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Culture Lab. A short course on creating cultural events for immigrants and expats

Culture Lab is a one-time activity of Arteria Art Foundation, which was carried out in 2020. The project was addressed to foreigners living in Warsaw, people interested in the implementation of cultural events and social and artistic activities.


The project included a four-day training: a series of presentations of good practices, theories of social action, exchange of ideas for creative activity. The next stage was workshop work on selected proposals, preparation of original projects under the guidance of artists, experienced coordinators and producers of cultural events. It was an opportunity for joint creative work, creative activity, exchange of techniques and tools, as well as personal stories. Workshop activities resulted in short documentary film forms, a Warsaw soundscape, micro-cooking workshop for lazy people, a music video and a film etude. 

Materials created as part of the Culture Lab:

Warsaw Soundscape

Warsaw Soundscape is the result of a group work of the Culture Lab Workshops participants working together to create a soundscape of Warsaw, based on their own experience of the city. All project participants came to Warsaw from different places all around the world, and the process of discovering it for themselves brought something different to each of them: favourite places, things that seem unique and different from what they knew from elsewhere. The soundscape created together collects these separate experiences and combines them into a multi-voiced story about the city, created at a unique time of global pandemic, when the boundaries and possibilities of the experience were tightly circumscribed.

Authors: Itumeleng Magoai, Imelda de Joya, Melike Goncuoglu, Georgiana Darau

Editing and editing: Grzegorz Dąbek

Group supervisor: Aleksandra Janus

Life in Warsaw by Hazal

Hazal Güngör, an SWPS student from Turkey, talks about her everyday life in Warsaw. 



A recording made by the participants of the film workshops of the Culture Lab / Dialogue Lab project. 

Sena Gündüz, Raihana Sharmin, Melike Göncüoğlu, Imelda de Joya, Hazal Güngör, Nusrat Jahan were involved in the making of the film.  Script and editing: Nusrat Jahan.

Supervision: Hubert Patynowski


Dolu Kadehi Ters Tut - Madem. Fans video

Collective Work by participants of a film workshop as part of the Culture Lab  project carried out from October to December 2020. Authors of the video: Sena Gunduz, Nusrat Jahan, Raihana Sharmin. Supervision: Hubert Patynowski.


Life in Warsaw by Raihana

Raihana Sharmin, an SWPS student from Bangladesh, talks about her everyday life in Warsaw. Pictures and editing: Nusrat Jahan.


Rethink. A video by Nusrat Jahan

Students from Italy, South Africa and Bangladesh living in Warsaw talk about climate change and environmental awareness in their countries. 


Micro-cooking workshops for lazy people

Course programme:

10th of October 2020

‘Attractive cultural activities - good practices’ - Aleksandra Janus 

Workshop of good practice in building relations with culture through engaging and thought-provoking activities (e.g. alternative audio guides, sightseeing and performance walks, forms combining art and cultural animation, activities using technologies and digital media). The aim of the meeting is to provide inspiration, points of reference and practical tips to help participants think about their own activities.  

11th of October 2020

‘A cultural event from scratch’ - Anna Mamińska

How to plan your workshops, concerts or festivals? Where to look for funds and how to obtain them? How to advertise and attract the audience? How to efficiently account for the project and prepare a report?  This workshop is a solid dose of practical knowledge and skills that will allow you to conduct your own cultural event in an effective way.

17th of October 2020

‘Integrative cultural activities’, Dominika Cieślikowska

How to build intercultural relations? What actions are worth taking? What are the traps of intercultural contact? How to act in Warsaw? The workshop will discuss the dynamics of intercultural contact, building relationships, migration experiences, communication, stereotypes and the process of engaging in cultural activities and building dialogue.

18th of October 2020

‘Personal project’, Anna Mamińska, Hubert Patynowski, Adrian Cognac, Aleksandra Janus

Presentation of artistic activities conducted by Hubert Patynowski - a young director of short films, music videos and commercials, and Adrian Cognac - a visual artist. Conceptual work on individual projects. 

9th of October - 20th of December 2020

Film workshops, audio form workshops, mapping course. Individual and group work to create own projects.


Aleksandra Janus - an anthropologist, curator of the Museum Laboratory and Modernity Exercise programmes, head of the Culture Opening Workshop at the Digital Centre, co-founder of the Museums for Climate group, lecturer at the School of Ideas at SWPS University.

Anna Mamińska - organiser of many world music concerts and workshops. Winner of the Grand Prix of the IV Warsaw Stock Exchange of Cultural Education Programmes 2013. Coordinator of the international project "Festival as a form of education". Director of the Radio Asia Festival.

Dominika Cieślikowska - psychologist/trainer of anti-discrimination, intercultural and gender skills, supervisor of anti-discrimination coaching work, member of the Anti-discrimination Education Society.

Adrien Cognac - visual artist, specializing in new media, in particular the visual setting of theatre performances. His workshops are dedicated to video mapping. 

 Hubert Patynowski - director, screenwriter and editor, author of music videos and short films. Short, individual film forms will be shot during his classes.


The project is co-financed by the City of Warsaw and the Erasmus + Programme of the  European Union.

The Asia-Pacific Museum is a partner of the project.


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