Cooperation, not competition

TEH Meeting 78 
JOHAN Centrum (Pilsen, Czech Republic)
9 – 12 October 2014

With the Czech exclamation “Na Plzeň! Na Plzeň, drazí přátelé!” (For Pilsen! For Pilsen, dear friends!), meaning that we are going for a good beer – namely Pilsner Urquell, of course, we would like to invite you to the next TEH Meeting in Pilsen. We would like to show you around our city, to introduce you to our work and, most of all, to be with you and exchange ideas, not only about how to develop our cultural centres, but also about how to stimulate and inspire fellow cultural activists in other cities and countries.
The motto of this TEH Meeting is “Cooperation, not competition!” because until not so long ago JOHAN Centrum was one of the few independent cultural initiatives in Pilsen. Thanks to the designation of the city as the European Capital of Culture 2015, more and more civil society organisations operating in the cultural field are emerging and we believe that cooperation among us and with public institutions – like the Municipality and the European Capital of Culture 2015 project – is now crucial for sustainable cultural development of the city.

The training programme of this meeting will offer a variety of workshops related to the topics of cooperation and sustainable development of cultural centres: cooperation technologies, creative business models, artist-in-residence programmes, collective architecture, art mapping, collaborations between cultural organisations operating in the same city, etc. The meeting will also provide possibilities to nurture, enhance and develop the cooperation among our centres and with other organisations.

The host centre: JOHAN Centrum

JOHAN Centre was founded in 1998 and is a cultural centre supporting not only alternative culture, but also education. Our work has inspired similar initiatives in Pilsen and during your stay here you will have the chance to get to know them as well as the venues which have been created by the independent cultural community of Pilsen.

In July 2014 the long-awaited renovation of our building – an old train station in the South of the city – is starting and with it a new stage in the history of our centre. Due to this, most of the activities of the meeting will take place in our Drama Centre, a building that we share with other social, cultural and educational organisations in Pilsen.

TEH Meeting 78 program

You can download the brochure of the TEH Meeting 78 here.

Training Programme

The training programme is one of the most important elements in TEH Meetings and we have prepared eight workshops around the topics most demanded by TEH members:

Workshop 1
Dr. Spreadsheet or How to Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Finance!
Workshop leader: Paul Bogen, UK.
This workshop will teach you the basics of finance for working in the culture sector and de-mystify much of the jargon finance people often use! It will cover budgeting, cash flow, accounting, reporting and the basics of using Excel spreadsheets.

Workshop 2
Managing and Innovating Business Models of Culture Organisations.
Prof Giovanni Schiuma, Director Innovation Insights Hub, University of the Arts London, UK.
The key question addressed by this workshop is: How to analyse, manage and develop a business model to enhance the sustainable value creation capacity of a culture organization? Delegates will be introduced to discuss and understand how to analyse and develop new business models and prolong existing ones for arts and culture organisations. 

Workshop 3
Crowd Coaching, Sharing Knowledge, Solving problems, Create New Ideas.
Workshop leaders: Katarina Scott and Lars Mattiasson, The Creative Plot, Lund, SE.
We all have problems or possibilities that could need new input. The TEH network is packed with knowledge that can be put to use . Each participant will bring a case in and we (the crowd) will develop it together. The objective of the workshop is to create individual hands-on solutions, ideas and contacts and to learn a new dynamic method, crowd coaching.

Workshop 4
How to Draft, Start and Run an Artist Residency.
Workshop leader: Mark Vennegoor - Managing Director at Res Artis, Amsterdam, NL.
A five hours practical workshop full examples, best practices and exchange. Either if you are starting from scratch or seeking to add a residency program to an existing organisation like a governmental, non-governmental or privately run organisation, this workshop will provide you with the orientation, guidance and advice about the challenging process of drafting, starting and running an artist residency program. Participants will focus on the key elements and put hands on what really matters.

Workshop 5
Theatre in Management, Games as a Means to Team Building and Conflict Resolution.
Workshop leader: Petra Drahanská, PhD, CZ.
The method of Theatre in Management deepens our ability to find the root causes for insufficient motivation or other causes of conflicts, which is the first precondition for resolving them. Thus it is not a mere training of component techniques without deeper insight into situations and their patterns. Playing games is the most natural and oldest way of passing free time, of learning new things and stacking up one’s power against others in a way other than in a fight.

Workshop 6
Art Map – Mapping of Art as a Never-ending Quest.
Workshop leaders: Tomáš Hrůza, Dana Balážová and Šimon Kadlčák, CZ.
This workshop will focus on the issue of creating a quality culture guide both on the local and national level. The participants will be given tips and advice on how to start their own art map in the place they live.

Workshop 7
Animation as an Instrument of Contact.
Workshop leaders: Jan Příhoda and Martina Voráčková, CZ.
Filmmaking, animation as a principle of recovery, used for expressing ideas in an unusual way. During this workshop you can try and learn how to effectively and concisely express the essence.

Workshop 8
The Moving Station and the Public Space: Possible Transformations of the Train Yard and Its Surroundings.
Workshop leader: Petr Klíma, CZ.
This workshop will focus on examining possible approaches to public space connected to the cultural centre The Moving Station (located in an old railway station) and collecting ideas for its transformation.

Artistic programme

Friday 10 October

"Antiwords", performed by Spitfire Company.

A performance influenced by the works of Václav Havel, especially his play Audience and its legendary film adaptation, in which the role of the brewer was played by Landovský with his ability to drink nine pints of beer while in character. Will performers Miřenka Čechová and Jindřiška Křivánková outdo the legend? Will they reach a state on the edge, recalling Havel's motif of alienation and Hrabal's poetics of loneliness? Aside from the two actors, major roles are played by oversized heads authored by sculptor Paulina Skavova, and by Sivan Eldar's music composed specifically for this performance. Spitfire Company has "made a radical contribution to the discussion about how to perform Havel's plays today” (Marie Resslová, Hospodářské noviny).

