Local government of tomorrow. Between openness and responsibility.

October 6

  • 10:00 - 12:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

    Local government's priorities in a new reality
    Welcoming speech to the Congress participants given by Krzysztof Żuk, Mayor of Lublin
    and Paweł Prokop, Chairman of the Organisational and Programming Committee

    Discussion with invited Mayors of European Cities:
    Anuela Ristani – Deputy Mayor of Tirana (Albania)
    Zurab Nasaraia – Governor of Guria (Georgia)
    Dagur B. Eggertsson – Mayor of Reykjavik (Iceland)
    ‎Yuriy Vilkul – Mayor of Kryvyi Rih (Ukraine)
    Rytis Mykolas Račkauskas – Mayor of Panevėžys (Lithuania)

    Krzysztof Stanowski – Director of International Cooperation Centre, Lublin Municipal Office (Poland)

    COVID-19 pandemic has set new challenges to local governments, universities, companies and NGOs. We are in a reality dominated by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. In the opening panel, presidents/mayors of cities from different geographical areas will attempt to answer the question how they imagine the local government of tomorrow? To what extent should they be open to cooperation and exchange of experiences, and to what extent should they focus on responsibility for their citizens. The key issue seems to be city management in the face of the challenges posed by urban development, community building or responsibility for the common space. In the course of the panel, we will discuss how the scope and manner of crisis activities have been defined and how to adapt crisis management to new, constantly changing reality. We will find out to what extent local governments but also other public entities are self-sufficient, and to what extent they have to use external resources, support and cooperation. Together with our guests we will talk about the role of local government in providing assistance and support through specific actions. Were these steps sufficient and to what extent they proved to be effective? Further, we will look back how responsibilities between state and local government institutions have been divided. Were undertaken activities and cross-sectoral cooperation effective? The new economy in the face of the post-pandemic economic crisis will be another crucial subject under discussion. How much will the budgets of cities change? How will local governments adapt their fiances to the changing reality. To what extent will the cities that have so far been open to a participatory model of management and decision-making on city development, involve citizens in co-deciding? To what extent are local governments open to external partners and what is the solidarity and co-responsibility of the provinces/peripheries from a regional and global perspective.
  • 13:00 - 14:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

    GRANTS' FAIR (max. 100 pers.)* (PL-EN-RU)
    Overview of possibilities for obtaining support from the Creative Europe programme

    Creative Europe is the European Union’s financial support programme for the creative, cultural and audiovisual sectors in Europe.
    The programme will allocate EUR 1.46 billion to the forthcoming European projects to be executed within 7 years. It aims to promote the European cultural diversity and heritage, build professional competencies, reach new audiences  by increasing access to culture and audiovisual works. The programme has sub-programmes: MEDIA, Culture and a cross-sectoral strand.
  • 14:30 - 16:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

    WORKSHOP (max. 25 pers.) (EN)
    New cultural formats during pandemic

    Agata Etmanowicz – audience development implementer, Fundacji Impact (Poland)
    The workshop will be attended by:
    Irena Pujszo – OPEN POLAND Programme, Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Poland)
    Magdalena Wiśniewska – Communication Department, Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Poland))
    Marta Lityńska – Communication Department, Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Poland)

    Restrictions caused by the pandemic have forced cultural institutions to close and find new solutions. Those included transferring events to virtual reality. The Adam Mickiewicz Institute – a national institution on a mission to promote Polish culture outside Poland,  also faced such dilemmas. At the workshop, the representatives of the Institute, will talk about new solutions that had been adapted to fit the digital reality. The following matters will feature at the workshop: online residency programmes Art House' and 'New Stage!'; Krzysztof Penderecki's virtual garden; a new face of the ‘Digital Cultures Festival’, and finally 'Foroom' – Central and Eastern Europe partners get-together to discuss current trends in culture and international cooperation in the new reality. At the meeting, we will look at what is there to offer when holding events online. What are the chances and opportunities? Or else what are the challenges and difficulties for organizers of such events?

