Dutch youth theatre company Kwatta touring in the USA

Dutch youth theatre company Kwatta touring in the USA

3 Oct 2014, by BabetteMeyer

starts on 16 Oct 2014,
ends on 19 Nov 2014

From October 16 until November 19, youth theatre company Kwatta will be touring in the USA with their show Manxmouse. Last January Kwatta won the IPAY- award with this production. They will be performing in several theatres throughout the States until November. 

About Manxmouse

With bright blue fur, huge rabbit ears, and no tail to speak of, Manxmouse is the strangest little mouse you’ll ever see. He knows that destiny awaits and sets off on an exciting journey, encountering tigers, hawks and dastardly pet shop owners before finally landing in the most unexpected of places. Based on the beloved children’s novel by Paul Gallico, Manxmouse is a charming and offbeat tale full of puppets, animation and music.

About Kwatta

Kwatta has been a Dutch youth theatre company since 2002. Under the artistic direction of writer and director Josee Hussaarts, Kwatta puts on productions that are both light – hearted and light – footed with a serious undertone. Kwatta's mission is to create for amazement and admiration.

By asking simple questions about difficult issues, and difficult questions about things that appear to be simple. By making no assumptions and always searching for the unknown and the absurd. By tilting reality to create a different perspective.

Productions by Kwatta are often a combination of text and other forms of theatre such as music, song, puppetry and film.

Tour dates: 

16 – 19 October, Segerstrom Centrer for the Arts, Costa Mesa
24 – 25 October, The Broad Stage, Santa Monica 
28 – 30 October, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville
3 – 7 November, Kresa Education Centre for the Arts, Portage
15 November, The Theatre at the Raritan Community College, New Jersey
16 November, Skirball Centre for the Performing Arts, New York
19 November, Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie

British Council: Going Global 2015: Connecting cultures, forging futures

British Council: Going Global 2015: Connecting cultures, forging futures

Going Global 2015 takes place on 1 and 2 June 2015 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, UK – one of the world's most vibrant and exciting locations. Here, in a rich melting pot of diverse cultures and ideas, creative connections are forged that reach across the world forming global networks of innovation. It is these that will drive and secure the futures of individuals, communities and nations. At the core of these connections sit universities and institutions of learning, anchoring and sustaining cultures, building and strengthening connections.


We proposition the fusion of diverse cultures generates a creative force, which is a major catalyst of leading edge innovation. Investment in the connection of these cultures produces a tangible return and measurable impact for the future.

Going Global 2015 will explore this through three perspectives:

  • Academic discipline and subject cultures: including the impact of multi-disciplinary teams from various fields of study; as well as different cultures of research, teaching and skills development.
  • Organisational cultures – particularly those of higher education institutions; business; skills providers; NGOs and social enterprises.
  • National, regional and local cultures and the extent to which connecting people and ideas across these cultures generates a creative force leading to innovation.

We will explore how networks of innovation evolve and grow when cultures cut across boundaries, looking at the role higher education institutions play globally in connecting cultures, as well as anchoring and sustaining networks of innovation. 

Within each of the perspectives we seek to explore:

  • What evidence is there that connecting people and ideas across cultures produces internationally significant innovation and what is the nature of that innovation?
  • How do these connections and networks of innovation evolve? What is their life cycle? How are they nurtured and sustained?
  • What role are universities and colleges playing as anchors of these networks? What is the impact on structures and operations of these institutions?  What are the risks and challenges for them?
  • How is the traditional role of the university as a guardian of culture changing?
  • Where are the world-class examples of these innovation networks?

Key dates

Call for proposals opens: Wednesday 27 August 2014

Call for proposals closes: Friday 31 October 2014

Registration opens: February 2015

Going Global 2015 conference: Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 June 2015

Peacebuilding and the Arts Now: Nov 2014

Peacebuilding and the Arts Now: Nov 2014

Notes from the Director

Greetings from Brandeis and the beautiful days of autumn in New England. It’s been a very full summer, highlighted by the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) conference in Istanbul. Arts and Peace Commission meetings were robust, with presenters from every continent, practitioners in theatre and music especially well represented. A section of this newsletter is devoted to impressions from several presenters, in hopes of making the IPRA conversations accessible to those who were unable to attend. My own reflections are here


Before Istanbul, I spent a few days at La MaMa’s retreat for theatre artists in Umbria, Italy, engaging in conversation with participants in Catherine Filloux’s workshop for playwrights.


Also this summer, we made plans for Acting Together resources – including e-book versions of the anthologies – to be available to university libraries through Alexander Street Press, an online publisher, in their Human Rights Studies collection. Users of the e-books will be able to follow links to clips of performances described in many of the chapters. We hope this makes the Acting Together resources even more dynamic and extends the reach of the stories the project’s exemplary artist-peacebuilders.