Sunday Excursions on 12 October

Option 1: Plasy Monastery

Founded in the 12th century by Prince Vladislav II, Plasy was burned down by the Hussites in 1421 during the Hussite Wars. In the 18th century renowned architects J.B. Mathey, Jan Blažej Santini Aichel and Kilian Ignác Dientzenhofer transformed it into Baroque style. The former Cistercian monastery of Plasy boasts numerous Baroque ceiling and wall frescoes – even two paintings by Czech master Karel Škréta – as well as a stunning exhibition of pharmacies from three historical periods.

After the tour, we will cook and have lunch together around a bonfire in the surrounding area of the monastery.

Duration: 10.30 – 16.00 (5,5 hours)

Option 2: Pilsner Urquell Brewery

Four years before Pilsner Urquell was invented, 36 barrels of bad beer were discarded in front of Pilsen’s town hall. The following year the decision to build a new brewery was announced and the first light “lager beer” was “born” in Pilsen during 1842. The Pilsner Urquell beer was so different from other brands on the market that it was considered a new kind of beer, simply called “Pilsner” or “Pils.” Nowadays, Pilsner beers make up 70 percent of all the beers around the world.

After tour,  we recommend you to have lunch at Na Spilce Restaurant, which offers traditional Czech cuisine and beer.

Duration: 11.00 – 13.00 (2 hours)


Registration Fee

The regular registration fee is 130€ and includes a 5 hours workshop, access to all evening activities and meals from Thursday 9 to Saturday 11.
Please note that due to space limitations in JOHAN’s premises, places are limited. If your organisation plans to send more than two representatives, please contact us ( to confirm availability.


Registration deadline

The TEH Meeting 78 is sold out and the registration is closed (30 September 2014).

The City of Pilsen

Pilsen is the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic. It is a city with a great industrial tradition represented by companies such as Skoda and the Pilsner Urquell brewery. It is also the location of a growing and developing university. According to a great number of experts, Pilsen is the most typically Czech city with all the pros and cons of such a term.

How to get to Pilsen?

For participants coming from surrounding countries Austria, Germany, Poland and Slovakia (or even Hungary), the train can be a very convenient way to get to Pilsen.

If you travel by plane, the easiest way to get to Pilsen is to flight to Prague. The name of the airport of the city is Václav Havel Airport Prague (Czech: Letiště Václava Havla Praha) and it was formerly named Prague Ruzyně International Airport.

From Prague to Pilsen you can take the bus or the train. In both cases the duration of the trip is of around 60 minutes.

From Prague to Pilsen by bus:

From the terminal 2 of the airport you should take the bus no. 100 (tickets can be purchased from the driver for 30 CZK - 1€) and travel to terminus metro station Praha-Zličín (line B). From there, the yellow buses of Student Agency depart every hour, taking around an hour to complete the trip. The fare is 100CZK (4€) and tickets can be purchased in the station, but buses are sometimes full, so it is good to buy the tickets in advance via internet here.

You can also take a taxi from the airport to the bus station in Praha-Zličín. The price of the ride is around 250 CZK (10€) and it will take you around 25 minutes to get there. All taxis you can find in the airport are legal and have their ride fares sticked to their doors or windows.

From Prague to Pilsen by train:

The fastest way to get to the train station (Hlavní nádraží) from the airport is the bus called Airport Express (AE). The AE bus line operates daily at regular 30-minute intervals. In the direction from the Prague Airport, this connection can be used from 6:35am to 22:05pm and takes 45 minutes to get to the train station. The price of the ticket is 50 CZK (2€).

Another option to get to the trains station is to take bus number 119, which circulates more often than the Airport Express, but then you have to take the metro from Dejvická station to the Train Station (Hlavní nádraží). The price of the ticket is 32 CZK (1.20€).

You can also take a taxi from the airport to the train station (Hlavní nádraží). A ride to the centre of the city costs around 500 CZK (19€) and takes around 25 minutes. All taxis you can find in the airport are legal and have their ride fares sticked to their doors or windows.

You can buy the train tickets online here.

Accommodation in Pilsen

JOHAN Centrum has negotiated a discount for TEH Meeting participants in two hotels which are quite near to the venue where the meeting will take place. Note that registrations will be made directly by the participants and passwords for discount on the bookings will be provided after the registration.
Borska 19, Pilsen 301 00
Tel.: +420 / 377 221 010
Standard price from: 1.150 CZK (aprox. 42€) 1 person / night. Breakfast included.
*Discount for TEH Meeting 78 participants: 
Single room: 900 CZK / night (aprox. 33€). Breakfast included.
Double room: 1.300 CZK / night (aprox. 48€). Breakfast included.
Triple room: 1.800 CZK / night (aprox. 66€). Breakfast included.

Sady 5. kvetna 57, Pilsen 301 00
Standard price from: 1.850 CZK (aprox. 68€) 1 person / night. Breakfast included.
*Discount for TEH Meeting 78 participants:
Single room: 1.650 CZK (aprox. 60€) / night. Breakfast included.
Double room: 1.850 CZK (aprox. 68€) / night. Breakfast included.

TEH Meeting 78 Partners

JOHAN Centrum is partnering with several non-profit organisations and institutions to organise TEH Meeting 78, among them Pilsen European Capital of Culture 2015, the City of Pilsen, the Arts and Theatre Institute, the Waldorf School of Pilsen and Papirna.