Oliver Spatz

Oliver has an academic background in theater (M.A) and has been in charge of theater and education projects in the German-Polish border region as well as of several festivals and cultural institutions since 2007. Participation, cultural education and exchange with arts and sciences east of the Oder are important topics for the native of Hamburg. His current projects include the programming of the Culture Train Berlin- Wrocław and the 5th anniversary of the International Picture Book Festival Brandenburg.

Philip Murawski

Since his early childhood Philip is on the move between Poland and Germany and is living for 9 years now in the border region. For three years he has been conducting the cultural science seminar “UNITHEA” at the European University Viadrina and organizes together with students a German-Polish Festival with the same name. Furthermore Philip is active in different cultural projects. He is a member of the board of Studierendenmeile e.V.


Kathrin Oerters

Since March 2016 Kathrin is in charge of the department “Members, Alumni and Network” at MitOst as well as for the International MitOst Festival. After graduating in history and philosophy, she worked as a research fellow at the Institute for Social Movements in Bochum. From 2013 to 2015 she was a Robert Bosch Cultural Manager Astrakhan (Russia). She is dealing with social change from different perspectives and is especially interested in topics like participation, participative approaches in culture and cultural education.

Dorothea Zarsky

Dorothea is studying Non-Profit Management in Berlin and is working since September 2016 as an assistant for the Tandem programme at MitOst. Inspired by some longer stays in Czech and Turkey she is dealing with topics of transnational (European) cooperation, especially peace and culture work.

Andreas Neidhart

Andreas is studying in the master programme „East European Studies“ at Freie Universität Berlin with the focus on history. Since August 2016 Andreas works as a student assistant at MitOst and supports the team in the organization of the Festival and the European Forum.

Monica Tranchych

Monica is originally from Ukraine but during the last years has been moving between France and Germany. She has studied Tourism and Management with an emphasis on sustainability in the field. Monica is currently working in Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg and will support the festival with managing the volunteers’ power.

Lisa Schulze

Lisa is from Berlin and loves urban interventions and the city’s hidden beauties, especially in the outskirts. During her Literature Studies she got a taste of Prague and Pilsen. She has been active in civil society promoting student exchange as a means to build an open mind. At MitOst she now supports the organisation of the festival and the project CitizensLab.

Anna Jankowska

Anna comes from Warsaw and has a background in German Studies and Local Government and Development studies. She is active in the fields of Polish-German cooperation, education and sport for development. Since August 2017 Anna supports the Festival Team as a project assistant at MitOst.

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