On the Move newsletter September 2012

News about mobility opportunities in Europe and worldwide.

We’re collecting stories of artists and cultural operators based in non-EU countries and having experienced problems to get a visa to enter the EU. Share your story – and spread the word! Your input will have a practical result: help cultural organisations understand how to help artists and what to ask EU and national policy-makers.

We also invite you to have a tour in our revised Library section. Whether you’re an artist, a policy-maker or a researcher, you can now find more easily the guides, documents and resources we collect – and produce – about cultural mobility.

And for those of you who have always wondered what it means to be a member of OTM… here’s the answer (or a part of it).

Last but not least, don’t forget that OTM website is updated every week: follow our daily updates on Facebook!

OTM news

Artists' mobility and visas: share your story!

On the Move is exploring how cultural organisations supporting mobility can help non-EU artists overcome the difficulties they encounter when willing to enter the EU, and which message could be conveyed to the policy makers at the EU and national level to take into account the specific needs of artists and operators active across borders. Reply to our questionnaire and help us collect real stories about concrete obstacles to mobility related to visas! We welcome your responses until 15 October.

OTM curating Culture360 – Arts and environment

In August 2012 the On the Move team presented a new exciting curatorial journey of the website culture360.org, dedicated to "arts and the envionment". Have a good reading!

Engage in policy

Think Tank Young Professional Development Program

Open Society Institue's Think Tank Young Professional Development Program intends to attract recent graduates of MA and PhD programs in the social sciences and humanities to selected think tanks in Central and Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, giving them an opportunity to gain first-hand policy research and advocacy experience at a renowned think tank in the region. The call is open until 1 October.

Call for Proposals: Strengthening Civil Society Through Arts & Culture

The Open Society Arts and Culture Program works at the nexus of arts, culture, human rights, and social advocacy. Through its grant program, the program strives to encourage broad-based critical reflection and catalyze social action in parts of the world where open societies are absent or weak, and where the cultural rights of minority groups are endangered. Eligible projects aim to draw on the power of culture to help build open societies in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan), the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Moldova, Mongolia, and Turkey. The grants cover travel costs. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis through December 31, 2012.

Raise Funding

Guide to Funding opportunities for international cultural exchange in Asia

Initiated by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) through its online portalculture360.org, these 20 mobility funding guides are a concrete output of the mapping of funding opportunities for international cultural exchange in 18 countries in Asia. Apart from the mobility funding guides focused on the respective 18 Asian ASEM countries, you can also find two additional guides, one focused on Asia and another one on funding opportunities open to any nationality.

Roberto Cimetta Fund – Call for travel grant applications – Regione Puglia – Mediterranean

The Roberto Cimetta Fund is launching the fourth 2012 open call for travel grants, open thanks to the support of the Regione Puglia in Italy; artists and cultural operators from the Region of Puglia are eligible for this Fund as well as artists or cultural operators from the Euro-Arab and Mediterranean regions travelling to the Region of Puglia. The call is open between September, 1st and September, 30th.

Funding for cooperation projects between Sweden and other countries

The Swedish Arts Council and Sida launch a call for applications for cooperation between cultural operators in Sweden and partners in Botswana, China, India, Indonesia, Namibia and South Africa. The Swedish organisation is submitting the application and is responsible for reporting its use if the application is granted. Travel costs are among the eligible costs under this call. Deadline for application: 10 October.

Getty scholar grants for researchers (Los Angeles, USA)

Getty Scholar grants are for established scholars, artists, or writers who have attained distinction in their fields. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute, where they pursue their own proj
ects free from academic obligations. The grant cover among others an airfare to and from Los Angeles. Deadline for applications: 1 November.

Asian Cultural Council Fellowship Program

The Asian Cultural Council supports cultural exchange in the visual and performing arts between Asia, the United States and amongst Asian countries. Applications are accepted from individuals and institutions. The grant program covers all the visual and performing arts, both contemporary and traditional. Deadline: 1 November.

PAJ for Europe – Japan Foundation Europe Performing Arts grant programme 2013-14

The Japan Foundation’s Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) programme for Europe supports European organisations (festivals, theatres, arts promotion companies…) planning Japan-related performing arts projects in European countries taking place between 1st April 2013 and 30th June 2014. The programme covers two categories of applications: touring grants and collaboration/co-production grants. Find all the details and apply by 2 November. 

React to a call

Call for a creation residence and coproduction for contemporary circus – La Central del Circ and Antic Teatre

La Central del Circ and Antic Teatre have joined forces for this call in order to carry out their common aim of promoting contemporary performance creation. La Central del Circ will provide use of their installations in addition to financial contribution towards a creation residency. Antic Teatre will also provide use of their installations to the same artists in residence and make a financial contribution towards co-production. Travel costs (among others) are covered. Deadline for applications: 1 October.

Plesni Teater Ljubljana announces an open call for the selection of a choreographic debut

Plesni Teater Ljubljana is announcing an open call for the selection of a Choreographic Debut PTL for the period between 2013 – 2015. Plesni Teater Ljubljana (PTL) will enable the realization of at least one Choreographic Debut each year. PTL will ensure leadership/ mentorship of a skilled choreographer, production and presentation of professional standard on the stage of Plesni Teater Ljubljana/ PTL/ Dance Theatre Ljubljana. All professional dancers who haven't yet realized an autonomous creation can apply to the Open Call. Deadline: 10 October.

I.F. O.N.L.Y. – Ireland – Call for artists

I.F. O.N.L.Y./ International Festival of a Necessarily Lonely You calls local, national and international artists to participate in the upcoming Mamuska, Birr, Co.Offaly on Saturday 24th of November at Birr Theatre and Arts Centre. This is a unique occasion to present and view evolving works, raw ideas, unrehearsed visions, trials and errors, short masterpieces, playful nonsense, first steps… all in the context of an informal environment where like minded people meet and receive feedback from the audience. Be a part of it! Travel within Ireland will be reimbursed. Deadline: 12 October.

Sortir de l’écran / Spoken Screen: Production and dissemination support program, call for projects

Agence TOPO, a Montreal-based artist-run centre for new media, launches a new call for projects for its series Sortir de l’écran / Spoken Screen. This program presents (hyper)media works that incorporate a performative aspect and which explore the links between the screen and the off-screen space. The selected artists and projects will benefit from technical support for a period of 4 to 8 weeks within a residency program. Deadline: 15 October.

Call for playwrights at hotINK at the Lark – New York

hotINK at the Lark will present work by six playwrights from outside the United States in readings at the Lark Play Development Center, New York, in April 2013. Each play will be presented once, following a two-day workshop/rehearsal with a distinguished director and actors from the New York theater community. In addition, special events are planned for visiting playwrights and translators. Travel to NYC for hotINK at the Lark, as well as accommodations for selected playwrights will be provided by the Lark Play Development Center. Deadline for submission: 15 October.

Future Nostalgia – call for artistic proposals

The Festival Belluard Bollwerk International and the Migros Culture Percentage are looking for projects that question, propose or provoke FUTURE NOSTALGIA, in the form of experimental and stimulating interventions, performances, installations or actions. Selected proposals will be further developed during a residency in Fribourg, in collaboration with specialists from different fields. Deadline for sending proposals: 15 October.

MARCO/FRAC Lorraine Award for young curators 2012

This award gives participants the opprtunity to submit a topic of research and reflection which is of personal interest, and the possibility to bring it to fruition in the exhibition venues at MARCO (first-floor gallery) and at FRAC Lorraine. All curators born in 1972 and later are eligible to enter the competition. Entries must be previously unpublished and must provide for the participation of two or more artists. The curator of the winning project will receive an honorarium and reimbursement of travel expenses. Deadline for application: 19 October.

MONSTRA 2013 – Call for Entries for Feature Films, Student Films and Super-Short Films

The 12th Edition of MONSTRA – Lisbon Animated Film Festival will take place from 7th to 17th March 2013. MONSTRA is a festival where experimentation/research, crossing over new artistic approaches, forms and proposals takes place. A call for films is open until 30 October. The Festival will insure accommodation costs for 3 days and accreditation to one Director for each film selected for the Competition.

The Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University for writers, performing and visual artists

The Hodder Fellowship will be given to writers and other artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the 2013–2014 academic year. Hodder Fellows may b
e writers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, performance artists, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have "much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts"; they are selected more "for promise than for performance". Deadline: 1 November.

Akbank Sanat international curator competition

Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition is intended to provide support for emerging curators, reinforce interest in curatorial practices, and encourage new projects in the field of contemporary art. The winning curator is given opportunities to release the proposal as an exhibition that will run from February to April 2013 at Akbank Art Centre, Istanbul. Travelling expenses of the curator/s and artists, among others, will be covered. Curators under the age of 40 are eligible to apply to the competition. There is no condition of residency or citizenship. Deadline: 5 November.

Get training

Call for Submission: VISIO European Workshop on Artists' Cinema

VISIO consists of a series of seminars and meetings dedicated to expanding the vision and themes of artists who use cinema in their artistic practice. VISIO intends to favour the development of a European network of young artists and professionals who work with moving images, promoting encounters and international mobility. A workshop will be held in Florence (Italy) in November 2012 and applications are open until 1 October.

La Fabrique européenne des traducteurs

La Fabrique européenne des traducteurs organises translation workshops for translators between Dutch, French, Arabic, Greek and Turkish. The workshops take place in the form of 9 weeks residencies in different countries and there are different deadlines between October 2012 and April 2014.

3 years employment-based training in professional mosaic at Spier Arts Academy – Cape Town

The Spier Arts Academy offers employment-based training in professional mosaic. Apply now for 2013. Based in Cape Town’s Innovation District – the Fringe – this three year, full-time apprenticeship focuses on mosaic art and includes tuition in drawing, art history and business skills. The Academy welcomes school leavers who are eager to start their creative careers, as well as more experienced candidates with a creative background wanting to broaden their artistic skillset. Application deadline: 1 October.

The Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in cultural journalism

The New Journalism Foundation -FNPI-, created by García Márquez himself in the city of Cartagena de Indias, and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia have joined forces to create an international program of training and creation in which reporters from different parts of the world will have the opportunity to expand their range in cultural journalism and to explore and recount, in Spanish and in English, the stories of Colombian Caribbean culture, which mix the richness of the traditional and the popular with the latest in literature, music and visual arts. Travel costs among others are covered. Deadline for applications: 2 October.

