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On January 13, 2021, the Virtual Gathering on ‘Cultural managers, their organizations, and their networks in times of crisis’ took place as a Zoom conference with 127 registered participants from 24 countries. From 2 pm to 8 pm (CET) cultural managers and scholars intensively discussed the impact of the turbulent and troubling past year on the cultural sector and especially on international exchange as well as international cultural projects. The interactive event with a total of six panels on e.g. intercultural exchange, digitization, racial inequities, and networks concluded with a Ph.D. colloquium in which five doctoral students from the UK, Ireland, Germany and Nigeria presented their current research in an elevator pitch and received feedback from a jury of experts among them Milena Dragisevic Sesic from the University of the Arts, Belgrade and David Teevan from UCD. To improve networking among participants and the sharing of information on projects, a padelt was created and intensively used.

Thanks to all student helpers at the University of Michigan and Heilbronn University as well as to all participants and presenters for making this such an interactive, insightful, and inspiring event. Hope you stay connected with the BIE Network!

Participants’ Feedback:

  • Thank you for giving us the opportunity to organize this dialogue with young cultural managers/researchers from across the world, it was a great platform to generate this exchange. It was my first experience in a reunion of the BIE network, which I found very interesting and particularly appreciated it was very diverse in terms of the regions represented across the programme. Look forward to any future activities coming up from the BIE network, it has been my pleasure to see what you are able to do.
    – Cristina Peregrina, Mexcio
  • I am so glad to now know of BIE, and I look forward to future events/possibilities.
    – Leah Hamilton, USA
  • The day has been fascinating and really interesting  – thanks so much!
    – Avril Joffe, South Africa
  • Thank you for organizing. The presentations and discussions were very interesting and thought provoking. I’m looking forward to the next edition.
    – Susan Binwie, Nigeria
  • Thank you for hosting such an interesting gathering. I really enjoyed it.
    – Danielle Lynch, Ireland
  • I want to thank you for the colorful and multi-perspective exchange at the BIE Virtual Gathering! It was really great to have (for once) such diverse voices in the discourse.
    – Lisa Lehnen, Germany

Conference chaired by: Prof. Dr. Raphaela Henze MBA, Heilbronn University and students of the masters programme Economics, Culture, Leisure and Sports Management.

Scientific Committee: Dr. Victoria Durrer, University College Dublin, Dr. Karsten Xuereb, University of Malta, Dr. Antonio C. Cuyler, Florida State University, Prof. Dr. Raphaela Henze MBA, Heilbronn University, Federico Escribal, National University of the Arts Buenos Aires, Dr. Zainab Musa, University of Maiduguri

Biographies of the Speakers involved:

Anna Steinkamp works as an independent consultant in international cultural cooperation and project management, based in Berlin (DE). She specialises on new forms of collaborations, network strategies and cultural policies. Further she advises on how to effectively and sustainably implement complex projects in the public culture sector. From 2006 until early 2017, she worked for the German Commission for UNESCO within the Division of Culture where she assumed responsibilities for the National Point of Contact for the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005). She was co-founder and executive coordinator of the global U40 Network “Cultural Diversity 2030” of young experts in the field cultural diversity and international cooperation.

Antonio C. Cuyler is the author of Access, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Cultural Organizations: Insights from the Careers of Executive Opera Managers of Color in the U. S. He also serves as Director of the MA Program & Associate Professor of Arts Administration at Florida State University (FSU), and Visiting Associate Professor of Theatre & Drama at the University of Michigan where he is on sabbatical this academic year.

Amy Walker is Cultural Manager and Consultant specialising in supporting the professional development of artists and international exchange initiatives. Previous positions include Executive Director of Highlight Arts, an Edinburgh-based arts organisation that programmes international events and festivals, and Deputy Director of Gasworks and Triangle Network, a global network of grass-roots arts organisations.

