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Thursday 1 October at 3pm (local time GMT +1)

The Role of Foreign Cultural Centres in the current Mobility Challenge

WHERE: via Zoom platform



  • Sandro Cappelli, Cultural Attaché, Italian Cultural Institute Paris

  • Vincent Gonzalvez, Residence manager at the Cité internationale des Arts Paris

  • Nora Hickey M'Sichili, Director of Irish Culturel Center Paris, Chair of FICEP

  • Jiri Hnilica, Director of the Czech Centre Paris

  • Caitlin Workman, Director Canadian cultural center Paris

  • Aušrinė Žilinskienė, Director of Lithuanian Culture Institute, Vilnius

Moderator : Fearghus O’Conchuir, choregrapher and dance artist, expert in cultural diplomacy, Vice-Chair Arts Council of Ireland


Our guests:


Born in 1972 and raised in Florence, Sandro Cappelli worked as Professor ofItalian language and civilization across several foreign countries.

Since 2012 he is working for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and he served as Cultural Attaché in Cairo from 2015 to 2017. Since the end of 2017, he is based in France where he is working as Cultural Attaché at the Italian Cultural Institute.


Vincent Gonzalvez is Head of the Residencies at the Cité internationale des arts (Paris), private foundation recognized as a public utility and transdisciplinary, transnational and transgenerational platform that host more than 1200 artists per year. Since its creation in 1965, the Cité internationale des arts has been hosting artists from all over the world in residence on two complementary sites: Montmartre and Le Marais districts in Paris.

Formerly, Vincent was Coordinator of the research program of the Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts (2007-2011) and Head of the visual arts and architecture division at the Institut français, Paris (2011-2018).


Nora Hickey M'Sichili has been Director of the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris since 2013 and Présidente of FICEP since 2019. Previously she directed one of Ireland's major multidisciplinary arts centres, Mermaid Arts Centre (2008 - 2012), and was curator in the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in Cork (2004 - 2008) and the Hunt Museum in Limerick (2000 - 2004). She has curated large touring exhibitions on subjects as diverse as climate change and surveillance and has served on various boards such as the Irish Museums Association, as well as Irish-based theatres and festivals. 


Jiří Hnilica is the Director of Czech Center in Paris since 2018.

Historian and teacher-researcher at the Charles University of Prague, he is a specialist of the cultural history of the twentieth century. He published «France's Role in Forming the Czechoslovakian Elites (1900 - 1950)».


Director of Cultural Services. Counsellor (Culture and Youth)

Director of the Canadian Cultural Centre

Embassy of Canada in France

Caitlin Workman has held the position of Director of the Canadian Cultural Centre, and Counsellor (Culture and Youth) at the Embassy of Canada in France since 2018. Previously, she held several senior positions in the Government of Canada, most recently Chief of Staff to the Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Director of Communications to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and communications advisor for Global Affairs Canada.


Aušrinė Žilinskienė is currently the director of the Lithuanian Culture Institute (LCI). LCI organizes and coordinates Lithuanian cultural and art presentation programmes in Lithuania and abroad.  Žilinskienė studied German Linguistics at Klaipėda and Vilnius Universities. From 1998 to 2011, she worked for Books from Lithuania, a literary information centre and translation promoting fund. From 2011 to 2014, she worked as project manager at the Lithuanian Association of Artists.


Fearghus Ó Conchúir is a choreographer and dance artist.  Frequently collaborating with experts from across and beyond the arts, he has made film and live performances as frameworks for audiences and artists to build communities together. He’s currently leading a project with MicroRainbow International providing dance workshops for creative and social inclusion to LGBT refugees and asylum seekers.  From 2018-2020, he was Artistic Director of National Dance Company Wales. He is Deputy Chair of the Arts Council of Ireland. Fearghus is a founding Associate Artist at Project Arts Centre and gained his PhD at the Geography Department in NUI Maynooth with the support of an IRC Employment-based Scholarship.

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Né à Florence en 1972, Sandro Cappelli a enseigné la langue et la civilisation italienne dans plusieurs pays étrangers avant de s'occuper de la promotion de la culture italienne. Fonctionnaire du Mini


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