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Culture Without Borders | Print publication

This bilingual publication presents and explores the key topics, phenomena, and events of the European Culture Congress. It combines content in a variety of formats: essays, interviews, discussions, short artistic writing, photographs, and visual art. The volume presents, in an original and user-friendly fashion, the complex issues addressed in the program of the congress and those that emerged during the congress itself.

Culture Without Borders features material prepared especially for the book, including an interview with the famous philosopher Gianni Vattimo, the head of the Edinburgh International Festival Jonathan Mills, and a summary of the congress debates by Prof. Anna Zeidler-Janiszewska, as well as an essay by the eminent author Dubravka Ugrešić and a comic by the Egyptian street artist Ganzeer.

Included with the book is a DVD with video reports by Max Cegielski and Anna Zakrzewska, who covered events held throughout the country as part of the National Cultural Program of the Polish EU Presidency and reported on the European Culture Congress in Wrocław and its main artistic events: concerts performances by Krzysztof Penderecki, Aphex Twin, and Jonny Greenwood.

The European Culture Congress was one of the most important events of the National Cultural Program of the Polish EU Presidency. It brought together numerous artists and scholars who, though considered outstanding in their fields, rarely have the opportunity to share their opinions in public and to confront them with an audience. The congress drew many activists from all over Europe (not just the European Union) as well as politicians with actual control over the conditions in which culture develops. These great names in culture also had a chance to meet with the younger generation of the scholars and artists that will be shaping European culture in the years to come.

Culture Without Borders is published by the National Audiovisual Institute and is available in print through the NInA online store.

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