From the very beginning, the Malta Foundation’s mission has been to promote culture and to support the creation of exceptional artistic phenomena. The major project which has been going on since 1991 is the Malta Festival Poznań (Malta International Theatre Festival), one of the biggest festivals of this type in our part of Europe. The Malta has always filled the outdoor settings of Poznań, the streets, squares, courtyards and the shores of Lake Malta (from which it took its name), with theatre and music. By “going out to the streets” the Festival has attracted thousands of viewers and has turned the city into a huge stage. For years, the Malta has been absorbing a great variety of theatre trends and, apart from street shows,. it has been inviting viewers to see smaller and less obvious forms. We also continuously expand the music and dance theme at the Malta.
The Malta Foundation supports young artists: every year, within the New Situations Competition, it produces five shows from new performative artists. Furthermore, it initiates and is involved in co-productions with both Polish companies (Usta Usta Republika) and international ones (Compagnia Pippo Delbono).
In 2010, two decades after the first edition of Malta, Idioms will become an essentials element of the new programme strategy stemming from the founding thought to introduce the broad audience not only to phenomena that are beautiful or spectacular, but also to the ones that are significant, too. Idioms originated from the need to create the sphere of research in the Malta space, a specific laboratory which would allow us to describe violent changes the world is now expose to. We would like to look at these changes through selected artistic phenomena, and communicate them in a cross-disciplinary way.
The „Malta Idioms” project refers indirectly to the linguistic source. Idioms aim to identify important and innovate phenomena in the language of contemporary culture. Structurally, they will form an odyssey through the subjects with stages or parts being revealed at the successive stops. Seemingly apart phenomena: Flemish Theatre (Malta Festival 2010), Excluded (2011), Asian Investments (2012), are in fact carriers of a similar intensive energy, a potential of transgression, revolt and change. The route of that specific journey is subordinate to the need of phenomenological experience and cognition of reality – looking at it from different perspectives, in an equally right way, rejecting pre-judgments, required knowledge, and instead taking the risk of understanding the deeper side.
Moreover, the Foundation also produces the Nostalgia Festival Poznań which focuses on excellent albeit less known renditions of contemporary music.
Within our work we also closely collaborate with the City of Poznań. This includes the organisation of Poznań’s largest cultural event, the Malta Festival, as well as concerts which are part of the Poznań for the Earth Campaign. These have included the concerts of Nelly Furtado, Radiohead, Manu Chao and Faith No More which the Malta Foundation produced.
ART STATIONS FOUNDATION
Art Stations Foundation’s philosophy is to build a program for an institution to both promote an appreciation of culture and the arts and hold art exhibitions and dance performances within a commercial space, using Stary Browar (The Old Brewery) as a venue to bring these two aspects together. Based on this formula, Stary Browar has been transformed into a permanent site for the harmonious coexistence of contemporary art and business.
CENTRUM KULTURY ZAMEK
”Zamek” Culture Centre in Poznań is one of the largest institutions of its kind in Poland. Each year, over 200 thousand people take part in several hundred different cultural events: exhibitions, concerts, film shows, theatrical performances, meetings, or educational workshops. There is, however, a certain methodology behind this variety: the “Zamek” specializes in interdisciplinary events which employ almost all spaces for exhibitions, concerts, film reviews and meetings. These are presentations of particular artists’ work, e.g.:
“Dali na Zamku” [Dali at the Castle], or other nations’ cultures: “Dania na Zamku” [Denmark at the Castle], “Brit Fest”, “Dekada Kultury Belgii Francuskojezycznej” [A Decade of Francophone Belgian Culture]. Every other year we organize “Poznan Poetow” [Poet’s Poznan] Festival, while every three years – International Sculpture Triennial. With our programme intended for a wide variety of audiences, we collaborate with numerous local, national and international cultural centres and organizations.
CENTRUM SZTUKI DZIECKA
Children’s Art Centre organizes artistic and educational activities for children, supports professional creation of culture for the youngest, promotes art that is modern and touches the kind of problems that are relevant to our audience. Every child is a partner in a conversation, mediated through art, about important issues. Art for children also means intelligent fun and entertainment. What brings art closer to children is their own creativity, especially when it is supported by cooperation-oriented artists.
