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Dear reader, 

It's a pleasure to present the first TEH Newsletter of the new decade. As you can read in this isssue, we've had a good start of the year, and we hope the same goes for all of you. 

This very day we received a positive answer from the Swedish Arts Council, that has decided to award TEH an operational grant of €12000 for 2010. A most welcome contribution to the core activities of the network! 

On February 8-9th, the TEH Executive Committee will meet in Amsterdam. The most important issue on the agenda is the new network plan 2011-2013, which will be subject to approval at the General Assembly at TEH Meeting 69 at A38, Budapest, Hungary, May 6th-9th. Emma Ernsth, Birgitta Persson and Anna Weitz from the Coordination Office will all attend the meeting. 

Other upcoming travels for the Coordination Office staff include a CHANGING ROOM project team meeting in Cambridge the 29th of January, which Anna Weitz will attend, and Pekarna's conference NTNM the 28th-30th of January, that Emma Ernsth will participate in together with several TEH members. 

Enjoy the reading! 

With very best wishes for a creative year, 
Anna Weitz, TEH Marketing & Communication Mangager, anna@teh.net 

TEH Meeting 68 report for download 
Download the report from the 68th biannual network meeting of Trans Europe Halles. The Meeting was held at Laznia Nowa, Cracow, Poland, October 15th-18th of October 2009.

Member in Focus:Kaapelitehdas 
TEH's member in Helsinki, Kaapelitehdas (The Cable Factory) has just won "The Helsinki Cultural Achievement" for their 100m graffiti wall in Suvilahti. Kaapelitehdas' Communication officer Anni Syrjänen explains why they decided to invest in the wall.

A message from the Secretary General: Now is the time 
Birgitta Persson is back as Secretary General after her maternity leave and shares a few thoughts with the readers of the TEH Newsletter: 

It feels great to be back in the network after more than a year of absence. Emma has done a great job while I was away and the network seems to be more alive and kicking than ever. I am particularly proud of our mobility project CHANGING ROOM. TEH has never in its history been awarded such a big grant for a project of this scope. 

To all employees and volunteers at TEH centres: Share your knowledge and experience 
The TEH CHANGING ROOM project needs your help in making its online TOOLKIT an exciting, interesting and useful source of information for cultural workers across Europe. If you can spare just a few hours to add some basic information about working in your country to the TOOLKIT'S Knowledge Base, the CHANGING ROOM project team would be very happy! Its fun to do and very easy. Please contactanna@teh.net to receive an invitation. 

Watch the Graffiti Grannies 
in action at Suvilahtis 
award-winning wall 

New videos at TEH TV features several graffiti works and the opening of the award-winning and first legal graffiti wall in Suvilahti (Helsinki, Finland). You can also watch the first ex London underground tube train carriage being transported into its place atVillage Underground (London, UK) and hear Auro Foxcroft, director of Village Underground talk about his vision for the cultural centre. 

TEH awarded €12000 by the Swedish Arts Council for 2010 
For the first time ever, The Swedish Arts Council has awarded TEH an operational grant directed to international and intercultural organisations. The grant awarded is €12000. This is very good news, not only because of the increased amount of the grant – last year TEH received €6500 – but because being selected within this funding section means being acknowledged as an international organisation with its Coordination Office in Sweden. Which is just what TEH is! 

TEH met all pilot mobility projects to discuss policy recommendations 
On January 12th, Paul Bogen ( CHANGING ROOM Project Manager) and Emma Ernsth (Acting Secretary General) participated in a meeting between the four pilot mobility projects commissioned by the EC to explore new ways of stimulating mobility. The group stressed the fact that a future EU mobility policy should facilitate mobility both within and outside the EU. 

*2 705 kisses… 
by Sislej Xhafa 
opens at Röda Sten 

Opening February 6, 12-5 pm, Röda Sten (Göteborg, Sweden) 

For the first time in Sweden, Röda Sten is proud to present a newly commissioned work and solo exhibition by the internationally acclaimed artist Sislej Xhafa, born in Kosovo in 1970 and based in New York. 

The exhibition with Sislej Xhafa is the first in a new and exciting series of unique productions which Röda Sten will offer its audience. 

Picture: Future of Old © Sislej Xhafa, 2001. 

P60 came alive with Moving Buildings 
Last December, P60 (Amstelveen, The Netherlands), presented the third edition of Moving Buildings, the most prestigious multimedia project in the history of Amstelveen. Young artists from Mediacollege Amsterdam screened their visual projections on the glass front of P60 and turned it into a living building, creating interaction with the public through visual arts and architecture. 

For more information about Moving Buildings, please click here. 

To watch a video, please click here. 

PRAC completed an exchange project with Substation from Singapore 
The only Bulgarian TEH member, Pro Rodopi Art Centre, recently completed an exciting exchange with the independent cultural centre from Singapore Substation. 

The project was initiated by the Artistic directors of both centres, Petar Todorov and Audrey Wong, during the Artistic Leaders training course held in Paris in December 2007 that was organized by Asia-Europe Foundation in partnership with Trans Europe Halles. 

The exchange project was funded by Asia-Europe Foundation. 

Big interest in Pekarna's conference NTNM 
on governance structures

28-30th of January 2010, Pekarna, Maribor, Slovenia
< br />New Times, New Models (NTNM) is an international conference organized by Pekarna in partnership with TEH. The conference focuses on the role of independent culture and independent cultural centres in civil society and their development with regard to governance models and relationships with the state. 

The conference is now fully booked, and next week 75 participants from 16 countries will meet in Maribor to engage in case study-presentations, panel debates and keynote speeches. 

Several TEH members will present their case studies, including WUKufa-FabrikVillage UndergroundKaapelitehdas and Metelkova. TEH Delegate Sandy Fitzgerald will moderate several sessions and also be one of the observers of the conference together with Acting Secretary General Emma Ernsth. 

Nordic funding opportunities 
for art projects, mobility and residencies – the 2010 deadlines 

See all deadlines here. 

The Culture and Art programme
 will from now on support both the professionals and the amateurs from all fields of art and culture. 

The Mobility Programme 
is directed to art and culture professionals who live in the Nordic and Baltic countries and wish to visit another country in the region. 

The funding for artists' residencies is directed to residencies, which receive professional artists and culture practitioners from other Nordic and Baltic countries. The residences are granted funding for covering the costs of receiving two to four artists during the two-year period. 

New international volunteers arrived at ufaFabrik and Pekarna 
Marian Söderholm (Sweden), who worked as a volunteer in the TEH Coordination Office last spring, has just arrived at ufaFabrik (Berlin, Germany) for a 4-5 month stay and practical training. After her first day at ufaFabrik, Marian says: I was drawn to ufaFabrik's interdisciplinary way of working and their close engagement with the surrounding community. I hope to learn a lot about the organisation of an exciting cultural centre and about how to work creatively with ecology and sustainability issues! 

Moreover, just couple of days ago NOASS (Riga, Latvia) sent Ieva Strazdina to Pekarna (Maribor, Slovenia). Ieva will spend one year volunteering at Pekarna within the EVS-scheme

TEH wishes Marian and Ieva a lot of good experiences in their new working places! 

Subcase – Subtopia Circus Fairs 20th- 21st of May 2010 
"Water. Sinking Cities" – a project by NOASS, P60 and Ideias Emergentes 
German TEH-members shared experiences on artists residencies 

SPACE's call for applications to Programmers on the Move – new deadline January 24th, 2010. 

Job opportunity: Grants Project Officer at European Cultural Found 

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