KALEJDOSKOP is an independent arts platform based in the post-industrial city of Coventry, UK. The full name of this platform is ‘KALEJDOSKOP EAST-WEST’ – the name emerges from Director Emilia Moniszko’s Polish cultural roots, networks, and a response to the range of cultural programs that use the term Kalejdoskop, as well as its semantic meaning (in Polish, beautiful form, but also a spectrum of form, which we take as a visual metaphor for the extraordinary cultural diversity unfolding in Western Europe in our era).
KALEJDOSKOP E-W will not operate with standard organisational frameworks – it is intended to innovate and re-construct what it means to be a cultural organisation in a contemporary European city. To this KALEJDOSKOP communications will:
Use social media in and around the city – to identify and engage with new audiences, communities and sub-cultures – and to contribute to the co-production of urban buzz and cultural information circulating the city.
Create opportunities for networking, hosting other small events (coffee/lunches / nights out), with professionals from small local & regional arts organisations as well as those excluded from culture.
We do not have a management strategy. We organise our events according to a basic philosophy of management, which is interpreted (co-interpreted with participants) with every activity, event and appearance. It can be defines as follows:
Fusion / To make manifest the cultural diversity of contemporary urban realities, and intervene in everyday life, work and social conditions, with contemporary arts.
Collision / To provoke discussion, and be energised by the clash of ideas.
Translation / Of the ordinary experiences of life of Eastern Europeans living in Western Europe.
Adaptation / Illustrating different ways of adaptation through artistic practices – the use of arts as social intervention and as international relations.
Transition / Of contributing to a new impetus for cultural democracy in the city, and defining roles for art in the city’s development – on its own terms.