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DoFA’ 2016 Lower Silesian Architecture Festival

DoFA’ 2016 Lower Silesian Architecture Festival

Date: 7–14 October 2016

Venue: New Horizons Cinema, Museum of Architecture in Wrocław, Faculty of Architecture of the Wrocław University of Technology, the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts, municipalities of Lower Silesia

Admission: free (some events require previous registration); ticketed film screenings

More details at:  www.wroclaw.sarp.org.pl/pl/dofa/

The DoFA Lower Silesian Architecture Festival was originally initiated by SARP Wrocław in 2011 as an annual project. DoFA comprises interdisciplinary events intended to address the largest audience possible, including exhibitions of competition works, problem-specific exhibitions, lectures delivered by specialists and public debates in which they participate, seminars or visits to interesting facilities in selected Lower Silesian towns. The related events will include film screenings, concerts, workshops for children and young people, performance projects in the public space and many others.

Besides the pursuit of the main programme goal, namely promotion of high quality public space, DoFA is intended to diagnose and document the region’s creative architectural output and promote activity in the sphere of architecture as cultural activity. It honours exemplary accomplishments in the area of architecture, urban development and related fields of expertise, and highlights the wide spectrum of problems connected with spatial planning. One of its main objectives is to draw the attention of local communities towards their environment and encourage them to take part in its development.

DoFA comprises interdisciplinary events intended to address the largest audience possible, including exhibitions of competition works, problem-specific exhibitions, lectures delivered by specialists and public debates in which they participate, seminars or visits to interesting facilities in selected Lower Silesian towns. The related events will include film screenings, concerts, workshops for children and young people, performance projects in the public space and many others.

Each festival edition follows a different motto responding to contemporary problems of towns. The special year-long edition of DoFA’16 will be guided by the “Spaces For Beauty” slogan. The project will reach its climax in October 2016, when the following traditional DoFA programming units are to be completed:

Exhibitions of competition projects: Friendly Public Space, Interior & Design, Supervision, SARP Wrocław Merit Award, Frames of Modernism. The Merit Award winner’s exhibition will be followed by a retrospective publication. 

Confrontations: the main activity under the 2016 edition of Confrontations will an international interdisciplinary conference. Its main assumption is to invite experts with achievements (design arts, fine arts) pertaining to the overall body of problems related to art in the public space. As a means to summarise the project, a scientific publication will be released. Another item is a public debate the subject of which will allow for the conference related activities to be extended. A regular cycle event is also a benefit performance dedicated to the chosen architect whose contribution to the architectural development of the local environment is intended to be honoured.

Open city: a cycle of thematic excursions exploring the latest achievements in architecture as well as recognised classics The 2016 edition will proceed throughout the entire year. It will be complemented by a folder publication introducing the selected excursions and providing the year-long agenda.

Screenings: the annual tradition continues in the form of a review of films with architecture providing the main subject as well as the background.

Space: the cycle is an opportunity to implement projects submitted to the OPEN CALL competition. Its guiding concept is collaboration with other organisations and creative individuals. The purpose of the events being organised, based on the project applications submitted, is to enter the urban space and interact with inhabitants. 

These efforts will be summarised in a catalogue released with an intention to present all the activities completed under the 2016 edition of DoFA.

The project is delivered as a part of the architecture programme of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016, and it is co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under administration of the National Forum of Music. The project is implemented in collaboration with the Impart 2016 Festival Office, being the organiser of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016 celebration events. 

Curators: Maciej Hawrylak, Daria Kieżun, Sylwia Sikora

Organiser: SARP Wrocław

Co-organisers: Impart 2016 Festival Office, National Forum of Music
Co-funded by: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Strategic partner: KGHM Polska Miedź

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