FORUM FOR THE FUTURE OF CULTURE:
„Public Cultural Institutions in the 21st Century”
20 – 21.09.2022, Pod Palmovkou Theatre, Prague + stream
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What philosophical and social perspectives do we associate with a public cultural institution like the municipal or state theatre, and can the New European Bauhaus be a compass for them? What arguments for sustaining public cultural institutions are valid in the current crises, and how should municipal or state theatre and independent theatre complement each other in an ideal world? How can cities and communities take more advantage of the potential of cultural institutions, and what economic and legislative obstacles do they face? The answers to the questions mentioned above will be sought in the Forum for the Future of Culture Prague, with the title Public Cultural Institution in 21st Century. The Forum is held as part of the Forum for the Future of Culture, initiated in 2017 by Teatr Powszechny Warsaw.
TUESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
➤ 10:00 – 10:15 a.m. – Welcome:
Hana Třeštíková, Councillor for Culture of the Capital City of Prague
Michal Lang, Director of the Pod Palmovkou Theatre, Prague
➤ 10:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Key note: The future according to the principles of the New European Bauhaus initiative
Mária Beňačková Rišková, curator, editor and independent expert in the field of design and multimedia and culture heritage, member of the round table of the New European Bauhaus project, an initiative of the European Commission, coordinator of the development of the State Cultural Strategy of the Slovak Republic 2030.
➤ 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Panel discussion: What challenges does theatre face as a public cultural institution in the 21st century?
Stanislav Moša, Director of Brno City Theatre, Chairman of the Association of Professional Theatres of the Czech Republic
Lenka Havlíková, Director of Theatre X10, chairwoman of the Association of Independent Theatres of the Czech Republic
Paweł Łysak, Director of Teatr Powszechny, initiator of the Forum for the Future of Culture
Michal Lang, Director of the Pod Palmovkou Theatre
➤ 11:30 – 12:00 a.m. – Coffee Break
➤ 12:00 – 1:00 a.m. – Panel Discussion: What are the challenges of public cultural institutions in the 21st century?
Václav Janoščík, Pedagogue at several art universities, curator, theoretician focused on a wide range of topics from contemporary art to popular culture
Jiří Sulženko, Director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of the Capital City of Prague
Olga Škochová, Head of cultural planning ONplan
Maté Gáspár, Artistic director at Budapest Brand, the Hungarian capital's agency for Culture and Tourism
➤ 1:15 – 2:00 p.m. – Q&A, discussion, conclusions
moderators: Jan Jiřík and Martina Pecková Černá
➤ 7:00 p.m. Evening performance „Romeo & Julie 2022”
WEDNESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER (2:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
➤ 2:00 – 2:15 p.m. – Welcome
➤ 2:15 – 3:45 p.m. – Discussion group I: The economics of public theatres - conditions, obstacles, hopes and visions
Paweł Łysak, Director of Teatr Powszechny, Poland
David Gerneš, Director of Moravian Theatre Olomouc, Czech Republic
Jana Dvořáková, Administrative Director of the National Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic
moderator: Jan Jiřík
➤ 2:15 – 3:45 p.m. – Discussion group II: Legislation of public theatres - conditions, obstacles, hopes and visions
Paweł Sztarbowski, Artistic director of Teatr Powszechny, Poland
Zdeněk Pánek, Head of the Office of the General Director, National Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic
Martina Hájková, Association of Professional Theatres of the Czech Republic
moderator: Martina Pecková Černá
➤ Coffee break
➤ 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Presentation of group discussions, conclusions
➤ 4:50 – 5:00 p.m. – Conclusions, farewell, invitation to the continuation of the Forum for the Future of Culture to Warsaw
„Forum for the Future of Culture Prague: Public Cultural Institutions in the 21st Century“ is organized by Prague's Pod Palmovkou Theatre and is part of the Forum for the Future of Culture, initiated in 2017 by the Warsaw Theatre Powszechny in response to centralisation and increasing subordination of culture to the apparatus of the nation state.
The organiser of the Forum for the Future of Culture is the Polish theatre Teatr Powszechny with the support of the City of Warsaw, and this year's foreign partner is, in addition to the Pod Palmovkou Theatre, also Jam Factory from Lviv, Ukraine. The Prague programme is prepared in cooperation with the Association of Professional Theatres of the Czech Republic, Kreativní Praha z.ú. and V4 (Performing Arts Central Europe - Visegrád Countries Focus), coordinated by the Arts and Theatre Institute. The forum is timed to coincide with the European Creative Industries Summit 2022, which is jointly organised by the European Creative Business Network and Kreativní Praha, z.ú. under the auspices of the Czech EU Presidency.