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Dear readers, 

Welcome to TEH Newsletter #2 2010, featuring the latest news from Trans Europe Halles – a European Network of Independent Cultural Centres. TEH has 47 Members and 9 Friends (associated members) in 26 countries. 

The monthly TEH Newsletter is produced by the TEH Coordination Office, located at Mejeriet, Lund, Sweden. It informs about activities in the network and opportunities for independent cultural operators and artists. 

In this issue we are especially happy to announce that the CHANGING ROOM TOOLKIT has gone live. The mobility pilot CHANGING ROOM, which 25 TEH members are partners in, is TEH's biggest ongoing project. CHANGING ROOM aims to examine new and experimental ways of increasing and enhancing the mobility of European cultural operators working in the independent sector. Both the Toolkit and several of the training workshops are public. Don't miss to check out the open call for participants to the highly topical three-day CHANGING ROOM training session Developing the Art of Sustainability in Cultural Centres that will take place in Paris June 17-19th. 

The Coordination Office is currently preparing the upcoming TEH Meeting 69, taking place at A38 in Budapest, Hungary May 6-9, 2010. On this March 1-3 Secretary General Birgitta Persson and TEH Ex. Comm. member Gudrun Goldmann will go for a preparatory meeting at A38. Soon after, the online registration for the meeting will open. Other travel plans for the Office staff includes a short trip to Brussels on March 14-15 to present CHANGING ROOM to the OMC working group on the mobility of artists and culture professionals. 

Finally, we would like to inform you that Acting Secretary General Emma Ernsth, who has been involved in the network since she started as an intern at Mejeriet in 2004, is now about to move on for new adventures. In 2006-2008, Emma served as Project Manager of the TEH projects Trans Nordic Project and The Lift, and in 2008-2009, Emma served as Acting Secretary General during Birgitta Persson's maternity leave. In April, Emma will move to Brussels to start her new job as Campaign Officer and Conference Co-ordinator at the arts advocacy organisation Culture Action Europe. Emma will come to say goodbye to all TEH Delegates at the May TEH Meeting at A38 in Budapest! 

Enjoy the read! 

Best wishes from snowy Lund, Sweden 
Anna Weitz, TEH Marketing & Communication Manager 

CHANGING ROOM TOOLKIT ONLINE – join a European community of cultural operators 
The TOOLKIT is a set of collaborative tools, which are now in the hands of a growing community of people working with independent culture across Europe. Take a moment to check what the TOOLKITcan do for you. 

Everyone involved in a TEH centre can join theMatchMaker. People from 18 TEH organisations already signed up! 

CHANGING ROOM WORKSHOP: 
Developing the Art of Sustainability in Cultural Centres

June 17-19, 2010, Paris 

In the news we hear more and more about sustainable development, but what exactly is it? In fact, it’s a potential strategy for running our cultural organizations. Come discuss this fascinating and pertinent issue in the context of the arts – as an alternative to the political approach. 

The French organizations Mains d'Œuvres (Saint-Ouen) and L'Avant-Rue (Paris) invite you to participate in a three-day training session within the framework of the mobility pilot project CHANGING ROOM. 

The training will be held in English with European facilitators and targets managers, artistic programmers and producers. The emphasis will be on the practical application of the concepts discussed. 

The training is limited to 25 participants. 
Submission deadline is March 31, 2010. 

For more information, and online application, please click here. 

TEH Meeting 69 
– How to get there? 

The next TEH Meeeting will take place at A38, Budapest, Hungary, May 6-9, 2010. Practical information regarding transport and accommodation and a draft programme is now available on www.teh.net. 

The online registration for TEH Members and Friends will open at www.teh.net within the next two weeks. 

A limited numbers of non-members can participate in the meeting as guests. Please contact the TEH Coordination Office if you are interested in attending the meeting. 

Applications open for 3 workshops at OZU 
OZU (Monteleone Sabino – Lazio, Italy) invites you to apply for their three upcoming workshops: 

1. STRESS MANAGEMENT 
14th-15th-16th May 2010 

The course offers group sessions in combination with individual consultancy. 

2. YOGA FLOW 
28th-29th-30th May 2010 

An intensive workshop by Janine Claudia Nizza. 

3. SOURCE'S RESEARCH 
25th June – 4th July 2010 

A residential workshop by Milon Mela, a group of 19 Indian artists and masters of ancient disciplines. 

Polymer's Residency programme open 
for applications 

Culture Factory Polymer (Tallin, Estonia) is now accepting proposals for its international artist in residency program. 

Artists (both groups and individuals) from any country and all artistic fields are welcome to apply for a residency at Polymer. 

Polymer's interest lies in genre bending, cross-cultural exchange and interaction with the local artistic community through workshops and public dissemination. 

Member in Focus: 
Interzona (Verona, Italy) 

In this Newsletter we highlight one of our three Italian members. 

"Being part of a bigger network makes you feel safer, since we work in a country and a time where independent culture is constantly struggling to survive" says Interzona's TEH delegate Ada Arduini. 

Photo from "Are we human" Theatre festival: Fibre Parallele (by Giacomo Rossi) 

caravan 2010 invites programmers and festival organisers 
May 9-11, 2010 
Caravan 2010 is an event taking place in Brighton Festival, which will introduce a selected group of south east England’s brightest performance companies to festival organisers and programmers from around the world. 