Reporting change. Investigating and documenting transition in the Middle East and North Africa. Workshop for photojournalists

The project Reporting Change will run between 2012 and 2014, in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch aim to report on and support democratic transitions in the Middle East and North Africa. The workshops are open for photojournalists from Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia. The workshops are a free training opportunity. World Press Photo will cover all expenses (including travels) for the participants. Deadline: 15 October.

The Strategic Arts Management Master Class – Rovereto (Italy), 12-14 October

The Strategic Arts Management Master Class (from November, 9th to 11th in Rovereto, Italy) offers a new approach to the management of arts and cultural projects and organisations through the assessment of subjects such as entrepreneurship, strategy, innovation, and sustainability, as well as by means of critical thinking on the topics in relation to the wider social, political and economic contexts. The combination of background and experience diversity and passion ensures that discussions provide new angles and perspectives for all participants. Deadline for registration: 2 November.

Discover a residency

Residency opportunities (various disciplines): Centre international d'art et du paysage, Vassiviere island, Limousin region, France

The Centre international d’art et du paysage is launching a new programme of artists' residencies in the Castle on Vassivière Island (Limousin Region – France). The artist residency programme is open to artists, writers and researchers of any nationality. There is no age limit, but applicants must have completed their training. Residencies are available for writers and artists from different disciplines (not visual arts). The Art Centre covers, among others, the cost of one return trip between the resident's home and Vassivière Island. Deadline for applications: 4 October.

UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists

The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries Programme offers bursaries for 2013 in the following fields: Creative Writing, Music and Visual Arts. Deadlines for applications range from 15 October to 30 November according to the residency place chosen. Make your choice!

Call for artists in residency at La petite escalière (France)

La Petite Escalère is now accepting applications for its Spring 2013 residency program between April 30 and June 30, 2013, for international visual artists. Photographers and video artists are encouraged to apply. The residency includes a residency stipend of 650 EUR per week and transportation to and from LPE. Deadline for applications: 15 October.

International photographer in residence programme – Archisle, Jersey (UK)

Archisle: The Jersey Contemporary Photography Programme is currently inviting applications for the position of Photographer
in Residence launching in 2013. This is an exciting post commencing in April/May running for six months through to September/October 2013. The residency covers among others a bursary, some living expenses and travel costs. Find all the details and apply by 15 October.

ArtsLink – Residency opportunities in the USA

Structured residencies for arts professionals in dance, music, theater and literature from a number of countries in Europe, Asia and Middle East. ArtsLink places Fellows at established US non-profit arts organizations and covers associated living, working, travel, and health insurance costs. Applicants do not need to have contacts with organizations in the US to apply for this program, but proficiency in English is required. Deadline: 15 October.

DNA Residency at Bora Bora (Aarhus, Denmark) – dance and visual theatre

Bora Bora – dance and visual theatre in Aarhus (Denmark) calls for artists to fill a residency in connection to its project DNA continuum 2011-2013. The call is open for applicants from Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania or Czech Republic. A group of up to 5 professional performance, dance or theatre artists will be given the chance to use one of Bora Bora stages to do any project or investigation of their own choice. Deadline: 26 October.

2013 Visiting Residency at Legal Art – Miami, Florida (U.S.A.)

The Visiting Residency program at LegalArt offers national and international cultural producers – artists, curators, art writers, scholars, museum professionals, etc. – up to three month residencies in Miami, Florida. Taking a cross-disciplinary approach to research and production, the program is strategically designed to facilitate collaboration and cross-pollination of diverse ideas and perspectives among residents. A travel stipend is provided to the residents. Deadline for applications: November, 1st.

Residency opportunity for Mexican and European media artists – 2013

Media artists from across Europe and Mexico are invited to apply online for a 2 months residency at the European Media Artists in Residence Exchange with Mexico (EMARE MEX 2013). The Deadline is 15 November.

Meet others

Imagining the audience. Viewing positions in curatorial and artistic practice. Stockholm (Sweden), 1-2 October

An international seminar about the role of the audience in artistic and curatorial practice. Based on specific examples, internationally recognized artists and curators present how they imagines the individual viewer’s mental, physical and emotional experience of the arts event. The event takes place in Stockholm (Sweden) on October 1-2.

Conference on audience development, organised by the European Commission, 16-17 October, Brussels, Belgium

The European Commission is holding a conference on 16-17 October in Brussels which will provide inspirational examples of audience development by cultural organisations and foster European exchange of practice on audience development strategies.

SatelliteBIDE Outokumpu, Finland, October 16-21, 2012

This year, Barcelona International Dance Exchange will create a satellite event in Outokumpu, Finland. We look forward to gather an international group of 30-40 professional artists, with different backgrounds and experiences, but with the common interest in developing, researching and exchanging ideas in contemporary dance. We will offer a structure of daily changing laboratories to support a non-hierarchical atmosphere of meeting and sharing, doing try-outs and showing the work to each other. Interested? Find out more…

All that is banned is desired – A World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression

Over the two days of ‘All That is Banned is Desired’ – A World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression (Oslo, Norway, 25-26 October), artists, journalists, activists, scholars, curators and others will respond to censorship of the arts around the world. We will discuss and investigate why, where, and how artistic expressions is condemned, banned and persecuted. In particular, we will focus on the three principal agents of censorship — religion, state and market.

The role of Culture faced with the rise of nationalism in Europe – Citizens' Resistance!, Banlieues d'Europe Network meeting, 21-23 November, Turin, Italy

Banlieues d’Europe network will tackle this major challenge of examining the place and the role of culture as a form of citizen’s action and participation faced with the issues of social cohesion that question geographic frontiers as well as frontiers of the imagination. Possibility to run a booth during the meeting if you work in the same field – apply before October 15 for a booth!

African Creative Economy Conference 2012 -Registration Now Open!

The 2012 Creative Economy conference is a rare opportunity that will mark the coming together of powerful debate from across the continent, live and rich provocation from pioneering international practitioners and thinkers, and the unprecedented collaboration of arts institutions from over 40 African countries and beyond. Register online and get ready for the event taking place in Senegal on 14-16 November!

8th Euro-American Campus for Cultural Cooperation – Cuenca, Ecuador, November 2012

The Campus is a space for exchange, discussion and reflection on culture and cooperation between both continents. This edition, which will focus on 'Cultural Cooperation and the New Processes of Human Development', expects 275 participants from both America and Europe. It will take place in Cuenca, Ecuador, on 28-30 November. Register online now!

TH!NK – an art+architecture camp within the sub-Saharan landscape

TH!NK is designed as an art+architecture camp within the sub-Saharan landscape. This camp is intended to bring together participants from diverse cultures to explore the relationship between art and architecture to generate a modern s
tructure using sustainable materials from the local environment such as earth, straw, stone, wood, and recycled/reused materials. There is no deadline for applications. Find out all the details!

Collaborate with

Internship opportunity at Roberto Cimetta Fund (Paris, France)

The Roberto Cimetta Fund is an international association that provides support for artistic and cultural mobility in the Euro-Arab and Mediterranean regions. It has provided 1300 travel grants to date and offers its expertise to local and regional governing bodies in the development of strategies for transnational mobility. RCF is in touch with the emerging art scene and has a general overview of artistic and cultural projects taking shape in the wider Mediterranean region. The Fund is offering an internship to work on one of its activities: Selection of grantees, meeting in Beirut in November 2012, study on the impact of mobility. The internship will run from October to December 2012.

MPRA in Poznan (Poland) looks for partners for an EU project

MPRA is looking for partner organisations to apply to EU Culture programme with a mobility project. MPRA is a residency host in Poznan, Poland, which aims to facilitate dialogue, exchange of experience and skills across not only geographical or ethnic boundaries but also these of various disciplines of art, culture and science. If your organisation believes that mobility is one of the most effective learning tools and is interested in facilitating international exchange of people who carry and share ideas and skills over boundaries… this call is for you!

Anna Lindh Foundation's Citizens Exchange Programme

The Anna Lindh Foundation is launching the Citizens Exchange Programme in the Euro-Med Region, with particular focus on the exchange among Arab civil society organisations, and between European and Arab civil society organisations. This twinning scheme seeks to support exchange of people for grassroots expertise, field work actions and awareness campaigns among Civil Society Organisations members in the Euro-Med region. The ALF is seeking to engage young people who are active in their communities and have a long term vision of change. Deadline: 3 October.

KULTURPYR – cultural cooperation platform of the Community of the Pyrenees

The Culture Committee of the Working Community of the Pyrenees (CTP) is currently undertaking the latest steps before the forthcoming launch, this autumn, of the cultural cooperation platform KULTURPYR. This new tool will house cultural projects and agents from the regions which make up the CTP. Public authorities, private agents, facilities, programmes and projects can now register to the platform.

ICD Voluntary Internship Program

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin (Germany) invites applications from individuals willing to experience a voluntary intership of 3-6 months. Applications are expected from individuals coming from the following fields: International Relations, Marketing & PR, Business & Economics, Statistics, Communication& Journalism, Administration, English and Event Management

Look for a job

European Job Day Brussels – October 2012

Are you looking for a job in Europe? Would you like to be in direct contact with European employers? Do you want access to free advice and information on living and working in another European country? If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions then the European Job Day Brussels 2012 is for you! Book the date of 6 October on your diary and register online to attend (or follow offline).

IETM seeks a new secretary general

IETM, one of the largest cultural networks for the contemporary performing arts (www.ietm.org), is seeking a new Secretary General, starting in spring 2013. The Secretary General is responsible for strategic development, legal and financial management, personnel management, membership development, event management and advocacy. This is a post based in Brussels, but involves extensive travel. Deadline for applications: 12 October.

Théâtre du Merlan (Marseille, France) recrute un(e) assistant(e) de direction/comptable (in French only)

Théâtre du Merlan (Marseille, France) recrute un(e) assistant(e) de direction/comptable. La date limite pour déposer les candidatures est le 15 octobre.

