Cultural Management Academy

Cultural Management Academy 2019 Goethe-Institut

Programme of the 3rd edition, for the participants from Romania:

  • Network meeting and idea camp: 3-7 July in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Local seminar: 16-20 September in Bucharest, Romania

The CMA this year is dedicated to the topic Culture and arts in transition: the digital era and will explore new technologies and their impact and use in the management of cultural institutions and cultural projects. The Academy offers participation in the CMA Network Meeting & Idea Camp taking place in July in Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture, and in an intensive one-week seminar, taking place in autumn 2019 in the country of origin/residence of participants. In order to support the capacity building process, the CMA offers possibilities for start-up funding of new collaborative projects through the CMA Fund.  

The Cultural Management Academy is a post-graduate program for cultural management aiming at capacity building and stimulating exchange and collaboration in the Balkans and South-Eastern Europe. It was founded in 2015 in Sofia and throughout the years it has developed into an international program run by the Goethe-Institutes in Sofia, Bucharest, Thessaloniki and Sarajevo. The network of the CMA already includes almost 200 cultural managers from Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Every year the CMA offers intensive local seminars (including lectures, workshops and trainings with local and international professionals), a networking meeting of all current participants in Bulgaria, funding possibilities for new projects and various other networking and collaboration opportunities.

Partners: EUNIC Global Office, local EUNIC clusters in Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the City of Sofia, Sofia Development Associaton, Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019, Colectiv A Association, University of Bucharest.

In 2019 the CMA is dedicated to the topic „Culture and arts in transition: the digital era“. Through lecturers, workshops, discussions and presentations participants will explore the various notions of new technologies and digital systems and their impact on cultural management.
How we position ourselves in the turbulence of the digital change is an issue that frequently arises among cultural managers. Therefore questions like “How does digital technology change our audience's expectations? How do cultural operators prepare for the meeting with digital technologies, virtual or augmented realities? How do they imagine the future of culture and arts in such an environment?” are often asked. It is the cultural managers’ responsibility to anticipate their audience’s needs and to be present in spaces that facilitate this process: virtual networks, virtual spaces of knowledge and communication, etc. More than that, they should create the place for reconciliation between the need for contact in the real, material world and the virtual worlds as networks or communities.

The digital will be investigated not only in its role as content and object of work, but rather as a multifaceted tool for cultural management: from communication and publicity to audience development, from adapting to the ever changing technological landscape to socially engaged approaches and uses of news technologies. The program range will spread to aspects such as copyright, archives, fundraising, cultural industries and more.
It will offer a space for reflection on the cultural manager´s role both in the digital and analogue world of culture.

The CMA 2019 offers:

Networking meeting and idea camp
3-7 July in Plovdiv, Bulgaria 

The CMA 2019 will be officially launched in the European Capital of Culture - Plovdiv. All participants in this year´s edition of the CMA will gather to network and reflect on the topics of „Culture and arts in transition: the digital era“, „European capitals of culture in the region of South-East Europe“ and „International collaboration and role of the EUNIC clusters“. The program design, developed by Yanina Taneva and Ideas Factory (Sofia), will encourage sharing, collaboration and exchange and will create a space for developing new project ideas.

Local seminars

In each city there will be a local 1-week seminar for the participants from the respective country. The seminars will include lectures, workshops, trainings and other capacity building formats dealing with the topic of the CMA in 2019 - „Culture and arts in transition: the digital era“. The program of the seminars is curated by local professionals and will build upon the specifics and challenges of the local cultural scene. The trainers in the seminars will be local and international professionals from the field of cultural management.
Sofia – 2-6 October, 2019
Bucharest - 16-20 September, 2019
Thessaloniki – beginning of November, exact dates tba
Sarajevo – tba

Funding possibilities

The CMA Project Fund was established in 2017 as continuation of the capacity building process of the CMA. Its aim is to provide participants with more space to develop new ideas and collaborate with other managers from their and other countries in the region. In this way the CMA is aiming to establish a capacity building model based on theory, practice, creativity and collaboration.
In 2019 the CMA Project Fund offers the following funding opportunities to participants in the CMA:
  • Closed call 1 (July): Up to 5 of the projects developed at the Networking meeting in Plovdiv will be provided up to 5000 euro.
  • Closed call 2 (September-October): After the local seminars in the autumn of 2019 the CMA provides further possibilities for micro funding (up to 500 euro) for small projects/events, mobility etc.


