National Conference for Culture
The National Conference for Culture is a project of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, planned to recognize and implement the needs of Polish artistic milieu.
The conference started in 2017 with five thematic symposia devoted to five areas of art: music, dance, theater, fine arts and folk culture. Plenary sessions were programmed with the participation of authorities, artists and cultural organizers to discuss the most important issues related to the current state of culture in Poland, both in its institutional dimension and from the point of view of an individual artist. The subject of the debate included issues of the relationship between the state and artistic activity, areas requiring regulation and state support, and issues regarding the role of private capital in the development of culture. Outlining the cultural policy framework of the state and local governments has also become the subject of considerations within local communities thanks to a series of six regional symposia.
Such prepared and conducted environmental diagnosis of cultural life in Poland showed the shortcomings in the artists social security system and opened the prospect for new decisions, including legislative ones, as well as for the formulation of good practices and collective agreements. During the conference a team of experts (OKK Experts Group) consisting of scientists, directors of institutions, representatives of trade unions and associations, and the artists themselves was established. Work of experts led to the development of the Act on the rights of the professional artist.
On September 16-29, 2020, the final of the 2nd Dance Congress was held in Warsaw, of which the Institute of Music and Dance is the initiator and main organiser. The congress began at the end of 2019 with multi-stage consultations with the Polish dance community, as part of which a congress programme was developed. During the meeting, great emphasis was placed on the benefits of dance for society and on how to strengthen its presence, both in politics and cultural education, and in the everyday life of every human being.
Alerts on Culture
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team of experts at Open Eyes Economy HUB has published about 100 expert alerts in many areas, including economy, local governments and education. Among the issues discussed, there was also the topic of culture. The Open Eyes Economy movement is not only about economic concepts developed in academia: its initiators have always emphasised that thanks to artists and culture, complex scientific theories are able to resonate in society. Specialists of the Alerts on Culture series analysed the situation of the entire sector, and presented a number of solutions and ideas for protecting Polish culture and counteracting the deepening crisis.