A new undergraduate minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation  goes live this year. We’d be delighted to confer with colleagues at other colleges and universities who might like to build support for similar programs at their institutions.


The violence that tragically has engulfed many communities this summer demands concern and creative attention. Below we have highlighted artistic responses to the devastation in Syria. 


All the best,


Cynthia E. Cohen, Ph.D., Director

Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts

What's Happening 


New Minor at Brandeis: Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation

The Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts is proud to announce a new interdepartmental minor inCreativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation at Brandeis. The minor offers students the opportunity to explore theory and practice at the intersection of arts and culture, peace and justice, and creativity. It is designed for students in the arts who want to connect their creative talents to their concerns for social change, and for students in the humanities and social sciences to explore music, theater, literature and visual arts as resources for justice and peace. Read the article in Brandeis’ State of the Artsmagazine. To learn more, visit go.brandeis.edu/castminor.

The CAST minor is supported by generous funding from the Max and Sunny Howard Memorial Foundation. We are grateful to Naomi Sinnreich, P'13, for her vision and support. 


Reflections from IPRA's 25th General Conference, Arts & Peace Commission


Gathering of Acting Together, IPRA Arts & Peace Commission, and Turkish theater colleagues at Kadir Has University, Istanbul. Photo credit: Bilge Gulturk.

Reflections from IPRA 

A number of our colleagues from around the world who work at the intersection of the arts and peacebuilding attended the 25th IPRA General Conference, and have provided us with reflections about their experiences at that convening. The formats range from general reflections on the overall conference, to reflections on specific conference sessions, to poems, to photo essays. Thanks to Ellen Frank, Eva Rodriguez Riestra, Paola Helena Acosta Sierra & María Elisa Pinto García, and Sara Dobbs. We invite you to read the reflections below. 


Eva Rodriguez Riestra: A Photo Essay, IPRA 2014 Istanbul – Impressions from an Arts + Peace Commission Delegate

 “This post tries to capture the conference experience from the point of view of a member of the Arts and Peace Commission, which has a reput
ation for being diverse, entertaining, challenging and inspiring.

Starting at the very beginning, [a photo of] group of IPRA delegates from all corners of the world: Philippines, Nigeria, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Uganda, Pakistan and Australia found each other at Ataturk airport on a sweltering hot day…” Read more and view Eva’s photo essay


Paola Helena Acosta Sierra & María Elisa Pinto García: Panel on Art-based peacebuilding activities in Colombia at IPRA 2014 

“During the 25th General Conference of the International Peace Research Association –IPRA– ‘Uniting For Peace: Building Sustainable Peace Through Universal Values’ held in Istanbul, Turkey on August 11-15 2014, a panel about art-based peacebuilding activities in Colombia took place within the Arts and Peace Commission. Paola Helena Acosta from Politecnico Grancolombiano University, María Elisa Pinto from Prolongar Foundation and Santo Tomas University, and Gloria Patricia Zapata from Juan N. Corpas University presented three papers related to the armed conflict in Colombia with three different art-based initiatives aiming to overcome this conflict. The studies focused on the link between art and peace, stressing on the opportunities but also limitations that music and theatre entail for war-torn contexts, and specifically, for Colombia….” Read more. Download the full papers by: Paola Helena AcostaMaría Elisa Pinto, and Gloria Patricia Zapata (abstract only)


Sara Dobbs: Reflection on the IPRA Conference 

“The IPRA conference in Istanbul was a hit. Although the opening was daunting with a late start, long line-up and other organizational and technical inefficiencies from the hosts, the Arts and Peace presentations, with the collegial connections and shared experiences made the lack of effectiveness feel like a distant memory.

The Plenary talks by Prof. Johan Galtung and Kevin Clements were exemplary, providing attendees with a well-rounded view of the condition of peace globally. Clements spoke of “the need to shift from carnage to creation” and that the fall of global peacefulness is largely driven by internal peacefulness…” Read more.


Ellen Frank: Reflection on the IPRA Conference 

“I am not alone in my devotion to peacebuilding. There is a world of people so devoted. The so-dedicated gathered in the auditorium of the first day to hear the Plenary speakers. Nesrin affirmed numbers! 500 IPRA members! She named the elephant in our room: this conference was being held at a “perfect” time, during the escalation of wars in Gaza, Ukraine, Syria, Baghdad. And in a perfect place: Turkey, as a link between 3 continents and armed conflict. We are necessary. We have more work on our hands, non-violent action….” Read Ellen’s reflections including that which she gained from the conference as a whole; suggestions for improving the entire conference; and an evaluation the Arts and Peacebuilding Commission, including suggestions for the future. Learn about Ellen’s collection “Cities of Peace”. 


