Cluj Cultural Centre organizes, through the Academy of Change program, a seminar and individual coaching sessions with Mahir Namur, an existential coach, psychological counselor in Vienna and Istanbul. The seminar will be held on Monday, December 17th, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., at ClujHub, 22-26 Regele Ferdinand Street, Central Commercial Center, 3rd Floor.

The professional life of an artist can hardly be separated from his or her personal life. In most cases, the choice of being an artist resolves from an instinctive urge and quite often at an early age. Sometimes it is not even a conscious decision. The choice is made for an authentic life, true to oneself, nevertheless sometimes without knowing all of its consequences in advance. Artists are ‘thrown’ into the world with existential challenges, risks and responsibilities – and with very high expectations to produce and to be successful. Dealing with these expectations requires basic management knowledge and philosophical thinking combined with creativity, which is a natural asset of an artist. Integrating the methodology of strategic planning to the existential coaching approach, this introductory seminar aims artists to reflect on their lives and career perspectives and to plan the necessary steps towards a meaningful productivity. 

 Mahir Namur, Existential Coach, Psychological Counselor, Vienna – Istanbul

Born in 1967 in Ankara, grown up in Kuwait, Turkey, Malta and Libya. Studied BA in Civil Engineering in Istanbul Technical University, and MA in Construction Management and Economy in Vienna University of Technology. After working in the construction sector for several years he turned his carrier path towards cultural communication, cooperation and development and later also to personal development, coaching and psychological counseling.

Between 1994-97 he worked in Strabag Austria, for the development and implementation of international construction projects (Turkey, Ghana, Malawi). In 1999 he established Istanbul based Chameleon PM and Design, a project management company in arts and culture. He developed and managed several international cultural, educational and communication projects for private companies, cities and NGOs. He was the founder president and is now the general secretary of European Cultural Association, founded in 2003 in Istanbul, which was engaged in fostering cultural cooperation between Europe and Turkey in its first years and later in the empowerment of the civil society and culture-oriented development at local national and international levels in Europe. He developed and coordinated several European cooperation projects such as Europist, City and Art, Collecting the Future, Social Entrepreneurship and Design for Sustainable Urban Development in cooperation with European universities, NGOs and cities and organized several conferences and Fora. Since its establishment in 2005, he is one of the key figures in Sinopale, International Sinop Biennial, HAL Center for Creativity, Social Entrepreneurship Sustainable Development Project as well as Sinop Sustainable Development Association. He is a member of Brussels based European House for Culture and a Strategy Group Member of “A Soul for Europe” Initiative.

Since 2010 he coaches and trains individuals and organizations. He completed an NLP based coaching certificate training in Istanbul, Elementary Existential Analyses Course in Existential Academy Istanbul, Logopaedagogik (based on Logotherapy and Existential Analyses) in Viktor Frankl Institute in Vienna, Advanced Existential Coaching in Existential Academy in London and Psychological Counseling Training from European Institute for Logotherapy and Psychology in Linz.

He teaches project development, cultural management, communication, efficiency management and coaching courses in Yeditepe University and cultural management and project development course Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. He developed two training programs: “Relationship Management” and “Meaning Oriented Strategic Planning” combining his strategic planning, management and coaching experiences and now offering trainings in universities and NGOs Europe wide (a.o. London University ıf the Arts London, BBK Berlin, Unarte Bucharest, Castrum Peregrini Amsterdam, Fabrica de Pensule Cluj, Halle Academy of Arts, Porto ESMAE, Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and Istanbul Yeditepe University and Mimar Sinan University) and coaching individuals in English, Turkish and German languages.

The events are organized by Cluj Cultural Centre, as part of the Academy of Change – a programme dedicated to capacity building for the civic and cultural sectors in Cluj.