The ECoC 2029 Consultative Council is an advisory body, supporting the KMO in the development of the application. Its task is to design the ECOC 2029 program with particular emphasis on proposals for systemic changes and/or regarding cultural policy in the broadest sense. The Council will also give its opinion on projects and proposals for the ECoC 2029 program submitted by residents and their respective communities.

In keeping with the principle that no one is a prophet in his own country, and blocking the temptations of vested interests, the members of the Council will be primarily people from outside the narrowly defined community of animators and entertainers of culture.

After all, in line with the ideas of the competition for the ECoC, culture should be looked at broadly. Culture is a tool for building community, a sense of belonging, security. Culture is also supposed to pose questions and point out problems. Culture is one of the foundations that create the prosperity of cities.

In the first year of the council’s operation, we invited representatives of activist communities from such fields as – urban planning, architecture, public transportation, ecology, design or economics. In subsequent years (2024 +), the council will be expanded through an open competition.

Michalina Bednarek - a graduate of Polish philology at the University of Silesia, journalism at the University of Wroclaw and humanitarian aid studies at the University of Warsaw. By day a journalist for Gazeta Wyborcza, activist, co-founder of Zupa w Kato - an action to help people in poverty crisis.

Michalina Bednarek

Andrzej Bogdanowicz - a community worker and activist for 30 years. He has a secondary vocational education, although he has been retired for 5 years he is still socially active. Originator and founder of the Association of MS patients, and president of the association for more than 20 years. Creator of the Rehabilitation Center for MS patients. Co-founder of the Silesian KAFOS Forum.

Andrzej Bogdanowicz

Agnieszka Bugno-Janik - PhD in architectural engineering. She works as an academic teacher, architect, urban planner, and is involved in scientific research, teaching work at the Faculty of Architecture of the Silesian University of Technology, and inclusive design for residents.

Agnieszka Bugno-Janik

Magdalena Cielecka - Master of Cultural Studies in Electronic Information Processing and Film Studies: video game design. Head of Production at Anshar Studios. For more than 10 years she has been working in positions related to the production of digital games. Lecturer at WSE in Krakow (Game Design).

Magdalena Cielecka

Dagmara Gumkowska - graduate of Cultural Studies, Postgraduate Studies in Journalism and Media Communication and Postgraduate Studies in Management in Culture, Art and Cultural Tourism. International cooperation and impresariat specialist at the Silesian Theater; program curator of the OPEN THE DOOR International Festival.

Dagmara Gumkowska

Karolina Jakoweńko - Będzin-Bytomian, graduate of cultural studies at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin and "Jewish World" studies at Jagiellonian University. Guide, president of the Cukerman's Gate Foundation, manager of the Upper Silesian Jewish Remembrance House, a branch of the Museum in Gliwice.

Karolina Jakoweńko

Waldemar Jan - graduate of social sciences and political science at the University of Silesia and postgraduate studies in negotiation and mediation at the Upper Silesian Academy. He works at the Association Factory of Local Initiatives. For nearly 25 years he has been professionally associated with Katowice's Nikiszowice, where (and about which) he revitalizes, presides, educates, creates, manages...

Waldemar Jan

Arnika Kluska - political scientist, civil servant, Silesian at heart. She has collaborated with Szlakiem Zabytków Techniki and Industriada. Street screamer, feminist, activist for the LGBTQ+ community. Social activist, co-organized Manifa, black protests and equality marches in Katowice. Member of the collective Silesia Przegięty.

Arnika Kluska

Justyna Szklarczyk-Lauer - Doctor of Fine Arts in design arts. An academic teacher, professionally she is most interested in data visualization and graphic design. She has educated about 100 graduate students who defended at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice and the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ostrava.

Justyna Szklarczyk-Lauer

Dominik Tokarski - a sociologist, works as an accountant and is also an entrepreneur - he co-runs the bistro "Frykasy" and also online stores: Katowice KATO and saucer YY. Outside of work, he is active in the third sector as head of the NEON Katowice Foundation, which is a continuation of the neon project once carried out under the My City Association.

Dominik Tokarski

Przemysław Walas - z wykształcenia koordynator projektów. Działacz na rzecz społeczności LGBT+ i praw człowieka, prezes Stowarzyszenia Tęcza. Pracował jako specjalista ds. komunikacji marketingowej w agencji Pan Pikto PR. Dwa bezpośrednio realizowane przez niego projekty zdobyły Złote Spinacze - najważniejsze nagrody branży PR w Polsce.

Przemysław Walas

Piotr Wójcik - master's degree in political science, journalist, publicist, writer. Member of the editorial board of Krytyka Polityczna, regular contributor to Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Tygodnik Powszechny and Przewodnik Katolicki, author of the "Metropolia" series of crime novels.

Piotr Wójcik

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