Centrala Berlin e.V. is an organization in Berlin affiliated with Centrala Birmingham (UK). Set up in 2014 Centrala Birmingham has gone onto establish itself as a nationally and internationally recognized center for Central and Eastern European art and artists. The mission of Centrala Berlin e.V. as in Birmingham is all-embracing: we are powerful advocates for social integration, bringing together diverse audiences to share, explore, debate and connect with high-quality art and events. Our vision is a society where Central and Eastern European communities are integrated and welcomed in every country in Europe, and where Central and Eastern European arts and culture are understood and recognized nationally and internationally.
Founder & Director
Associate Professor of Migration Studies at Bard College Berlin and a co-founder of migART, a repository of activist, research, and teaching projects engaging with migration through creative and collaborative methods. Agata Lisiak was previously a researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences at Humboldt University in Berlin, a Marie Curie Actions fellow at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna as well as a program coordinator and curator at various cultural institutions in Berlin including the House of World Cultures. Originally from Poland and based in Berlin since 2005, Agata works at the intersections of migration studies, urban sociology, and cultural studies and has published on urban cultures in Central and Eastern Europe, migration from Eastern to Western Europe, representations of women and girls in popular culture, and creative methods in social research. You can access her list of publications here.
Founder & Director
Cultural Manager & Curator
Cultural Manager and Curator based in Berlin. Berenika gained professional experience in various cultural institutions in Berlin: Polish Cultural Institute, Akademie der Künste, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart among others. She has a Master Degree in Art History and History from Freie Universität Berlin as also a Master Degree in Cultural and Media Management from the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg. Most recently she works for a project that promotes the development of ideas that strengthen national film industries in Central and Eastern Europe in a structural form (SOFA – School of Film Advancement). She curated different shows with the focus on art from eastern and central Europe like: Festival “Polenbegeisterungswelle – Cultural Topographies of Polish Berlin” at Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin 2017 (with Iwona Bigos and Jagna Anderson) and with Karolina Majewska-Güde “Ewa Partum. My Gallery is an Idea. Galeria Adres Archive“ at Galeria Studio, Warsaw/Poland, 2019. She is also the Program Director of the ARTUM Foundation in Poland and a Board Member of Agit Polska – Polish-German Initiative for Cooperation.
Founder & Director
Founder and director of Centrala and the Polish Expats Association in Birmingham (UK), a non-profit organisation set up in 2009 to support integration of Central and Eastern European (CEE) migrant communities and promotion of Central and Eastern European art and culture. Alicja’s dedication to community development, social action and social justice, is rooted in years of professional experience and involvement in promotion of equality and human rights. Alicja has a degree in Sociology from Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland and an MA in Social Policy from the University of Birmingham. In 2014 Centrala has been launched and under Alicja’s leadership, it carved its way to become an internationally recognised centre for CEE artists. It’s the only publicly-funded gallery of its kind in the UK and the only organisation providing advocacy for CEE artists outside of London.
Karolina Majewska-Güde, Sophia Tabatadze,
Tinatin Gurgenidze, Mereike Wenzel