    The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is a national cultural institution whose mission is to promote Polish culture abroad. It has organised nearly 8000 events, attended by approx. 60 million people on five continents. Culture.pl portal run by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute is a daily updated service informing about the most interesting events related to Polish culture happening across the world.
  • 16:00 - 17:30 GMT+2 Warsaw

    PARTNERS' FORUM (max. 25 pers.) (RU)
    Support of networking and exchange of experiences among the countries from Europe and Eastern Partnership
    topic: entrepreneurship and cross-sectoral cooperation for economic development, including environmental protection

    If you want to take part in the Partners' Forum, please fill in a short application in the PARTNERS' FORUM tab
  • 19:00 - 21:15 GMT+2 Warsaw

    International music and visual project "Rozdilovi". Lublin edition
    The link to the streaming below
    The event will be held live in Sala Widowiskowa of the Center for Culture in Lublin (12 Peowiaków St.). Free entrance.

    The event will be broadcast on YouTube

    We invite you to the unique, Lublin edition of the RozdILovI* project.

    It will not be a concert, nor a literary meeting, nor a show, nor a theatrical performance.
    The greatest value of what will be created in the Centre for Culture in Lublin lies precisely in the impossibility of specifying it or giving it a rigid frame. You will witness the birth of a musical-poetic-visual spectacle in which various languages, various arts and artists from numerous countries will be brought together. The starting point will be the poetry of Serhiy Zhadan, a famous Ukrainian poet, writer and musician. The tone of his poetry, words and melody, will turn into music which will follow the poems’ lines and images creating a visual dimension.
    On the subconscious level – between sounds, senses and touches - the RozdILovI project is about love and tenderness, war, oblivion and death, resurrection in memories, laughter and silence, and again - love and tenderness ...
    Multidimensional aspects of the show open up a new, multidisciplinary way of translation, which uses words, sounds and visual forms. In this way, poetry that resonates in different languages remains its most important properties: rhythm, intonation, pauses.
    During the last few years of the RozdILovI project, the participating artists,
    that live in different countries,
    have met,
    exchanged poems and music,
    sometimes argued,
    when meeting online and in the real world.
    To what extent was their relation deep? To what extent were they ready to listen to each other, respect common values ​​and their personal freedom?
    RozdILovI is an attempt of understanding: through color, line, sound, movement, individual words and their graphic embodiment in various languages. RozdILovI addresses the issue of the availability of art. Online broadcasting enables its reception in the most remote parts of the world. The art is created "here and now", no matter where the recipients are: on the stage in Lublin, in Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv, Kharkiv, or hundreds kilometers away... A very important aspect of the project is the translation of the poetry into other languages.
    RozdILovI becomes a new, separate language, a coded art, combining word, music, graphics, and sometimes the sense of touch (dance) later transmitted into virtual space.
    RozdILovI fills in a slightly palpable communication gap.
    RozdILovI connects – this phrase takes on a special meaning in the pandemic reality, when artists intuitively look for means of expression that cross languages, genres, real and virtual worlds.

    idea and visualizations – Olia Mykhailiuk
    texts – Serhiy Zhadan
    video effects – Serhiy Pyliavets  (Ukraine)
    music – Aleksei Vorsoba (Belarus) and Tomasz Sikora (Poland)
    translation of literary texts into Polish – Michał Petryk, Jacek Podsiadło, Adam Pomorski

    *The name of the project RozdiLovi refers to the Ukrainian word "розділові" with the meaning of "dividing" referring primarily to punctuation marks.

October 7

  • 10:00 - 12:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

    Cultural sector and the challenges of (post) pandemic reality
    Film premiere "Make eARTh Great Again. Street Art CreArt" (10')

    Keynote speaker:
    Krzysztof Czyżewski – Director of the Centre "Borderland - arts, cultures, nations" (Poland)

    Robert Piaskowski – Plenipotentiary of the Mayor of Kraków for Culture (Poland)

    Monika Grochowska – Deputy Director Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Poland)
    Marharyta Zhenchuk – International Partners Manager "Teple Misto Platform" (Ukraine)
    Maciej Hofman – Policy Officer at the European Commission's Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (Poland)
    Krzysztof Czyżewski – Dyrektor Ośrodka "Pogranicze – sztuk, kultur, narodów" (Poland)
    Justyna Jochym – CEO of Festivals Adelaide (Australia)

