Digest #222

Dear reader,
  • At Sundance Institute’s Playwrights Residency in Germany,New Work by Syrian Theatre-Makers. Berlin and Neuklostersee, Germany — Six Europe-based Syrian playwrights will create new work in Arabic as part of Sundance Institute’s Playwrights Residency in Berlin and Neuklostersee, continuing the Theatre Program’s mission-driven tradition of nurturing and amplifying emerging and established playwrights at the cutting edge of their craft, and furthers their support of work from the Middle East and North Africa. Find out more here
  • People from the In-Betweenhas a selection of dazzling work created in response to Trump’s travel ban of Jan 27.
  • The TEH Conference, hosted by the Rojc Community Center in Pula, Croatia is still open for registration. The topic of the Conference is Culture and sharing Communities. Info about the programme, participation fees et cetera is available here.
  • A little good news from the International Theatre Institute  + International Dance SymposiumCall for Performances, Lectures and Workshops for the The application deadline is 1 May 2017. For more information please contact Alma LLERENA: alma.llerena(at)itispain.es
    Call for applications
  • The Hess Collective: Summer workshop taught by Elizabeth Hess at LaMaMa June 2017. For more information visit www.thehesscollective.com/workshop or contact thehesscollective@gmail.com
  • The GoDown Arts Centre (Kenya) invites writers, visual artists, performers, producers, agents, managers to take part in the Creative Entrepreneurship Course: Reaping the value of Artistic creativity. Send your application to application@creativeentreprenuershipkenya.org
  Upcoming event 

CopyRightX : The GoDown

A 12 week copyright course, affiliated with Harvard Law School /the Berkman Center, to be offered from end-January 2017 by the GoDown.Apply!
Send your personal personal profile and expression of interest to
Catherine Mujomba

8th Annual Puppetry Festival

The International Puppetry Festival (or IPFest) will be from the 15th to 22nd October, 2016 in Nairobi Kenya. And while they are preparing they need your support and help!
KIPT governing council request your moral, technical and financial support to successfully accomplish these projects.
You might not have money or resources to support any of these initiatives now but your contacts, networks, collaborators can be of much help.
So please contact www.kiptkenya.org/ www.ipfestivalkenya.org or be in touch with Mr Phylemon Odhiambo.
Here are some other ways to contact :

6th Sigana International Storytelling Festival, 6th – 15th June 2014

6th Sigana International Storytelling Festival, 6th – 15th June 2014

Once upon a time, a man wished to light a fire and warm himself a little. So he scraped away the loose earth and, as he was thus clearing the ground, he found a tiny, golden key. Hereupon he thought that where the key was, the lock must be also, and digging in the ground he found an iron chest.

"If the key will only fit it, !" thought he, "for no doubt there are precious things in that little box." He searched but no keyhole was there. At last he discovered one, but so small that it was hardly visible. He tried it and the key fitted exactly. Then he turned it once round, and now we must wait until he has quite unlocked it and opened the lid and then we shall learn what wonderful things were lying in that box at the SIGANA festival this year!

The Sigana International Storytelling Festival (SISF) provides Kenyan audiences and lovers of the age-old sacred art of storytelling the rare opportunity to experience both Homegrown and "Diasporan" performances. This is the Festival's 5th year edition. The hallowed cycle stage of stories shall feature reputable and world renowned Storytellers from the United States of America (USA), Denmark, Romania and Kenya. It is a guaranteed promise of sublime fun, excitement and memorable moments!

3 days of sheer magical delight of "STORYTELLING PERFORMANCE"

Featuring cross-continental renowned professional Storytellers

Free Professional Acting: Workshops December 16-20, 2013, Kenya

If you want to polish your performance skills, widen your range as an actor, meet other up and coming professionals in the business or simply find out more about the world of performance, take advantage to work with some of Kenya’s finest theatre practitioners at the stunning new TTC Studio at the Creative Centre on Lower Kabete Road.

The workshop will last five days, from Monday December the 16th to Friday December the 20th.

We work from 10am – 4pm and provide lunch for participants. Entrance is free but you will be expected to offer service to fellow practitioners.

Participants are encouraged to work in exercise clothing as the work is very physical. Topics will include intensive vocal training, dance and improvisation as well as some text based work looking at the new scripts being developed in the Women’s Writers Workshop (which is taking place from the 6-9th December, 2013.

The workshop will form the basis of our recruitment of workshop personnel and cast members for 2014 projects.

 Interested? If so, please write a 1 page application letter to me, describing where you have reached as a performer, what areas you would like to explore and any experience you may have as a performer.

If you have any questions whatsoever about the programme do not hesitate to get in touch with me on kptheatrecompany@gmail.com .

 Keith Pearson, Managing Director

tel: +254 722 815 112

www.theatrecompany.net skype: Karichota1

The Theatre Company brings you Kenyan talent, professionally trained at facilities around the country in performances created by Kenyan writers.

We guarantee you a great time !



The GoDown: 7th edition of East African Arts Summit November 23, 2013


The 7th edition of East African Arts Summit will take place this month in Nairobi, Kenya. As the GoDown Arts Centre celebrates 10 years, the milestones that East African members have made in the arts industry cannot be overlooked. At least 80 delegates are expected to attend  the four days event.