Networking is a fundamental element of the CMA. For its five editions, it has established a network that consists of nearly 200 cultural managers from Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as 50 established professionals from these countries, Germany, UK, France, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria and Spain who have taken part as trainers and speakers.

Participation in the CMA offers access to this growing network, support, mentoring and more. A special emphasis will be put on international collaboration and the collaboration of cultural managers from institutions and NGOs with the European cultural institutes from the EUNIC clusters.


If you…
  • are a cultural manager with min. 2 years of experience from Bulgaria, Romania, Republic of Moldova, Greece or Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • work independently, at a public institution or for a private organisation
  • want to build your own and your organisation´s capacity
  • are passionate about culture
  • want to change your working environment for good
  • find same-minded people from various genres and fields
  • want to develop new ideas and projects together with other managers from Southeast Europe

    …then the CMA is the right place for you!

The open call for applications for the 3rd edition of the CMA is officially closed! For more information about how you can apply for the CMA 2020, please visit our website and Facebook next year!


Miki Braniște is a cultural manager and curator for performing arts and interdisciplinary projects, president of Colectiv A Cluj and Fabrica de Pensule, center for contemporary art. She was director of the Festival TEMPS D’IMAGES from Cluj starting with 2008 till 2017.
✎ Miki is interested in art as a development tool for community processes. Preoccupied by the economic, social-political and environmental transformations that occur within the global society, she is involved in projects together with artists inspired by the need to re-imagine our futures.
✎ In November 2015 she received the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture for her activity to support the independent performing arts sector in Romania.
✎ In 2016 she received the prize for interdisciplinary projects from the Administration of the National Cultural Fund and the prize for the support for contemporary dance from The National Center for Contemporary Dance.

This year, 3 cultural managers representing the EUNIC Romania cluster will join the CMA programme in Plovdiv (as speakers) and Bucharest (as mentors for the participants):

》〉 mentor

Cristiana Tăutu, Head of Arts, British Council Romania
Interdisciplinary cultural manager with a focus on strengthening the sector through collaboration and knowledge exchange.
✎ Founding member of Vagenta, a post-feminist collective questioning the status of the Romanian contemporary woman and Calup, an urban regeneration project.
✎ Also co-curates ODD NIGHTS, a series of experimental music auditions.

》〉 mentor

Anca Hrab is a cultural manager with an experience of working in the public and independent cultural sector in Romania of more than 10 years.
✎ As a project coordinator at the Romanian Cultural Institute in Bucharest, she coordinated and implemented different artistic and cultural projects, developed in Romania or abroad.
✎ Currently she is the coordinator of EUNIC Romania (European Union National Cultural Institutes for Culture) Office within the Romanian Cultural Institute in Bucharest.
✎ She coordinates Festivalul Filmului European, organized in collaboration with Reprezentanța Comisiei Europene în România, the embassies and cultural centers and institutes of the EU countries located in Romania
✎ In 2013 she has been awarded Dragan Klaić Fellowship (Regional Student Scholarship) at the University of Arts in Belgrade, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy, where she obtained a MA in Cultural Policy and Management.

》〉 mentor

Pawel Rutkowski, cultural projects coordinator at the Polish Institute Bucharest.
✎ My main tasks at my work are theater, performing and visual arts. I coordinate News From Polska Festival of Performing Arts. I am also responsible for public relations at the Polish Institute.
✎ Because of my education – I finished history at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland - I am also asked to organize and coordinate multiple conferences and debates with this subject.
You can say I am a multitasking project coordinator, really eager to help you as your mentor!