UNESCO's International Fund for the Promotion of Culture is recruiting its Executive Officer

The International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC) is looking for an Executive Officer to work in its Paris office. Deadline for applications: 28 October.

Library

My second life in Tibet

"I never dreamed of visiting Tibet. If not for the 2010 earthquake in Yushu, I probably would never have visited the place where I met the Buddhist monks and lamas with whom I would then collaborate." Indonesian artist Arahmaiani talks about her "Flag project" in Tibet and how art can cross all borders, in the interest of environmental sustainability.

International dancers in residency in Barcelona share their "Thoughts"…

The international dancers involved in the exchanges promoted by B.I.D.E. – Barcelona International Dance Exchanges share their "Thoughts" on BIDE website. Read their inspiring posts…

 

Romanian Cultural Institute's New Mandate Draws Protests in Europe and United States – NYTimes.com

June 26, 2012, 5:08 pm

Romanian Cultural Institute’s New Mandate Draws Protests in Europe and United States

By LARRY ROHTER

Over the past five years or so, the Romanian Cultural Institute has become an important force in global cultural exchanges, promoting writers, artists and especially the critically acclaimed cinema movement known as the Romanian New Wave. But the coalition government that recently came to power in Romania has ordered an end to that international focus as it tightens its political control over the institute, actions that have set off protests among arts groups throughout Europe and the United States.

Under an "emergency decree" handed down on June 14, the institute, a non-partisan entity that formerly reported directly to the president, now responds to a Senate riven by partisanship. Its new mandate: to direct its activities at the Romanian diaspora community. As a result, collaborations with American arts institutions – including Lincoln Center, co-sponsor of an annual Romanian film festival, and publishing houses specializing in translated literature — could be in jeopardy. And in recent days, organizations including the Museum of Modern Art, Film Forum and Melville House have sent letters to the new prime minister and other government authorities, urging them rescind the measure.

"The decree itself was a complete surprise, and we were not consulted," Horia Roman Patapievici, a physicist and writer who is the president of the institute, said in a telephone interview from Bucharest, the capital of Romania, an East European country with fewer than 20 million people. "But even more surprising was the shift in focus. Our strategy since I took over the presidency in 2005, has been that we should open to the outside world. Our aim is to relink the Romanian cultural market, cut off from the West, with the western cultural market, and in New York, you saw the result. We have been very present even though our material means are limited."

In an e-mail, the film director Cristian Mungiu, whose "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007, described the government action as a "brutal intrusion of politics in the cultural life" of Romania that shows a "complete lack of respect towards the artists and intellectuals that were amongst the rare providers of good news about Romania in the last years." Mr. Mungiu, who is one of more than 3,000 intellectuals and creative artists to sign a petition protesting the new policy, added that the tendency of the new "political majority to remove all the representatives of the former regime from all public positions, irrespective of their professional capacities and results and to replace them with their own supporters, is unethical and encourages a certain kind of moral corruption that we need to fight against."

Asked why the government had ordered the change, Mr. Patapievici suggested that electoral politics play a role. Like the United States, Romania has an election scheduled for November, and since the Romanian diaspora is allowed to cast ballots, focusing on their cultural desires at the expense of the international public and younger, globalized Romanian expatriates "is transparently an electoral measure, to cajole their votes," he said.

But Mr. Patapievici also said that nationalist groups in the Romanian senate object to his "cosmopolitan" tastes and approach. He said that when he testified to the Senate's cultural commission last week, he was met with hostile questions along the lines of "Why don't you speak to national values? Why do you have anti-Romanian attitudes?"

The new situation in Romania resembles that of Hungary, where a right-wing nationalist government has also tightened controls over culture and freedom of expression. Romania differs, however, in at least one important respect: the new government there is a coalition between parties of the left and center-right, headed by Prime Minister Victor Ponta of the Social Democratic Party, which is associated with Ion Iliescu, an 82 year old former Communist apparatchik.

On Friday, the government ombudsman challenged the legality of Mr. Ponta's decree, arguing against it before the country's Constitutional Court. A ruling could come as early as July 5, and if it is adverse, Mr. Patapievici said he would "reject the political subordination" of the institute, which presumably means he would resign.

Mr. Ponta last week denied that he was shifting control of the cultural institute away from president Traian Basescu, his longtime political rival, so as to force Mr. Patapievici, an ally of the president, to resign. He said his actual objective was to depoliticize the institute's top staff and operations and allow more parliamentary supervision of its expenditures at a time when Romania is undergoing fiscal austerity.

"Putting the R.C.I. under parliamentary control is the democratic choice and aims to make the institution more transparent," the government spokesman, Andrei Zaharescu, sai
d. "Use of public funds must be above any suspicion and only through transparent and democratic parliamentary control this can be achieved."

With the political situation still in flux, American arts organizations that have worked closely with the institute have rallied to its side.

"The art world in New York continues to be amazed how this group representing a country whose population is a fraction of Germany, Britain and France and whose resources are circumscribed can be as effective and efficient as the cultural services of these other nations," wrote Lawrence Kardish, a senior curator at the Museum of Modern Art. In her letter, Alissa Simon, senior programmer at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, praised the institute for providing "a precious neutral space for international cultural exchange."

Corina Suteu, director of the New York office of the institute, which also has offices in cultural centers like Berlin and Paris, said the repercussions would be significant if the changes go through. "First of all, there will a return to archaic attitudes, with complete political control," she said. "The Senate can say 'I don't like this kind of art, you should present this instead.' But we have to present all kinds of Romanian culture. This is how we become visible abroad."

TEH Newsletter #5 2012: TEH welcomes two new members from Spain!

Dear readers,
Welcome to TEH Newsletter #5 2012, featuring the latest news from Trans Europe Halles – a European Network of Independent Cultural Centres. The TEH Newsletter is produced by the TEH Coordination Office in Lund, Sweden.

In this issue we are happy to present our two new TEH Members, Antic Teatre (Barcelona, Spain) and Haceria Artes Escénicas (Bilbao, Basque Country) that were approved at TEH Meeting 73 at Tabačka Kulturfabrik, Košice, Slovakia. More about them, and the successfully realised meeting, below. The meeting evaluation is now available online here. We would like to kindly ask you to take a few minutes to let us know what do you think about TEH Meeting 73. Please fill it in by Friday, 1st June.

The planning of the next TEH Meeting 74 has already started. It will take place at Röda Sten and Konstepidemin in Gothenburg, Sweden, September 27-30th, 2012 and the title of the meeting is Bottom Up and it will focus on independent culture and citizens' initiatives, and their impact on policy and society. More information about it will soon be published on the TEH Website and announced in the TEH Newsletter.

On the 31st of May, the TEH Coordination Office will welcome the new TEH Communication Manager Henrik Hulander from Sweden and EVS Volunteer Anaïd Sayrin from France. Next week they will travel together with TEH Secretary General Birgitta Persson to Herning, Denmark to attend the International Culture Conference NEXT STEP – Setting culture on the agenda for the future of Europe.

Finally, we would like to inform you that TEH Delegate Dušica Parezanović from REX (Belgrade, Serbia) will present the Engine Room Europe Programme Crossroads East-West at the organised by the Platform for Intercultural Europe Annual Forum Participation and Citizenship – Can Cultural Institutions in Europe lead the way? Should they? on 6th June in Brussels. On the same day, Moukthar Kocache from the Team Culture 2012, commissioned by the Danish culture minister Uffe Elbæk Jensen, will present Trans Europe Halles as an example of culture that is making a difference and impacting society at large. He will present the network to an invited audience of decision makers, members of the European Parliament and European ministers for culture.

Enjoy the read!
Plamena Slavcheva
Communication Assistant at TEH Coordination Office

 

 

NETWORK NEWS

 

 

 

TEH Meeting 73 in Košice, Slovakia!
During some warm spring days 10-13th of May, TEH Meeting 73 was held at Tabačka Kulturfabrik, Košice, Slovakia. More than 100 cultural workers, artists and researchers attended the meeting and had the chance to explore the theme of Overcoming Borders. TEH would like to thank everyone who participated in the meeting and contributed to its success! Special thanks to the Tabačka team for the great hosting and organization. A meeting report is under production and will be published later this year. In the meanwhile take a look at TEH's Facebook page and flickr where the TEH Office and many meeting participants have uploaded their photos.

Read more…

TEH welcomes two new members!
During the TEH General Assembly at TEH Meeting 73 in Košice, Slovakia, Antic Teatre (Barcelona, Spain) and Haceria Artes Escénicas (Bilbao, Basque Country) became TEH Members. Antic Teatre is an independent cultural and social centre for multidisciplinary arts, based in a cultural heritage building constructed in 1950 in central Barcelona. Similarly, Haceria works with restored industrial buildings. Haceria is a multifunctional space which functions as a platform for anyone wanting to “make” (“hacer”) and exhibit his artwork. TEH warmly welcomes the two new TEH Members to the network!

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ENGINE ROOM EUROPE

 

 

Latest from Engine Room Europe
TEH:s three-year network programme Engine Room Europe (May 2011–April 2014) is spreading its wings and launching new activities all over the continent. Follow the section below to get informed about the upcoming ERE activities and the ways to get involved!

 

 

 

 

 

A-Team kicks off in Riga!
The Engine Room Europe programme A-Team tackles community issues through creative action. Four artists have been selected to realise four creative processes in partnership with TEH Member centres in Bulgaria, Latvia, Slovenia and Sweden from May till July 2012. The German artist Agricola de Cologne is already working at NOASS (Riga, Latvia) on the theme of tolerance towards minorities in local communities. Follow A-Team´s blog to know more about the project developments!

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How to make group decisions?
Within the framework of the Engine Room Europe programme Leaders Lab, Mains d'Œuvres (Saint-Ouen, France) invites you to take part in a workshop on group dynamics and collective decision making on 4th June at 17:30h. This workshop is dedicated to leaders of artistic and cultural structures that wonder how to create a dynamic that allows everyone to contribute to collective decisions. The workshop is free so íf you are in or near Paris, don't miss this opportunity! Find out more at the website of Mains D'Oeuvres!

