Sarah is a London-based photographer working mainly in the arts and documentary field. Her practice is often concerned with the role of the arts and artists in a wider social context. She is currently working on a number of projects exploring migration, displacement and refugees - initiatives and collaborations that reach across boundaries, that focus on ‘connections’ rather than ‘difference’.
She has made several trips to the refugee camps in Northern France with The Calais Sessions. The Calais Sessions is a collective of musicians and music industry professionals from the UK who travel to the camps with an array of instruments and sound gear to facilitate an informal space for sharing music. They connect with musicians there, set up a makeshift studio, and for a few hours the universal language of music connects, builds friendships, and provides some respite from the harsh reality of daily life in the Jungle.
Marie Le Sourd is, since 2012, the secretary general of On the Move, the cultural mobility information network active in Europe and worldwide. From 1999 to 2006 she was in charge of programme in the Cultural Exchange Department of the Asia-Europe Foundation based in Singapore (ASEF), particularly in the fields of young artists’ exchange, development of cultural policies and networks of cultural professionals. In September 2006 she joined for five years the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, working as the director of the French Cultural Centre in Yogyakarta (Indonesia).
Jakob Schlögl (22) studies instrumental pedagogics for violoncello, teaching training for musical education and German at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna (hmdw). In his childhood he obtained a wide and varied musical education. Since 2013 he has been attending university. Besides his pedagogical studies he is functionary of the hmdw, the Austrian students Association of the University of Music and Performing Arts. In this function he is responsible for several themes of cultural and educational policy. Since September in 2015 he organizes the project “Zusammenklänge“, an initiative launched by the hmdw together with the university a year ago. Within the project by now more than 80 young refugees obtain professional instrumental lessons from voluntary working students of the pedagogical studies. Jakob Schlögl himself also teaches violoncello within the project.
Berenika Nikodemska currently works as coordinator for the Artist-in-Residence Programme A-i-R Wro, that runs in the frame of the European Capital of Culture Wroclaw 2016. She is a graduate of Serbian and Croatian Philology and the postgraduate studies ‘Manager of Culture in Cooperation of Regions of the European Union” at the University of Wroclaw. As a coordinator of international projects, producer and translator, she cooperated, among others, with the Avant Art Foundation, where she was responsible for organising the Avant Art Festival, debates and performative projects taking part in this framework, as well as of overseeing cooperations with foreign and national partners. She worked also, among others, on realising the European Culture Congress in Wroclaw, the International Theatre Festivals ‘Dialog’, the Stage Songs Reviews and the ISCM World Music Days Wroclaw 2014 festival.