Norbert Tkacz

Norbert Tkacz
Norbert Tkacz

A member of the KRAK Vistula Warriors Team, which since 2001 has been co-organizing, with the Podgórze Cultural Center, the Traditional Rękawka Festival at Krakus Mound in Krakow. He is also the author of radio stories, books and exhibitions treating the history of soccer, a finalist of the Grand Press (reportage category), and winner of the 2018 Sports Book of the Year title. For many years he was a journalist for Krakow Radio and KRK.FM, as well as director and host of the "Literary League" program on TVP Sport.

During the conference, Norbert Tkacz, based on his extensive knowledge, will talk about the origins of the custom of Krakow Rękawka, a Slavic spring festival in honor of the dead, how the Slavs worshipped their dead, and in what formula this celebration has survived to the present day.


  • 10:30 - 13:30
  • 180 min
  • IDEA room

Meet excellent speakers and get inspired! Key speakers of the conference will be outstanding Polish athletes - Jerzy Dudek and Artur Partyka!
Check the detailed conference program below! Conference in English and Polish with simultaneous translation. 

10:30 - 10:40    
short welcome and introduction 
10:40 - 11:00    
"Slavic rituals in honor of the dead: Kraków Rękawka once and today" by Norbert Tkacz, Member of the KRAK Vistula Warriors Team, co-organizer of the Traditional Rękawka Festival on the Krakus Mound in Krakow​​​​​​​
11:00 - 11:20
"Cemeteries with AI - how to preserve cultural heritage and collective memory through digital innovation" by Stefan Schumacher, CEO of PBSGEO
11:25 - 11:50
"Creating Labor Efficiencies: Reducing Costs and Increasing Productivity" by Darrell Simpson, Principal Owner of Graystone Associates, Inc. 
11:50 - 12:35
"Impact of Funerals on Grieving Bereaved and Society - from an All-Japan Survey" by Carl Becker, PhD., D.Psych. Kyoto University School of Medicine
12:35- 13:20
"When success is the goal. What can we learn from sports?", a talk with Jerzy Dudek and Artur Partyka about finding motivation for action, perseverance and bouncing back from failures, and how to lead a satisfying life moderated by Maciej Kautz, host
13:20 - 13:30     
short summary 

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