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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Antje Kohlrusch
Community arts
Germany
About me:

Antje is a communication and project manager, studied German and Finnish-Ugric philology and sociology at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (M.A.) as well as cultural management (Master). Among other positions, she has worked as a communication manager at MitOst e.V. (Berlin), as a publishing house editor, and as a project leader for the first years of the Luther decade and the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation in the project office “Luther 2017” in Wittenberg.

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Christine Rahn
Cultural exchange
Contemporary arts, Education
About me:

Hi there, here wishs to join another alumna from the RBCM programme in Central & Southeastern Europe.

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Malgorzata Sroka
Literature
Poland
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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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Slávka Rude-Porubska
Cultural exchange
Literature
Germany, Slovakia
About me:

Slávka Rude-Porubská studied German Studies, Slavic Studies and Journalism at Nitra, Odense and Regensburg. After finishing her PhD in Books Studies she currently works as lecturer and assistant professor at the LMU Munich as well as a freelance literary translator, editor, journalist and web editor.

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Elene Chechelashvili
Cross-sector collaboration, Cultural exchange
Crafts, Fashion, Festival, Film & Cinema, Interdisciplinary, Literature, Music, Physical Theatre, Visual arts
Georgia, Germany, Switzerland
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Elene Chechelashvili graduated from the Tbilisi State Academy of Art (Textile design) and the Ilia Tschawtschawadse State University (German studies) and studied at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. As an artist and organizer, she has participated in artistic and cultural projects in Georgia, Germany and Austria. She has worked as projekt organizer and co-curator for the Georgian Culture Days in Germany 2008. This event took place thanks to the support of the following organizations: City of Frankfurt, Ministry of Culture and Sports of Georgia, Hessian Ministry of Culture, City of Marburg, Deutsche Bank.
In 2010-2011 she has worked for the regional initiative “Culture and Development” at the Goethe-Institut Tbilissi for two years, for Georgia and South Caucasus, Russia and Uzbekistan. As part of this initiative, she organized training, exhibitions and workshops in the following areas: climate and culture, cultural manager training and Publisher training.
In 2011-2012 as a scholarship holder of the “Robert Bosch Stiftung’s” program “Cultural Managers from Central and Eastern Europe”, she has organized a festival “Georgien 3mal anders” in cooperation with "Literaturhaus München“ and “Münchner Künstlerhaus”. In the fields of literature, art and music, she presented an excerpt from the current Georgian art and culture scene from a new perspective.
In 2013 she got married and became the mother of two children. Together with her family she lives and works in Zurich as a freelance cultural manager, translator and textile artist.
Since 2017 among other things she has been initiating and organizing events as part of the European Week in various art forms and event formats, with the participation of Georgian art and cultural representatives in cooperation with the cultural center “Die Fabrik/Kulturwerk Frankfurt”. Project partners and sponsors: Hessian State Chancellery, City Frankfurt, Mediacampus Frankfurt, Edition Fototapeta, Berlin, Georgian National Book Center, Diogene publishing house Tbilisi

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Shota Bukoshi
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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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Micaela Casalboni
Community development, Cross-Sector, Cultural exchange, Empowerment, Global & Local, Participation & Active citizenship, Youth & Children
Community arts, Education, Interdisciplinary, Theatre, Youth
Italy
About me:

Actress, theatre teacher, international and intercultural projects as co-art director of Teatro dell'Argine (Italy)

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Astrid Thews
Community development, Organisational development
Education, Public Space, Youth
Germany
About me:

As freelance cultural manager, facilitator and systemic organizational development consultant, I am involved with various civic and cultural projects and organizations in Germany, Egypt and other countries in the MENA region. In 2011, I co-founded the Cairo-based organization Mahatat for contemporary art. As voluntary commitments, I was representative of the Robert Bosch Cultural Managers Network in 2016 and 2017 and currently am a board member of TraumWerkStadt e.V. I am passionate about fostering an open society and creating spaces for encounter and learning.

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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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Bernd Böttcher
Literature
Germany
About me:

Cultural studies at European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), focus on literature and history of Central and Eastern Europe, internships and studies abroad in Poland;
Personal interests in Central European history, history policies, and transformation politics;
As a cultural manager at Chernivtsi Bukovina Center (Ukraine), I focused on literature, photography, and music as evidence of current and historic transition processes in Western Ukraine.

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Joanna Szlauderbach
Cross-Sector, Cross-sector collaboration, Cultural exchange, Organisational development
Festival, Interactive communication, Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinarity, Story-telling, Visual arts
About me:

I work at the intersection of New Technologies X Arts X Science X Society & Entrepreneurship.

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Silvia Giordano
Cross-sector collaboration, Cultural exchange, Global & Local, Persons with disabilities, Youth & Children
Education, Festival, Performance, Theatre, Youth
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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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Alexander Besch
Cultural exchange
Education
Egypt
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I graduated with degrees in Political Science, Islamic Studies, and Economics from the University of Hamburg in 2009 with a thesis about external support for transformation in Egypt.

I became familiar with Egypt during my studies. An internship at the German Embassy in Cairo gave me my first experience in implementing cultural projects.

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Małgorzata Ćwikła
European Capital of Culture
Education
Poland
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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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Ksenija Cockova
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Axel Halling
Literature
Germany
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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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Bernd Janning
Urban development
Literature
Germany
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Since 2014, he has been a PR and project manager at "Social Impact - Agency for Social Innovations" in Berlin. From 2012 to 2013, he worked as a project manager at the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) in Vienna. From 2010 until 2012, he was Robert Bosch Cultural Manager at the International Elias Canetti Society in Ruse, Bulgaria.

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Wiebke Stadler
Cross-Sector, Cross-sector collaboration, Empowerment, Environment, Mindfulness, Participation & Active citizenship, Personal leadership, Sustainability
Contemporary arts, Education
Germany
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Wiebke Stadler was working as Robert Bosch cultural manager from 2009 till 2011 in Skopje, Macedonia for the NGO Kontrapunkt. She is currently working as leading curator "discourse & society" for the foundation Nantesbuch. The foundation Nantesbuch, based in the alpine fotthills close to munich, fosters arts and nature as a source to develop responsible thinking and practice.

previously she worked as project manager in the field of arts education for the foundation Mercator. After her stay in Macedonia she worked for one year as a member of the curatorial team of MS Dockville Kunstcamp in Hamburg and meanwhile co-initiated the international online discussion platform www.kuma-talks.eu

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Mxolisi Sonti
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Jessica Laignel
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