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How to build an independent cultural center?
As part of the Engine Room Europe programme Living Under(ground), Stanica (Žilina, Slovakia) has opened a call for participation in a workshop on the creation of cultural venues. During the workshop different speakers from Trans Europe Halles will share their experience in cultural centre creation and will discuss the different ways to deal with the subject of architecture of cultural centres, low-cost building possibilities (but not only) and public spaces in which the cultural centre operates. The deadline for applications is on 15th June! To apply click here.

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Want to get professional training for volunteers? Apply now!
If you have experience in volunteering at a cultural organisation, wish to work in the cultural sector in the future and would like to meet like-minded people from all over Europe, participate in professional training and learn how to run cultural projects (both in theory and in practice). Take part in the international Engine Room Europe programme 220Volt! and apply for a volunteer training at Fabryka Sztuki (Łódź, Poland). The deadline is on 15th June 2012!

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MEMBERS & FRIENDS NEWS

 

 

Send your film to Waterpieces 2012!
The " International Contemporary and Video Art Festival WATERPIECES", hosted by NOASS (Riga, Latvia), promotes audiovisual arts events in the Baltic countries for 12 years now, representing the fresh material in moving image art. The festival invites artists from Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia to submit their film work and to apply by 31st June! Follow the link below to learn more about the participation criteria and procedure.

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Are you an artist wanting to go to Ukraine?
From 12 July until 25 August 2012, Izolyatsia (Donetsk, Ukraine) will hold its third annual artists-in-residence program. The centre is now accepting proposals from artists wanting to explore the notion of moving image via the prism of a determined research theme. Artists working in all media (including performance and text) are welcome to apply. The deadline is on 8th June 2012. Photo by Richard Ansett.

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Interzona celebrates its 20th anniversary
On 31st December 2012, the last night of the year, Interzona (Verona, Italy) will turn twenty and for this reason the centre is planning to show and tell what is going on throughout one year inside the walls of Interzona's Warehouse 22. One year in the life of Interzona could be the working title of this project for the 20th anniversary of the cultural association.

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Protest against Pope Benedict XVI’s
From 7th June till 13th July, Off Limits (Madrid, Spain) will host the exhibition NO Projected Above the Pope by Santiago Sierra and Julius von Bismarck. The artists projected the word NO above the Pope during several of his appearances at World Youth Day in Madrid, 2011. Here, the technique is used to project the message “NO”, which will appear, inevitably and involuntarily, on the films and photos taken by others.

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Notebooks made of recycled old books?
Born out of chance and necessity, TEH Friend Creative Center Carnation (Tartu, Estonia) has the unique capacity to produce and sell the TEH Tartuensis series of sustainable and elegant notebooks that you can now order here. Also special about this offer is that TEH Members get a 25% discount on orders for notebooks. Support your struggling TEH Friend Creative Center Carnation with this unique opportunity! Find out more at the Tartuensis website, which will be ready by 30th May!

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Art sounds festival at Röda Sten
Göteborg Art Sounds (GAS) is the largest festival in Sweden for art sounds, modern composition, improvisation and electronica. On the 1-3rd June, Röda Sten Art Centre (Göteborg, Sweden) will host the festival's sound installation Nomos II by Gianandrea Gazzola and the concerts by Roberto Dani, Sidsel Endrese and Philip Jeck.

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ADVOCACY

 

 

Civil society voices reached the EU Council of Culture Ministers
Act for culture in Europe! Campaign message in support of the future EU Culture Programme ‘Creative Europe’ was communicated on the occasion of Culture Ministers meeting in Brussels 10 May 2012. The Council position highlights the “intrinsic value of arts and culture” and aims at ensuring a better balance between the economic objective and the promotion of cultural diversity within the future programme. Show your support and send CAE's statement on the position adopted by the EU Council of Culture Ministers to your MEPs, governments and networks!

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SUSTAINABILITY

 

 

Top Tip of the Month
Looking for ways to make your centre more sustainable? Follow Tabačka's example and initiate the first step to sustainability by marking with green points all your water and electrical sources, as well as recycle bins. Even though this is the first step, it seems to be the most important one as it creates awareness. Once you create awareness you can work towards much further goals on the road to sustainability!

 

 

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GRANTS & ARTISTIC CALLS
ARTErra – Artistic Residencies offered in rural Portugal. To apply, contact arterra.geral[at]gmail[dot]com
Call for applications – eXplore dance festival – Bucharest International Contemporary Dance & Performance Festival, September 14th – October 14th, 2012. Deadline for submissions: 1st July 2012.
From On-The-Move:
Artists' international development fund. There are three rounds for applications per year (May, October and February).
International Performing Arts Exchange – Denmark. There are several deadlines (the last on 15th September 2012).
Call for Proposals: Strengthening Civil Society Through Arts & Culture. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis through December 31, 2012.
E-MOTIONAL Bodies & Cities – Call for C
ontemporary Dance Professionals – Mobility Grants, Residencies, Fellowships
. Deadline: 31st August 2012.
Artists in Residency Programme by Africa Centre & partners. Deadline: 15th June 2012.
Call for applications – Higher Institute for Fine Arts -Gent/Belgium. Deadline: 15th June 2012.
Call for participation – FreeNetWorld International Film Festival – Niš/Serbia. Deadline: 5th August 2012.
Call for artists – SummerCamp IV: HOSTAL – Berlin/Germany. No specific deadline.
Call for artists – Artist-in-residency program viadellafucina – Turin/Italy . Deadline: 10th June 2012.
Call for entries – Cologne International Videoart Festival – Köln/Germany. Deadline: 1st July 2012.
Call for co-creation – Improbable Connections (Basque Country, Spain). Deadline: 25th June 2012.

WORKSHOPS & MEETINGS
MOV-S 2012 in Cádiz (Spain): Space for international exchange of dance and performing arts. Deadline for registration: 31st May 2012.
Platform for Intercultural Europe 4th Annual European Forum, 4/5th June 2012.
International intensive workshop for directors under the direction of Sergei Ostrenko, 1-7th July 2012.
Call for participants – Cultural artistic tour in Kenya: from the idea to the art application. For more information, contact tourstb[at]gmail[dot]com

SCHOLARSHIPS
Künstlerhaus Lukas: scholarships for the years 2013 and 2014. Deadline: 30th July 2012.

On the Move Newsflash 05/12

Dear On the Move readers,

This month the OTM newsletter is sent a bit later than usual because we were very busy with our annual General Assembly, taking place last week in the beautiful city of Guimarães, European Capital of Culture 2012. There we gathered with our members to discuss about OTM’s current and upcoming activities, share thoughts and get inspired from each other… and we took some pictures to share with you on our Facebook page!

And now, our monthly selection of international mobility opportunities for artists and cultural professionals from different fields and disciplines. Enjoy – and don’t forget to keep an eye on Facebook and on our website to stay up-to-date. 

Raise Funding

Arts Writers Grant by Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation

The Arts Writers Grant Program issues awards for articles, blogs, books, new and alternative media, and short-form writing projects and aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship. Applications are accepted until 6 June.

International Grant Programme – Lepsien Art Foundation

This grant programme is intended as a means of giving artists the opportunity for an intensive encounter with art, active exchange and further artistic development within a community of selected artists. The application procedure begins on 1 April of every year. The application must be submitted by 1 July of the respective year.

Circus Next 2012-2013 – call for projects

CircusNext is an annual programme of artistic and financial support whose goal is to identify emerging talents creating circus arts and to foster the initial development of their work. Circus Next 2012-2013 launches a call for projects open to the emerging European artists with a new creation project who are interested in developing their career in circus arts. Deadline: 5 August. 

React to a call

Impakt festival (the Nehterlans): Call for Festival Curator(s)

Impakt, foundation for critical media culture in Utrecht (NL), invites interested parties to submit curatorial proposals for the Impakt Festival 2012, which takes place from 24 to 28 October, focussing on the theme No More Westerns. Deadline for sending proposal: 11 June.

EU-PA – European Public Art project – Call for artists – Jesolo (Italy)

EU-PA is a culture-led city regeneration project. It will research and produce art and interventions and performances in four cities in Europe as a strategy to attract visitors, raise the profile of the districts and bring economic prosperity to the areas. The project coordinator, the Municipality of Jesolo (Italy), launches a call for artists for the beginning of July 2012. The application must be sent via e-mail within the 15th of June.

Cultural exchange in the Arab region – Mawa3eed

The Mawa3eed program, launched in 2006, is a fund for partially financing travel expenses of up to 5,000 USD for Arab artists to present artistic work or to take part in cultural and artistic events and activities at multiple, diverse cultural spaces in the region. Applications are accepted throughout the year and the evaluation will be on four separate dates, in March, June, September and December (upcoming: 20 June).

Call for co-creation – Improbable Connections (Spain)

Improbable Connections calls for artists and social researchers (from any discipline) to develop joint research projects with organisations located in the Basque Country (Spain), in the fields of innovation and social responsibility. The aim is co-creation: to become integrated into a team and achieve, by working in a collaborative manner, results that can be converted into a prototype, device, catalogue of ideas, event, visualisation, etc.. Interested? Applications are accepted until 25 June.

Travel grants to attend CIMAM's 2012 annual conference

CIMAM – International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern and Contemporary Art – is pleased to offer twenty-five grants to support the attendance of contemporary visual art professionals from developing countries to CIMAM´s 2012 Annual Conference ´Museums Beyond the Crises´ that will be held in Istanbul November 12 to 14, 2012. Deadline to apply: 1 July.

Call for artists at Faena Arts Center (Argentina)

This edition of the Faena Prize for the Arts is reserved for site-specific projects, that is, projects especially conceived for the physical and symbolic space of our new exhibition room. The call is for new projects in different artistic fields and/or interdisciplinary projects that clearly reflect on the space of the Faena Arts Center (an old grain mill in Faena, Argentina), respond to the center and/or occupy the center´s space in a significant way. Find out more! Deadline: 6 July.

Green World Art & Culture Festival – Odisha (India)

The Green World Art & Culture Festival (GWAF) –Odisha is a world initiative led by a Group of Artists and has become a space for artists across the world that nurtures creativity and imaginative art practice. The Festival has been the destination for performing artist around the world for being open and welcoming to artists and has been a venue for participation, exchange, discourse, dialogue, debate and a space that is an incubator for contemporary art experimentation that focuses on the process. Applications can be submitted until 31 August.