    Covid-19 pandemic, both in Poland and across the world, caused radical changes in most walks of life. Culture sector is no different. Due to lockdown and restrictions in free movement of people and public gatherings especially, familiar ways of holding cultural events in brick-and-mortar facilities and by culture institutions, be it locally or globally, is no longer feasible. Growing economic crisis and drop in public or private funding for cultural institutions have also become a challenge.
    C-19 pandemic has canceled or postponed most international initiatives, disrupting the existing cultural relations among foreign partners. This has also affected the economic infrastructure built so far around such events. Every year, international events attracted thousands of tourists, creating a positive city image, providing substantial financial benefits and increasing interest in the local universities. How will such cultural tourism oriented cities cope in the (post) pandemic reality? How will their city strategies change?
    Social isolation has forced cultural organizations and institutions to build their audience in the virtual world, creating new technical infrastructure overnight with new forms of cultural activities and modern skills. This raises many questions and doubts. Do the new technologies build more lasting ties between culture and tourist industry and its recipients? How to design cultural offer and choose the right tools for its implementation, taking into account the new phenomena and trends? Which of the new solutions, used by culture industry during the C-19, will remain in the sector when the pandemic is over?

    "Make eARTh Great Again”
    Street Art CreArt Project: Cezary Hunkiewicz, Anna Bakiera

    The project will be a combination of an artistic film, documentation of street art activities around the world during the pandemic and the creation of a mural in Lublin. It will be    a kind of a report covering the last few months of our lives in this new, unusual reality that began with the COVID-19 pandemic. We will show how the reality has changed since the first months of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe. We will remind viewers of media reports about the pandemic and at the same time we will show how everyday, ordinary life was going on nearby. The report will also include drone shots taken during the period of harsh restrictions on te use of public spaces. We will recall the commitment of Lublin residents who stayed at home following the guidelines.
    Thanks to the partners of the "CreArt. Network of cities for artistic creativity” project implemented at the Culture Department of the City of Lublin and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, we will show how artists adapted to new working conditions, including the community of street art artists who began to create at home or in their neighbourhoods. This is an unusual situation for street art, which has so far spread throughout the world thanks to traveling artists. The final stage of the project will be painting a mural to remind us all that "it will still be beautiful".

  • 13:00 - 14:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

    GRANTS' FAIR (max. 100 pers.)* (PL-EN-RU)
    Overview of possibilities for obtaining support from the TechSoup

    The TechSoup Foundation has been working tirelessly to support 3.0 sector since 2009, both in Poland and in Europe. Our mission is to assist civil society organisations benefit from new technologies: software, hardware and technological solutions. We also teach how to use them and to build communities with innovative technological solutions.
    We promote the idea of ​open public data to create social media tools in cooperation with NGOs, activists, self-government and business sector.
  • 13:00 - 14:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

    Presentation of the initiatives and challenges undertaken by local communities during the pandemic in cooperation and support of city councillors. The meeting goal is to share the experiences and intensify city councillors’ cooperation.

    If you want to participate in the meeting of city councillors, please contact Ms Justyna Targonska at justyna.targonska@lublin.eu

  • 14:30 - 16:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

    WORKSHOP (max. 25 pers.)(EN)
    Start-ups and creative businesses development possibilities in Europe

    Rasmus Wiinstedt Tscherning – Director of The Creative Business Network (Denmark)

    Creative industries matter because they create not only market value (jobs, growth, exports) but also non-market values, such as contributing to the identity of a country, region or city. Companies in the creative industries are mostly SMEs. Yet, they are far more global than other industries and they also have the capacity to create spill-overs and add value to other economic sectors. With United Nations’ designation of 2021 as “The Creative Economy for Sustainable Development,” creative industries will be in the front seat of finding solutions to global challenges. Join us and find out more about business development opportunities in Europe.
  • 16:00 - 17:30 GMT+2 Warsaw

    PARTNERS' FORUM (max. 25 pers.) (EN)
    Support of networking and exchange of experiences among the countries from Europe and Eastern Partnership
    topic: social policy, including education and civil society development projects

    If you want to take part in the Partners' Forum, please fill in a short application in the PARTNERS' FORUM tab
  • 16:00 - 17:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

    Eastern Partnership in the Covid-19 pandemic. Will the European Union still be interested in the project?
    The link to the streaming below

