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Participants 2013

Here you can find some informations about the visitor groups, who stayed in NRW in 2013 within the International Visitors Programme

Visitors 2013:


Structural changes and cultural developments – those were the topics of the visitor group from Slovakia, Belgium, Chile and Bulgaria that came to Germany’s most densely populated state from 25 to 28 November at the invitation of the International Visitors Programme on the topic of “Industrial culture in North Rhine-Westphalia”.
The participants’ programme included visits to the video art centre Nordsternturm in Gelsenkirchen, the Engine house at Zollern coal mining complex/LWL-Industriemuseum in Dortmund, the New Industries Festival at the Dortmunder U, the Landscape Park Duisburg Nord, the Foundation Zollverein in Essen and the Gasometer Oberhausen.
The guests were: Consuelo Heuser, commissioner for cultural heritage at the National Council for Culture and Art, Region De Los Lagos, Osorno/Chile, Zora Jaurova, free curator and head curator of the Creative Economy Forum of Slovakia, Bratislava/Slovakia, Elena Seeber, journalist at Radio Slovakia International, Bratislava/Slovakia, Ronald van de Sompel, curator and scientist at the M Museum Leuven and consultant in the area of art at the Vlaams Bouwmeester, Brussels/Belgium, as well as Irena Markova, department of culture of the International Elias Canetti Society, Ruse/Bulgaria.


Neue Kunsträume in NRW (New Art Spaces in NRW) were on the »OFF Spaces« programme and directors and employees of the Goethe Institutes in Ireland, India, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, Cameroon, New Zealand, Russia, Estonia, Egypt and the U.S. travelled to North-Rhine Westphalia at the invitation of the International Visitors Programme from 14 to 17 October.
Barbara Ebert, Goethe Institute Dublin, cultural programmes, Wilfried Eckstein, Goethe Institute Washington/USA, director, Maureen Gonsalves, Goethe Institute Bangalore/India, coordinator of cultural programmes, Ravshan Israilov, Goethe Institute Tashkent/Uzbekistan, coordinator of cultural programmes, Vanja Koubadinska, Goethe Institute Sofia/Bulgaria, cultural programmes, Raphael Mouchangou, Goethe Institute Cameroon, cultural programmes, Bettina Senff, Goethe Institute Wellington/New Zealand, director, Mariam Shalan, Goethe Institute Alexandria/Egypt, cultural programmes, Jana Sobolewa, Goethe Institute St. Petersburg/Russia, coordinator of programme work, and Kerttu Taidre, Goethe Institute Estonia, coordinator of cultural programmes, were content-wise cared for and moderated by an expert. Emmanuel Mir, who designed the trip in cooperation with the Visitors Programme, is arts scientist and long-time observer of the fringe scene. He was co-organizer of the first Vierwändekunst-Festival (Four Walls Art Festival) in Düsseldorf and is editor and author of a blog magazine that is explicitly devoted to this topic.


From 20 to 23 September, an international group of visitors dedicated itself to the varied programme for this year’s Ruhrtriennale, which runs until 6 October. The following made their way to the Ruhr district at the invitation of the International Visitors Programme: Dmitry Abaulin, independent journalist for theatre and cinema, Moscow/Russia, Ioana Calen, journalist at Dilema, Bucharest/Romania, Andrew Haydon, theatre critic, dramaturge, London/United Kingdom, Brebo Ketzer Saul, coordinator for scenic arts at Secretaria Municipal da Cultura, Porto Alegre/Brazil, Katarína Kironská, cultural journalist for NPZ!, Bratislava/Slovakia, António Lagarto, director of the Theatre and Film School, Lisbon/Portugal.

Right after this visit, international music journalists, festival organisers and curators were guests of the Rhineland from 23 to 26 September, where they took a close look at the local jazz scene: Henning Bolte, music journalist, Amsterdam/Netherlands, Bérengère Cornez, director of the Jazz Station, Brussels/Belgium, Lelio Giannetto, artistic director of Curva Minore Contemporary Sounds, Palermo/Italy, Rui Neves, curator and organiser of “Jazz em Agosto” and “Jazz im Goethe-Garten”, Lisbon/Portugal, Jaak Sooäär, director of the Jazz department at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and organiser of the Tallinn Music Festival, Tallinn/Estonia, Piotr Turkiewicz, artistic director of the JAZZTOPAD Festival, Wrocław/Poland.