Micha Elias Pichlkastner 
》〉trainer │ Austria

Micha Elias Pichlkastner is a filmmaker and media artist based in Vienna, Austria.
✎ After his Multimedia Art-Study with a focus on film and photography he lived and worked in Toronto, Canada.
✎ Among other things, his work explores the impact of machines and virtual space on human behavior and the significance of the human body in an altering and increasingly digital and virtual world. He deals with subjects like the human machine interface, artificial intelligence, information-processing and post-humanism.
✎ Obsessed with immersive and technoid styles, especially in terms of audiovisual symbiosis, he develops A/V installations, performances and short films. Additionally, he freelances for a huge variety of Clients in North America and Europe.

Irini Krimpa
》〉trainer │ Greece

✎ I’m Irini Krimpa, Head of Marketing at Clio Muse Tours, an innovative platform that enables accredited professionals from the Tourist & Cultural sector to create their own digital cultural tours.
✎ We have been awarded in 2018 from for our business model and in 2015 from Europeana.
✎ As head of Marketing, I’m responsible for the company’s marketing activities & brand image focusing more on digital marketing initiatives & strategy.
✎ I have 12 years experience in several fields such as Core Marketing, Consumer Behaviour, and Digital Marketing in the Culture & Tourism sector.
I have worked with well-known global companies & institutions such as The Coca Cola Company, Unilever S.A., Imperial Tobacco Ltd, Friesland Campina, Procter & Gamble, European Union, Public and many more on the marketing strategy design.
✎ I’m striving into the battle of the digital and the real world, believing that technology is an amazing tool offering unbelievable opportunities but that can never replace the real ones, only enhance them.

Patrícia Gouveia
》〉trainer │ Portugal

✎ Patrícia Gouveia is Associate Professor and Multimedia Art Department Director at Lisbon University of Fine Arts Faculty [Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa]. Member of ITI – Interactive Technologies Institute / LARSyS, Laboratory for Robotics and Engineering Systems, IST.
✎ Works in Multimedia Arts and Design since the nineties. Her research interests focus on playable media, interactive fiction and digital arts as a place of convergence between cinema, music, games, arts and design.
✎ Previously she was Associate Professor at the Interactive Media (Games and Animation) degree at Noroff University College (2014-16) in Kristiansand, Norway. Invited Assistant Professor at FCSH/UNL (2007-14) and Assistant Professor at ULHT (2008-13) both in Lisbon.
✎ From 2006 to 2014 Patrícia edited the blog Mouseland. In 2010 she published the book Digital Arts and Games, Aesthetic and Design of Ludic Experience [Artes e Jogos Digitais, Estética e Design da Experiência Lúdica] (ed. Universitárias Lusófonas), a synthesis of her doctoral thesis and some articles she published. 

Chris Torch
》〉trainer │ Sweden

✎ is an independent cultural expert, project designer and policy consultant. He has broad experience with audience engagement, artistic curation and intercultural policy.
 ✎ He led the Artistic Unit at Timisoara 2021 - European Capital of Culture (Romania), during the StartUp Phase, February 2017 - July 2019. 
 ✎ In 1996, he founded Intercult, a production and resource unit focused on culture, ideas and arts. He acted as Artistic Director until February 2017.
✎ Torch has initiated and led co-productions within the European Neighborhood, reflected in the long-term project SEAS, 2003-2010 and CORNERS, a complex partnership of cultural organizations at the ”edges of Europe”, 2011-2018, both financed by the EU Creative Europe program.
 ✎ Torch joined the artistic leadership for winning bids to become European Capitals of Culture at both Matera 2019 and Rijeka 2020. In Rijeka, he served as Program Director, until December 2016, when he was recruited to Timisoara.
✎  He co-authored, in 2016, a major study on Audience Development, commissioned by the EU. 
✎ Apart from large-scale project design, Torch contributes to intercultural policies. He served on the Executive Committee for Culture Action Europe (2006-2018), earlier on the Boards of The European Museum Forum and IETM.
Ewa Majdecka
》〉trainer │ Poland