Avril Joffe is the head of the Cultural Policy and Management division at the Wits School of Arts (South Africa). She is a development economist with more than 18 years professional experience in the field of arts and culture, culture and development and cultural and creative industries, and more than 28 years in project management, organizational governance, evaluation and monitoring, policy development, industry strategy and training. She is an active member of the 43 person UNESCO appointed Panel of Experts on Cultural Policy and Governance (2011 ongoing), a member of the cultural policy task committee for Arterial Network, the Pan African arts organisation. She has written and developed training modules, generic frameworks, toolkits, conducted research and delivered training programmes throughout Africa for UNESCO, Arterial Network, the ILO and individual governments. 

Brea M. Heidelberg: Dr. Heidelberg is an arts management consultant, educator, and researcher. She is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Entertainment & Arts Management Program at Drexel University. Brea’s  research and consulting work centers on diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the arts management  ecosystem, professional development issues facing arts administrators, and human resource management  in arts and cultural organizations. Dr. Heidelberg earned a master’s in Human Resource Development  from Villanova University and her doctorate in Arts Administration, Education, and Policy from The  Ohio State University.

Bruna Castra (Brazil,1995) – Woman, latin american artist, writer & traveler. Studied dramatic art at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and visual communication at Ritter dos Reis Univeitary Center (UNIRITTER). Co-founder and social media responsible of PELVYCA, group of performance, music and cultural production. Co-founder of DUNA – platform for sharing practices & poetics. Works based on manipulation of sensory stimuli to create atmospheres. Recently was resident at kinono tinos art gathering, a multi-dimensional cultural organization based in tinos, greece.

Carla Figueira: Carla Figueira is Director of the MA in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy and of the MA in Tourism and Cultural Policy at the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. Before becoming an academic, she was an arts manager at the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Lisbon, Portugal.

Catalina Rodríguez (Colombia): Visual Artist from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, with emphasis on Plastic and Graphic arts. Master in Cultural Administration with emphasis on Museum Management and Art Galleries from Palazzo Spinelli in Florence, Italy. Lecturer of Creative Industries in Lasalle College Institute, advisor in social and cultural project management and expert researcher in art valuation and acquisition. She made part of the Creative Industries researcher team, for the International Mission of Wise Men 2019. Currently she is the coordinator of Corporate Strengthening for the Creative Industries Sector of the Chamber of Commerce, Bogotá.

Christian Holst is a Masters Programme Coordinator in Arts and Cultural Management at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. He also teaches arts marketing and digital cultural communication as a visiting lecturer at various universities, e.g. HAW Hamburg and the Institute for Cultural and Media Management Hamburg. Previously he worked as a lecturer and researcher at the Zurich University of the Arts as well as a marketing manager at the Zurich Opera House and the Oldenburg State Theatre. Holst is co-founder and board member of stARTconference and co-organiser of the Hamburg stARTcamps.

Cristina Farinha is an independent policy expert and researcher specialised in heritage, culture and the creative industries sector. She has vast experience in project and programme´s evaluation from different perspectives, including assessment of proposals for Creative Europe, H2020, Erasmus+ and Urban Innovation Actions as well as mid-term and ex-post evaluation of, respectively, Creative Europe, Culture, Media and Media Mundus 2007-2013,  European Capital of Culture 2012 Guimarães and Culture@Work Africa. She is also part of the Monitoring and Selection panel of the European Capitals of Culture since 2015. She has been collaborating with a diversity of cultural actors and institutions and holds a PhD in Sociology.

Cristina Peregrina Leyva: She has a Bachelors on Cultural Management by the Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Mexico) she has studies on Border Cultural Heritage by Postgraduate Studies Centre Sor Juana (Mexico) and in Gender Studies by Colegio de México. She has worked in the private sector and as a freelancer in the north border and center region of Mexico, as well she is a member of the Creative Industries Cluster of Baja California.
Currently, she is doing a masters degree in Arts, Policy & Cultural Entrepreneurship in the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) where she was awarded the OTS Talent Grant for the Faculty of Arts 2020-21 for mexicans students of academic excellence, a grant by the Cultural Ministry of Baja California and a joint scholarship from the Cultural Ministry and the Science Ministry of Mexico in the category of Cultural Management.