Artistic Responses to the Syrian Crisis


As the crisis in Syria continues, former Ethics Center staff member Kristin Williams, who now works for the Institute for Inclusive Security, co-wrote the article “Syrian Women Know How To Defeat ISIS” about creative approaches to leveraging on-going but little-known efforts of the women of Syria in support of humanitarian relief, local ceasefires, and resumption of negotiations. As Williams states, the women of Syria are “an untapped resource for creating lasting peace.” Read the article, originally published inTime magazine. It offers fitting context for news about the artistic responses to the crises in Syrian featured below. 


Book: Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline

In Syria, culture has become a critical line of defence against tyranny. Syria Speaks is a celebration of a people determined to reclaim their dignity, freedom and self-expression. It showcases the work of over fifty artists and writers who are challenging the culture of violence in Syria. Read more.


Comfort for Kids – a Project for Syria

According to the UN, more than half of all Syrian refugees are under the age of 18. The youngest are confused and scared by their experiences, lacking the sense of safety and home they need. Illustrator Lina Safar collaborated with  Mercy Corps and UNICEFto develop a series of support products in both Arabic and English to help Syrian refugees recover from psychological trauma. Read more


Syrian Crisis: Seeing Conflict Through Art

After 3 years of war, themes of fragmentation, fatigue, and bloodshed all come across in the work of Syrian artists were exhibited at the World Bank. Collectively, their paintings convey a sense of the internal turmoil caused by external violence, paintings that hint at conflict… Learn more and view some of the paintingsRead more about the exhibition.


Video – Banksy marks third anniversary of Syria conflict 

Reclusive British street artist Banksy has reworked one of his most celebrated pieces, "Girl with the Red Balloon," to mark the third anniversary of the ongoing conflict in Syria. Actor Idris Elba has lent his support to the campaign, voicing a video with exclusive music from Elbow. View the video, visit www.withsyria.com, and read more.


Special Report: Syria’s art in exile is roaring 

Many Syrian artists are affected profoundly by the evils of their war-stricken homeland. The Middle East Monitor (MEMO) met up with a range of artists to study their ways of trying to humanise a war that is so inhuman that new-born babies are perceived as culpable. View MEMO’s report including images.


Denied visas, Syrian refugees still get a platform

“Syria: The Trojan Women,” a play explaining the ramifications of the conflict for both Syrians and Americans, was to make its premiere at Georgetown University. But after the U.S. consular officer in Amman suspected the entertainers would seek asylum in this country and denied the women their application for visas, the University instead hosted “Voices Unheard, The Syria: Trojan Women Summit.” Read more.


Music to heal children’s souls

“Music won’t stop a bullet or protect a child to feel hungry but it can inspire.” Syrian composer and clarinettist Kinan Azmeh played his music for Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan. He is convinced that music can improve a person’s situation or heal a soul. Read more and listen to a radio interview.


Syria's Creative Resistance

Only a few weeks after it was posted on YouTube, Masasit Mati's play – Top Goon: Diaries of a Little Dictator – had received tens of thousands of views. The finger puppet theatre is just one of a wealth of satirical dramas, jokes, chants, graffiti slogans, videos, songs, and dances that have proliferated since Syrians began to rise up against the rule of the Assads. Learn more


Syria conflict finds a voice in hip-hop 

Music and revolution have always gone hand-in-hand and the Arab Spring is no exception. LaTlateh is a Damascus-based three-piece hip-hop group whose music documents the day-to-day struggle of the Syrian uprising. "The situation in Syria is what motivates us to write. How can we sit by and watch all the pain and suffering that is going on around us and not speak out?" Read more.



Culture+Conflict is a not-for-profit agency focusing on art produced in, or in response to, conflict and post-conflict situations across the world. Some of the projects that the organization supports in Syria include “Art Camping Aleppo,” “Refugees of Rap,” “Reel Syria/ Firefly International,” and “Ali Ferzat.” 


Please visit our website for more creative responses to several of the crises that are demanding global attention.


Resources and Opportunities


Rehearsing Change: A semester study abroad opportunity in Ecuador for Spring 2015  

The Pachaysana Institute, an Ecuadorian NGO, and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) have created a groundbreaking study abroad initiative in the Amazon Rainforest.Rehearsing Change is a semester-long, community-based study abroad program in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Read the full program description and visit the Rehearsing Change website.


Fulbright-mtvU Grants/Awards  

Fulbright will be offering up to four Fulbright-mtvU awards for projects that center around research on an aspect of international musical culture, and should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression or change. The online application will open November 1, 2014 and close February 27, 2015 at 5:00pm EST.Read more about the application requirements and tips. 