Get training

Scholarships in Sound and Fine Arts – Germany

T
he Federal State of Lower Saxony and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig invite applications for scholarships to be awarded for 2012/2013: 3 scholarships in Sound Art and 5 scholarships in Fine Arts. Applicants should not be more than 40 years old and should have a university degree in arts. Deadline: 6 June.

Grant for Turkish cultural educators to stay in Vienna

KulturKontakt Austria is one of the largest Austrian centres of excellence for cultural education, cultural communication, cultural dialogue and educational cooperation with Eastern and South Eastern Europe. KKA is offering a grant for cultural educators for a one-month long study and information stay in Vienna from 20. 09. – 19. 10. 2012, and is inviting cultural educators from Turkey to apply. Applications should be made until 15th of June.

Somatic summer school – 19-22 July, Birr (Ireland)

Legitimate Bodies Dance Company is pleased to announce their first Somatic Summer School as a dynamic step for artists from Ireland and beyond. Experienced somatics and improvisation teacher David Lakein (Berlin/Chicago) will lead a four-day intensive workshop in Birr, County Offaly, Ireland. Securing advance booking fee is requested by 12 July.

Dance Video Academy 2012 – Linz, Austria

The project-oriented workshop for dance video will be held from the 2nd of September (arrival date) till the 9th of September (departure date) and is open to all international artists who want to dive into the art of dance film making. The deadline for the application is 15 July.

Discover a residency

Call for artists in residence in Torino, Italy

viadellafucina A.I.R. is the new artist-in-residence program located in the area of Porta Palazzo, in Turin (Italy). To take part to the open call it will be necessary to estabilish an agreement of "twinning" between an artist from Turin and and artist working outside the Turin area who intend to collaborate to a common project, having as subject the area of Porta Palazzo. Deadline to apply: 10 June.

Open call for Omani visual artist

Delfina Foundation (DF) is pleased to invite applications from Omani artists, living and working in the Sultanate of Oman, for a six-week residency in London, from 4 September to 18 October 2012. Deadline for applications: 14 June.

Artists in Residency Programme by Africa Centre & partners

The Africa Centre, together with artist in residency programmes in Australia, Brazil, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and the United States of America have partnered to create the Artist in Residency (AIR) 2012 programme. The programme has been conceived to support artists from Africa who are provocative, innovative, relevant and highly engaged with both social issues and their art forms. The costs of the residency and roundtrip airfare are included in each residency award made as part of this programme. Deadline for applications: 15 June.

Nida Art Colony: call for residency applications (Lithuania)

Nida Art Colony welcomes proposals for its upcoming winter residencies. Two types of residencies are available. Residencies with grants will be offered to Baltic and Nordic artists for the term of October to December, 2012. The January to May, 2013, term is open to all applicants. Deadilne for all terms: 15 June.

Call for entries – residencies 2013 – PACT Zollverein (Germany)

From January to June 2013 PACT Zollverein (Essen, Germany) is offering a residency programme for the development and realisation of projects and productions, which is open to professional artists from Germany and abroad working in the fields of dance, media art or music. Deadline to submit applications: 18 June.

M Literary Residency 2013-14

The M Literary Residency Program has been established to disseminate a broader knowledge of contemporary life and writing in India and China today and to foster deeper intellectual, cultural and artistic links across individuals and communities. Applicants are invited to apply for one of two M Literary Residencies: in Bangalore (India) and Shanghai (China). Travel costs are covered by the residency. Applications open until 29 June.

Call for International Choreography Residency in Bangalore, India

FACETS, a Residency Programme for 15 choreographers from all over the world, is being organized by Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore, India. The FACETS residency is scheduled for December 5, 2012 to January 23, 2013 in Bangalore with an optional break during Christmas and New Year. Deadline for application: 30 June.

Balmoral scholarships for international visual artists

Balmoral awards two 3-month and seven 6-month residential scholarships to international visual artists. The conditions for all scholarships are a completed course of study in art and two or three years of continuous artistic work after the conclusion of the studies. Applications are also possible for autodidacts. Deadline: 13 July.

Meet others

Metropolis Laboratory in Copenhagen (DK) – 7-9 June 2012

During these three days, this laboratory brings together artists, programmers, city planners, researchers and architects for intense discussions around the theme of the creative cities. Participation is free of charge after registration.

keðja encounter "Dance Partnerships" – Tallinn, Estonia

Registration is now open for the 8th keðja encounter which takes place in Tallinn, Estonia from September 18th-20th under the headline:
Dance Partnerships. The focus is to encourage, provoke, twist and facilitate discussions and workshops on the development of dance in relation to society in general, to audiences, politicians, organizers etc. Anyone who is interested in developing the contemporary dance scene is welcome to join! Registration deadline is 17 June.

Creative Portugal – meeting on "audiovisual beyond borders” in Porto, June 2012

In 2012, ADDICT wants to celebrate the theme “Creative Places”, which will be present in all of the activities of this year’s programme. We want to focus in the present and future of cities, promoting new models of participation and collaboration, boosting renewed strategies to approach the impacts and opportunities of globalization and the financial crisis. The meetings take place between 21-23 June in Porto, Portugal.

Theatre Without Borders. Connecting theatre artists worldwide

We invite you to discover Theatre Without Borders, an informal, volunteer, virtual community that shares information and builds connections between individuals and institutions interested in international theatre exchange. TWB is a virtual and practical space for creating artist-to-artist, people-to-people connections and for sharing knowledge, information and skills. Find out more…

Collaborate with

ECLAP – Best practices in digital performing arts: survey

ECLAP – the e-library for performing arts – is a social network and best practice platform for digitized performing arts heritage. ECLAP is bringing together performing arts collections (videos, photographs, texts, essays, etc.) from cultural institutions across Europe. Many of these have never been made accessible online until now. On behalf of the community of archives, libraries and museums with performing arts collections, we ask that you help us by participating in our survey that we are holding in order to determine best practices in the digital performing arts field. Deadline: 10 June.

Look for a Job

Call for researcher – Mobility & touring in East African visual arts field

After the success of its first research experience on mobility & touring in East African performing arts field, AMA is planning to recruit a researcher in order to launch a new study on the visual arts sector in the same geographical area. The researcher will be working and travelling in east African countries. Deadline to send applications: 4 June.

ASEF looks for a Project Executive in Singapore

The Cultural Exchange Department at the Asia-Europe Foundation seeks to recruit a motivated Project Executive with excellent communication and administration skills. The successful candidate will assist the Department Director and direct supervisor in developing and implementing specific projects andcommunication activities with particular regard to the area of Cultural Exchange. Applications accepted until 5 June.

Offre d'emploi administratrice Compagnie Ultima Chamada

The company Ultima Chamada (Paris) is looking for a person in charge of administration. Find all the details (in French) and apply by 15 June. La Compagnie Ultima Chamada (Paris) recherche activement une ou un chargé(e) d'administration. Candidature à envoyer avant le 15 Juin.

Call for Applications for Program Manager at Khoj International Artists' Association

ARThinkSouthAsia invites applications for the position of a Project Manager, based in New Delhi, India. The project manager will be responsible for the successful planning and implementation of ARThinksouthAsia’s flagship 2-week residential workshop programme in Delhi and master class and short courses to take place in India and South Asia. Applications accepted until 15 June.

Library

The Migrant Artist’s Handbook: A guide to living and working in Cape Town & Johannesburg

The African Arts Institute launched The Migrant Artist’s Handbook: A guide to living and working in Cape Town & Johannesburg. The handbook undertakes to provide both Migrant and South African start-up artists with resources, references and tools to approach various arts disciplines with self-fulfilling and self-sustaining imperatives. The Handbook is available for free online.

Mobility & Touring in East Africa: new publication by AMA – Art Moves Africa

Art Moves Africa (AMA) proudly presents « Mobility &Touring in East Africa », a research commissioned in 2011 and implemented by Hildegard Kiel on the performing arts sector in East Africa. The objective of the research was to identify the main actors of the performing arts field in East Africa and to analyse the relevance and frequency of artistic mobility from that geographical area towards the whole African continent.

Interview with the director of the Delfina Foundation – April 2012

One of the most important contemporary foundations, whose vision and primary focus are residential and artistic exchanges, is the Delfina Foundation, based in London and oriented towards the MENASA region – Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio, Art Researcher / Critic / Curator at the University of Barcelona, interviews Aaron Cezar, Delfina Foundation's director, to know more about the Foundation’s activities and reflect on the present and the evolution of mobility practices.

Theatre for Living

Participatory/Interactive Theatre meets the Systems Theory approach

A unique friendship called THEATRE for LIVING is born

What ensues is a process of creative, community-based dialogue towards sustainable social change, conflict transformation and peacebuilding

Work on social change, conflict transformation and peacebuilding all around the world has since long been using theatre forms of Community theatre and Participatory/Interactive theatre. These theatre forms have mainly grown out of Augusto Boal´s Theatre of the Oppressed (TO)Theatre for Living (TfL) evolves from TO and further develops by embodying the 'systems view' of the world that posits that social structures – that create divisions between oppressors and those they oppress – are simply manifestations of repeated behaviours. TfL´s approach is to investigate those behaviours and learn together in our society how to change them, in order to eventually change the structure of our society. TfL recognizes that communities are complexly integrated living organisms and invites them to engage in constructive social change, moving from various forms of violence to respectful engagement.

TfL is about empowerment – about people being the experts in their own lives and being able to use theatre to make change. The process gives a community the opportunity to re-ignite 'emotional intelligence' – using a symbolic language to investigate alternative approaches to hard-to-talk-about issues. This is a first step towards dealing with difficult topics – moving towards open communication and realities that living communities want in an active and entertaining way.

For our conflict transformation and peacebuilding work, all these are indeed very relevant!

David Diamond, the Artistic and Managing Director of Theatre for Living (Headlines Theatre) in Vancouver, Canada is the originator of Theatre for Living (TfL), and is offering a 6-day TfL training in Berlin during June 26 – July 1, 2012. This should be particularly interesting and accessible for peacebuilders in Europe.