Danielle Lynch is a festival maker with more than a decade of experience working in the industry both in Ireland and the UK. Her festival experience includes event development, funding and sponsorship, marketing, project delivery, outreach, and management. She holds a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Arts Festival and Cultural Management. As a festival practitioner, Danielle is particularly interested in bridging the gap between theory and practice to ensure that academics and industry practitioners can continue to learn from one another.

Gabriela Rojas Sierra is a Cuban musicologist and organ player. After having finished her degree in musicology at the Universidad de las Artes in Havana in 2017, she completed a Master of Arts in “Gestión del Patrimonio Histórico-Documental de la Música” at the Colegio Universitario San Gerónimo de La Habana (2019).
In 2017 she was awarded the Premio UNEAC Argeliers for her musicological investigations.
She worked in the Centro Nacional de Música de Concierto and the Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de la Música Cubana. Furthermore, she has worked in the team of several festivals in Havana. Gabriela is currently a researcher in the Gabinete de Patrimonio Musical Esteban Salas and manager of the Havana Lyceum Orchestra. She regularly publishes texts in Havana’s musicological journal “El Sincopado Habanero.”

Gideon A. Danja: Coming from a musical family genealogy in Borno State – Nigeria, Mr Danja grew up being in love with music his whole life. He was influenced by his father, a musician and instrument manufacturer, to join the music production scene in 1999, and became known as G2 Records. For his education, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Creative Arts, from the University of Maiduguri, where he developed his passion for drawing, painting, and specialized in theatre arts. In 2018, he bagged his M.A in Theatre and Performing Arts, from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, with special interest in theatrical sound design. While undertaking his postgraduate dissertation, he discovered that there are enormous untapped African indigenous sounds which can be harnessed and incorporated into stage performances, movies, music and radio drama productions. He is currently a DAAD PhD scholarship holder at the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria / University of Hildesheim, Germany.

James Lucky is a PhD Student of Cultural Sustainability in the Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. He holds a Master and Bachelor of Art degrees in Industrial Design, from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. Professionally, He is an academic, artist and a graphic designer. In social response, James engage in training little kids and teenagers in skill acquisition. His research interests include Digital Design for Sustainable Development, Graphic/Product Design. He is currently a lecturer with the Department of Industrial Design, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria.

Javier Iturralde de Bracamonte (PhD Student, Communication and Cultural Industries, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia) is a global thought leader in international arts and culture whose work encompasses strategy and planning, omnichannel marketing and  audience development. Javier  has over 18 years experience  maximizing competitive opportunities  and designing high-quality, cost-effective marketing programs for global arts organizations. He lectures on topics of relevance to the field, particularly art management and marketing and innovation, as visiting lecturer, at the King Saud  University of Saudi  Arabia, Universidad de Barcelona, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, and Museo de Arte de Lima. Member and Co-Funder of the Arad Columbia Alumni Association, member of the board of trustees of Instituto Cervantes – New York and of the Rose Art Foundation New York & Tel-Aviv.

Jeff M. Poulin is the founder of Creative Generation, working to inspire, connect, and amplify the social change work of young creatives and those committed to cultivating their creativity. As a recognized leader in the education and cultural fields, he previously led nationwide arts education programs in Europe and the US, and currently directs large-scale initiatives for global NGOs. A seasoned educator, Jeff teaches at several universities and has spoken to audiences across the United states and in 25+ countries around the globe. Jeff is a tap dancer and mentors young dancers in the U.S. and in the U.K.

Juan Francisco Baron is a cultural manager, artist, activist, researcher and professor, based in Mendoza, Argentina. He graduated in Acting at the National University of Arts and is undergoing two postgraduate degrees in the same University: one diploma in Cultural Mediation and a master’s degree in Public Culture. He has received national funding for his investigations by several institutions and is the founder of NODO – Cultural Digital Center. He is part of the Young Cultural Innovators forum of the Global Salzburg Seminar.