RFP for Artist as Activist: Three Grant Opportunities from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation announced the launch of an open call for three grant opportunities for proposals for artists whose work intersects with activism. Up to $100,000 in project support and up to $10,000 in travel and research grants will be provided to artists and collectives working to address pressing challenges facing societies in the U.S. and beyond. Read the press release and visit the website


Job Posting: Director of CONTACT Program, School for International Training 

The School for International Training (SIT) based in Vermont, is seeking a doctoral-level person who will serve as Director of the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) Program at SIT, as well as professor in SIT’s Master of Arts Program in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation. View the job description. 


ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art 

The mission of A Blade of Grass (ABOG) is to provide resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. The Fellowship is offered to individual artists or artist collectives who are not currently enrolled as students and have projects that engage directly with a specific community or communities. Initial Letters of Interest are due November 24, 2014. Learn more about eligibility and apply


Video: "What does leadership mean to you?" via Portraits of Purpose

During 'DEIS Impact 2014, the event series "Seeking Lives of Purpose" featured an exhibition called Portraits of Purpose, a photography exhibit featuring social justice leaders in Boston and the world. This video compilation reflects on various perspectives emerging from the exhibit on what it means to be a leader

"What is 'the good' of arts-based peacebuilding?: Questions of value and evaluation in current practice" by Mary Ann Hunter and Linda Page

This article, which was published
by Nova in Peace and Conflict Studies, reports on the perception and support for using the arts in peacebuilding within international development agencies, and proposes an original framework for documenting and evaluating this work. Mary Ann Hunter, one of the authors, is a contributor to the Acting Together ProjectRead the full article.

Open Call for Film and Video Art Submissions: Second Annual Alwan 3rd i Awards

Open Call for Film and Video Art Submissions: Second Annual Alwan 3rd i Awards

Second Annual 3rd i Awards 2014



Submission Deadline: December 1, 2014 

Alwan 3rd i Awards


$1000 for Best Narrative/Documentary Film 

$1000 for Best Video Art Production 

$500 Alwan 3rd i Audience Award


Submissions Deadline: December 1st, 2014




Submission deadline: December 1st, 2014 

Notification: December 8th, 2014 

Screening and Awards: December 17th, 2014 

Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY have launched the second annual Alwan 3rd i Awards Competition and are soliciting new, short films and/or video art (produced 2012 or later) by Arab/ Middle Eastern/ North African directors OR films about those regions and their diasporas by filmmakers of all backgrounds.

The Alwan 3rd i Awards Competition aims to present the very best in recent short films and video art that increase awareness of the creative vitality and sociopolitical realities of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as their global diasporas. Films of all genres are welcome. Please limit submissions to 20 minutes or less total running time. All submissions will be screened and selected for screening by an appointed selection committee

To submit please include ALL of the following information in this format:

1) Original and English title, synopsis, running time (20 minutes or less), country, year of production, languages used, subtitles (if any)

2) URL link to video online (Vimeo, YouTube, etc) OR DVD preview copy

3) Director bio, cast/crew list

4) Contact email, phone number, and website if available

5) Film still shots (2-5) total, as 300 dpi jpg or tiff files

6) Screening history; awards

7) All possible screening formats available

Important: please note submissions that do not include all the required information may not be reviewed by the selection committee


Alwan 3rd i Awards Submissions 

Alwan for the Arts / Melissa Forstrom Al Kadhi

16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor

New York NY 10004

Tel.: 646.732.3261

For questions or to submit electronically e-mail


Other Announcements


Saturday, November 1st, 8pm 



in Concert with Special Guest Sina Sarlark 

  Sina Sarlak: Vocals

Navid Kandelousi: Kamanchah & Taar

Patrick McGuire: Cello

Jeremy Smith: Percussion

Ava Nazar: Piano

Piruz Partov: Bass


Navid Kandelousi is a highly accomplished musician who in
tegrates Western classical and traditional Persian music on a dynamic breadth of instruments including the Kamanchah and Taar. Accompanying Kandelousi and contributing to the repertoire will be Sina Sarlak, Patrick McGuire, Jeremy Smith, Ava Nazar and Pirus Partov from the Juilliard School of Music.

Tickets: $20 General | $15 for Students and Seniors

 (Buy now*) (*A small online fee is applied)

Doors open at 7:30 pm  + more info 

Classes at Alwan



Sundays: 3:00pm-4:30pm

Session: October 26th – November 30th (6 week Session)

Tuition: $210 | Instuctor: Zafer Tawil

+ more info 



Sundays: 5:00pm-6:30pm

Session: October 26th – November 30th (6 week Session)

Tuition: $210 | Instuctor: Zafer Tawil

+ more info 




Sundays: 10:00am-3:00pm

Session: November 9th – December 7th (4 week Session)

Tuition: $600 | Instuctor: Elinor Holland

On the Move newsletter – October 2014

On the Move newsletter – October 2014


On the Move is still actively working, together with its Board, membersand partners, on its new development strategy and will hopefully by the end of this year bring you positive news about OTM future plans.

