Krzysztof Czyżewski is a cultural animator and the co-founder and president of the Borderland Foundation in Poland.
His early experience as an alternative theater artist led him to a concept of cultural animation that would promote and develop the unique experience of multicultural borderland regions. The Borderland Foundation and the associated Borderland Center that he also heads, both based in northeast Poland, a region with strong multicultural traditions, since the early 1990s have been implementing this concept of broad and multi-disciplinary cross-cultural work. For their activities focused on promoting dialogue between cultures and nations the Borderland Foundation and Krzysztof Czyżewski personally have been awarded many prizes by institutions and organizations from Poland and abroad. Krzysztof Czyżewski is also a poet and essayist, the author of numerous articles devoted to the heritage and socio-cultural, ‘bridge-building’ potential of the borderlands.