"Founded in 1528 and managed by well-known representatives of the worlds of science, economy and culture Villa Decius has established itself as a cultural institution of international outreach and has become one of the bridges linking European nations and a venue for the dialogue of cultures. Villa Decius programmes are also addressed to managers and entrepreneurs working at the point of contact between different cultures."
The venue of the "Connect+" Forum will be the Villa Decius Conference Centre, in Krakow, Poland. A place filled with rich European history, just like Poland's former capital and the most beautiful city. The Villa's owner Justus Ludovicus Decius came to Kraków from Hungary in 1508 and quickly became a consummate diplomat, practised financier and a highly positioned royal dignitary. In 1528 he employed three Italian architects in order to build a suburban villa following the example of a fashionable paradis terrestiare in the environs of Florence and Rome. Surrounded by an extensive renaissance garden the palace was completed in 1535. Soon it became the venue for meetings of representatives from different cultures and nationalities, the exchange of opinion and for creative confrontation between various convictions. Owned by many noble and aristocratic families and recently restored thanks to the efforts of the City of Kraków, the Villa serves its original purpose to this day.