Open culture and science specialist.
✎ Sociologist and cultural activity organizer, doctoral student at the University of Warsaw’s Institute of Applied Social Sciences and culture animation graduate at the university’s Institute of Polish Culture, social researcher and author of cultural projects.
✎ At the Institute of Applied Social Sciences she created Inicjatywa Otwieracz – Poland’s first student group working for the popularization of open access to academic papers.
✎ At Centrum Cyfrowe she is part of the Open Culture Studio and Open monuments. She analyzes, writes, educates and coordinates the process of creating digital tools that bring people closer to heritage.

》〉 trainer │ Cluj-Napoca

István is an artist, curator, policy expert and an active citizen of Cluj-Napoca.
✎ He has been advocating for empowerment through culture, socially engaged art and active citizenship for more than 20 years.
✎ As a multimedia artist, István has co-designed and produced a series of works including Samples – a sequel of mixed reality performances in public space on citizen rights, empowerment and reappropriation of public space, included in the programmes of several European Capitals of Culture (Istanbul, Pécs, Mons).
✎ He has taught various media related disciplines at the Cinema, Media and Television Department of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and the Sapientia University from 2005-2015. István holds a university degree in Fine Arts (2003) and Computer Sciences (1992).

》〉 trainer │ Timișoara

Simona Neumann is CEO of Timisoara 2021 - European Capital of Culture (Romania) since January 2013.
✎ She has successfully led the bidding process of the city of Timisoara during the multi-year competition among 14 Romanian cities for the European Capital of Culture title in 2021. Currently she is leading the implementation of the programme.
✎ She has 21 years of professional experience in managing multi-stakeholder programmes in Romanian and international context in the fields of culture, education, international cooperation, people-to-people contacts and development of civil society.
 ✎ She worked at the European Commission (in Brussels and Nicosia); the United Nations Development Programme in Bucharest; Veb Academia Europaea in Florence, Italy; the Institute for International Education in Washington, DC, USA; the West University of Timisoara, Romania – Department of International Relations and at the Intercultural Institute of Timisoara.
 ✎ She holds a Ph.D. in Public Diplomacy from the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj; an MA in European Affairs from the West University of Timisoara; specialized in strategic management of non-profit organisations at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government; and graduated the Leadership Programme run by Aspen Institute.
✎ She is currently Board member in Culture Action Europe (Brussels) and member of Dissorderly Women – European Alliance of Women Leaders in Culture.

Augmented Space Agency are explorers of digital frontiers, architects of augmented spaces and designers of future experiences. Their vision is to overcome the barriers between the physical and digital spaces through the creative use of technology, digitally mediated interactions, immersion and augmentation.
This journey through the vast space of reality-virtuality continuum is directed by a young interdisciplinary team with a background in design, architecture, visual and performing arts, software development and creative coding. They are pushing the boundaries of XR (AR, MR, VR) with innovative solutions driven by a creative and design focused approach on software development and production, virtual/augmented space, user interface and interaction and more, with the aim to deliver rich and novel experiences.

Augmented Space Agency is represented at the Cultural Management Academy by:

Cip Făcăeru
》〉 trainer │ București

Cip is a co-founder of Augmented Space Agency, research assistant at CINETic - International Centre for Research and Education in Innovative Creative Technologies and a PhD student at UNATC - National University of Theater and Film.
✎ Architect of virtual spaces, experience designer and new-media artist, Cip’s passion for the emerging new-media technologies and digital visual arts contributed to the creation of Augmented Space Agency, one of the few design and development studios with an emphasis on Augmented Reality and the connected media technologies defining the mixed real-virtual continuum. 


Sab Șerban
》〉 trainer │ București

Sab co-founded Augmented Space Agency in 2015.
✎ Senior AR Architect and Developer at ASA, he has worked with augmented reality and mobile apps for over 5 years, accumulating first-hand experience by designing and implementing user interaction scenarios in a variety of digital interactive media.

