice, Ars Cameralis Cultural Institution, local NGOs.

Mission and Objectives: 

Katowice – City of Gardens cultural institution offers a wide-range programme in the domain of music, film, design, visual arts, theatre, as well as education, ecology and sport. Its presence on a cultural map of Upper Silesia is multidimensional. Its actions have both local (through artistic and educational activities) and international impact (International Street Art Festival, Ars Indepdent Film Festival and Video Re:view Festival). The Institution runs its programme through:
a)carrying out activities in the domain of culture, education, instruction and publishing;
b)co-operation with artistic, scientific, business and cultural institutions as well as with NGOs and municipal authorities;
c)organization of conferences, seminars and artistic events;
d)preparation and production of films, multimedia, instructive and promotional materials as well as others in the domain of statutory activity;
e)culture promotion and dissemination;
f)initiating and coordination of the research in the domain of culture

Main Projects / Activities: 

Street Art Festival: an international interdisciplinary event aiming at encouraging and inspiring citizens to join common actions heading for a change of the city space, by revealing their own creativity and activity.
This project is a contributing factor to the process of changing the image if industrial city, both its visual appearance. atmosphere,and the citizens' attitude, which is done through variety of cultural events and artistic happenings.
Festiwal Video Re:view, presenting the most interesting phenomena in the domain of video art and new media, and organized in co-operation with renowned centres of video art such as Ars Electronica Linz, Videonale Bonn and Les Instant Marseille.
Ars Independent Film Festival presenting independent and non-commercial cinema, which marks out new horizons of contemporary cinematography, and surprises by the themes brought up by directors.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

By joining Polish network we could share our experience in culture promotion and dissemination, and also enrich this co-operation by common activities. We’d welcome the chance of joining common platform of intercultural and cross-national dialogue.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

The reason for our application is the will to make our activities, in both cultural and social dimension, to go beyond regional and national borders, and to benefit from multicultural and intersocial variety of Europe, not to mention the possibility of exchanging ideas and experience as well as learning from one another.

We would like to share our cultural heritage and enrich it with the experience of the nations, whose history, culture and tradition maybe not so much known to Polish citizens. By doing so, we’d like to promote common understanding and tolerance.

Contact (1) Full Name: 
Anna Harasimowicz
Head of the organisation: 
Piotr Zaczkowski

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