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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Anastasia Marukhina
Visual arts
Russia
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Mohamed El Kajjouny
Organisational development, Personal leadership, Youth & Children
Education, Festival, Heritage, Media, Street Theatre, Theatre, Youth
Morocco
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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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Ksenija Cockova
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Jessica Laignel
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Hajnal Szolga
Media
Hungary
About me:

Hajnal Szolga is cultural manager, curator, designer and activist. She lives in Pécs and Budapest (HU).She obtained her M.A. in Philosophy and in Communication and Media Sciences at the University in Pécs and studied European Ethnology at Humboldt University in Berlin. In 2004 she co-founded SosemArt Association, a non-profit cultural organisation based in Pécs, which provides management for artists, operates as a publisher, and an event organiser.

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Zdenka Kujova
European Capital of Culture
Czech Republic
About me:

Zdenka Kujova studied theatre and culture management at JAMU Brno, focusing on supporting culture, grants and culture politics. As a freelancer she works on projects from various art branches and her interest is supporting young artists, funding art, culture and cinematography.
Since 2007 she runs art-culture NGO “REPT”, where she produced a plenty of theater plays, exhibitions and festival. She participated also on prof. Ctibor Turba’s project of new circus and with director Dusan D. Parizek she cooperated in Prague chamber theatre. She gained experience in film and television projects, for example of Czech Television Brno or FMK UTB Zlin. After completing internship in Czech center in Berlin, she also studied Culture management in FHS Potsdam and received the scholarship Cultural managers from Central and Eastern Europe and placed as project manager in creative centre Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig.

Recently Zdenka works as the project manager of the Creative Centre Brno, more on www.creativebrno.cz.

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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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Juliane Rahn
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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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Marta Skłodowska
Community development
Contemporary arts
About me:

Art historian, curator, writer.

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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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Timon Perabo
Civic rights & Activisim, Community development, Cultural exchange, Discrimination, Migration
Education
Germany
About me:

Timon studied social and political sciences with a special interest in the transformation processes in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. As culture manager of the Robert Bosch Foundation he worked in Kosovo during the time it became independent. Main topics of his international cultural work in Kosovo were migration and culture of remembrance. He further persued these issues when returning to Berlin in 2009.

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Silvia Giordano
Cross-sector collaboration, Cultural exchange, Global & Local, Persons with disabilities, Youth & Children
Education, Festival, Performance, Theatre, Youth
About me:

Fond of performing arts, foreign languages and literatures graduate, international cooperation&human rights post-graduate, I spent my studies in France and in Australia, where I could examine topics connected to the studies of the Aboriginal Peoples. Besides, I have been dealing with theatre and non-formal education in ERASMUS+ projects, while working with different theatre companies as a performer and an organizer. I worked as a project manager and social media assistant for an NGO with cooperation projects in South America for two years while working as a part-time English teacher in a secondary school. Since December 2015 I've been international producer for the TYA company Teatro Prova, where I could develop intercultural relations and artistic project planning skills. In particular, thanks to the experience raised in the last few years, she engaged in intercultural mediation, project managing in many artistic fields (theatre for young audiences and young children, disability, technology etc.), developing public relations in order to enhance common aims and to trace out relevant languages in a constant creative perspective. I was cultural manager in the framework of "Tandemforculture" programme with an Egyptian Theatre Company whereas in Italy I dealt with guest companies, programming, co-producing. I've been also coordinator of the first edition of "Lo Sguardo del Gatto" Festival dedicated to Theatre and Inclusion in Bergamo (San Paolo d'Argon).

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Radmila Krstajic
Cultural exchange
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sarahTest
Civic rights & Activisim
Architecture
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Lisa Maier
Cultural exchange
Education
Germany
About me:

Lisa Maier studied cultural studies, art theory, and German literature at the Universities of Bremen and Ljubljana. In Slovenia she turned her attention to the region of Southeast Europe. During her studies, she was among others working for the Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung Bremen (in the field of culture mediation), the Art and Artists House Schwankhalle, and the Cultural Centers Schlachthof and Lagerhaus. She has completed various internships and jobs in the fields of press and public relations, editing, event organization, and stage direction.

She was an assistant to the director of the International Youth Theater Festival "Explosive" and to the festival management of "goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film" at the German Film Institute, Frankfurt/Main. Through this film-related work, she discovered her special interest in documentary film.

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Elisa Pifferi
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Frauke Wetzel
Community development
Interactive communication
Germany
About me:

I worked as cultural manager at the Collegium Bohemicum in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic from 2007 to 2009. After that I worked as public relations officer at the Czech-German Culture Days, at the Brücke/Most Foundation in Dresden. Right now I am working on my dissertation on symbolic acquisition and finding identity in the Bohemian-German border area after 1945 until today.

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Bettina Lehmann
Cross-sector collaboration, Participation & Active citizenship
Contemporary arts, Dance, Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinarity, Performance, Visual arts
Germany
About me:

I initiate, develop and coordinate projects in the realms of visual and performing arts, contemporary dance and music, knowledge production and all possible hybrids. My professional practice is informed by my great curiosity in all things human and their expression in various artistic forms.
I have gained working experience in various cultural institutions in different countries. My knowledge of languages and capacity of quick adaptation help me to act successfully as coordinator and mediator in diverse contexts.

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Christian Gracza
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Bistra Ivanova
Civic rights & Activisim, Community development, Cultural exchange, Discrimination, Empowerment, Migration
Community arts
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