Adina Năstase
International Relations and European Studies graduate and political science researcher, equally passionate about international relations, cultural diplomacy and the Latin American space, currently working for the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Alexandra Murăruş
I am a freelance actress and cultural manager. In 2008 I earned my BA in Acting from the Bucharest National University for Theater and Film. In 2014 I got an MA in Conference Interpreting (German/ English) from the University of Bucharest. Since 2006 I have been working as a theater, film and television actress. Although I love being on stage and performing, I discovered in time that being part of an organization team that brings performing arts to different contemporary audiences is also something I find very rewarding. It helps me work through my own acting in order to better address different issues that respond to different audiences today that vary culturally, linguistically, politically and morally.
In 2016 I worked as an international companies coordinator at Undercloud – The International Independent Theater Festival and begun collaborating on similar projects with Sibiu International Theater Festival. In 2018 I joined the Ideo Ideis team – The National Festival for Young Theater, where I coordinate the workshops department.

Andreea Lăcătuș
Emerging film director and cultural manager living and working in Bucharest, Romania, interested in trans-media storytelling and new ways of involving the public in the creative process.
Experience in film/ audiovisual production, worked for BBC, Arte France, Atoms and Void (Sergey Loznitsa) and many others.
Experience in film and video direction, with about 15 finalized projects.
Alumni of Sarajevo Talents, Director’s lab, Midpoint Script Development workshop (one of the biggest in Europe), Drama5- Playwriting residency organized by Reactor Cluj and led by Alina Nelega, Arta’n casa cultural management summer school etc.
My graduation film, “The Beast” was selected to Shanghai IFF (A class festival), TIFF and abouth  20 other festivals.
President of inCAP NGO, my soul project, with which I am developing two main programs: “Prezent!”- for raising cultural accessibility in the rural areas and vulnerable communities and “Proiectul de Maine” (“Tomorrow project”)- a career development program for emerging artists through working in specific communities.

Anna-Maria Bănică
I am 22 years old, and I’m living my dream of working in the cultural sphere, at the Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Institute in Bucharest, as a public relations manager. I try to learn as much as I can from my senior event planners and apply that information when I have the chance to organize an event myself.
I love planning cultural events and I hope to one day be able to organize large scale events in the cultural hubs of Romania and the EU.

Annamária Péter 
I am a graduate of English and Romanian Literature and Language, currently working for the Department for Interethnic Relations. Living in a multicultural region and belonging to one of the minorities living in this region I was always interested in human rights, minority rights, projects that promote different cultures and languages as well as intercultural dialog and that offer non-formal educational opportunities. Participated in the organization of several cultural projects as Srita - Roma Cultural Days, promoting the values of the Roma culture in a region where many ethnicities coexist through projection documentaries, through concerts and dance workshop. I have been working on projects based on raising awareness, promoting multiculturalism, fundamental rights, minority rights, intercultural dialogue, European common values, democracy and non-formal education for example: the first two editions of Living library organized in Romania, in Bucharest and in Miercurea Ciuc promoting cultural diversity and tolerance. As well as in the case of the program Have a Lemon! – Taste Diversity! - sound exhibition promoting diversity and tolerance etc.
Lately involved in projects promoting the contribution of minorities to the cultural heritage of Romania through the perspective of media, Inter-Art exhibition and RARE-Roma as a Human Resource social project.

Bianca Oana
I am a film producer and writer, and a founding member of the Manekino Cultural Association, together with filmmaker and visual artist Adina Pintilie and photographer and filmmaker Dragos Hanciu. For the past 10 years I have been involved in various audio-visual cultural projects, from film producing to theatre, photography, and even advertising. The latest film I produced, Touch Me Not by Adina Pintilie won the Golden Bear and Best First Film Awards at 2018 Berlinale. I started becoming involved in cultural projects ever since graduating the Audiovisual Communication section of UNATC Bucharest. Besides helping others produce their work, I also was interested in personal professional growth, and I tried to vary my disciplines. I write poems that have been published in a few international poetry magazines abroad, and I translate theatre for the Romanian stage. In the cultural management area, I am interested in being involved in highly creative projects expressing a unique vision of an artist, that can gather around them a community, or raise awareness on certain topics that I feel are of urgent interest.