The costs are:

  • Representatives of organisations: 450€
  • Individuals: 300€
  • Students/Unemployed: 250€

For training details and registration, please visit the TfL @ Berlin.DE website. The training is organised by Performing Transformation.

PLEASE NOTE: The fee is only for participation in the training and does notinclude accommodation or meals. We also don't have the capacity to offer any financial assistance or scholarships.

Time: June 26, 2012 to July 1, 2012
Location: "battleROYAL"
Street: Waldemarstraße 33-37a
City/Town: Berlin, 10999. Germany
Website or Map: http://tflberlin.blogspot.de
Event Type: trainingoninteractivetheatre
Organized By: Mir Mubashir @ http://performingtransformation.blogspot.de

On the Move Newsflash 04/12

 

 

OTM news

On the Move and You – participate in our spring survey!

What is On the Move for you? How do you use OTM website? Is OTM useful? And how could it be more useful for you? Let us know: participate in the survey "On the Move and You", open until 20 May.

OTM announces its new media partnership with Chiediteatro – OTM news available in Italian!

As of April 2012, On the Move has a new media partner: Chiediteatro, the Italian Web-based information site for theatre and performing arts professionals, with a special focus on "backstage" professionals.

Engage in policy

Call for Proposals: Strengthening Civil Society Through Arts & Culture

The Open Society Arts and Culture Program works at the nexus of arts, culture, human rights, and social advocacy. Through its grant program, the program strives to encourage broad-based critical reflection and catalyze social action in parts of the world where open societies are absent or weak, and where the cultural rights of minority groups are endangered. Eligible projects aim to draw on the power of culture to help build open societies in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan), the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Moldova, Mongolia, and Turkey. The grants cover travel costs. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis through December 31, 2012. 

Raise Funding

Mobility grant for African artists, Art moves Africa (deadlines: 1st January, 1st May, 1st September)

Art Moves Africa offers travel funds to artists, arts professionals and cultural operators living and working in Africa to travel within the African continent in order to engage in the exchange of information, the enhancement of skills, the development of informal networks and the pursuit of cooperation.

International Performing Arts Exchange – Denmark

The Danish Agecny for Culture awards grants for guest performances and network-building within the field of performing arts. The grant program supports the exchange of Danish and foreign artists and their productions. There are several deadlines (the last on September 15).

Mobility to Tasmania: ArtsBridge Connect

Artsbridge Connect provides funds for airfares (or freight) to allow an individual or collaboration of Tasmanian artists to take up exceptional opportunities, or airfares, freight, accommodation and living allowances to invite leading arts practitioners to Tasmania. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Artists' international development fund 

The Artists' international development programme is a £750,000 fund, jointly funded by the British Council and Arts Council England. The programme offers early stage development opportunities for individual freelance and self employed artists based in England to spend time building links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in another country.

Arts Development Fund (Cultural Exchange Project) Hong Kong

The Arts Development Fund administered by the Hong Kong Home Affairs Bureau aims at advancing cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and other places, promoting local arts and culture, and enhancing Hong Kong’s international image. Individual/organisation applicants must be Hong Kong residents or registered local organisations, on official invitations abroad. The grants cover part of the travel and other costs.

React to a call

OEI: Mobility Support Programme for Ibero-American Professionals in the Cultural Field

The Organization for Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI), has launched the third call of the Programme of Mobility Grants for Ibero-American Professionals in the Cultural Field. The programme aims to allow these professionals to enrich their work through a temporary stay in public and private bodies of other Ibero-American countries. Applications may be submitted via OEI's website until May 6.

Botín Foundation Visual Arts Scholarships 2012-2013

The scholarships are available to people of any nationality, although candidates must be between 23 and 40 years old except for research scholarships. Deadline for application: 11 May.

Mobility opportunity for French and France-based artists

The Institut Français' programme "Hors les murs" is a mobility programme targeting creative and professional artists willing to speand some time abroad to develop an artistic project. To be eligible, you have to be a French national or resident in France since min. 5 years. Find out all the details (in French) and send your application by 20 May.

International Dance Competition "Premio Roma Danza" – Rome, Italy

In 2012 comes back the Premio Roma Dance Competion, divided as in the past editions in the two categories Classical and Contemporary. Deadline to apply: 10 June.

Creative encounters: call for proposals

ASEF and partners are supporting new artistic and networking collaborations in the framework of the Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe 2012-2013 programme. Arts and cultural organisations are invited to submit proposals by 30 June 2012 for the second edition.

E-MOTIONAL Bodies & Cities – Call for Contemporary Dance Professionals – Mobility Grants, Residencies, Fellowships

The E-MOTIONAL organisers are currently launching the second call for proposals in the frame of the project’s Motion Fund. This strand represents a special funding scheme aimed at promoting cross-border mobility of the dance sector as well as encouraging the implementation of artists-in-residence activities in the participating countries. There are three kinds of opportunities available: mobility and netwroking grants, artists-in-residency programme, and residency for dance managers or administrators. Deadlines: 29 February and 31 Augst.

Get training

Fellowships for curators and artists at Salzburg Summer Academy (Austria)

ERSTE Foundation offers four fellowships for young artists and four fellowships for emerging curators from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia to take part in a course of their choice at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg 2012. Applications are accepted until 30 April 2012.

Discover a residency

Open call for a residency at CAPACETE/São Paulo (Brazil)

A 4 month residency (september/december 2012) for artists, curators and critics at CAPACETE's residency in São Paulo (Brazil), in 2012. All of the artists’ expenses are covered, including airfare. Applicants must be German artists or foreign artists able to prove that they live for at least three years in germany. Application deadline: 30 April.

Rockefeller Center in Bellagio (Italy) – call for artists in residence in 2013

The Bellagio Residency program offers academics, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a stimulating array of disciplines and geographies. The Bellagio Center community generates new knowledge to solve some of the most complex issues facing our world and creates art that inspires reflection, understanding, and imagination. Applications for a residency period in 2013 can be submitted until May 1st.

Residency Diogene Bivaccourbano – Turin (Italy)

The Diogene group of artists is promoting the international competition “Diogene Bivaccourbano”, open to Italian and foreign artists working in the specific sector of visual arts, without restrictions of approach or medium. The artist selected will be hosted in a very peculiar location: an old carriage, the Bivouac, from the city’s public transports agency, located in a green roundabout in Turin. Living and travel expenses, amongst others, are covered. Send your application by 20 May!

Call for artists in residence at ComPeung, Thailand

Artists from different fields are invited to apply for a residence at ComPeung, the first non-government artist-in-residence programme in Thailand. The grants cover also the travel costs. Applications accepted through 31 May.

Artists in Residency Programme by Africa Centre & partners

The Africa Centre, together with artist in residency programmes in Australia, Brazil, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and the United States of America have partnered to create the Artist in Residency (AIR) 2012 programme. The programme has been conceived to support artists from Africa who are provocative, innovative, relevant and highly engaged with both social issues and their art forms. The costs of the residency and roundtrip airfare are included in each residency award made as part of this programme. Deadline for applications: 15 June.

Meet others

Truth is concrete: a 24/7 marathon camp on artistic strategies in politics and political strategies in art (Austria)

“Truth is concrete” is a 24-hour, 7-day marathon camp: around 150 artists, activists and theorists lecture, perform, play, produce, discuss and collect artistic strategies in politics and political strategies in art. All day long, all night long. It is a platform, a toolbox as well as a performative statement, an extreme effort at a time that needs some extreme efforts. The grant programme – covering travel, accommodation and food – invites 100 students, artists, activists and theorists interested in artistic strategies in politics from all over the world to Graz. Application deadline is 5 May.

Sarajevo Talent Campus Call for Entries 2012

Sarajevo Talent Campus aims to enhance theoretical and practical education of young film professionals through its program of intensive workshops, lectures, panel discussions. Young scriptwriters, directors, actors, producers and film critics from Southeast European countries are invited to submit their applications. Sarajevo Talent Campus will provide free accommodation. A share of travel expenses will be reimbursed to the selected participants not residing in the city of Sarajevo. No Entry Fee! Find all the details online and apply by 8 May.

Journée de travail: Culture 20/20, Changer de modèle, construire l'Europe (Paris, 13 Juin)

Le Relais Culture Europe organise, le 13 juin prochain, au Centre Wallonie – Bruxelles (Paris), une journée de travail sur la coopération culturelle européenne.

MOV-S 2012 in Cádiz (Spain): Space for international exchange of dance and performing arts

MOV-S 2012 is a collaborative work process that will culminate with an Ibero-American meeting for professionals, groups and organizations devoted to dance, motion arts and contemporary creativity that will take place in Cadiz from June 14th to June 17th, 2012. The meeting will be a horizontal space for debate and the introduction of projects and experience. In addition, several performances and/or Ibero-American art projects will take place in some theaters and public spaces of the city. Find out all the details – and get involved!

International Artistic Mobility and Territorial Diplomacy – public debate in Guimarães  

In collaboration with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Guimarães, European Capital of Culture 2012, the Roberto Cimetta Fund will be organising a one-day event on the theme «International Artistic Mobility and Territorial Diplomacy» on Thursday 24th May 2012 in Guimarães, Portugal. In the public debate, open to all, participants can voice their opinions openly and meet panellists directly during speed-meetings. Registration is free.

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BECC – Bridge between European cultural centres

The BECC is a Europe-wide staff exchange programme open to every staff member of a cultural centre can participate – no matter if manager, professional, technician, artist, project coordinator, teacher, trainer, freelancer, trainee or volunteer. Applications accepted until 30 April.

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ON-AiR: Reflecting on the mobility of artists in Europe

After a two year collaboration the ON-AiR partners present: ON-AiR: Reflecting on the mobility of artists in Europe. With this publication the partners of the ON-AiR project aim to take you on a ‘journey’, reflecting on the current state of mobility in which the artists in Europe operate and their art flourishes. It also includes a summary of the results and outcomes of the ON-AiR project.