On the occasion of “DC OPEN”, the joint gallery weekend of around 50 galleries from Düsseldorf and Cologne, curators and gallery owners from six countries were guests of North Rhine-Westphalia from 6 to 8 September at the invitation of the International Visitors Programme. This multi-city “Joint Gallery Opening” was held for the fifth time in 2013. The visitors: Miguel Justino Alves, founder and director of the “Bloco 103” gallery, Lisbon/Portugal, Michał Bieniek, curator, chairman of ART TRANSPARENT Contemporary Art, Foundation, Wrocław/Poland, Julia Draganović, curator and founder of the Curatorial Collective LaRete Art Project, Modena/Italy, Kirsten Lloyd, associate curator of the “Stills” gallery, Edinburgh/United Kingdom, Katrien Reist-van Gelder, curator, art administrator and initiator of “Jubilee – platform for research and artistic production”, Brussels/Belgium and Rick Wang, founder and director of the “AKI” gallery, Taipei/Taiwan.


A group of international specialists took the occasion of the tenth anniversary of c/o pop to take a closer look at the pop culture scene in North Rhine-Westphalia. The following guests were invited by the International Visitors Programme of the Kultursekretariat from 18 to 22 June 2013: Ricardo Esteban Lira Araya, programme director of Parque Cultural Valparaíso, producer and cultural manager from Valparaíso/Chile, Mariangela Rubbini Quiñones, music journalist at “Shock” from Bogotá/Colombia, Dan Seligman, artistic director and founder of the Pop Montréal Festival from Montréal/Canada, Pablo Eduardo Schanton, head of the music department at “Clarín” Buenos Aires/Argentina, Uriel Waizel, music critic and radio journalist from Mexico City/Mexico, Maro Weise, online cultural editor at “Kurier”, Vienna/Austria, and Ned Wenlock, independent animation artist from Wellington/New Zealand.

The “Emscherkunst.2013” and other sculpture parks in NRW were on the programme of the international visitor group that came to North Rhine-Westphalia from 20 to 24 June. These visitors were Deborah Dias Matos, lecturer in Environmental Education at the SESC São Paulo/Brazil, Paula Orrel, curator of the Tamar Project from Plymouth/United Kingdom and Ji Yu, co-founder of the experimental art space “am art space” in Shanghai/China.

Festival directors, directors of independent production houses and organisers from South Korea to Ireland travelled to the Impulse Theater Biennale at the invitation of the International Visitors Programme from 26 to 30 June. Also on the programme was the independent theatre scene in NRW, with Per Anaissen, director of the Teaterhuset Avant Garden in Trondheim/Norway, Danjel Andersson, director of the MDT in Stockholm/Sweden, Young Chul Lee, director of the Asian Cultural Complex in Gwangju/South Korea, Silvia Fanti, artistic director of the Xing, Bologna/Italy, Jan Horák, artistic director of the independent theatre “Studio Hrdinu” from Prague/Czech Republic, Gundega Laivina, director of the Homo Novus Festival in Riga/Latvia, Priit Raud, director of the Kanuti Gildi Saal in Tallinn/Estonia and Willi White, director of the Dublin Theater Festival, Dublin/Ireland.

At the invitation of the International Visitors Programme, a group of journalists travelled to the Forum d’Avignon Ruhr 2013, which this year was held under the motto “Europe 2020 – Culture is the Key”. The conference at the PACT Zollverein Essen from 27 to 29 June was attended by Stephan Becker, editor in chief of BauNetz Media GmbH from Berlin/Germany, the blogger Crystal Bennes, editor at Pages of Magazine and Icon Magazine, London/United Kingdom, Ania Duda, cultural correspondent from TVP Lublin/Poland, Hülya Ertaş, senior editor at XXI Architecture and Design Magazine from Istanbul/Turkey, Derya Gürsel, city planner and editor of Arkitera Mimarlık Merkezi from Istanbul/Turkey, Simone Porrovecchio, culture correspondent of La Repubblica in Berlin/Germany from Italy, Jack Gwilym Roberts, author and co-founder of Future Human, London/United Kingdom and Artur Zaguła, author and editor in chief of Purpose Magazine, Łódź/Poland.