Claudia Popescu 
I am curator of the Exhibition and Documentary Centre of the University of Architecture and Urbanism Ion Mincu in Bucharest and PhD student in Arts at the National Arts University Bucharest, Romania. Since 2016 I have contributed to the visibility of the museum / center through the projects carried out in collaboration with the National Heritage Institute: the creation of the site of the Museum of the University of Architecture and Urbanism "Ion Mincu" Bucharest and the digitization of approx. 500 slides from the museum collections.

Claudiu Maier
I graduated Faculty of Cybernetics and for almost 5 years I worked in technology and programming field, then I realized that I should go with my dream and start thinking and implementing cultural projects and put together ideas that come and resolve some needs from the society. For the last and a half year I analyzed the daily cultural events from Bucharest, in order to implement an online platform that will gather all cultural events in only one place. This action resulted in daily lists of recommendations, and gathered over 30000 events.
In this moment I started a project regarding reconstruction of a demolished museum in Virtual Reality and planning a project regarding art, sculpture, street art and Augmented Reality.

Dan Angelescu
Dan Angelescu works as project manager for Pustnik Screenwriters Residency (Port Cetate, Romania) and curator for Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF (where he has previously been festival manager between 2016 and 2018), while also developing his own projects within Infinite Conversation, a newly-established curatorial unit.
He holds a Master’s degree in Comparative Arts and Media Studies from Vrije University Amsterdam, with a study on the self-representation of film festivals across different media. Dan has collaborated with a mix of initiatives – independent project spaces (Kunstverein Amsterdam, Centre for Visual Introspection), film festivals (One World Romania, Transilvania International Film Festival), events (White Night of the Art Galleries Romania, Sâmbăta Sonoră, Outernational Days), cultural centres (the Czech Centre in Bucharest) – always interested in working with and around the moving image, at the intersection between cinema and the visual arts. He was a member of the International Short Film Competition juries at the 29th edition of Stuttgarter Filmwinter – Festival for Expanded Media, in 2016, and at the 4th edition of Riga International Film Festival, in 2017.
With Infinite Conversation (co-founded with Irina Radu and Cristina Vasilescu), Dan is currently researching for Quote—Unquote, a platform, event series and combined arts programme about the mechanisms, uses and effects of speech in contemporary society, to be launched in 2020 in Bucharest.

Dana Berdilă
Dana Berdilă, cultural projects and programmes coordinator, with an experience of working in the public cultural sector in Romania of more than 8 years, holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Comparative Politics at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest.
As a programme coordinator at the Romanian Cultural Institute in Bucharest, I have drafted, managed and implemented a series of scholarships and residencies for Romanian artists abroad (supervising Romania’s permanent residencies at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris), foreign translators, foreign and Romanian scholars working in the field of Social Sciences/Humanities both in Romania and abroad (supervising a partnership concluded between the RCI and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC), Romanian architects going abroad and foreign cultural journalists.
Among other programmes, I have initiated musical education open lessons, focused on jazz and blues, following the Leonard Bernstein model, “The RCI’s Jazz and Blues Club”, as well as book translation and promotion programmes within the National Book Centre.
Currently, I coordinate various artistic, cultural and cultural heritage projects, within the National Partnerships Office at the Romanian Cultural Institute, working with private as well as public institutions, cultural institutes, embassies, etc.

Donika Çina
Donika Cina is a young artist, who currently lives in Tirana, Albania. She graduated from the Faculty of Visual Arts - Multimedia, at the Academy of Arts in Tirana and continued to study photography and video at the University of Arts and Design in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and further in the class of Candice Breitz at the University of Art in Braunschweig, Germany. Besides the artistic work and due to a shortcoming of producing artworks and the peculiar state of art system in Albania, by necessity of producing her own works and helping the other artist to create a healthy art community and atmosphere, but also for the pleasure of doing so, she is involved as a cultural worker in different art projects in Tirana and abroad.