Touring in Scandinavia and the Baltics. Seminar 17-18 November 2011 – publication

Report of the seminar organised in November 2011 in Helsinki, Finland by International Theatre Festival Baltic Circle (Q-Teatteri). The seminar presented new sustainable models for regional and cross-border co-operation and opened discussion on international mobility outside big cities. The speakers were professionals from the field of theatre, dance, circus and performance art from Nordic and Baltic states.

culture360.org – Asia-Europe Cultural Policy Update

 

On the Move Newsflash 03/2012

 

Engage in policy
 

Call for Proposals: Strengthening Civil Society Through Arts & Culture

The Open Society Arts and Culture Program works at the nexus of arts, culture, human rights, and social advocacy. Through its grant program, the program strives to encourage broad-based critical reflection and catalyze social action in parts of the world where open societies are absent or weak, and where the cultural rights of minority groups are endangered. Eligible projects aim to draw on the power of culture to help build open societies in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan), the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Moldova, Mongolia, and Turkey. The grants cover travel costs. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis through December 31, 2012.  

Raise Funding
 

Artists' international development fund

The Artists' international development programme is a £750,000 fund, jointly funded by the British Council and Arts Council England. The programme offers early stage development opportunities for individual freelance and self employed artists based in England to spend time building links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in another country.

Mobility grant for African artists, Art moves Africa (deadlines: 1st January, 1st May, 1st September)

Art Moves Africa offers travel funds to artists, arts professionals and cultural operators living and working in Africa to travel within the African continent in order to engage in the exchange of information, the enhancement of skills, the development of informal networks and the pursuit of cooperation.

ECF Collaboration Grants

ECF Collaboration Grants fund transnational, cross-sectoral activities by independent cultural and artistic organisations working together or with organisations from other sectors (outside the cultural field). The grant opens on 20 February and the deadline is 2 May.

Arts Development Fund (Cultural Exchange Project) Hong Kong

The Arts Development Fund administered by the Hong Kong Home Affairs Bureau aims at advancing cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and other places, promoting local arts and culture, and enhancing Hong Kong’s international image. Individual/organisation applicants must be Hong Kong residents or registered local organisations, on official invitations abroad. The grants cover part of the travel and other costs.

React to a call

Roberto Cimetta Fund – Open call for travel grants – March 2012

The Roberto Cimetta Fund is launching the second 2012 open call for travel grants from 1st to 31st March 2012. Artists and cultural professionals living and working in the Euro-Arab and Mediterranean regions can apply. Priority is given to mobility from the South and East of these regions. Find out all the details!

20th International Competition of Young Dance Performers

The 20th International Competition of Young Dance Performers OPUS 1 – short dance piece 2012 (Celje, Slovenian National Theatre Celje, 9th June at 5 pm) is open to dancers born between 1988 and 2003. The aim of the competition is to promote contemporary dance and discover fresh talents from all over the world. The organiser of the competition publishes a topic every year that the young dance performers must use as a basis for their short dance piece; in 2012 the topic is "Literature and dance". Find all the details and apply by 16 April.

Sarajevo Talent Campus Call for Entries 2012

Sarajevo Talent Campus aims to enhance theoretical and practical education of young film professionals through its program of intensive workshops, lectures, panel discussions. Young scriptwriters, directors, actors, producers and film critics from Southeast European countries are invited to submit their applications. Sarajevo Talent Campus will provide free accommodation. A share of travel expenses will be reimbursed to the selected participants not residing in the city of Sarajevo. No Entry Fee! Find all the details online and apply by 8 May.

Green World Art & Culture Festival – Odisha (India)

The Green World Art & Culture Festival (GWAF) –Odisha is a world initiative led by a Group of Artists and has become a space for artists across the world that nurtures creativity and imaginative art practice. The Festival has been the destination for performing artist around the world for being open and welcoming to artists and has been a venue for participation, exchange, discourse, dialogue, debate and a space that is an incubator for contemporary art experimentation that focuses on the process. Applications can be submitted until 31 August.

Get training
 

Film d'animation: International residencies and writing grants

The Abbey of Fontevraud proposes creation residencies to animated films authors. The residents are given a writing bursary of 1200 for the residency, wich will take place from october 15th to november 15th. The residency lasts one month (dates have to be precised between the resident and the abbey team). Read all the details and apply by 13 April.

Call for applications for female directors workshop with Kama Ginkas, St. Petersburg, Russia

The workshop will focus on Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen. The working language will be Russian with translation into English. For interested persons Russian Theatre Union will cover accommodation costs in St. Petersburg May 5-10. Travel expenses are to be covered by the participant. Deadline for application: 5 April.

MAP/P / Mostra de processos / Portugal

MAP/P is a presentation place to the creative process related to a piece. A time to share with the audience the research, essays, reflections, selection, collections, work material. The emphasis isn’t focused on the final product, but the on sharing of the creative process and all the research done to a specific piece. The presentation to the public, which may take the form of performance, exhibition, video, video conferencing, chat, portfolio analysis, or whatever, should be a moment of sharing with the audience the research directed to creation. MAP/P is open to any artist (Portuguese or international), whose work uses movement as a root to create – movement based works. Applications are open until 1 May.

Atelier for Young Festival Managers LJUBLJANA 2012

Do you belong to the next generation of artistic festival directors? Do you feel the need to broaden your programming skills and get inspired by colleagues and experienced forerunners? The European Festivals Association (EFA) and the Ljubljana Festival are delighted to announce the launch of the Open Call for Application for the fifth edition of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers from 14-21 October 2012 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Application deadline is 31 May 2012!

Stars and acrobats-forms of theatre between Turkey and the EU – Call for Participation in International Theatre Summer School

The International Summer School is part of the project “Stories of stars and acrobats- forms of theatre between Turkey and the EU", co-funded by the European Union and the Government of the Republic of Turkey. The International Theatre Summer School foresees two different Classes, held by international masters. An intercultural and multidisciplinary approach is the core of the Summer School Classes.

Discover a residency


FEMRITE Regional Women Writers' Residence – Call for applications

Uganda Women Writers Association (FEMRITE) calls for submissions for her 4th Regional Women Writers Residence to be held in November 2012. This is an inspiring initiative that brings together upcoming African women writers. Deadline: 30 April.

Call for artists in residence at ComPeung, Thailand

Artists from different fields are invited to apply for a residence at ComPeung, the first non-government artist-in-residence programme in Thailand. The grants cover also the travel costs. Applications accepted through 31 May.

Residency Diogene Bivaccourbano – Turin (Italy)

The Diogene group of artists is promoting the international competition “Diogene Bivaccourbano”, open to Italian and foreign artists working in the specific sector of visual arts, without restrictions of approach or medium. The artist selected will be hosted in a very peculiar location: an old carriage, the Bivouac, from the city’s public transports agency, located in a green roundabout in Turin. Living and travel expenses, amongst others, are covered. Send your application by 20 May!

Cerveira Biennial Foundation – Artistic Residencies 2012: program opened

The Cerveira Biennial Foundation opened the application period for the Artist Residencies Competition 2012, open to the national and international artists in order to develop individual or collective artistic projects. Deadline for applications: 15 April.

Meet others
 

International Artistic Mobility and Territorial Diplomacy – public debate in Guimarães

In collaboration with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Guimarães, European Capital of Culture 2012, the Roberto Cimetta Fund will be organising a one-day event on the theme «International Artistic Mobility and Territorial Diplomacy» on Thursday 24th May 2012 in Guimarães, Portugal. In the public debate, open to all, participants can voice their opinions openly and meet panellists directly during speed-meetings. Registration is free.

Apply now for the Euro Med Youth Music Expo 2012

The Euro-Mediterranean Youth Music Expo is an international 4-day event to be held in Limassol Cyprus from the 28th of September to the 1st of October, which combines various modalities of high-level youth music activities and productions embracing all musical genres. The Expo will bring together over 200 young musicians (young soloists, youth bands and orchestras from all musical backgrounds, classical, ethnic, jazz, rock, hip-hop, reggae etc), music teachers, organizers and professionals altogether related for a multilevel educational and artistic fair which includes workshops, seminars, open-air public concerts, music labs and more! Apply by 15 April.

Residencies: Gates and Bridges – meeting in Vienna, May 2012

On May 2-5, the third Res Artis Regional Meeting in Central and Eastern Europe continues its conversation on the residency field in that region. Additionally, we invite speakers from Africa and Russia in order to compare and expand our understanding of the local and international AiR developments beyond Europe. The meeting is hosted by KulturKontakt Austria in Vienna. We trust to see you there! Register before 15 April.

The Mobile Artist: Symposium For And About Nomadic Artists

Having flexibility of the mind, developing professionally and personally, challenging ideas and concepts, working in international collectives or simply travelling to perform in different countries… Mobility as an artistic strategy has many faces but what are the traces mobility leaves on people and their works? How is artistic potential unleashed in the encounter with the other and don't artist nomads need roots? Find this (and more) out in Helsinki on 23-26 May – deadline for registration: 16 April.

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On the Move and You – participate in our spring survey!

What is On the Move for you? How do you use OTM website? Is OTM useful? And how could it be more useful for you? Let us know: spend 5 minutes to participate in the survey "On the Move and You"!

Internship opportunity at Art Moves Africa office in Brussels

Art Moves Africa (AMA) is an international not for profit organization aiming to facilitate cultural and artistic exchanges within the African continent. AMA offers travel grants to artists and cultural practitioners living and working in Africa to travel within the African continent. AMA is planning to recruit interns in order to assist the Coordinator in developing and implementing the organisation’s communication strategy and work. Find out all the details and apply for this position at AMA office in Brussels. 

Festival Following I.B Singer`s traces in Poland looks for volunteers

The Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre Centre (Lublin, Poland) invites young artists and educators to volunteer in the second edition of the international project: Festival Following I.B Singer`s
traces, which will take place in July 8 -25, 2012. We are looking for positive and open-minded people over 18 years old who are passionate about art and culture. If you are an actor, musician, circus performer, dancer, painter, street-art artist, fire-show performer or educator you are welcome to share your ideas, experiences and works during this outstanding event! Read the info (part of the expenses are paid by the organisation) and apply by 6 May.

