Cultural Exchange Year

Polen and Germany meet at a carpet rail

In an interdisciplinary festival of contemporary arts, artists from Poland and the land of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) presented themselves to a broad public in 2012. “Klopsztanga”, the carpet rail (Silesian-German: “Klopfstange“), a traditional a meeting point for young people in Polish neighbourhoods, served a the symbol for the inter-cultural encounter. Katharina Jarzombek coordinated the cultural exchange programme with international partners for the NRW KULTURsekretariat Wuppertal.

In collaboration with the Instytut Adama Mickiewicza (IAM), Warsaw and the Polish Institute Düsseldorf Katharina Jarzombek developed a programme with more than sixty events in twenty cities in NRW. She also got the media project “Escape Enter Space” off the ground, enabling young people from NRW and Poland to artistically explore new media.