Working with Embassies and Cultural Institutes
In partnership with EUNIC London
At the Romanian Cultural Institute, London
Tuesday 13 September 2016
6.30-9pm (doors open from 6pm)
£12 with complimentary drinks generously provided by the Romanian Cultural Institute
What influence do embassies and national cultural institutes have in countries around the world, both financially and culturally? How can better relationships be fostered for international arts projects? These questions will be discussed with cultural attaches and embassy representatives, highlighting success stories and pitfalls of working with both government and international development agendas. We will hear from Eva Schmitt of the Goethe-Institut, Timothy Gerhardson, Deputy Cultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy London, Tereza Porybna of the Czech Cultural Centre and Jonathan Meth, Curator of The Fence and Associate Tutor of MA Arts Administration & Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths. Welcome remarks from the Romanian Cultural Institute Director, Dorian Branea.
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Dr. Tereza Porybna is the director of the Czech Cultural Centre in London, a government institution responsible for promoting Czech culture in the UK. Between 2014 and 2016 she has been president of EUNIC London. Previously, she has worked as head of social and educational programmes for People in Need in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2009-2011) and before that as programme director of the One World Human Rights Film Festival in Prague (2003-2006), and as head of the One World Tour programme (2008-2009), during which she helped coordinate and establish over a dozen human rights film festivals around the world.
Tim Gerhardson is Cultural Officer at the Deputy Cultural Attaché, U.S. Embassy London. Tim Gerhardson arrived in London in September 2015 following diplomatic tours in Iraq, Croatia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Indonesia and Washington. Prior to joining the diplomatic corps, Tim was Executive Director of the Foreign Student Council in Washington, DC, and served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. At the U.S. Embassy London, he is primarily responsible for youth outreach, Embassy grants, university engagement and the Beyond London outreach program. He has a B.A. in speech communications and M.A. in international administration.
Jonathan Meth set up The Fence in 2003 – an informal network for 250 playwrights and cultural operators from 50 countries, across Europe and beyond. The network meets on average twice a year for 5-8 days as part of a festival, on retreat, as a satellite to a larger network or for pedagogical purposes. Jonathan is currently Project Dramaturg on Crossing The Line – an EU Creative Europe funded collaboration project between Mind The Gap (UK), Moomsteatern (Sweden) and Compagnie de L’Oiseau Mouche (France): 3 of the world’s leading companies making theatre with professional, learning disabled theatre makers. He teaches on the MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy and MA in Writing For Performance and Dramaturgy at Goldsmiths, University of London where he is also co-supervising a PhD in Comedy and Entrepreneurship. For the last 9 years, he has been Parent/Trustee, latterly Expert Adviser, at Ambitious about Autism, the National Charity for Autism Education. Jonathan was Director of writernet, previously New Playwrights Trust (1994-2009) and Executive Director at Theatre Is.. (2009-2012). He originally trained as a theatre director at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has worked as director, dramaturg, script editor, and lecturer. He is also: Artistic Associate at Az Theatre – and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.
Eva Schmitt is Head of the Culture Department, Co-ordinator of North Western Europe at the Goethe-Institut London. Before coming to London in 2012 she worked at the Goethe-Institut in Prague and in the head office of the Goethe-Institut in Munich in the Visual Arts Department, where she was responsible for arts projects with a focus on design, architecture, fashion. She has a professional background in Visual Arts, Arts Education, Intercultural Education as well as Business Administration. The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. They promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange. The Goethe-Institut London is a member of EUNIC London.
Giving the welcome remarks on the evening is Dorian Branea, founding director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Warsaw (2006-2010) and director, since 2010, of the Romanian Cultural Institute in London. He is an author, translator, cultural entrepreneur and diplomat. Dorian was President of the London cluster of the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC), between 2012 and 2014. He graduated from University of Timisoara’s Department of Letters, Philosophy and History, receiving an MA in Cultural Studies followed by a Ph.D. in English and American Studies. He took graduate studies in international relations at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Central European University and in management/negotiations at Oxford University’s Said Business School (2015). He has been a member of the editorial team of “Orizont” Review since 1995 and of Interdisciplinary Research Group “The Third Europe” since 1998.
About our partners
EUNIC London (European Union National Institutes for Culture) is the network of the cultural institutes and embassies from the member states of the European Union in London. The London network was established in 2007 and has at present 31 members who share knowledge and resources in order to promote greater cooperation and develop partnerships between European nations and UK organisations. EUNIC London is a proud organiser and supporter of creative projects highlighting Europe’s fantastic diversity in arts, culture and language in the UK.
The Romanian Cultural Institute (RCI) promotes contemporary and traditional Romanian arts & culture through international partnership programmes and events. It consists of a global network of 19 institutes. The Institute in London is a member of the European Union National Institutes for Culture and the home of the Enescu Society in Great Britain. Since its opening, RCI London has organised hundreds of events in its home in 1 Belgrave Square, throughout the UK and sometimes even in Ireland and Iceland.