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EuroFIA Handbook – Dancers' Career Transition – Available now – English; Français; Español

Dancers are highly mobile professionals through the various stages of their career. This handbook compiles and analyses the data and information collected through desk research and a survey of EuroFIA members. It also offers a review of relevant national and international resources on dancers’ career transitions.

World Theatre Day 2012

"May your work be compelling and original. May it be profound, touching, contemplative, and unique. May it help us to reflect on the question of what it means to be human, and may that reflection be blessed with heart, sincerity, candor, and grace. May you overcome adversity, censorship, poverty and nihilism, as many of you will most certainly be obliged to do…". The message author of the 50th World Theatre Day (27 March) is the US actor and director John Malkovich.

TEH Newsletter #3 2012: GRANTS & ARTISTIC CALLS; WORKSHOPS & MEETINGS

GRANTS & ARTISTIC CALLS
Call for Application: Dance Exchange 2012. Deadline: March 23rd, 2012.
Sierra Arts Center (Spain) – call for artistic residencies. Deadline: March 31st.
Open Call: International Physical Theatre Festival- Physical Fest in Liverpool. Deadline: March 31st, 2012.
Asia-Europe Short Films Contest is launched! Deadline for entries: April 9th, 2012.
Call for artists – Festival of Art as Research. Deadline: April 15th, 2012.
Traveling within the Nordic-Baltic Region? Deadline for applications: April 18th, 2012.
Call for collaboration grants for cross-cultural activities. Deadline: May 2nd, 2012.
Sarajevo Talent Campus Call for Entries 2012. Deadline May 8th, 2012.
Four Scholarships for professional performance directors available. Check the link for deadline and instructions.

WORKSHOPS & MEETINGS
International Artistic Mobility and Territorial Diplomacy – public debate in Guimarães on March 24th, 2012. Registration is free.
L'opéra créatif (Creative Opera) – 2nd International Workshop in Créon (France). Deadline: March 31st, 2012.
2nd European Forum on Music 19 – 22 April in Istanbul, Turkey. The online registration is now open.
The Mobile Artist: Symposium For And About Nomadic Artists. Registration deadline: April 16th, 2012.

TEH Newsletter #2 2012: TEH receives EC Operating Grant for 2012!

Dear readers,
Welcome to TEH Newsletter #2 2012, featuring the latest news from Trans Europe Halles – a European Network of Independent Cultural Centres. The TEH Newsletter is produced by the TEH Coordination Office in Lund, Sweden.

February 28th, 2012 is an important day in the history of Trans Europe Halles. The network received a €59.000 Annual Operating Grant from the EC Culture Programme for 2012 (Culture Programme 2007–2013, Strand 2). We are delighted about the fact that this is the largest annual grant ever received by Trans Europe Halles from the European Commission, and that TEH scored 91 out of a possible 100 points. We are already planning our celebration party!

Otherwise, we are happy to welcome the arrival of the spring to the South of Sweden. A month ago, TEH Coordination Office also hosted a new intern, who is me, Ellen Eklund. My first weeks I have learned about the network, projects such as Engine Room Europe, European Voluntary Service, advocacy campaigns and the work in the TEH Office. Everyday I get inspired and impressed by all the project the network is realising and I am looking forward to get more actively involved. I am from Göteborg, Sweden where I am studying International Cultural Management. I will end my internship in May after TEH Meeting 73 at Tabačka Kulturfabrik in Košice, Slovakia. The meeting registration is now open and I hope to meet you in Košice!

I would like to end this introduction with a quote from Ghandi. “Be the change you would like to see in the world.”

Keep on reading to find out what else is happening in the network.

Best wishes,
Ellen Eklund, Intern and
Plamena Slavcheva, Communication Assistant

NETWORK NEWS
 
Trans Europe Halles selected by the European Commission for an Annual Operating Grant 2012!

Trans Europe Halles has received a €59.000 Annual Operating Grant from the EC Culture Programme for 2012 (Culture Programme 2007–2013, Strand 2). We are delighted about the fact that this is the largest annual grant ever received by Trans Europe Halles from the European Commission, and that TEH scored 91 out of a possible 100 points. In total, 55 proposals were submitted and 16 were selected for funding.

Register for TEH Meeting 73 at Tabačka!
The registration for TEH Meeting 73, 10-13th of May in Košice, Slovakia is now available online! Be an early bird and register before 1st of April, avoiding the increase of fees and flight prices. The meeting will be held at Tabačka Kulturfabrik (Košice, Slovakia) under the theme Overcoming Borders to Independent Cultural Development. Click here to learn more about the programme and registration procedure.

ENGINE ROOM EUROPE
Latest from Engine Room Europe
TEH:s three-year network programme Engine Room Europe (May 2011–April 2014) is spreading its wings and launching new activities all over the continent. The programme activities continue with full power in 2012. Stay tuned for more updates!

First impressions of ERE Staff Exchange
Laura Gabrielaityte, the international programme coordinator of Arts Printing House (Vilnius, Lithuania), is the first Staff Exchangee who was sent to Subtopia (Stockholm, Sweden) for a period of two weeks in February 2012. To learn more about her first impressions, we invited her for an interview.

Crossroads East West call for practitioners
Do you want to participate in the mapping of the processes and projects of intercultural dialogue? Crossroads East West (Belgrade, Serbia) searches for a variety of contributions from different countries in Europe. To find out more about the project, follow the link to read the interview with its coordinator Nebojša Milikić.

Creative Strategies of Sustainability call for participants
Within the framework of the Engine Room Europe project, the International Cultural Centre ufaFabrik (Berlin, Germany) invites you to take part in a seminar that will discuss the creative strategies of sustainability for artistic and cultural centres in Europe. It will take place on 10-15th of September 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

Call for artists by A-Team Deadline coming soon!
As part of Engine Room Europe, A-Team – Artists for Change will realise four creative processes in Sweden, Bulgaria, Latvia and Slovenia, teaming up artists, cultural managers and local mediators, who will deal with local community issues. For this, A-Team searches for artists working in any medium affiliated with TEH Member centres or Friend organisations who enjoy community-based work and interactive dialogue. Deadline: March 15th, 2012.

EAR call for artists by NOA
SS

Within the Engine Room Europe programme European Artist Residencies (EAR), Culture and Arts Projects NOASS (Riga, Latvia) invites visual artists to offer their ideas for the creation of art works in an urban environment. NOASS is looking for artists from all TEH Member centres and Friend organisations. One of the artistic elements that should be used is water. The deadline for proposals is April 1st, 2012.

MEMBER NEWS
Circus Art at Subtopia
Circus Arts is a circus production company active in Subtopia (Stockholm, Sweden). Their fire circus production The Burnt Out Punks have been touring Europe since 2006, playing in 8 countries leaving blown away audiences behind with their unique mixture of theatre, circus and street art. Stay tuned for their 2013 tour!

Artist in Residency at Off Limits
Núria Güell, artist in residency at Off Limits (Madrid, Spain), presents her project Aplicación Legal Desplaçada #3: F.I.E.S. For the project, she issued an open call to prisoners subjected to the F.I.E.S. regime (Inmates under Special Observation), inviting them to write a poem, a short story or to make a drawing to illustrate the institutional torture to which they are being subjected.

Eco-posters exhibited at Izolyatsia
Between January 29th and
February 29th, 2012, the Platform for Cultural Initiatives IZOLYATSIA (Donetsk, Ukraine) presented 30 works of international artists submitted to the International Triennial of Ecological Posters, The 4th Block, which has been held in Kharkiv, Ukraine since 1991.

Music Freedom Day 2 at Konstepidemin
On March 3rd, 2012, Konstepidemin (Göteborg, Sweden) will host Jag var på besök i världen (I Visited the World) – singing string quartet Stråf meets the composer Stefan Forssén from Göteborg, Sweden and the Estonian National Poet Doris Kareva. This poetic concert will offer an experience somewhere in the space between jazz, folk and contemporary music.

Music Freedom Day 2 at Bakelit
On March 3rd, 2012, Bakelit Multi Art Center (Budapest, Hungary) organises a whole day full of music, dance, theatre, film and open discussions raising attention to music censorship and artist discrimination. The centre will highlight gentle and loveable ways of intercontinental cooperations from Africa to Transylvania.

SUSTAINABILITY
Top Tip of the Month
Planning to go green? You definitely need to read the Green Mobility Guide published by On the Move in 2011. It offers pr
actical recommendations for professionals across the performing arts, case studies and resources. Get inspired by learning about other green experiences in the arts world!

ADVOCACY
TEH in closer contact with the Swedish Minister of Culture
In February 2012, TEH Secretary General Birgitta Persson, wrote a letter to the Swedish Minister of Culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, to express the network's position on the new 'Creative Europe' Programme by the European Commission. In this letter, TEH also made a statement in support of the we are more campaign.

Meeting of 21 German Members of CAE in Berlin
As a result, the meeting participants agreed on a letter of recommendation that will be sent to several politicians from Germany and Brussels. The message consists of an ongoing support of smaller initiatives, non-profit orientated projects, networks, separated budget lines for creative industries, culture and arts.

 
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GRANTS & ARTISTIC CALLS
Culture and Art Programme open for applications. Proposals can be granted up to 100 000€. Deadline: March 6th, 2012.
Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean Performing Arts – open call for submissions. Deadline: March 1st, 2012.
Open call: AIR International Research Program #1 / Under Construction. Deadline: March 5th, 2012.
Call for applications International Contemporary Art Festival ArtBatFest Kazakhstan. Deadline: March 20th, 2012. Contact person: Gala Koretskaya, gkoretskaya[a]gmail[at]com.
Call for artists – Festival of Art as Research. Deadline: April 15th, 2012.
Call for collaboration grants for cross-cultural activities. Deadline: May 2nd, 2012.
Four Scholarships for professional performance directors available. Check the link for the deadline and instructions.

WORKSHOPS & MEETINGS
Multimedia on Stage Workshop in Cairo, Egypt. Deadline: March 13th, 2012.
2nd European Forum on Music 19 – 22 April in Istanbul, Turkey. The online registration is now open.
The Mobile Artist: Symposium For And About Nomadic Artists. Registration deadline: April 16th, 2012.
Information session on international financing of cultural projects. March 19th, 2012 in Rovaniemi, Finland.