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Bytomskie Centrum Kultury – Bytom Cultural Centre

The Bytom Cultural Centre (BCK) is a modern, non-commercial institution funded from government endowments. It organises cultural and artistic projects of various genres (performances, theatre, music and music festivals, concerts, exhibitions, workshops, and various interdisciplinary events). It is also highly involved in the field of cultural education. Moreover, the BCK operates the gallery Kronika, which specialises in exhibitions of contemporary art and ranks among the most interesting galleries in Poland. It is directed by Sebastain Cichocki. The BCK actively pursues international collaboration as well as cooperation with other cultural institutions in Poland. The BCK’s programme is geared towards the region’s residents and bears on specific concerns of its various social groups and generations. The BCK enjoys wide recognition among artists, critics, and the public, and has become firmly established as a cultural centre in the region of Upper Silesia.
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Volksbühne on Rosa Luxemburg Square, Berlin

The “People’s Stage”, the Volksbühne, on what is today Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, was opened in 1914, having been financed by donations from Berlin’s working classes. The first artistic director was Max Reinhardt. Erwin Piscator, a director here from 1924 to 1927, founded Political Theatre during his time at the Volksbühne. During the 1970s, the theatre was strongly influenced by Benno Besson. With Frank Carstorf as artistic director, it established itself as “the most exciting stage in Germany” when his controversial productions repeatedly made the headlines; it also became one of the most financially successful theatres. The Volksbühne’s programme is often called elitist and populist; strange, yet still a crowd-puller. It attempts to tear down the boundaries of theatre. Alongside Frank Carstorf’s multimedia book adaptations, it is Christoph Marthaler’s monuments of motionlessness, the theatre-blasting operations of Christoph Schlingensief and director René Pollesch’s theme of turbo-capitalism which shape the Volksbühne’s image. Other defining elements of this theatre include regular theory, music, literature and film events, and the “Topical Weekends”, which take place in the spirit of the Volksbühne’s “expanded concept of theatre”.
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Bytomskie Centrum Kultury, Bytom
Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin

Bytom: 21 May and 25 November 2005
Berlin: 24 and 25 May 2005

Participating Institutions
Bytomskie Centrum Kultury, Bytom