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International Cultural Centre in Kraków - Head of the Network

National Network: 
Rynek Główny 25
31-008 Kraków
00481242178 44
Organisation Type: 
Public Institution
Year of Establishment: 
General Information: 

The ICC is funded and organized by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage with a yearly budget of around 1.3 million euro – about half of it coming from the Ministry, while the rest is collected on its own. The ICC employs 45 people on permanent basis divided into fours units: Centre for Exhibitions and Publications, Research Institute of European Heritage, College for New Europe, Strategy and Communication Department. 4) Cultural heritage (conferences, seminars, lectures, research projects,contacts with experts and discussions, summer school, post graduate study programme, multilingual publications, conference proceedings or albums, library) to reach not only the Polish public but also the foreign one. Exhibitions of painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and architecture. 5)The ICC is a member of a range of culture networks and international organizations. Moreover, the majority of its activities is conducted together with foreign partners.

Mission and Objectives: 

Fostering and propagation of a new attitude to a common European heritage, an attitude that on the one hand is untarred by the brush of nationalism, yet on the other strongly accentuates the issues of identity, individual tradition and the roots of individual cultures. Our mission is also shaped by the challenge of the constant and highly dynamic relationship between the civilisation of the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries and the heritage of the past. This relationship is founded on a mutual interdependence: contemporary reality colours our approach to heritage, while our heritage is constantly correcting our attitude to contemporary reality. The founding of the ICC is not only an important experiment in terms of programme, but it also constitutes an attempt to seek new solutions at the meeting point of culture and economics. The core principle is to integrate academic research, educational programmes and promotional action.

Main Projects / Activities: 

• the concept of European civilisation • national stereotypes and issues of neighbourhood in an international context • national identity in the context of globalisation • cultural dialogue • collective memory • the multicultural nature of Central Europe Poland's place in Europe • cultural heritage and a new philosophy for its protection • the concept of the historic city • culture and development • the place of culture in society The above mentioned themes and many more are the basis of the following activities of the ICC: seminars, conferences, lectures, debates, summer schools, the post-graduate programme, research projects, exhibitions, publications, international projects.