Flaviu Rogojan
I am a cultural manager, curator, and artist from Cluj-Napoca. I founded an NGO called Young Actions and Abstractions, that aims to support young contemporary artists, curators and the young art public. Our main project started in 2015, a series of pop-up exhibitions, called Aici Acolo Pop Up Gallery, through which we transform abandoned or unused spaces in our city into temporary art spaces that provide opportunities for young artists, both Romanian and foreign. Lately our focus shifted towards young artists working in new media and digital culture, but even since starting the space we provided an alternative for young local artists who do not feel they belong in the market-driven logic of the painting-oriented “School of Cluj”.
Since starting this project we organized 14 exhibitions, and worked with over 100 artists. Last year we started expanding our programming beyond exhibitions, providing support to the local young art scene in the form of thematic workshops, that aim to foster discussions and encourage production of new works.

Florin Buhuceanu
I am human rights activist working at the intersection of LGBT rights, sexual and reproductive rights and freedom of expression. I have coordinated, got involved and/or supported various cultural events associated with Bucharest Pride such as lectures on LGBT History and Culture (supported by Goethe Institute and French Institute in Bucharest), art exhibitions (Insight Insights at Aiurart Gallery - 2013, Exhibition of Adrian Newell Paun at Multimedia Visual Arts Center – 2016), theatrical shows related to LGBTI history “After Trajan and Decebalus. Pages of Gay History in Romania”) and (illegal) abortion experiences during communism “Because you deserve it” – both of them being associated with the Platform of Political Theater of the National Museum of Contemporary Art/MNAC). In June 2019, I am preparing as join curator an art exhibition “Imagining Queer memories” hosted by MNAC.

Irina Marinescu
My name is Irina Marinescu and I am both a performing artist and a cultural manager. From 2009 I have started an informal education in contemporary dance and performing arts.
I have been coordinating cultural projects (interdisciplinary projects and contemporary dance performances) starting with 2016. Currently I am managing Developing Art Association, together with my colleagues and have started working on a dance performance that uses creative technologies (digital sound interaction).
I am interested in creating a context that allows local artists to expand their perspectives and that facilitates not only a healthy working environment (legislative, economic, creative), but opportunities to grow and to develop for both the older and younger generations. I am interested in creating frameworks that facilitate strong relations between the professionals and the people to whom they address their art to.

Iris Șerban
I love stories. I believe in the power of a good story and in its potential as a core element for transforming and improving our daily lives. I currently work at the Romanian Peasant Museum as head of the Ethnological Archives, where in the last one and a half years I have developed a participatory approach for opening up the archives for both the specialized and general public. I coordinate an interdisciplinary team of young researchers and artists.
As an anthropologist, I am passionate about discovering, analyzing and understanding life stories and their context of production, in order to “transform” them into the essence for cultural, urban projects having the capacity to influence our ways of living together as a society. As an archivist, I search to preserve, organize and put order in these stories. As a museum worker and young curator, I search to find the stories behind the artifacts and exhibit them through new, innovative perspectives. As a cultural manager, I am interested in how I can reach new audiences, especially the young public: I consider that heritage can “sell” and have a real impact if it finds its roots in good, powerful stories.

Simina Diaconu
I am the president of a cultural NGO that I founded in 2012 with two friends. First, I launched a short stories magazine, that had 16 issues in print (monthly) and featured mostly emerging writers. It was a period characterized by huge efforts and many partnerships and events. Then the magazine moved to online, where it lives now – we only publish stories and poems selected by the well-known Romanian writers that we collaborate with. These writers teach aspiring writers how to get better at writing fiction or poetry since 7 years ago – we have workshops in Bucharest, at the seaside and online workshops. We have over 40 books published by our alumni (over 1000) to various publishing houses and one alumnus who was awarded the prize for the best emerging writer twice – he now has 4 books in bookshops around the country. We contribute to forming the new generation of writers and a network of writers and editors who have a close dialogue.
We also formed a community of calligraphers in Bucharest – over 400 people since 2014.
We had many creative projects along the way – I coordinate them all and promote them thanks to my communications background.