    Please click Eastern Partnership in the Covid-19 pandemic. Will the European Union still be interested in the project?
    Meeting ID: 958 0544 8180
    Passcode: 173273


    Beata Piskorska, Ph.D. – Institute of Political Science and Public Administration, Department of International Relations and Security, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
    Prof. Markijan Malski – Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
    Agnieszka Legucka, Ph.D. – Vistula University, The Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw
    Jakub Olchowski, Ph.D. – Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Institute of Central Europe
    Daniel Szeligowski – The Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw

    Different views clash in discussions on the enlargement of the European Union with new member states. Despite different opinions among European leaders, there is agreement as to the benefits of stable and predictable partners in the immediate vicinity of the European Union. A chance for such a state of affairs on the eastern border of the Union is the Eastern Partnership program, launched by Poland and Sweden in 2009 at the EU summit. The unexpected outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has changed the priorities of many countries and governments. A significant number of them focused on reorganizing the healthcare system into the path of fighting the pandemic, saving economies from the crisis and maintaining jobs.

    The prevailing COVID-19 pandemic is a time when Europe and the world need cooperation in a spirit of solidarity more than ever. Will the declarations of EU leaders made at the June Partnership summit that "Eastern Partnership is a priority of the EU's foreign policy" also be sustained in the conditions of the forecast economic crisis in Europe and in the world? Is there a chance that the Eastern Partnership countries will join the European Union before the Western Balkans countries? These and other questions will be answered by the participants of the panel entitled "Eastern Partnership in the Covid-19 pandemic. Will the European Union still be interested in the project?"


    Institute of Political Science and Public Administration, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
    Europe Direct Information Centre – Lublin of European Meeting Centre – Nowy Staw Foundation
    Association for Education and International Research ERIA
    Polish Society for European Studies, Lublin
    Fundacja Konrada Adenauera, Poland

  • 19:30 - 21:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

    Presentation of the publishing series “Wschodni Express” with the participation of invited authors
    The link to the streaming below


    The event will be broadcast on YouTube

    Join us for Wschodni Express Studio
    As part of the Cross-Border Cooperation Congress - Lublin 2020 on 7th October 2020 (Wednesday) from 19.30-21.00 we will be streaming online live from Wschodni Express Studio. The event is divided into two modules: the first part will present the activities of Workshops of Culture Publishing. We are going to talk with invited guests, among them an expert on Eastern European area and we will listen to writers from Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine. The second part will be dedicated to the current situation in Belarus. Our guests will be prominent Belarusian writers.

    Alhierd Bacharevič – Belarusian writer and translator (Minsk)
    Yulya Tsimafeyeva – Belarusian poet, editor, translator (Minsk)
    Hubert Łaszkiewicz – Associate Professor at East European Studies (Warsaw University)
    Grzegorz Rzepecki – Director of the Cultural Institution "Workshops of Culture" (Lublin)
    Tomasz Stępniewski – Assistant Professor at the Institute of East-Central Europe (Lublin)
    Aleksandra Zińczuk – Member of Committee of Cross-Border Cooperation Congress (moderator)  

    The series “Wschodni Express” introduces Polish readers to the most recent literatures of Poland’s eastern neighbours, discussing the most current issues faced by Eastern European societies and showing critical distance and humour in looking at Europe, themselves in Europe and the Europe in them.
    The series is most of all focused on diverse prose and essays, but also poems. Our authors include the most distinguished writers from Ukraine, Belarus or Lithuania, including Jurij Andruchowycz, Andrij Bondar, Oleksandr Bojczenko, Andrij Lubka, Hałyna Kruk, Mykoła Riabczuk, Natalka Śniadanko as well as writers little known in Poland. The range of our publications includes, among others, short stories by Oleg Sentsov, the filmmaker and writer who spent five years imprisoned in contemporary Russia’s prison camps. We are proud to work, among others, with Bohdan Zadura, one of the most acclaimed Polish translators of Ukrainian prose and poetry. The name refers to the famous “literary trains”, such as Literature Express Europe 2000, which carried over 100 writers and poets from 43 countries from Lisbon to Berlin and the Ukrainian periodical Potysah76 – “Pociąg 76” (Train 76) dedicated to the Central-East European culture.

