The Borderland School held two editions at Krasnogruda, in the summer of 2012 and the summer of 2013. During that period there were over 60 participants involved from the cultural sector in Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine and Poland. Together they worked with a team of select trainers and cultural experts drawn from across Europe, improving their skills through an intensive course of workshops, as well as learning from each other and building supportive networks for the future.
The second edition was greatly expanded and extended over several months of activity through to the following yea. There were a series of follow up local workshops in Minsk, Lviv and Tbilisi, then a competition in which participants were able to present their project proposal. Finally, four projects were awarded the funding to see through their idea in 2014.
This website is now archived. It offers documentation of the whole process from beginning to end and we hope it acts as a useful guide to the activities we undertook, the types of workshops and methodologies involved. The blog is chronological, so to follow the work, simply start at the beginning, in July 2012…
For an overview of the idea behind the Summer School at Krasnogruda, watch this short introduction from Krzysztof Czyzewski.
The Borderland Foundation have digitised their remarkable archive. This collection contains books, journals, iconographic documents (old postcards and photos), audio and video material. For example, you can find there the digitised books in pdf format dedicated to Borderland Foundation by Tomas Venclova, the collection of Czesław Miłosz, as well as the collection of the former Commonwealth Heritage Collection.
It’s a fantastic resource. View it here…
The collection presents the records of conversations, speeches and meetings with writers, scientists, people of culture, who has visited the Borderland or participated in programs carried out in Central and Eastern Europe. It is the choice of materials from the 1990s, usually created by members of the Borderland.
The film material comes from the Laboratory of Audiovisual Borderland, documenting the cultural projects implemented since 1990 by the Borderland Foundation and the Centre Borderland – of arts, cultures, nations.
Financial support for the digitisation of the archive came from: Ministra Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodow