26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Jihlava – European Capital of Culture?

Panel discussion on the city’s prospective candidacy


September 2022 is the deadline for Czech cities to apply for the title of European Capital of Culture 2028. A number of cities have started intensive preparations for candidacy (Brno, České Budějovice, Liberec, Broumov), and others are considering it. Will Jihlava accept the challenge? What could the candidacy and the potential victory bring in terms of culture, tourism, education and the overall development of the city and the whole region? Together with the panellists, we will try to find answers to these and other questions, and identify the risks and challenges of the whole process. The guests will include political representatives of the Statutory City of Jihlava, the Vysočina Region, representatives of Pilsen, the 2015 title holder, representatives of the Slovak candidate city Hlohovec and independent experts.



Martin Baxa

Mayor of Pilsen and Vice-Chairman of the ODS party. He is qualified as a lecturer on history and geography for secondary schools with a diploma from Masaryk University in Brno. Until his election as a Member of Parliament, he taught geography at the grammar school on Mikulášské náměstí in Plzeň and, even during his public functions, he always kept a part-time job as a teacher. After the local elections in 2010, he was elected Mayor of Pilsen. After the 2014 elections, he held the post of 1st Deputy Mayor for Culture, Tourism, Heritage Protection and the project Pilsen – European Capital of Culture 2015. Since October 2017 he has been a Member of Parliament and since 2018 he has again been the Mayor of Pilsen.


Karolína Koubová

Mayor of Jihlava. She graduated in Theatre Management at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts Brno (JAMU). She systematically honed her management skills in subsequent training programmes. She also gained foreign experience by studying in Finland at Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences, majoring in Business Management. Since 2009, she has dedicated herself to the DIOD theatre space, for which she prepared the production plan and which she has managed and successfully developed since its opening in 2011. Since 2014, she has been gaining political experience and she was successful with the Forum Jihlava initiative in local elections. Since 2018, she has been the Mayor of Jihlava.


Veronika Moravčíková

Artistic director of the Hlohovec2026 candidacy and a curator. She studied Cultural Studies at the Department of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, where she worked as an Assistant Professor until 2020. She is currently the Head of the Municipal Cultural Centre in Hlohovec and was the artistic director of the Hlohovec candidacy for the title of European Capital of Culture for 2026. She also works as a curator (Galerie na schodech in Nitra and Municipal Gallery in Hlohovec) and producer at the Nové divadlo in Nitra, which she also co-founded.


Magdalena Müllerová

She works in the Creative Europe Office at IDU and promotes the Creative Europe programme of the European Union in the Czech Republic, consults on international cultural projects and works on strategic planning of various organisations. She has initiated a series of debates and lectures on current topics for cultural professionals called Střed zájmu and a management programme focused on strategic planning of cultural organisations at the IDU Academy. 


Vítězslav Schrek

The Governor of the Vysočina Region. He comes from Znojmo in South Moravia, but he has considered the Vysočina Region his second home for many years. He studied Special Education at Charles University in Prague. Until 2003, he was engaged in a private business, and following an offer to work for social services he became a project manager and deputy director of Jihlava Regional Charity. In the years 2014 to 2019 he worked as a director of the Home for the Elderly in Velké Meziříčí. Since 2006, he has been a representative of the statutory town of Jihlava, and in 2020 he was elected Governor of the Vysočina Region.


Petr Šimon

Coordinator and programme manager of teams Pilsen 2015, Novi Sad 2022, and Tampere 2026 teams. Born in Karlovy Vary, his passion is French literature and language, and Basque culture. He is the president of the Alliance Française de Pilsen. Since 2008, he has been continuously involved in activities related to the European Capitals of Culture, where he is particularly dealing with issues of European and international relevance and cooperation. Among other city initiatives, he has worked for the ECOC Pilsen 2015, Novi Sad 2022, and Finnish candidate city Tampere. Recently, his steps have often lead to Liberec, as he is part of their candidate team for ECoC 2028. On top of that, he works at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen being in charge of activities related to the preparation of the Equal Opportunities Plan.


Moderated by

Roman Černík

Co-author and initiator of the Pilsen 2015 project. The long-term focus of his work is on the intersections and relationships between art and education. He teaches at the University of West Bohemia and at Prague’s Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU). In 1998, he co-founded the JOHAN Centre for Cultural and Social Projects in Pilsen (a registered institute) where he works as a director. The centre runs Moving Station, an open community space for culture education and community activities. He is also consistently involved in cultural policy, and has participated in the development of cultural strategies for the cities of Pilsen, Písek, Plná and Mělník.  As a producer, dramaturge and occasional performer, he has been involved in a number of theatre projects in the Czech Republic and abroad.


In cooperation with Brána Jihlavy.


Czech language only

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