Karimatu Dauda is a PhD scholarship holder at the Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. She is an advocate of cultural performances and finds it very fascinating. For this reason, she perceives the Project ‘Performing Sustainability: Cultures and Development in West Africa’ very interesting. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Arts, from the University of Maiduguri, with specialization in Theatre Arts. With her passion for theatrical performances, she went further to obtain a Master’s degree in Theatre and Performing Arts from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where she specialized in acting and directing. Karimatu is also focused at encouraging her own ethnic group’s cultural performances. She aims at promoting the Bura Bansuwe dance with the idea of finding answers to her research questions on its sustainability among Bura people of Borno State, Nigeria. Her area of interest include, the relevance of Bansuwe dance, its survival and resilience despite the Boko Haram insurgency in Northeast Nigeria, and the pattern of performance.

Kristina Nilles is a Ph.D. candidate at London South Bank University and is a Research Assistant, working in collaboration with Lambeth Council’s ELEVATE programme. She has worked as a visiting tutor at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Mountview Theatre Academy; as a freelance theatre practitioner; Development Director for Create, a London-based creative arts charity; and managed St Bride Youth Theatre, London. Kristina trained in musical theatre at The Boston Conservatory and holds master’s degrees in Educational Theatre (New York University) and Museum and Gallery Education (University College London, Institute of Education).

Lea Jakob studied International Cultural and Business Sciences with a major in Italian Cultural Sciences in Passau, Parma and Perugia. After her undergraduate studies, she completed a Master of Arts in Management & Entrepreneurship at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg and participated in the Summer School on Arts Management at the Aalto University in Helsinki.
Since 2015 she is working in the field of Cultural Management. As project manager of the Cuban-European Youth Academy, she designs and implements exchange and formation programs for young musicians, among others. In 2019 she took part in the Winter School „Brokering Intercultural Exchange within Societies.“ She is currently starting her PhD with Prof. Dr. Raphaela Henze and Prof. Dr. Sigrid Bekmeier-Feuerhahn on the role of artists and international cooperation in Cuba’s transformation process.

Leah Hamilton is an instructor, researcher, and consultant specializing in arts emergency management. Her research and teaching methods have been featured by Americans for the Arts, the KulturManagement Network, and international academic conferences including Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts, ENCATC Congress, and the Association for Arts Administration Educators. Her thesis, Arts Facility Emergency Preparedness in the State of Missouri, was awarded the Top Thesis Award and Academic Excellence Award by Drexel University (Philadelphia, USA) in 2016. She currently teaches arts emergency management for the University of Kentucky Department of Arts Administration and resides in Germany with her opera-singing husband.

Lucy Costelloe (MA Arts Management and Cultural Policy): Lucy Costelloe is currently Head of Marketing at Ticketsolve. Ticketsolve is a cloud-based box office system working with over 300 arts organisations, theatres, and festivals all over the UK and Ireland. As one of the industry’s leading suppliers, Lucy manages all marketing and communication campaigns of the company.
Currently acting as project manager and facilitator for the Arts Working Group, her role in compiling resources for the Arts Recovery Toolkit has been instrumental for the dissemination of templates for organisations currently impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Her areas of expertise lie in digital marketing and content creation for creative campaigns within the arts and cultural sector. Lucy has also presented at industry-specific conferences including her most recent presentation around creating a digital fundraising strategy ‘The Current Climate for Online Donations’ at the Ticketing Professionals summer conference series.

Marta Herrero: Currently lecturer of the MSc in Creative Cultural Industry Management at the University of Sheffield, Dr Herrero’s approach to teaching is research-led, equipping students with academic and practical skills relevant to the management of creative and cultural environments. Her current teaching topics include: Fundraising Management: Sponsorship, Philanthropy and State; Critical Theories and Concepts in the Creative Industries; Dissertation Creative and Cultural Industries Management; Social Theory of Management Researchers.
Research interests include three sub-themes surrounding the cultural economy; cultural philanthropy; Entrepreneurial management models in the non-profit and the for-profit creative sector; arts management in international art markets. Marta is working on a series of case studies exploring how cultural organisations adopt entrepreneurial practices in order to increase their commercial revenue, and the influence of internal and external factors in facilitating new models of financial management.
Marta is an active member of the Arts Working Group. Her most recent publications include Herrero M & Buckley T (2020) Collaborating profitably? The fundraising practices of the Contemporary Art Society, 1919-1939. Business History and Herrero M & Kraemer S (2020) Fundraising as organisational knowing in practice : evidence from the arts and higher education in the UK. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing.