Farnham Maltings, that is delivering caravan together with Brighton Festival, is currently seeking interest from international programmers, festival organisers and potential co-producers who may be interested in attending this three day showcase. Up to 50 delegates will get support for travel costs, accommodation and delegate pass. 

New take on curating
at Röda Sten 

Artist’s Choice is a new screening program, starting for the first time in Röda Sten’s Video Lounge on February 17, 2010. The screening program is selected by the artist showing atRöda Sten (Göteborg, Sweden) at the moment – in this case the artist Sislej Xhafa. 

Artist’s Choice aims at enriching the artistic program of Röda Sten through the display of a number of video works by internationally established as well as young contemporary artists. It also offers an unexpected take on curating or selecting methods, operating on a collaborative model consisting of an exchange between the invited artist and the institution (Röda Sten). 

Leadership award 
to Beat Initiative director David Boyd 

TEH congratulates David Boyd, founder and director of the Beat Initiative (Belfast, Northern Ireland) to the Leading on Sustainability award, which he received during the first CO3 Leadership Awards ceremony that was held during the CO3 conference on leadership in the third/voluntary/not for profit sector in Northern Ireland. 

"David passionately believes in the value of creativity and that participation in life through carnival opens opportunities in education, job creation, self esteem, skills training and cross community and cross border communication. David has driven The Beat to be one of Belfast City’s flagship arts companies" reads part of the C03 Award citation. 

How do you show solidarity? 
Doc Lounge film night for Haiti 

This Tuesday night the weekly documentary film clubDoc Lounge at Mejeriet (Lund, Sweden) dedicated a night for the people of Haiti. By screening the filmGhosts of Cité Soleil (Haiti/Denmark/USA 2006) Doc Lounge wanted to raise the awareness and understanding of what Haiti was like before the earthquake as well as show solidarity with the current situation. The event also included a Q&A with a photojournalist and a doctor from Médicins sans Frontières, and a Skype concert with Swedish rap artist Adam Tensta. 

The ticket revenue was donated to Médicins sans Frontièrs. 

TEH would like to highlight other benefit initiatives by independent culture organisations. Please tell us what your organisations does to show solidarity, why and how you do it. Send a short description toanna@teh.net. The result will be communicated through the TEH Newsletter. 

Circus! 
In connection to the upcoming circus fair Subcase, Subtopia (Stockholm, Sweden) presents a trailer from Subcase 2009 on TEH TV. 

All TEH members are welcome to submit videos clips and short films to TEH TV. 

Case-study presentations from NTNM conference now online 
On January 28th-30th, Pekarna (Maribor, Slovenia) organized the international conference New Times, New Models (NTNM) in partnership with TEH. The conference gathered more than 70 participants from over 15 countries for discussions about independent cultural centres and their development with regard to governance models and relationships with the state. 

Pekarna is currently working on a final version of guidelines and principles of good governance that were discussed during conference break-out groups. The guidelines will be published on the conference website in the next update. To watch the case-study presentations from TEH members WUK, ufa-fabrik, Village Underground, Kaapelitehdas and Metelkova, please visit www.pekarna.org/ntnm. 

TEH member ufaFabrik European Hub for freeDimensional (fD)
freeDimensional (fD) advances social justice by hosting activists in art spaces. fD is made up of art spaces in over 60 countries with regional hubs in New York City, Cairo, Sao Paolo, Pondicherry and Berlin. 

UfaFabrik (Berlin) is the European hub centre. Previously, a Georgian poet-in-distress benefited from UfaFabrik's relation with freeDimensional and Trans Europe Halles. More recently, UfaFabrik introduced fD to IETM, the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts in order to support a prominent actor and producer, Mohammad Alamzeb who fled from Pakistan in May 2009 following kidnapping and threats by the Taliban. 

Culture Jobs International – a part of CHANGING ROOM TOOLKIT 
Culture Jobs International – the new FREE website for cultural employment opportunities in Europe, in collaboration with CHANGING ROOM, has launched at www.culturejobsinternational.org. 

Culture Jobs International is a new web-based service that keeps cultural operators informed about jobs in Europe, and enables cultural organisations to recruit from across Europe. 

If you are a cultural employer (venue, company, festival, gallery, museum or funding body) you can create an account and tell cultural operators about your job in just a few minutes. You can specify which languages are essential or desirable for the job, without making any assumptions about where your possible applicants are living at the moment. 

If you want a job as a cultural operator, then search the website, sign up to get jobs by email, RSS, Twitter and other social media. 

Culture Jobs International is for people who want to recruit or work in: 
• leadership and management 
• resources 
• communication 
• art forms 
• learning 

You can help the site by doing any of the following: 
• Signing up to receive the weekly bulletin 
• Posting jobs from your own organisation 
• Persuading colleagues in other organisations to use the site for their recruitment 
• Sharing information about Culture Jobs International with your own networks 

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47 members 
in 26 countries 

Trans Europe Halles (TEH) is a European network of independent cultural centres. It was founded in 1983 and has 47 members and 9 Friend organisations in 26 countries. CHANGING ROOM is the biggest project of TEH today.

Mobility 
for Cultural Operators 

CHANGING ROOM is a pilot project looking for new ways enhancing the cross-border mobility of cultural operators in Europe. It includes workshops, staff exchanges, an academic study and an online toolkit.

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