AK: A city stereotype… where does it come from, can it be created, does it exists most in the minds of the inhabitants, the city officials or maybe visitours, who judge the city on a very superficial basis. Which information perceived in any given space, community or city is remembered by us and why? There is as many possible answers, as there is opinions, and that’s exactly what makes this topic so fascinating.
HS: Toruń – the city of gingerbread, Warsaw – the city non-locals, Cracow jest more tourists than citizens, Lodz is liberal, Bialystok is conservative, Poznan has the iconic goats, Wroclaw has the gnomes… Not only are many of those preconceptions false, they also cause us to overlook the actual, real and countless potentials of any given city.
Everybody knows what happens after a good lecture or presentation – informal chatting, networking and meeting new, interesting people, all in a casual atmosphere. Urban drink is exactly that – an opportunity to talk freely about serious urban issues, in this case all the factors, events and things that create an image of a city. It’s also a great chance to create new partnerships and develop innovative ideas.
Helena Szewiola (HS) – Artistic director
Aleksandra Kopeć (AK) – Festival production