FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, SILESIAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY - main organizer

The Faculty of Architecture is the main institution educating architects and urbanists in the region of Upper Silesia and one of the best-established schools of architecture in Poland. The Faculty of Architecture of the Silesian University of Technology (Wydział Architektury Politechniki Śląskiej) is proud to be continuation of the pre-war Faculty of Architecture of the Lviv Polytechnic (Politechnika Lwowska), one of the oldest and most distinguished scientific and technical academic institutions in pre-WWII Poland and Central Europe. The Silesian University of Technology, then known as the Silesian Polytechnic, has offered architecture programmes nearly since its establishment in 1945 (whereupon it was known as Silesian Polytechnic), initially (starting in 1949) within the Architecture Division of the Faculty of Engineering and Construction, then within the Faculty of Construction and Architecture, and finally, since 1997, within the autonomous Faculty of Architecture.

The Faculty of Architecture has been widely known for its role in fostering the Silesian School of Architecture recognized for its rational and functional approach, rooted in the rich tradition of the industrial and largely urban Silesian region. The “School” is currently one of the most influential and inspiring circles of architects in Poland. Since 1996, the Faculty has also been a centre of qualitative research in architecture, establishing the highly-reputed Silesian School of Qualitative Research. The Faculty is recognized as one of the top schools of architecture in yearly national university rankings, both in terms of academic research and practical education.

MUZEUM ŚLĄSKIE

Bound by the heritage of the region, its historical dynamics, its numerous cultures and the leading role of industry, and yet recognizing Silesia’s intellectual and artistic background, Muzeum Śląskie provides a space for dialogue with the past and the achievements of modernity to further explore Silesia, Poland and Europe. 

We are inspired by the heritage of Silesia: its intellectual and artistic achievements and its rich multicultural history. Our venue at the former mining site points to the significant role that the industry has played in the region. We have turned the former coal mine into a cultural mine, and, 14 metres below the ground level, have provided access to rich and diverse collections. The depths of the Earth now contain the Gallery of Polish Art 1800–1945, the Gallery of Polish Art after the Year 1945, the Gallery of Silesian Religious Art and the Gallery of Non-Professional Art, as well as a hugely popular exhibition “The Light of History: Upper Silesia over the Ages.” The exhibition of set design for film and theatre: “Laboratory of Space: The Past in the Present” is a truly unique show at Centrum Scenografii Polskiej.

The underground space also includes educational rooms, a library with a reading room, an auditorium with 320 seats, an educational corner for children and space for temporary exhibitions that is 12.5 m high.

After exploring the riches of the depths of Muzeum Śląskie, you might want to have a look at Katowice from quite a different angle offered by our observation tower. The observation platform is located 40 metres above the ground. The former Warszawa II shaft offers views of the entire Culture Zone and the city skyline.

Along with the adjacent park, Muzeum Śląskie’s venue located at ul. T. Dobrowolskiego 1 in the Culture Zone is an ideal space for debates about the region, educational activities, and film screenings, music festivals, sports tournaments and family walks. We have created a contemporary agora, where every meeting is possible.

Closely observing reality and sensitive to the needs of Silesia’s inhabitants and the challenges ahead, we create events that drive local and regional growth.

Muzeum Śląskie has come to be the region’s most important cultural centre, an essential part of Silesia’s social life and a major voice on Poland’s cultural map.

THE INSTITUTE OF CULTURAL AND INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF SILESIA Co-organizer

The Institute of Cultural and Interdisciplinary Studies (Instytut Nauk o Kulturze i Studiów Interdyscyplinarnych, INKSI) was established in 1991 as the Institute of Cultural Studies of the Department of Philology of the University of Silesia (Uniwersytet Śląski). Its name was changed to the Institute of Cultural and Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Silesia 21 years later to more accurately reflect the scope of research conducted by this academic unit, probing cultural issues from the perspective of academic disciplines as diverse as media studies, anthropology, communication studies, aesthetics, theatre studies, literature studies and film studies.

From its very beginning, the Institute has been known for its wide and active collaboration with local, domestic and foreign academic institutions, conducting and championing interdisciplinary cultural research, holding events such as conferences, symposia and art festivals, participating in distinguished publishing projects, promoting the Silesian region in Poland and abroad, and fostering education in cultural studies.
Cultural studies were introduced as a separate discipline into the University of Silesia in the mid 1970s to mark and accommodate the rising interest in comprehensive research in all culture-related issues. The scope of interests of the faculty members of the Cultural Studies Department warranted an autonomous critically-informed academic programme within the humanities framework. Over the years, Silesian cultural studies have become a trademark, recognized for its unique blend of anthropological reflection with a comprehensive approach to media of various generations.

Regionalny Instytut Kultury in Katowice (Regional Institute of Culture in Katowice)

Regional Institute of Culture (RIC) is a cultural facility of the Silesian voivodeship’s self-government. The facility was established by the Act of Silesian Regional Assembly from 18 April 2016. It was a merger of two other already existing facilities - the Regionalny Ośrodek Kultury in Katowice and the Śląskie Centrum Dziedzictwa Kulturowego (Silesian Center of Cultural Heritage).

Regional Institute of Culture in Katowice is a voivodeship self-government cultural facility of a disseminating, and research and development character. Some of the Institute’s tasks are: conducting cultural research and projects (e.g. analysis of the condition of culture), keeping record of maintenance, developing innovative sociocultural stimulation programs, cultural education, organizing training in the scope of organization and direction of cultural activities, promotion and protection of the regional cultural legacy, publishing house operations, and creating cooperation networks which integrate subjects of the cultural industries.

Regional Institute of Culture in Katowice issues the quarterly magazine Fabryka Silesia.

It supports creation and implementation of culture-related projects, and helps with fundraising for cultural activities. RIC also provides training and consulting services, organizes various educational and artistic events, and co-organizes and provides technical assistance to numerous festivals, competitions and other events taking place in Silesia.

Targets of their offer are: cultural and artistic facilities, local self-government units, broadly defined cultural and creative industries staff, initiators, instructors, trainers, freelancers, independent artistic groups, culture-related NGOs, and academic community.