The GoDown Arts Centre takes this opportunity to welcome EVERYONE for a stage-shattering GoDownGiG  on the Saturday,23th November 2013.Come  and  mingle with different East African artists and together with our partners who will be  celebrating 10 years of the GoDown with us. The concert will begin at 3pm and will be FREE for all.

After a successful rolling out of the Creative Entrepreneurship Course in Nairobi, the GoDown together with our Swedish partners are working to expand this program. This curriculum will be uniquely designed to train and benefit  the diverse East African artists on ways of reaping the value of creativity. The team is working together with East African partners  who are currently involved in training on such programs.

NaiNiWho will be involving kids of Heshima Primary School to paint  murals around the school after the school was nominated as the most favorable place by the NaiNiWho social media community. The team will be headed by GoDown’s Patrick Mukabi who will work with different upcoming artist and the children. The murals are inspired by  Nairobi’s  environment, everyday life of a Nairobian and it will hopefully allow the kids build  their cognitive skills.

For more information about The GoDown visit


email  info@thegodownartscentre.com


Article written by George Orido and Published by Standard Media Website(Kenya)

The controversy around the banning of a play, 'Shackles of Doom' by Butere Girls has continued to raise questions. The Ministry of Education officials in Kenya banned the winning play from the National Drama Festival set for Mombasa this month. According to the Kenya Schools and Colleges Drama Festival Executive Secretary – Sirengo Khaemba, the play from Butere Girls in Western Kenya did not meet the national values of cohesion and integration.

Intuitively, the play depicts life in Turkana where recent oil explorations have resulted in major oil discoveries that have since excited national discourse on how the benefits of the oil will help the locals. Speaking from Kakamega, the Nzoia region and Kakamega County drama secretary Wycliffe Indakwa expressed sadness following the ban. “We are committed to ensuring that this play is polished as a work of art as opposed to activism,” said Mr Indakwa.

Read the story on the Standard Media Website

Read the story on the Daily Nation Website


THE GMT +3 Calling Journalists/ Writers/ Photographers

The GMT +3 is on an online news and reporting website intended to build connections between the diverse Cosmopolitan experiences in East Africa (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda).

The online forum encompasses those living in East Africa and in the Diaspora (including Europe, the United States and Asia).

The GMT +3 seeks to build a core collective of brilliant, innovative and dedicated writers, journalists, and photographers willing to contribute to the website once a week.

If you are interested, please email a sample of your work and a pitch for a story/photo series  to gmt3metropolis@gmail.com by Thursday March 21, 2013. The story/ photo series pitch should fall under one of the six categories: The Arts, Culture, Hit and Miss, GMT +3 Voices, The Innovator, and The News.

Please make sure to put Call For Journalists/ Photographers/ Writers in the email subject heading and in the body of the email include :




Country of Origin

Country currently residing

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Melissa Kiguwa

Kwani? LitFest

KWANI? LITFEST Nairobi, Kenya 2012

The fourth edition of Kwani? Litfest, the biennial gathering of writers, artists and thinkers from across Africa, kicks off this weekend and runs until 16th December 2012. This year’s literary festival Conversations With The Horn: Writers, Artists in Exchange hosts readings, performances and discussions that explore and celebrate literature and its role in our lives. The week-long packed programme brings together important voices from the Horn and award-winning writers from across the continent, including Somali poet Hadraawi, Kenyan-born Somali poet Warsan Shire, Sudanese-British novelist Jamal Mahjoub, Egyptian writer and activist Nawal El Sadaawi, Nigerian novelist Helon Habila and Ghanaian novelist Kojo Laing.

The major highlights of the festival will be the Nawal El Saadawi lecture and conversation with Kenyan writer, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor; our opening event at Kifaru Gardens on Sunday, which will include poetry by Hadraawi and Warsan Shire. Other highlights include a lecture and panel discussion with John Githongo on Wednesday and the launch of Kwani? 07 at KICC Helipad on the evening of Saturday 15th. Be there!

A full programme is online at: http://litfest.kwani.org/

TEH Newsletter #1 2011: Welcome to the new year with TEH! (And check out the new videos on TEH TV!)‏

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TEH Picture of the month
This is what it looked like when Mains D'Oeuvres (St Ouen, France) celebrated their 10th Anniversary on December 18th, 2010. Happy Anniversary Mains D'Oeuvres!
Photo: Vinciane Verguethen

Dear readers,

Welcome to TEH Newsletter #1 2011, 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.

2011 has a lot in store for TEH. As usual two network meetings are on the agenda, the first one in Tartu, Estonia on the 14-17th of April. New projects are starting, other ones are being wrapped up. TEH Members are presenting their fantastic spring programmes. And the days are finally getting longer and lighter outside our windows.

As written about in Newsletter #11 2010, TEH has set up a Solidarity Fund to support our friends in Belarus Free Theatre, who were arrested during the protests against the presidential elections in Belarus in December. Please read more about the situation below, and consider making a contribution – big or small – to the fund.