October 8

  • 10:00 - 12:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

    Creative development – the economy without growth imperative

    Keynote speaker:
    Charles Landry – The Creative City (United Kingdom)

    Justyna Król – Consultant for the City Experiment Fund – UNDP (Poland)

    Ewelina Iwanek Ph.D. – President of the Board, Polish Foundation of the Opportunities Industrialization Centers OIC (Poland)
    Rasmus Wiinstedt Tscherning – Director of The Creative Business Network (Denmark)
    Prof. Alexander Sogomonov – Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia)
    Mariusz Sagan Ph.D. – Lublin Municipality / SGH Warsaw School of Economics (Poland)

    The modern world is facing fundamental barriers to socio-economic and demographic development. The importance of these issues, however,
    was only made clear to mankind by the Covid-19 pandemic, accelerating breakthrough, already emerging, trends. This is an extremely important moment for the economy and entrepreneurship. During the panel, the key issues for the future social and economic development of the world and Europe will be discussed. First of all, is it possible to move away from the compulsion to constantly create economic growth as measured by the traditional GDP volume?
    Can other components describing economic development be included and how? Can developing countries be interested in reformulating their development paradigms? Secondly, how will this pandemic, but also technologies developed earlier, change the labour market, the workplace and the workers themselves?
    How will new work models change our cities? How much remote working will there be? Thirdly, what is new entrepreneurship and what are/will be its sources and manifestations? Will the business models of the digital economy enable a new ‘wave’ of innovation? How will companies from the creative industries sector find themselves in a post-pandemic economy? Will companies still prefer to use or rather ownexternal resources? Fourthly, will the collective, hybrid knowledge give another innovation boost to the economy? How to institutionalise these processes and whether to institutionalise them? Should cities use the knowledge of experts or their own citizens?
  • 12:00 - 13:30 GMT+2 Warsaw

    Polish-Ukrainian relations in the context of the 21st century challenges and threats
    The link to the streaming below

    If you want to join the event, click HERE
    Meeting ID: 996 0518 2408
    Passcode: 561573
    The event will be broadcast on Institute of Central Europe channel - Youtube service

    Marek Pietraś – Director, Prof., Institute of the Political Science and Administration UMCS
    Prof. Mykola Doroshk – Head of Department, International Relations, Regional Studies, Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
    Prof. Hryhoriy Perepelytsya, Department of International Relations and Foreign Affairs, Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
    Prof. Victor Matviyenko, , Deputy Director, Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Chair of Department, International Organizations and Diplomatic Service;
    Tomasz Stępniewski Ph.D. – KUL (John Paul II Catholic University) professor, Deputy Director of Central Europe Institute;
    Prof. Walenty Baluk – Director Centre of Eastern Europe UMCS, Department of international Security, Institute of the Political Science and Administration UMCS
    Jakub Olchowski Ph.D. –Head, Department of International Security, Institute of the Political Science and Administration UMCS, Central Europe Institute

    Points for discussion: confrontation between Russia and the West, hybrid war, nationalism, integration of Central and Eastern Europe, the Lublin Triangle, pandemic
    All the materials will be published in the form of articles (in Polish, English, Ukrainian and Russian) in the following period

    Institute of the Political Science and Administration UMCS (Maria Curie Skłodowska University)
    The Central Europe Institute
    Centre of Eastern Europe UMCS
    Municipality of Lublin
  • 13:00 - 14:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

    GRANTS’ FAIR (max. 100 pers.)*
    Overview of possibilities for obtaining support from the Lublin Ventures

    Lublin Ventures is a local investment fund operating as the Business Environment Institution. We focus on startups and seed-capital investments.
    We implement private capital and quasi-capital investments in selected enterprises. At the same time, we invest our know-how and offer extensive substantive support. We help to define and develop business model correctly, obtain support and leverage investments from European funds and other financial market entities. We are looking for new, innovative solutions and technologies, helping in their development and first, most difficult steps on the market.
  • 13:30 - 15:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

    Polish-Ukrainian local government and cross-border cooperation
    The link to the streaming below

    Please click the Polish-Ukrainian local government and cross-border cooperation
    Meeting ID: 978 5978 9518
    Passcode: 450826
    The event will be broadcast on Institute of Central Europe channel - Youtube service


