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Unlearning Talks Webcast

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

16.00 GMT / 17.00 CEST / 18.00 EEST

Overcoming uncertainty in the cultural sector during the covid-19 crisis and beyond.

During the past six months uncertainty on the scale of disruption in the cultural sector has been tremendous. Pre-existing vulnerabilities, like the precarious livelihoods of artists and cultural workers or the tight budgets of many public cultural organizations that fuel the creative industry with less commissions every year, are now magnified. As the crisis develops around the world, everyone working in this field is pivoting from the immediate impact of the crisis towards examining the long-term structural changes that should be seen in the cultural sector. In this talk we will hear from a diverse group of changemakers their efforts and point of view on how to ensure culture has a central role in public policies and contributes to a sustainable future.


Featured Speakers

İpek Çınar, Cultural Producer, Turkey

Olga Daskali, President of the Messolonghi Community Council, Greece

Corinne Eichner, StadtKultur Hamburg, Germany

Filip Jovanovski, Faculty of Things that can’t be Learned, North Macedonia


Moderator: Maria-Louiza Laopodi, Project Manager START



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İpek Çınar

Cultural Producer

İpek Çınar was born in Ankara and completed her studies in Political Sciences at METU. She encountered photography in 2011 and has been working on creating a subjective language using both photography and text since then. In addition to this work, she takes interviews for various publications; works as a content advisor in documentaries and projects both nationally and internationally. She assisted in Gözde Türkkan’s 2015 “Wish Tree” exhibition and worked on the exhibition design, texts, and artist book. She worked as a coordinator for The Booklab project by Frederic Lezmi and Okay Karadayılar and was the content advisor of Traces Faces, a documentary series about Turkey’s photography scene and genres. İpek Çınar, who is invited to many national/ international publications, exhibitions, and talks; has been co-editor of Orta Format Magazine since 2014.

Olga Daskali

President of the Messolonghi Community Council

Olga Daskali comes from Messolonghi, a historic part of Greece, surrounded by a natural environment. She is an attorney at law, having specialization in public procurement law, European law, public administration. Driven by the value of freedom and the love for nature she participates in citizens initiatives concerning urban planning, participatory democracy, and active citizenship. Being a scholar of Robert Bosch foundation she practiced cultural management starting the initiative "Roots are Routes". She is elected President of the Community Council of the city of Messolonghi, representing the independent citizens initiative "For the Community". 

Corinne Eichner

StadtKultur Hamburg

Corinne studied sociology, journalism, political science and art history in Göttingen and Hamburg. She worked as a freelance journalist and cultural manager and in adult education. Since 2011, Corinne Eichner has been managing director of StadtKultur Hamburg, the regional association for Socioculture in Hamburg. Since 2017 she has been a member of the board of the Federal Association of Socioculture. Her focus is on urban culture and district culture, interculture/open society, cultural policy and communication/public relations.

Filip Jovanovski

Faculty of Things that can’t be Learned
North Macedonia

Filip is a visual artist, cultural worker and is co-managing the organization for art and culture “Faculty of things that can’t be learned (FR~U)”. He graduated at the Faculty of Architecture in Skopje and holds a MA at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje, department of painting. He usually uses a curatorial approach in his works, and creates socially engaged and interdisciplinary art projects, often working with different communities like the projects “If Buildings could talk” and CAC TEXTILE (Center for Art and Culture) in Stip. With many solo and group exhibition held both nationally and internationally in his portfolio, he won the prestigious Golden Triga award for best exposition for his project This building talks truly”, curated by Ivana Vaseva, which represented North Macedonia at Prague Quadrennial of performance design and space 2019. He was one of the authors of the Northern Macedonian pavilion titled “Freeing Space”, which was presented at the Venice biennale for architecture in 2018. He has made about 20 stage designs for theater plays, video and documentary projects and won several awards for his work. Since 2007, he is artistic director of the AKTO Festival for contemporary arts in Bitola.