You will find the new feature "Picture of the month" starting from this issue. We will gladly receive photos from your centres each month (send them to marian[at]teh.net). It's great to see what's going on all around Europe! Also in this Newsletter, there are a bunch calls for artistic grants and residencies just waiting for your applications.

Enjoy the read!
Marian Söderholm, Office Manager and
Anna Weitz, Marketing & Communication Manager

Celebrate Music Freedom Day with TEH!
On 3rd March 2011, several TEH centres will participate in the global campaign Music Freedom Day.

At ufaFabrik (Berlin, Germany), plans for Music Freedom Day are going well. The day wil
l focus on Cambodia, including a collage with live music, documentary films and delicious food. The idea is to highlight the situation of musicians and artists in past and present-day Cambodia.

Registration for TEH Meeting 71 has opened!
TEH Members, Friends and invited Guests are now warmly welcome to register for TEH Meeting 71 at Creative Center Carnation (Noor-Eesti Loomekeskus in Estonian) in Tartu, Estonia. The Meeting will take place between 14-17th April 2011 and the theme is "Shifting Gears".

Platform Art Project at Tabacka
In November last year Tabacka Kulturfabrik (Kosice, Slovakia) hosted four presentations of centres from Trans Europe Halles. Platform Art is a project focused on propagation of independent cultural centres from around Europe. See the video from Platform Art in Kosice on TEH TV!

NEXT Festival at A4
In December 2010, A4 (Bratislava, Slovakia) was the scene of the 11th edition of NEXT Festival for Advanced Music. "Maybe the best experience of the festival", says Lenka Bednárová at A4, "was the energetic music performance of the acoustic trio The Thing from Sweden and Norway" (Paal Nilssen-Love from The Thing pictured above).

New videos on TEH TV
you can watch videos from the CHANGING ROOM workshop "The Art of Sustainability" in Paris in June 2010, and the Platform Art workshop in Kosice that took place in December. Enjoy!

Help us support Belarus Free Theatre fight for freedom and justice
– TEH Solidarity Fund open for contributions

Following the Belarus post-election crackdown on opposition candidates and protesters in December 2010, TEH set up a solidarity fund to support the TEH Friend organisation Belarus Free Theatre in their fight for freedom and justice in Belarus.

We believe that an economic help can make a small relief in their struggle. Help us support their fight for a democratic Belarus by making a contribution to the TEH Solidarity Fund for Belarus Free Theatre.

On the TEH website there is a list of the donations that have reached the fund as of today. Thank you all for taking action against Europe’s last dictatorship!

Subcase Circus Fair at Subtopia
Swedish circus, variety and street art are part of a growing movement. Audience interest is increasing and more and more venues and festivals present shows of these art forms. On the 17th -18th of February 2011, the third edition of Subcase Circus Fair will take place at Subtopia (Botkyrka, Sweden).
Photo: Ludvig Duregård / 2funny

New premieres at Łaźnia Nowa
Łaźnia Nowa Theatre (Cracow, Poland) present two new premieres within the framework of a project dedicated to Sławomir Mrożek. The two stage productions – “Mrożek Performance” and “The Fall of the Eagle’s Nest” (Polish: “Upadek orlego gniazda”) will be shown on 27th-29th January.

Röda Sten presents: Testaments Betrayed
Röda Sten (Göteborg, Sweden) is proud to present “Testaments Betrayed” – the first comprehensive solo exhibition of Loulou Cherinet in Sweden. Cherinet's photographic and video based work is rich with references to cinema and documentary filmmaking.
Photo: Loulou Cherinet

Ambassador in Focus: Sandy Fitzgerald
TEH Ambassador Sandy Fitzgerald is a bit of a legend in Trans Europe Halles, with more than 20 years in the network. He is the former TEH Delegate of City Arts (Dublin, Ireland) who now works as a freelancer in various cultural projects, and who has a secret wish of being the Pope…

Fabryka Trzciny leaves Trans Europe Halles
Fabryka Trzciny (Warsaw, Poland) has decided to end their membership in TEH. We would like to thank everyone at Fabryka Trzciny for their involvement in the network and wish them good luck with their future projects!


Cultural Cooperation Placements in Moldova & Ukraine – Tandem Project. Deadline: 15th February.

International Symposium: The Language of Art and Music, Berlin, 17-20th February

Art as Cultural Diplomacy: Forum for Young Leaders, Berlin, 14-20th February

Residency at Lake Victoria Residence Arts Centre Kenya. Application is ongoing.

Open call to artists above 45 – Jeune Creation. Deadline: March 1st

Call for X-OP Residencies at Association for Culture and Education KIBLA

Call for artists to create mural designs/sculptures/installations in Noyant Gravoyére. Deadline: March 1st

From On-The-Move: Stockholm Fringe Festival is looking for talent! Deadline: 22nd March.

From On-The Move: 2011 Application deadlines from the Nordic-Baltic Culture Mobility Fund

TEH supports we are more
we are more (2010-2013) is a Europe-wide arts advocacy campaign set up by Culture Action Europe.

50 members in 26 countries
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