    Beata Surmacz, D.Sc. – Director, The Central Europe Institute
    Prof. Anatoliy Kruglashov D.Sc. – Head, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Chernivtsi Jury Fedkovych National University
    Prof. Vasyl Klymonchuk D.Sc. – Head of Department Kierownik Katedry Politologii, Przykarpacki Uniwersytet Narodowy im. W. Stefanyka
    Mariusz Sienkiewicz D.Sc. – Department of Public Administration, Institute of the Political Science and Administration UMCS
    Prof. Vladyslav Strutynskyy – Head of International Relations, Chernivtsi Jury Fedkovych National University
    Prof. Serhiy Shvydiuk – Department of and Public Administration, Chernivtsi Jury Fedkovych National University
    Katarzyna Kuć-Czajkowska D.Sc. – Department of Public Administration, Institute of the Political Science and Administration UMCS

    Points for discussion: decentralization, local governance, local development, current state and the future Polish-Ukrainian local government and cross-border cooperation.
    All the materials will be published in the form of articles (in Polish, English, Ukrainian and Russian) in the following periodicals "East of Europe" and “Teka” of the Committee on Political Science and International Relations

    Institute of the Political Science and Administration UMCS (Maria Curie Skłodowska University)
    The Central Europe Institute
    Centre of Eastern Europe UMCS
    Municipality of Lublin
    Polish-Ukrainian local government and cross-border cooperation
  • 14:30 - 16:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

    WORKSHOP (max. 25 pers.) (EN)
    Communication with migrant communities during the pandemic

    Olesya Malyugina – Warsaw Municipality (Poland)
    The workshop will be attended by:
    Dagbjört Ásbjörnsdóttir – City of Reykjavik (Iceland)
    Sari Hammar - City of Espoo (Finland)
    Nenad Bogdanovic – Intercultural Counsellor, Limassol Municipality (Cyprus)

    COVID-19 pandemic has shown clearly how significant effective and direct communication with migrant communities is. These groups, frequently functioning outside mainstream social communication were often left without reliable information about changing situation and regulations or lacked support from public institutions. Meanwhile, their knowledge and awareness about necessity to comply with the existing restrictions conditioned not only their own safety and well-being but also of other members in the local community.
    Coronavirus lockdown required finding new, effective forms of reaching out to residents from minority groups with information on the current situation.
    At the workshop, we want to share experiences of local governments and institutions, exchange observations and put forward practical solutions that are useful not only during health crises.
  • 16:00 - 17:30 GMT+2 Warsaw

    PARTNERS' FORUM (max. 25 pers.) (RU)
    Support of networking and exchange of experiences among the countries from Europe and Eastern Partnership
    topic: culture, tourism and sport

    If you want to take part in the Partners' Forum, please fill in a short application in the PARTNERS' FORUM tab
  • 17:00 - 19:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

    When will the walls fall down? Belarus after the 2020 "elections"
    The link to the streaming below

    The event will be broadcast on Facebook


    Iwona Reichardt Ph.D. – New Eastern Europe
    Robert Biedroń – Polish politician, chairman of the European Parliament's delegation to Belarus (TBC) (Poland)
    Andrzej Poczobut – journalist, Grodno (Belarus)
    Olga Dryndova – Belarus-Analysen, University of Bremen (Germany)

    During the discussion the panelists will analyse the course of the protests that have taken place on the streets of the Belarusian streets and their short- and long-term political and social consequences. During the discussion we will attempt to answer the question to what extent Belarus has changed under the influence of these protests and what does their course say about Alyaksandr Lukashenka's presidency. The walls which are used in the title are to provoke a question about both the long-term consequences of these protests and the process of Belarus' democratisation, but also its relations with European states and the European Union.

    Ebert-Stiftung, Warsaw Office
    Aleksander Kwaśniewski Foundation "Amicus Europea"
    New Eastern Europe

    discussion in English
  • 19:30 - 20:30 GMT+2 Warsaw

    Opening of the European Days of Creativity – presentation of the CreArt virtual Exhibition
    The link to the streaming below
    Curator of the exhibition:
    Agata Sztorc, Emilia Lipa (Galeria Labirynt in Lublin)

    The event will be broadcast on YouTube

    First, watch the video of the guided tour of the exhibition!
    Would you like to visit the virtual exhibition yourself?
    You are only a few steps away from the virtual spaces of the Labirynt Gallery!

