City of the Future in Lublin
The debate organised by the Polityka weekly and titled City of the Future / Laboratory Lublin was inspired by the approaching end of the celebration of European Capital of Culture 2016 and the 700th anniversary of founding Lublin. These events were taken as pretexts for thinking about the future of culture in Lublin, whose dynamic development in recent years was stimulated by the decision to compete for the ECoC title, which motivated huge involvement of local artists, inhabitants and municipal authorities. In spite of failing to achieve this aim, the effects of the race have become a permanent elements of Lublin’s cultural space. The debate was an opportunity for reflecting about the effects of this process and the first step in the preparations to organise the Lublin Culture Congress. Among the participants in the discussion following Edwin Bendyk’s lecture were: Justyna Król (Pracownia Miejska in Konin), Agnieszka Ziętek (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin), Krzysztof Żuk (mayor of Lublin) and Waldemar Tatarczuk (director of the Labirynt Gallery).
The second part of the meeting was a workshop. The participants’ aim was to create an outline of the city map showing the most important phenomena, processes, subjects and problems. Both the tags and the empty spaces – the areas absent from the consciousness and cultural discourse – can become the foundation for a debate about the city’s resources needed for development and the role of culture in unearthing them.