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The seminar programme is curated by Miki Braniște and facilitated by Laura Panait

Miki Braniște is cultural manager and curator for performing arts and interdisciplinary projects, president of Colectiv A Association and was the director of the Festival TEMPS D’IMAGES from Cluj starting with 2008 till 2017. Between 2009 and 2019, she was a member of the board & president (for 2 years) of Fabrica de Pensule (Paintbrush Factory). She actively participated in the strategy of this cultural center for contemporary arts in Cluj Napoca, Romania and was also curator for the performing arts program at Fabrica de Pensule. Miki is currently a PhD student and associate professor of the Faculty of Theater and Film developing a research on cultural policies.

She is interested in art as a development tool of the community in which she activates. Preoccupied by the economic, social-political and environmental transformations that occur within the global society, she is involved in projects together with artists inspired by the need to re-imagine our futures.

In November 2015 she received the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture for her activity to support the independent performing arts sector in Romania. In 2016 she received the prize for interdisciplinary projects from the Administration of the National Cultural Fund and the prize for the support for contemporary dance from The National Center for Contemporary dance. In 2018 she was nominated for Theater prize at Gala Awards Radio Romania Cultural.

Lala Panait was born in 1983 in Bucharest. She was educated, professionally and personally in Cluj for 18 years. She is trained as an Urban Anthropologist with a Master’s degree in independent culture within the European Capitals of Culture and continued with a PhD researching art interventions in the Romanian and German public spaces. Lala understood the role of art, local culture and activism for contemporary Romanian and European cities through organizing events and cultural interventions locally and internationally, through her active presence within European networks dedicated to art and the city but also within Colectiv A Association – the Temps d’Images festival and other events at the Paint Factory. From 2012-2019 she dedicated herself to the work in the neighborhood by coordinating the only neighbourhood initiative in Cluj – „La Terenuri/At the playgrounds – Common space in Mănăștur”, a successfull story of community and urban policies development: co-designing a park together with the community and the authorities.

The walking guided tours she is also organizing (“Trăiește Orașul! Live the City!”) are another form of understanding of our cities and society in a participative way.

Having also the background of strategic planning facilitator, consultant and project evaluator to various NGO’s and Community Foundations in Romania, she is currently living in Brașov and helping civic and cultural initiatives to grow more sustainable. She is also working with Inspire Change to consolidate philanthropic leadership.