AFS 2024 Speakers

Rarița Zbranca

Programme Director of Cluj Cultural Centre

Speaker – Denis de Rougemont Labs – Making Sense? on Monday, 13 May 2024 | 11.00 – 15.00

Conceptualiser and Facilitator – Care Share workshop on arts and well-being on Tuesday, 14 May 2024 | 9.00 – 12.00

Rarița Zbranca has extensive experience in arts management, curating, cultural research and advocacy. She is the Programme Director of the Cluj Cultural Centre in Romania, where she co-designs strategies and programmes harnessing the role of culture as a resource in society.

She is also a co-founder of the AltArt Foundation, an organisation dedicated to experimental approaches to art, technology and society, and a co-founder of Fabrica de Pensule, an independent collective space for contemporary arts in Cluj-Napoca. She is a member of the culture committee of the Economic and Social Council of Romania. She is also a member of the Strategy Group of the “A Soul for Europe” initiative, and a board member of the Balkan Express network. 

Her areas of interest include the contribution of art to well-being and health, cultivating care and capacity for fair and sustainable working models in culture, and culture as a driver for social transformation and sustainable development. Among others, she co-authored the ”CultureForHealth Report. Culture’s contribution to health and well-being. A report on evidence and policy recommendations for Europe” (2022).

She was a key member of the team preparing the bid of the city of Cluj-Napoca for the 2021 European Capital of Culture title and has coordinated the elaboration of the Cultural Strategy of Cluj-Napoca for the last three planning periods.

She has previously worked in the field of media and democracy for various organisations including, Ethnocultural Diversity Resource Center in Cluj-Napoca and Soros Foundation for an Open Society Romania. She studied Photo-Video-Digital Image at the University of Arts and Design and Journalism at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca.

Rarița Zbranca