An international visitor group consisting of festival directors, composers and musicians dedicated itself to the “Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik” and the festival “Acht Brücken” in Cologne from 26 April to 1 May. Guests included Jana Andreevska-Dimitrovska, artistic director of the festival “Days of Macedonian Music” in Skopje/Macedonia, Rafael Borges Amaral, musician and composer from São Paulo/Brazil, Franz-Josef Kunz, director of the German-Bolivian Cultural Centre in Santa Cruz/Bolivia, Anothai Nitibhon, composer and deputy director of the Princess Galayani Vadhana Institute of Music in Bangkok/Thailand and Ramin Sadighi, founder and director of Hermes Record, Teheran/Iran.

Film experts, festival directors and journalists came to North Rhine-Westphalia for the “59th International Short Film Days Oberhausen” from 2 to 6 May as part of the International Visitors Programme of the NRW KULTURsekretariat: Anjelika Artyukh, independent journalist, St. Petersburg/Russia, Michelle Carey, film expert and journalist of “Senses of Cinema” from Melbourne/Australia, Haden Guest, film historian, curator and director of the Harvard Film Archives in HCL’Fine Arts Library, Cambridge/USA, Fernanda Hallak D’angelo, co-founder and director of Universo Produção, São Paulo/Brazil, Iokaim Mylonas, artistic director of the Cyprus International Short Film Festival Limassol, Dherynia/Cyprus, Frank Olivier Ndema, director, producer and head of the Tout Court-Short Film Festival in Cameroon, Yaoundé/Cameroon and Kaj Wilson, journalist and former director of the Boston Jewish Film Festival, Boston/USA.

The contemporary dance scene in NRW, especially the biennale festival “tanznrw 13”, was the focal point for a group of experts from the Czech Republic, Mexico, France and Spain from 3 to 6 May: Jana Bohutínská, publisher of the magazine Tanečni zóna (Dance Zone), Prague/Czech Republic, Ana Victoria Cabo González, representative of the dance department at the Ministry for Labour, Tourism and Culture of the autonomous region of Madrid/Spain, Thomas Hahn, journalist of various specialist dance magazines in France, Germany and the Czech Republic from Paris/France, Liliana Saldaña Lobera, coordinator of the cultural programme at UNAM (Universidad Autónoma de México), Mexico City/Mexico.

Stücke 2013”, the forum of German language contemporary drama in Mülheim an der Ruhr, was in the focus of a group of guests from Bulgaria, Denmark, Sweden, Spain and Cyprus, who came to North Rhine-Westphalia from 17 to 20 May as part of the International Visitors Programme: Angelina Georgieva, independent dramaturge and theatre scientist from Sofia/Bulgaria, Ulla Gottlieb, editor and dramatist from Copenhagen/Denmark, Birgitta Sundberg, artistic director and actress at the Fria Teatern in Bundhagen/Sweden, Helena Tornero, theatre director and dramatist from Barcelona/Spain and Magdalena Zira from the International Theater Institute ITI, Cyprus chapter.

The next group of visitors came to the Moers Festival 2013, where it dedicated itself in particular to musical education and forms of conveying for improvised music from 16 to 20 May. The participants were: Santiago Botero Rodríguez, musician, composer and lecturer for bass and improvisation at the Ponteficia Universidad Javerina, Bogotá/Colombia, Yavor Gantchev, organiser of music and jazz festivals from Sofia/Bulgaria, Mike Hobart, independent journalist and critic for the Financial Times in London/United Kingdom, Martin Longley, music journalist from New York/USA, Michelle Mercer, author and publisher for the National Public Radio, Wichita/USA and Andrés Perez-Muñoz, musician and lecturer at the Pro-Jazz Institute in Santiago/Chile.


