Social activist, cultural anthropologist, graduate of applied linguistics and cultural studies (Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin), founder and organizer of “Demakijaż” – Women’s Film Festival since 2016. Associated with Grrrlz GET LOUD, a grassroots initiative advocating a greater visibility of women and girls in the context of the alternative music circuit. Currently studying Film and TV Production Organization at the Film School in Łódź.
Involved in cultural animation, artistic practice, and social activism. In the past, professionally affiliated with the Centre for Culture in Lublin and with the “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre. With years’ worth of experience in film and theatre festival production as well as in implementation of grass-roots cultural initiatives, Simona is currently engaged in the practice of inclusivity, working in the liminal space of intersectional feminism and queer.
Feminist, cultural manager, graduate of sociology and journalism (Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland). A longtime mover and shaker of the D.I.Y. scene in Lublin; founding member and originator of GRRRLZ GET LOUD– a grassroots initiative supporting the participation of girls and women in independent culture.
Social activist, feminist, graduate of philosophy and Polish studies; active in the cultural sector since 2008, logistics coordinator for the “Two Riversides” Film and Art Festival in Kazimierz Dolny (2010-14), programming manager for the “Cinema in Sneakers” Film Festival in Warsaw (2014), curator of the “Discussions about Growing Up” film meetings; organizational director of the Summer Film Academy in Zwierzyniec (2018-19). Founder and organizer of “Demakijaż” – Women’s Film Festival (est. 2016), author of University, Humanities, Philosophy: Academic Education According to Martha Nussbaum and Alasdair MacIntyre (2015), published articles in the Gazeta Wyborcza daily and Znak monthly. Currently conducting doctoral research into how the division in the public and private spheres influences the understanding of justice and how it affects women’s rights.
Author of Afro-Caribbean Poetry in English: Cultural Traditions (2015); since 2016 curator of Reggae University at the Ostróda Reggae Festival; co-curator (alongside Monika Borys) of the Disco Relax exhibition at the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw (2019-20); member of the Polish Literary Translators Association.