Debate: Culture or Climate Change?

Debate with cultural practitioners and specialists

TOPIC 💭 Culture or Climate Change? | 22.10 | 18:00


Debate with cultural practitioners and specialists – representatives of non-governmental organisations participating in the project: Zsófia Huszár (Pro Progressione), Petra Housková (Šopa Gallery), Franz Tišek (Kulturní centrum Řehlovice), Karolina Bieniek (Art Transparent), moderated by Agata Skrzypczyk (Halo.Radio)

Zsófia Huszár as a cultural manager I’m active in interdisciplinary projects that are focusing on the artistic and creative interpretation of our cultural heritage. As both a personal ambition and an organisational aim, I intend to shift this experience and knowledge to natural heritage interpretation. I wish to exploit the benefits of deeper collaborations of environmental and artistic organisations. As a first step, I took the ownership of an „internal sustainability process”. In the frame of this work, we designed a policy and an action plan that we can follow up by the end of this year. I’m open and happy to get in touch with professionals who also see the potential of creativity and arts that can supports positive climate actions or even with those who are doubting it. 

Petra Housková  is a visual artist, but in recent years she has been mainly active as a gallerist and curator. After receiving her masters in 2015 at the Studio of Contemporary Painting at the Faculty of Arts of Technical University in Košice, she founded a contemporary art gallery space called Šopa, which currently ranks among the most crucial project spaces in Slovakia. Since 2015 she has been working as a curator of the international residency program K.A.I.R. Košice Artist in Residence, which currently deals with the theme of Interconnectedness to highlights the need of today’s society to be aware of its connection with the environment beyond the borders of its own region, state or nation, but also beyond the borders of the human species. Cooperation and care are important in proposing solutions to major problems, such as poverty and climate change,which affect biospheres that cross national borders.

Franz Tišek Brunner is a culture manager at Kulturni Centrum Rehlovice and organic farmer in Upper Austria. Since his civil service at Holocaust Memorial Terezín in 2001/2002 he has been involved in various activities of Kulturni Centrum Rehlovice and other NGOs. Thanks to the financial support of Cesko Nemecky Fond Budoucnost, he has lately become the culture manager of KCR. He studied Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.

Karolina Bieniek, Doctor of Social Sciences, is a specialist in foreign policy, including cultural policy, cultural manager, trainer. She has run dozens of cultural and public projects at regional, national and international levels. Author of numerous scientific articles published in Poland and abroad. She has coordinated many projects, including Stanisław Dróżdż: Text Paths, Books for Guinea, SURVIVAL Art Review, Mieszkanie Gepperta art gallery. She has completed “TANDEM”, an international programme for culture managers. In 2017, she was named one of the 30 most creative inhabitants of Wrocław. Co-initiator of “Culture for Climate” – an initiative aiming to create a space for intellectual and artistic exchange of thoughts on the role of culture in counteracting the climate disaster.

Agata Skrzypczyk – a journalist, traveller and economist. She specialises in ecology, sustainable development and renewable energy, always putting people first. Her portfolio includes reportages from Morocco, South America, Europe and the United States. She gained experience working in the field of renewable energy in Denmark, Canada and Latin America, and currently she advises companies in the area of communication and environmental education. Fellow of the Transatlantic Media Fellowships programme, participant in congresses and panels connected with fighting climate change. She is always plotting how to combine global knowledge with local activities for a sustainable future.

ℹ️ The project V4 Culture for Climate – Social Scene of the 18th Edition of the SURVIVAL Art Review is co-financed by the governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from the International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.