Estrada Poznańska promotes the most interesting phenomena in culture and art, both Polish and international. It specialises in the organisation of cultural events: from exhibitions, concerts and meetings with artists through performance art projects and cabarets to extraordinary theatre shows. Its goal is to provide the residents of Poznań, the tourists who visit the city and students with entertainment associated with regularly occurring events, e.g. Made in Jazz or Szkolne Konfrontacje ze Sztuką (School Confronts Art). Estrada Poznańska collaborates with cultural institutions, i.e. foundations, local government institutions, non-governmental organisations etc. from other towns in Poland and Europe. This results in a more complete promotion of local projects and artists as well as a wider audience.
GALERIA MIEJSKA ARSENAŁ
Arsenał specialises in exhibitions and publishing. It organises educational meetings and publishes PUNKT, a web art magazine. Its focus is on interdisciplinary activities which make the gallery reach out to areas of culture beyond contemporary art. Arsenał also works with research and cultural institutions in Poznań. The gallery’s main goals are to develop creative approaches and stimulate critical reflection, to promote Polish and international art and to provide a platform for exchanging thoughts with other cultural institutions in Poznań.
The Polish Book Institute is a national institution established by the Polish Ministry of Culture. It has been running in Kraków since January 2004. The Institute aims to popularise books and reading within Poland, as well as to promote Polish literature worldwide. These aims are accomplished by promoting the best Polish books and their authors, organising study visits for translators and foreign publishers, increasing the number of translations from Polish into foreign languages, making information on Polish books and the Polish publishing market accessible to foreign consumers. The Book Institute organises literary programmes to promote Polish books at international book fairs, appearances by Polish writers at literary festivals, and within the scope of programmes designed to promote Polish culture worldwide, it publishes catalogues of “New Books from Poland”.
SCHOOL OF FORM
School of Form is a newly established international higher school of design, which accepted its first students in October 2011. The school is located in Poznań, Poland. The full-time studies last 4 years and the graduates receive a bachelor’s degree in design awarded by Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities. The innovative concept of School of Form involves a combination of teaching practical design skills and humanistic understanding of the world. Knowledge about the condition of modern man, his roots, traditions and material culture, awareness of social phenomena and mechanisms that govern human behavior and society today are basic tools for a designer the same way as the knowledge of the latest multimedia technologies and crafts.
UNIWERSYTET ARTYSTYCZNY W POZNANIU
The Poznan University of Arts has been in existence for over 90 years. It was established in 1919 as the School of Decorative Arts and was later transformed into the State Institute of Art. The school has always been a melting-pot for various concepts and many disciplines of art, from classical to contemporary, and never has a single artistic, designing or aesthetic doctrine been allowed to prevail.
UNIWERSYTET IM. ADAMA MICKIEWICZA
Adam Mickiewicz University is one of the leading academic centres in Poland. AMU is strongly dedicated to creating high-standard educational opportunities. The University serves 51,500 students with 14 faculties offering BA, MA and PhD programmes. Students who know Polish can choose from over 170 majors. The University professors coordinate or are partners in 18 research projects funded by the European Union Framework Programmes 6 and 7. AMU researchers are currently implementing 451 projects funded by the Polish Ministry of Science. Almost every AMU Faculty offers independent research options. In 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008, Poland’s National Conference of Doctoral Students awarded AMU the title of the Best Institution of Higher Education in Poland.
WYŻSZA SZKOŁA NAUK HUMANISTYCZNYCH I DZIENNIKARSTWA
WSNHiD (the College of the Humanities and Journalism) is a private college founded in 1996 in Poznań. Apart from its educational function it is also a venue for challenging artistic and cultural projects, international scientific conferences and meetings with renowned figures from the world of science, culture, politics and the media. An important activity among WSNHiD’s operations is to inspire and support local cultural initiatives. Our repertoire has included a number of festival shows and projects, including those of the Malta Festival, the No Women No Art Festival, the Animator Festival and the Transatlantyk Film Festival (co-organised by A. P. Kaczmarek), as well as concerts presenting the great legacy of Chicago Jazz, MADE IN CHICAGO, and the International Flamenco Festival.