Meanwhile some partnerships and activities have been confirmed: On the Move will be present in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, via its member FACE-Fresh Arts Coalition Europe,  during the Borak Art Series on 22-23 November 2014.On 7 January 2015OTM will attend the launch of the US Cultural Mobility Funding Guide in New York. This new cultural mobility funding guide is being prepared in partnership with the Martin E. Segal Theatre Centre and OTM member Theatre Without Borders. This event also receives the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of the Republic of Korea and Korea Arts Management Service.

Keep sharing your news and opportunities, as well as ideas and suggestions on how to further nurture On the Move, as a unique cultural mobility information network! (atmobility(at)on-the-move.org)

Here’s a short selection of OTM’s latest cultural mobility opportunities – and you can follow us for further updates on facebook and twitter!

On the Move’s news

Mobility and funding: BORAK ARTS SERIES 2014: Conference for Creative Practitioners and Business Leaders (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

By capitalizing on the knowledge and experience, which exist among organizations and individuals supporting mobility, the Borak Arts Series 2014 aims to promote accessibility of information, tools and ideas on how to bring their works or discussions forward, encourage cultural mobility and create alliances that would assist in building a conducive performing arts ecosystem. On the Move will be represented by its member-organisation, FACE (Fresh Arts Coalition Europe), through the support of the French Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Cultural Mobility: Symposium + International Funding Guide (New York, USA)

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is creating, in collaboration with the European cultural mobility information network On The Move and the U.S.-based grass-roots international network Theatre Without Borders, a free and user-friendly guide to funding for international exchange for artists traveling from and to the USA. Register for free as soon as possible for the launch on 7 January 2015.

Raise funding

apexart's Unsolicited Proposal Program > call for exhibition project (New York)

apexart's Unsolicited Proposal Program is an opportunity for anyone, from anywhere, to submit a proposal for an idea-based exhibition at apexart. Deadline: 1 November.

Marc de Montalembert Prize 2015

The Marc de Montalembert Foundation and the French Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) have formed a partnership to sponsor the Marc de Montalembert Prize of 8,000 euros. The grant will be awarded to support a research project whose outcome must constitute an original contribution to the knowledge of the arts of the Mediterranean world. The Foundation will also offer the grant holder the possibility of a residenceship at its headquarters in Rhodes, Greece. Deadline: 30 November.

Center Stage Korea 2015 Focus > Call for proposals

Center Stage Korea (CSK), operated by Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS), is an international market development grant program whose mission is to support and promote the presentation of Korean performing arts on the international stage. Deadline: 30 November.

For more funding opportunities, please click here.

React to a call

Autopistes: Circus dissemination > Call for European and American venues and festivals< /p>

Autopistes is a project that aims to strengthen and build European and Northern American touring networks for circus performances. Autopistes wants to build collaborations with performing art professionals in order to organise touring networks and to contribute to a better flow of artistic work. Deadline: 31 October.

Artistic research grant award, Contemporary Stage Writing and Transmedia (Belfort & Montbéliard, France)

Launched by L-EST/European Performing Arts and Transmedia Lab Pilot Scheme in 2013, the call for artistic research grants enabled three European artistic teams to explore and experiment with various forms of contemporary performing arts and transmedia writing. Deadline: 16 November.

Index on Censorship: Freedom of Expression Awards

The Index Freedom of Expression Awards recognise those individuals and groups making the greatest impact in tackling censorship worldwide. Established 15 years ago, the awards shine a light on work being undertaken in defence of free expression globally. All too often these stories go unnoticed or are ignored by the mainstream press. Each year, the awards call attention to some of the bravest journalists, writers, artists and human rights defenders in the world. Deadline: 20 November.

For more calls, please click here.

Get training

Asia-Europe Educational Exchange and Outreach Programme – Call for grants

ASEMUS offers grants for the exchange of museum educators between Asian and European museums. Applications will be subjected to an international peer review panel which will select the participants. Deadline (extended): 31 October.

Asia Leadership Fellowship Programme (Japan)

There is no prescribed set of professions for an ALFP fellow; the professions of past fellows include, but are not limited to, academia, journalism, business, national and local politics, education, administration, the arts, publications, and NGO and non-profit activities. Regardless of his/her profession, a fellow is expected to have access to a wide audience in his/her country or region through publications, teaching, media, performance, etc. to disseminate his/her thoughts and findings. Deadline: 5 January 2015.

For more training, please click here.