    1. Install Steam on your computer and VRChat.
    Access to the platform is possible via computers with Microsoft Windows operating system.

    2. Follow the link:

    3. Click on the "Launch World" button in the upper right corner.

    4. A window will pop up, in which you should click "Open launch". VRChat will start loading a virtual gallery.

    5. When the virtual gallery is loaded, click a "Go!" button on the screen.
    Yahooooo!  Now you will be taken to the virtual Labirynt Gallery.
    Have fun exploring it!

    About 30 people can visit the gallery at the same time. More visitors may affect the smooth running of the gallery.

    "A Bear’s Dream" – CreArt Virtual Exhibition

    Modern anthropocentric worldview has back-burnered our concern for the safety and wellbeing of our planet. We forget that humans have always been dependent on nature and rules governing it. We have been hibernating far too long, lulled by the illusive sense of the Earth’s permanence. In reality, nature and climate are changing right in front of our own eyes. Will we ever rouse from the safe passivity of a bear’s dream?
    “A Bear’s Dream” is a virtual VRChat exhibition, taking place through the intermediary of an online social platform designed to generate virtual worlds. Feel invited to join us in the digital exhibition space of the Labirynt Gallery in Lublin. Access to the VRChat platform is available to all Microsoft Windows users. This enables a full exhibition experience without leaving one’s home.
    All the works on display serve as a topical pretext for further reflection on our relations with nature. A virtual tour of the exhibition enables one to watch films, see photographs, paintings, and drawings, take a look at the surrounding world from a diversity of perspectives, and consider the human condition in the times of the climate crisis.
    All the works are accompanied by English and Polish descriptions and bilingual audio files.
    Not unlike a living organism, the exhibition will be evolving. Based on the formula of the open call, the virtual exhibition will be expanded over time, as works will be successively added until mid-December.

    Participating artists: Paweł Althamer, Cezary Bodzianowski, Bogna Burska, Tomasz Ciecierski, Oskar Dawicki, Stanisław Dróżdż, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Katarzyna Przezwańska, Zygmunt Rytka, Julita Wójcik

    Works from the collections of the Arsenal Gallery in Białystok, Zachęta – National Gallery in Warsaw, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Labirynt Gallery in Lublin

    Curators: Emilia Lipa, Agata Sztorc
    Production: Mikołaj Kubiak, Olga Paluszkiewicz
    Translation: Ewelina Lachowska (Polish Sign Language), Bartosz Wójcik (English)
    Cooperation: Karol Jakóbczyk, Agata Wiatr, Monika Rejman, Jarosława Szewczuk, Anna Lewicka-Koksanowicz, Roksana Oniszko, Waldemar Tatarczuk

    The exhibition is organised as part of the 2020 European Days of Artistic Creativity within the remit of the “CreArt. Network of Cities for Artistic Creation” programme, conducted by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Lublin and co-funded by the “Creative Europe” Programme of the European Union.

    The inauguration of the European Days of Artistic Creativity 2020 is one of the cultural events accompanying this year's Cross-Border Cooperation Congress Lublin 2020.
    The European Days of Artistic Creativity is an interdisciplinary event, organized in Lublin since 2018 as part of the "CreArt. Network of Cities for Artistic Creation” project. The project is coordinated by the Department of Culture within Lublin City Hall, and co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union. For the past three years, this has been  a special time for Lublin residents which has shown that creativity has many names. By joining local artists, Lubliners have had a chance to become active participants of cultural life, broadening their knowledge of contemporary art and developing their creative skills.
    In the face of the pandemic, the European Days of Artistic Creativity 2020 is moved entirely to the virtual space. The project will feature an on-line exhibition that will last for four months. An online social platform, VRChat, will be used to transfer interpersonal interactions into the virtual world (VR). VR is a computer-generated universe that can fully reflect the real world, but can also be a figment of imagination. In both situations, the world of virtual reality is a 3D space that one can experience with 3D glasses. VRChat allows for interactions between users with the aid of 3D avatars. You can enter the virtual world in two ways: with the aid of 3D glasses and by using your computer. The first option provides full immersion into the virtual universe and by wearing VR glasses your view is focused on the virtual world only. The second way, with a computer, is less immersive, and you only "browse" the virtual world. VRChat is a free tool, easily downloaded to a computer or 3D glasses. Downloading the VRChat application on the augmented reality glasses takes place from the level of the application that is dedicated to a given platform. All computers with Microsoft Windows operating system will have easy access to the platform.
    Thanks to the used techniques, it will be possible to view the exhibition without leaving your home.  
    The CreArt virtual exhibition will be an example of using the VRChat platform to browse cultural resources. It will focus on ecology and climate changes issues, presenting the collections of Polish art institutions and works made by children and youth. The formula of the open call, lasting until December 2020, will make the exhibition grow over time.
    Welcome online to the curatorial tour of the exhibition on October 8, 2020 at 7:30 pm.

