Save the date! May 15 and 24, 2019

Symposium and Launch Session
– New cross-border network and cultural catalyzer

Please accept the invitation to the international symposium dealing with cultural exchange, networking in the field of culture and the cultural impact on the local environment. The symposium is one highlight of the cross-border project of the cultural initiatives GEH8 (Dresden, Germany) and Public Hall Hraničář (Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic).


Symposium registration


The newly developed, cross-border network connects professional artists and cultural managers in the Bohemian-Saxonian border region in order to promote the positioning of independent art and culture in the regional development. The network is designed as communication platform offering all members a professional environment, consulting, training, exchange of experience and the opportunity to implement own projects.

The symposium will be held in Czech and German language with interpreters. The symposium is open for public. Admission is free of charge.

/ 1. turn /
May 15, 2019 / GEH8, Gehestr. 8, 01127 Dresden (DE)

Cultural exchange and cross-border networks in the region

Open talk sessions and networking

Presentation of the network and actors

Discussion panel:Cross-border cultural relations in the Saxonian-Bohemian region in the past and present

from 18:00
KATALYZATOR meets Trans Europe Halles (TEH) - Get-together, open bar and campfire

→ Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen (Pixelache Festival, Helsinki): Cultural networks and communication strategies
→ Michel Quéré (TEH, Lund, tbc): Cultural networks, organisational structures and capacitiy building
→ Lenka Nemravová (exhibition „Saxony Bohemia 7000“, smac, Chemnitz and National Gallery, Prague), Alexander Pehlemann (Zonic Magazine & Neue Sorbische Kunst, Leipzig) and Petr Karlíček (City Archive, Ústí nad Labem, tbc) with moderation by Christina Frankenberg (Czech Centre, Berlin): Historical cultural relations between Saxony and Bohemia

Das Symposium wird begleitet von einem Kulturprogramm – freuen Sie sich auf künstlerische Interventionen und Performances vor Ort.

The symposium is a pre-event of TEH 87, a conference of Trans Europe Halles hosted by Zentralwerk, Dresden, May 16
– 19, 2019. More info:

/ 2. turn /
May 24, 2019 / Hraničář, Prokopad Diviše 1812, Ústí nad Labem (CZ)

Socio-economic impact of cultural organizations

Morning session 10 am –12 pm

  • Mirek Koranda – Kuprospěchu, Cultural affects on the region — Case studies from abroad.
  • Dita EibenováPlato Ostrava, Ostrava and the European Capital of Culture.
  • Ondřej Hrab – Divadlo Archa, Where is the center? Export or Collaboration?
  • Tereza RaabováCulture Matters, Why and how can we measure impact of (cultural) projects?

Lunch break 12 – 1 pm

Afternoon session 1 –3:30 pm

  • Barbora Tóthová, How a cultural network works in Slovakia.
  • Katarína ĎuricováTrans Europe Halles, Presentation of Trans Europe Halles.
  • Presentation of network actors
    → GEH8 (Dresden)
    → Ahoj Nazdar Čau (Liberec)
    → Kino Ostrov (Litoměřice)
    → Litho Lito (Litoměřice)
    → Kino Varšava (Liberec)
    → Deska Gallery (Ústí nad Labem)
    → Zentrallwerk (Dresden)
    → Riesa efau (Dresden)
    → Kunstbauerkino / Neisse Film Festival (Großhennersdorf)

  • Kick-off: Katalyzator!

The symposium is followed by the local Museum night in Ústí 2019! – you can look forward to theatre performances, video projection on the street, classical music concert, art interventions, workshops and much more.

Creativity has an unique value which is measurable

The forum for cooperation in the field of culture is the Czech-German initiative between GEH8 Kunstraum und Ateliers e.V. and Veřejný sál Hraničář, association. We associate the professionals of independent art and cultural organisations in the north-west Bohemia and Saxony. Our goal is to create a long-term forum (cultural network) that we would both interact with and encourage each other.


The forum is kicked-off with the following steps

(1) Research – visits in the region

spring — summer 2018

The first project phase serves us to get to know each other and to explore the region. That’s why we undertake the adventure mapping the arts and culture scene on-site and go for research trips. We visit spots and venues, encounter and talk with its makers and actors behind the scenes.

(2) Sharing and learningworkshops

autumn 2018 – winter 2019

The second project phase serves us to learn from each other and to exchange on our experiences, expertises and future visions. That’s why we run two workshop series hold in Northern Bohemia and Saxony.

(3) Cooperation – public symposium

spring 2019

The final stage of the project will be a public symposium, with a part hold in Dresden and Ústí nad Labem. We design a series of events such as panels, artistic interventions and performances in order to bring our publics, communities and societies closely together. We address perspectives to develop a long-term network cluster and kick off specific follow-up projects.


Project coordination
Christine Rahn

GEH8 Kunstraum und Ateliers e. V.
Gehestraße 8
01127 Dresden

Paul Elsner

Veřejný sál Hraničář, spolek
Prokopa Diviše 1812/7
400 01 Ústí nad Labem

Aleš Loziak



The is funded by the means of the European Union and by the Czech-German Future Fund.