Kids' Guernica – Guernica Youth meeting in Wroclaw, May 13 – 16, 2015
Wroclaw 2016 on display in 2015
“Very excited about the visit coming soon I am sending you long awaited schedule and details. It is easy to plan if you have a budget and office and Staff. I had none of those to welcome you that is why it took a bit long to get things organized and confirmed.” - Kamila Kaminska
Accommodation is booked at students dormitory.
Avenue Olowak at Grundwaldzki
View from student dormitory
Wednesday 13 May 2015
Bernard Conlon gives a lecture at 12:30 at the University on the subject “Art, education and society.” His talk is on the Guernica project with a bit of literature / theoretical background while focusing on the Belfast context. The main audience shall be formed by Erasmus students but it is also open to others.
Arrivals of Andre Vella Zarb and Ines Baldacchino, Juan Gutierrez and his wife Frauke, and later in the evening of Hatto Fischer, Anna Arvanitaki and Maya Fischer.
Thursday 14 May
Breakfast chat at Szynkarnia Cafe on Antoniego street.
Andrew Vella Zarb and Inez Baldacchino from Malta
12- 3 pm Hatto Fischer reflects upon the Bridge theme as perceived through poetry and by giving a poetry workshop, he will focus especially on the Olawski Bridge. The workshop takes place at the Tajne Komplety, Rynek bookshop.
3- 4 pm lunch with the coordinator of ECoC in Lower Silesia Region, Mr. Marek Sztark
From left to right: Marek Sztark, Kamila Kaminska, Hatto Fischer, Anna Arvanitaki, Juan Gutierrez, Frauke (photo taken by Maya Fischer)
Marek Sztark is the coordinator of Wroclaw 2016 for the regional outreach of the European Capital of Culture.
5- 9 pm Guernica Seminar at the Main University Building, room called CLUB, ol. Universritecki 1
Arrival of Alexandra and Sylvain Zanne and Valia Mhaish
Alexandra Zanne and Valia Mhaish in foreground at Uni Club
Presentations were given by Juan Gutierrez and Bernard Conlon.
Frauke, Juan Gutierrez, Bernard Conlon and Anna Arvanitaki with Juan
giving the presentation at that moment.
Friday 15 May
8 o'clock departure of all by bus to Walbrzych, formerly Waldenburg and a former coal mining town where the coal mining complex has been refurbished into a new cultural centre.
Sylvain Zanne speaking to Anna Arvanitaki with Valia Mhaish at the right
Juan Gutierrez looking at Bernard Conlon getting off the bus while Alexandra Zanne talks with Anna Arvanitaki
Mariusz Gaj on the phone to make further arrangements
Group photo upon arrival at Walbryzch, 15.May 2015
10- 12 guided tour of the industrial heritage of Stara Kopalnia
A former miner who worked for 25 years underground now a guide of the cultural heritage site with Mariusz Gaj acting as interpreter Polish-English.
A part of the cultural centre complex in Walbryzch
Discussion with the vice director of the Cultural Centre, Magdalena Wach about the prospects, budget and venue for the Kids' Guernica – Guernica Youth Exhibition.
Entry to gallery
Inside the gallery
Former wash hall, now the conference centre
13.00 Lunch with the Mayor of Walbrzych.
Magdelena Wach, Mayor of Walbrzch (also doctor on night duty every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in a public hospital) and assistant director.
Everyone else departs by bus for a picnic before returning altogether to Wroclaw.
In Wroclaw, the first meeting takes place in the same cafe where everything started yesterday, but due to the noise of the coffee machine, it was decided to find a more quiet place on the third floor of KOMM - the cinema centre of Wroclaw 2016.
Valia Mhaish and Alexandra Zanne gave their presentations.
Saturday 16 May
Meeting at ECoC – Wroclaw 2016 office with Katarzyna Mlynczak-Sachs, International Relations manager.
Office for the bridge project
Bernard Conlon, Anna Formosa and Valia Mhaish
Departure of Hatto Fischer, Anna Arvanitaki and Maya Fischer for Berlin with Polski bus; the rest stay until Sunday, May 17.