Discover a residency

Open Call – RU & Visual AIDS – Curator Residency March 2015 (New York, USA)

A one-month residency, to take place in March of 2015, in New York City for a curator, art historian, or arts writer interested in the intersection of visual art and HIV/AIDS. Co-sponsored by Visual AIDS and Residency Unlimited, the curatorial residency seeks to encourage the development of exhibitions, programs, and scholarship about HIV/AIDS and contemporary art. Deadline: 7 November.

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews / programme of artistic residencies (Warsaw, Poland)

Within the programme of artistic residencies, POLIN Museum hosts Polish and foreign artists whose practice deals with the themes of Jewish heritage and multiculturalism. During three-week residencies, artists develop their own ideas and run educational workshop for youth and adults. The resulting works are displayed in POLIN Museum seat and other spaces. Deadine: 11 November.

Open Call CreArt: Artist in Residence (AiR) in Linz (Austria)

Local artists – born or resident or close relations – in any of the cities taking part in “CreArt. Network of Cities for Artistic Creation” can apply, namely Arad/Romania, Kaunas/Lithuania, Genoa/Italy, Delft/Netherlands, Harghita County/Romania, Valladolid/Spain, Aveiro/Portugal, Zagreb/Croatia, Kristiansand/Norway, Lecce/Italy, Pardubice/Czech Republic and Vilnius/Lithuania. Deadline: 18 November.

2015 Odyssee artist-in-residency program (France)

The Odyssée artist-in-residency program is aiming at artists, researchers and culture professionals from countries other than France wanting to develop projects within French Cultural Centers – Historic Monuments. Covered fields are in particular music, architecture, arts and crafts, visual arts, dramatic writing, novel writing, scriptwriting, animated film-making, photography and journalism. Deadline: 22 November.

For more residencies, please click here.

Meet others

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other Participating Countries. Apply now!

 For more meeting opportunities, please click here.

Collaborate with

Eurodyssey exchange programme > Traineeship placement

Eurodyssey is an exchange programme of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) which allows young job seekers aged between 18 and 30 to benefit from a traineeship placement abroad for a period between three to seven months. Check the details online!

 For more collaboration opportunities, please click here.

Look for a job

European Network of Cultural Centres (Brussels, Belgium) > Network coordinator needed!

European Network of Cultural Centres-ENCC is looking for an experienced and dedicated Network Coordinator who will develop the role of the ENCC as the most relevant network for the culture centres in a global environment. D-line: 30 October.

For more job opportunities, please click here.


Guide to mobility funding opportunities – Focus on 13 Arab countries –  OTM-AEF-KAMS publication

 On the Move and the Arab Education Forum have produced the online "Guide to funding opportunities for the international mobility of artists and culture professionals: Focus on 13 Arab countries". This guide is supported by KAMS – Korea Arts Management Service, and was carried out in cooperation with the Jordanian Hashemite Fund For Human Development and the Queed Zein Al- Sharaf Institute for Development.

For more resources and publications, click here.

Words Without Borders. October 2014: Writing from Guatemala and Syria

Words Without Borders. October 2014: Writing from Guatemala and Syria

This month we present writing from Guatemala.

Rodrigo Rey Rosa describes a fateful trip to the zoo

Mildred Hernández finds a couple transformed by violence

David Unger seeks the facts through fiction 

And more by Luis de LiónRodrigo FuentesDante LianoDenise Phé-FunchalCarol Zardetto

With new writing from Syria from Rasha AbbasZaher Omareen, and Mohamed Raouf Bachir, introduced by Alice Guthrie

We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Milton and Beatrice Wind Foundation. 

Looking to Get Involved?

WWB is Looking for a Development Intern

Find out more about applying over here


WWB Events 

Words without Borders: New Writing from Guatemala 

Where: Community Bookstore, 143 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

When: Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 

In celebration of our October 2014 issue of new writing from Guatemala, Words without Borders and Community Bookstore will host a bilingual reading and discussion with Eduardo Halfon, Rodrigo Fuentes, and Idra Novey. We hope you'll come out to help us celebrate Guatemalan literature. More here.