The Visitors Programme of the NRW KULTURsekretariat saw two groups of visitors come to North Rhine-Westphalia in April. From 10 to 13 April, “Photography in NRW” formed the focal topic of the trip made by international photographers, curators and museum directors. The guests were: Ben Cauchi, independent photographer from Auckland/New Zealand, Christophe De Jaeger, curator for photography at the Bozar Centre of Fine Arts in Brussels/Belgium, Betty Ester-Väljaots, director of the Photo-Museum, Tallinn Coty Museum in Tallinn/Estonia, Varun Gupta, independent photographer and founder of the Photography Company Travelling Lens from Chennai/India, Krisztián Kukla, director of the MODEM – Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art, Debrecen/Hungary, Ananias Léki-Dago, independent photographer and organiser of the International Photography Festival “Les Rencontres du Sud, Abidjan”, Abidjan/Ivory Coast and Uche Okpa-Iroha, photographer and initiator of the “Nlele Institute – African Centre for Photography” in Lagos/Nigeria.

“Temporary Gallery – Galleries in North Rhine-Westphalia” was on the programme of the second group of visitors from 12 to 15 April. The participants were: Umer Butt, founder and director of the “Grey Noise” Gallery, Dubai/United Arab Emirates, Mizuki Endo, director of the HAPS – Higashiyama Artists Placement Service from Kyoto/Japan, Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh, founder and director of the “Silk Road” Gallery, Teheran/Iran, François Piron, curator, founding member and co-director of the Art space Parisian castillo/corrales and professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Lyon/France, Sergio Rubira, art historian, curator and founding member of the Art space RMS La Asociación and professor for contemporary art at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid/Spain, Inna Sandler, artists and art director of the art periodical »San’at«, Tashkent/Uzbekistan, Francesco Stocchi, curator for modern and contemporary art at the Boijmans Van Bueningen Museum, Rotterdam/Netherlands, Nina Toppila, director of the “Forum Box” gallery, Helsinki/Finland.


Another international group of visitors were guests in NRW from 11 to 15 March 2013. The trip centred on visits to Videonale 14 in Bonn. The guests were: Juan Carlos Alonso, visual artist and professor at the University of Bogotá/Colombia, Thereza Farkas, programme director at the Associação Cultural Videobrasil in São Paulo/Brazil, Genco Gülan, media, concept and video artist and professor at the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul/Turkey, Joel Kwong, curator at the Microwave International New Media Arts Festival in Hong Kong/China, Hsiao-Yu Lin, curator at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung/Taiwan, Steven Op de Beeck, director and curator of the Contour–Biennale of Moving Image in Mechelen/Belgium and Saheer Turjman-Rabah from the Khalil Al Sakakini Cultural Centre and co-organiser of the Video Art Festival /si:n/ in Ramallah/Palestine.


The RuhrKunstMuseen are a network of museums, founded on the occasion of the Capital of Culture Year “RUHR.2010”, that stretches from Bochum to Marl and from Hagen to Mülheim, but that has also made its mark internationally. Two years after the first joint exhibition project »Mapping the region« in 2010, it is now time to take stock. The International Visitors Programme brings curators from all over the world together with their colleagues from the Ruhr district to jointly visit exhibitions and to explore the opportunities of new art and cultural projects. Barnabás Bencsik (director of the Ludwig Museum – Museum for Contemporary Art, Budapest/Hungary), Nadezhda Dzhakova (chief curator of the Sofia Arsenal Museum for Contemporary Art - SAMCA, head of the International Relations Department of the National Gallery Sofia, Sofia/Bulgaria), Ginta Gerharde-Upeniece (director of the Latvian Visual Arts Department at the Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga/Latvia), Tejshvi Jain (assistant curator at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Bangalore/ India), Eha Komissarov (curator at the KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn/Estonia), Maria Soledad Novoa Donosa (curator and assistant directorat the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago/Chile) and Sergey Samoylenko (director and curator of the Sibirian Centre for Contemporary Art, Novosibirsk/Russia) will be joining.

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