October 9

  • 10:00 - 12:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

    Social self-organising in the pandemic times

    Aldo Vargas-Tetmajer – National Contact Point URBACT II (Poland)

    Justyna Domaszewicz – local coordinator of the "We call for meals" action (Poland)
    Inese Vaivare – Stay home action and Chairman of the Board Latvia Civic Alliance (Latvia)
    Siuzanna Zhukovska – Non Governmental Organization "Harmonia" (Ukraine)
    Jacek Wnuk – Volunteer Centre in Lublin / Editor-in-Chief of Nowe Radio (Poland)

    COVID-19 pandemic clearly indicated a need to implement new solutions in institutions’ standard, day-to-day functioning. Activities offered by such institutions were also subject to change due to coronavirus outbreak. Changes necessitated that new measures are taken starting from providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), through support for the elderly, lonely, dependent people in a quarantine, and finishing at supporting pupils with home schooling. Grassroots movements that erupted world-wide to tackle this crisis, have shown an enormous potential and ability to generate effective, comprehensive and ad hoc solutions. What were they? What lessons did we learn from this? What needs to be done so that we don’t loose this potential and are able to benefit at least to some extent from the lessons given to us by a civil society?
    We will invite the creators (men and women) of exemplary grassroots initiatives from Eastern and Western Europe. After all, they were the people that filled in critical gaps in social services during lockdown.
  • 12:15 - 12:45 GMT+2 Warsaw

    Announcement of Winners in Best Practice Contest
    Summary and official closing of the Congress

  • 13:00 - 14:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

    GRANTS’ FAIR (max. 100 pers.)* (PL-EN-RU)
    Overview of possibilities for obtaining support from the European Endowment for Democracy

  • 15:00 - 16:30 GMT+2 Warsaw

    European women at the time of COVID-19
    The link to the streaming below

    The event will be broadcast on Facebook


    Iwona Reichardt Ph.D. – deputy editor-in-chief "New Eastern Europe"
    Indrani Das Schmid – TFEB WG „Equal Opportunity”, Gesellschaft zur Förderung der grenzüberschreitenden Zusammenarbeit
    Kinga Anna Gajda Ph.D. – academic lecturer, Jagiellonian University (Poland)
    Iryna Ivanochko – członkini Komitetu Sekcji ds. Równouprawnienia dla Kobiet i Mężczyzn Stowarzyszenia Miast Ukrainy, Administracja Rejonu Mikołajowskiego obw. lwowskiego (Ukraine)
    Tamar Ghlonti – executive director of Guria Youth Resource Center, Civil Society Organization (Georgia)

    The Covid-19 pandemic surprised everybody, but the highest price for its course was paid by women. At the time of the pandemic women undertook the role of workers, mothers, wives, but also teachers and volunteers. The panelists will be analysing how the pandemic changed women's lives In Europe and Eastern Partnership. Were their reactions to the pandemic similar or different? What was the first stage of the pandemic for them and what were the measurements undertaken by public institutions and what were those that women undertook independently of them?

    New Eastern Europe bimonthly magazine
    NGO Poland-East Cooperation Centre
    The International Women's Club

    discussion in English
All Congress events are available free upon on-line registration. * The events will be simultaneously translated into Polish, English and Russian.
** The Organiser has the right to introduce changes in the programme.
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