Khaled Mattawa wins MacArthur Fellowship 

WWB contributor and noted poet and translator Khaled Mattawa has been awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. You can read through his stunning work in WWB in our archives

The City and the Writer: In Oklahoma City with Nathan Brown

By Nathalie Handal 

Oklahoma City is an “easy” place to be and move around in. Someone from Palm Springs or NYC may not feel that. But I do.more>>>


Where the Sidewalk Bends: In Search of Manoel de Barros's Pantanal 

It’s an odd sensation to arrive in a place that you’ve never been before, but that you’ve already experienced through someone else’s eyes
. Especially when that other person is a poet. more>>>


New in Catalan: Miquel de Palol's El Jardí del set crepuscles 

By Adrian Nathan West 

Upon opening El jardí dels set crepuscles, the reader is reminded of Stanisław Lem’sProvocation and the paratextual short fictions of Borgesmore>>>


Christopher Shannon Reviews Ernst Meister'sWallless Space

What happens when a “piteously naked” philosopher-turned-poet decides to pursue philosophy in the form of verse? more>>>

Sculpting in Uzbek: On Translating Hamid Ismailov

By Shelley Fairweather-Vega 

Translators sometimes try to refrain from passing judgment, but I feel compelled to say that Uzbek is a strange and mysterious language more>>> 

Daniel Goldman Reviews David Albahari's Globetrotter 

This sense of absence pervades the characters’ ideas of national identity — all of them are personally defined by things they lacked in their pasts, either symbolically, literally, or both.more>>>



Three Writers from Syria

The Liberated Voice: Writing from Syria 

This October we present a selection of writing from Syria from guest editor Alice Guthrie.  Make sure to read her introduction to the work of Zaher OmareenMohamed Raouf Bachir, and Rasha Abbas in this illuminating look into the world of Syrian letters. 

Also, listen to Beau Bothwell's conversation with Zaher Omareen and Malu Halasa, the editors of the groundbreaking collection Syria Speaks, now out from Saqi Books. Listenhere

The WWB Globe Trot: 

Join us for a celebration of international literature at the first annual Words without Borders GLOBE TROT 

Presented by the WWB Young Publishers Committee and co-hosts Rivka Galchen,Dinaw MengestuJess RowTéa Obreht, and Tiphanie Yanique 

Refreshments from Grey Goose, Brooklyn Brewery, Baked, Momofuku Milkbar, FIKA, and Harlem Floridita

Music from DJs Ryan Chapman, Jason Diamond, and Dave Sharma

Door prizes from Phaidon, McNally Jackson, and Momofuku

Tickets: $25 in advance, $35 at the door

Buy your ticket: http://globe-trot-2014.eventbrite.com/

The event follows the Words without Borders Gala. To purchase tickets for the WWB Annual Gala (Globe Trot ticket included), visit:wwb-gala-2014.eventbrite.com. For more information about this event, please contact giving@wordswithoutborders.org


Antal Szerb's Journey By Moonlight
Reviewed by Carla Baricz

This phantasmal, complex novel of ideas takes place in a “wild, precipitous landscape."more>>>

Venedikt Erofeev's Walpurgis Night
Reviewed by Ethan Perets 
Current events can make us wonder: In times of tremendous violence, do literary questions and conflicts matter at all? more>>>

The City and the Writer: In  Atlanta with Erica Wright
By Nathalie Handal 

What is your most heartbreaking memory in this city?

Atlanta and I recently celebrated our one-year anniversary, so we’re still in the honeymoon period. No heartbreak, yet, but one of my most disappointing moments occurred when I missed General Beauregard Lee’s prognostication on Groundhog Day.more>>>

Translating Heart First: Translation Workshop with Maureen Freely 
By Genevieve Guzmán 

In preparation for our workshop, Freely asked us students to submit a pesky passage we’d been mulling over unsuccessfully for some time.more>>>

Magdalena News (October)

 Magdalena News (October)

Magdalena is looking for an accountant who might be prepared to take on the Magdalena Project's very small financial accounts, as either a pro-bono service or very cheap? If so please contactmagdalena@themagdalenaproject.org.


Magdalena Events

Members' News & Events

Patricia Ariza of Colombia wins the premiere International Theatre Award for women

Patricia Ariza of Colombia wins the premiere International Theatre Award for women

When it comes to excellence in theatre, there are no borders

The League of Professional Theater Women established an International Award in 2011 honoring playwright and director Odile Gakire Katese from Rwanda as the inaugural recipient. Named after two legendary women in the theatre, Rosamond Gilder and Martha Coigney the Award is presented every three years and acknowledges the exceptional work of theatre women around the world.

We are pleased to announce that Patricia Ariza of Colombia, South America, will be presented with the 2014 Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center/CUNY on October 27, 2014.

The Award includes a cash prize of $1,000 plus travel expenses to New York City for the recipient to be honored. A series of special events surround the award ceremony to showcase the winner’s work, and provide artistic and professional networking opportunities. Once nominees have been submitted for consideration by League members at large, the Committee selects the Awardee based on the following criteria: artistic excellence in the field of theatre; work that has a visible impact in the home country and abroad; the ability to inspire and educate across cultures; clear support of women’s work and issues.

Awardee Patricia Ariza is one of 21 women theatre artists who were nominated on the basis of work that inspires and educates across cultures, has a visible impact in their home country and abroad, and which demonstrates not only artistic excellence but a support of women’s work and issues.