Matina Magkou works as an independent consultant, researcher, trainer and project manager in the fields of cultural and creative industries, civil society and communication, based between Athens (GR) and Nice (FR). She specialises in international cooperation, evaluation of cultural and social impact programmes and on cultural and youth policy. She holds a PhD on Leisure and Human Development (University of Deusto) with a focus on cultural management and the evaluation of international cultural cooperation programmes and is currently Associate Researcher at the University of Côte d’Azur (France). She is alumna of the Global Cultural Leadership programme of the Cultural Diplomacy Platform. 

Milena Dragicevic Sesic is Professor and Head of the UNESCO Chair in Studies of Interculturalism, Art and Cultural Management, and Mediation in the Balkans at the University of Arts in Belgrade. She is also the director of the Research Institute of the Faculty of Dramatic Arts and Guest Lecturer at numerous world universities. She has published 16 books and 150 essays in 17 languages and received the Ordre des Palmes académiques in 2002.

Natasha Padilha (Brazil, 1990): Actress, artist and cultural producer based in Barcelona. Theatre Studies at University of Brasília and Master Degree in Scenic Practices and Visual Culture at University of Castilla la Mancha. Co-founder of Rayo Tropical collective and DUNA project, working on projects with international range. Received funds and grants for artistic residencies in Brazil, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany and London. Nowadays is interested in creating connections, new politics and communities, looking for inclusive artistic social solutions.

Raphaela Henze is Professor of Cultural Management at Heilbronn University in Germany and Co-Investigator of the Arts & Humanities Research Council funded, international and transdisciplinary network Brokering Intercultural Exchange ( Prior to joining Heilbronn University, Raphaela worked in several senior management positions in universities, ministries, and non-profit organisations. Her main research focus is on the impacts of globalisation and internationalisation on cultural management and cultural management education as well as on the role of arts and culture in times of rising populism. She has published widely on these topics and has been a speaker at numerous international conferences.

Ruhi Jhunjhunwala is a Cultural Manager from India. She has worked primarily in the performing arts sector and specialises in festival management and international collaborations. She was the festival manager of the Attakkalari India Biennial, a  contemporary movement arts festival in Bangalore, before moving to London to study MA in Performance and Culture Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Susan Binwie Tanwie has obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Cultural Sustainability from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, bachelor’s degree in Performing and Visual Arts and a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea, Cameroon.  She is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. She has carried out research projects on the progressive role of women in Cameroon drama and the prospects of Video for Development in promoting culture of peace between Nkwen and Bamendankwe communities in Northwest Cameroon.

Tatjana Nikolic (Serbia): Teaching Associate at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts (FDA) and UNESCO Chair in Cultural Management and Policy at the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. She is a second-year PhD student in the field of Cultural and Media Management. As a Junior Researcher, she is engaged at the Institute for Theatre, Film, Radio and Television of the FDA. Her fields of professional engagement are production and advocacy related to gender equality in the cultural and artistic scene; capacity building of young professionals in culture, arts and creative industries of Serbia; and socially engaged cultural projects and project management within the independent cultural scene and civil society organizations in the Balkans.

Victoria Durrer is Ad Astra Research Fellow at University College Dublin, Irland and the co-founder of Brokering Intercultural Exchange, an AHRC-funded research network on arts and cultural management, and the all-island research network, Cultural Policy Observatory, Ireland. She is a co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Global Cultural Policy.

Conference chaired by: Prof. Dr. Raphaela Henze MBA, Heilbronn University and students of the masters programme Economics, Culture, Leisure and Sports Management.

Scientific Committee: Dr. Victoria Durrer, University College Dublin, Dr. Karsten Xuereb, University of Malta, Dr. Antonio C. Cuyler, Florida State University, Prof. Dr. Raphaela Henze MBA, Heilbronn University, Federico Escribal, National University of the Arts Buenos Aires, Dr. Zainab Musa, University of Maiduguri

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