Simona Vilău
Simona Vilau (b. 1983) is an artist, curator and cultural manager collaborating with various public and private institutions from Romania and abroad for over 15 years.   
She lives and works in Bucharest. She developed projects with artists concerned with provocative aesthetics, being interested, as a curator, both in old and new media. As a researcher, she was part of the project Eastern European Collectors, initiated by Hans Knoll (art historian and owner of Knollgalerie, in Vienna and Budapest). She has been a permanent collaborator of Arta magazine since 2010. 
2008 – 2012 Ph.D. degree / thesis The Image of Violence in Romanian contemporary art (after 1989) / Imaginea violentei in arta contemporana romaneasca (dupa 1989), National University of Arts Bucharest, coordinated by Ph.D. Professor Cristian-Robert Velescu
2006 – 2008 Master in Fine Arts, National University of Arts Bucharest,  Painting Dept. 
2002 – 2006 Bachelor of Arts, National University of Arts Bucharest, Painting Dept.


Livia Maria Dumitrescu
》〉student assistant │ Faculty of Political Science

I am a young international relations and diplomatic culture enthusiast who studies International Public Affairs at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest.
✎ For the past two years I have been coordinating a small team of people as a Project Manager in the challenging environment of a research company. This has contributed to a rapid development of a series both hard and soft skills, essentially communication skills (cultivated through discussions and negotiations with stakeholders across the world), analytical competences and strong management skills. 
✎ Equally important is the time dedicated to personal development through internship programs, the most significant being coordinated by the Romanian Parliament, specifically by the Chamber of Deputies. Additionally, I am proud to have been part of the logistic organization committee  of various cultural events such as the SCOPE International Conference (2017 and 2019) or “Ethics of Effective Leadership” Kapuscinski Development Lecture.

Ilinca Luiza Cristian
》〉student assistant │ Faculty of Political Science

I am highly motivated and proactive learner, passionate about the fields of cultural diplomacy and international relations. 
✎ During my BA studies I have been involved in various extracurricular activities, working as an intern at the Romanian Chamber of Deputies - Foreign Affairs Department, and at the British Council - Innovation Department.
✎ I have also explored the non governmental sector, coordinating the first stage of "Youth for Europe" - a large scale Erasmus Plus Project aimed at encouraging the young people to come up with legislative proposals at European level.
✎ After finishing my BA studies with a thesis focused on Arts & Politics, I enrolled in a MA Program in International Public Affairs at the Faculty of Political Science - University of Bucharest, focusing on broadening my knowledge in the field of cultural diplomacy.

Transmedia playful aesthetics │ arts based research, playful media, gaming, participation and civic engagement

Public Opening Lecture by Patrícia Gouveia │ Portugal
Moderated by Dr. Joachim Umlauf │Director of the Goethe-Institute

With the kind help of our partners, Instituto Camões Bucareste, we invited Patrícia Gouveia, director of the Multimedia Art Department at Lisbon University of Fine Arts Faculty, to open the Cultural Management Academy 2019 in Bucharest with the public keynote lecture on "Transmedia Playful Aesthetics".
The 2019 edition of CMA is dedicated to the topic of "Culture and arts in transition: the digital era" and will explore the various aspects of new technologies and digital systems, as well as their impact on cultural management, during an intensive one-week seminar in Bucharest.

Apart from the public opening lecture, the seminar is dedicated to the 17 participants selected after an open call for cultural managers which took place earlier this year.

The opening event will take place at Goethe-Institute's Pavilion 32 (Calea Dorobanți 32), on September 16th, at 19 o’clock. More information about the lecture & how you can book seats can be found here