The finalists include : Dalia Basiouny – Egypt, Jill Greenhalgh – Wales, Lana Nasser – Jordan, Jung-Soon Shim – South Korea, Hedda Krausz Sjogren – Sweden, Maya Zbib – Lebanon.

The nominees include : Tiffany Barton – Australia, Doruntina Basha- Kosovo, Dalia Basiouny* – Egypt, Zdenka Becker – Austria, Sabina Berman – Mexico, Ayca Damgaci – Turkey, Mary Ann DeVlieg – Belgium, Lara Foot – South Africa, Jill Greenhalgh* – Wales, Elena Gremina – Russia, Jude Kelly – England, Ioana Ieronim -Romania, Susie McKenna – England, Lana Nasser* – Jordan, Yelena Romanova – Russia, Adelheid Roosen – Netherlands, Malgorzata Semil – Poland, Jung-Soon Shim* – South Korea, Hedda Krausz Sjogren* – Sweden, Maya Zbib* – Lebanon. * Denotes Finalist

The 2014 Gilder/Coigney Award co-chairs are Melody Brooks and Gwynn MacDonald

Click Here For A List Of International Awards Week Events!

2014 Guilder/Coigney Nominee Bios

An Evening with Patricia Ariza

Patrica Ariza WIT Interview

Frequently Asked Questions

2014 Nomination Guidelines

Nomination Form

Check out this article on HowlRound! A League of Their Own: League of Professional Theatre Women’s International Theatre Award

Center Stage: Worldwide open call for nominations of performing arts ensembles in all disciplines

Center Stage: Worldwide open call for nominations of performing arts ensembles in all disciplines

This is a worldwide open call for nominations of performing arts ensembles in all disciplines (dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary) fromAlgeria, Egypt, Kenya, and Tanzania for tours to the U.S. with Center Stage.  Four to six individual month-long tours will take place during the period of June to December of 2016. 

Deadline: October 20, 2014

Artist Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrate high artistic quality and accomplishment.  
  • Have an interest in engaging with U.S. communities, including youth, through public and in-school performances, workshops, discussions, artist-to-artist exchanges, and social events.
  • Are comprised of two to nine ensemble members (artists and staff) living in one of the countries listed above.
  • Have previous touring experience but have rarely been seen in the U.S.
  • Have an ability to communicate electronically via email and/or Skype, and a working knowledge of English and/or access to translators.

Nominations may be submitted by any individual or organization knowledgeable about performing arts ensembles in these four countries including, but not limited to artists and their representatives, presenters, arts organizations, public agencies, and U.S. embassy personnel.  Interested performing arts ensembles may also nominate themselves.  Nominations of ensembles working in contemporary forms are strongly encouraged.

Cultural Mobility Symposium and Funding Guide Launch: Martin E Segal Theatre Center

Greetings from the Segal Theatre Center.


We cordially invite you to join us as an honored guest for our symposium on Cultural Mobility and International Funding on


Wednesday, January 7, 2015


at the Segal Center

the Graduate Center, CUNY at 365 Fifth Ave., at 34th Street.


The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center has created, in collaboration with the European cultural mobility information network On the Move and the U.S.-based grass-roots international network Theatre Without Borders, a free and user-friendly guide to funding for international exchange for artists traveling from and to the USA builds upon On the Move's existing co-produced guides for artists and cultural professionals in Europe, Asia, and Arab countries (www.on-the-move.org/funding). The Guide will be launched at the Symposium.


Tentative Program for the Symposium on Cultural Mobility and International Funding on Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Program is subject to radical changes. Please check  www.thesegalcenter.org for updates.






Welcome: Frank Hentschker (Segal Center), Roberta Levitow David Diamond (Theatre Without Borders), Marie Le Sourd (On the Move)



Cultural Mobility Guide – Existing funding guides

Launch of the Cultural Mobility Funding Guide for the USA: Theatre, Performing Arts and Dance

Europe/Asia/ The Arab World/ The USA





Institutions supporting and creating international work + Networks & Models of International Partnerships





Six Afternoon Working Sessions

1. Socially engaged performance

2. Artists & Human Rights

3. Visas, Taxes, Practical challenges

4. Funding practices in the US and other countries

5. Practitioners’ experience sharing

6. International Collaborations in Hybrid Forms





Report from working sessions + closing statement


Reception at Archive Bar


Program is subject to radical changes. Please check  www.thesegalcenter.org for updates.


This event is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea and Korea Arts Management Service.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015


at the Segal Center

the Graduate Center, CUNY at 365 Fifth Ave., at 34th Street.

For RSVP and any additional questions, please contact Frank Hentschker, fhentschker@gc.cuny.edu