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Dear readers, 

Welcome to TEH Newsletter #8 2010, 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. 

The past month has been a busy one for TEH. The network's historical 70th Meeting in Leipzig welcomed three new members to the network – we now have over 50 member centres from all over Europe! 

Dates for the next TEH Meeting have now been decided, so mark April 14-17th, 2011 in your agenda already now if you are interested in attending our 71st meeting, organised by Polymer (Tallinn, Estonia) and held at the TEH Friend centre Creative Centre Carnation in Tartu, Estonia. 

Enjoy the read! 

Best wishes, 
Anna Weitz, Marketing and Communications Manager & 
Marian Söderholm, Communications and Office Assistant 

TEH Meeting 70 at Moritzbastei a success 
Between the 9th-12th of September TEH Members, Friends and invited guests met at Moritzbastei, Leipzig, Germany. This 70th TEH Meeting was dedicated to the topic 'Arts. Culture. Business', and Moritzbastei indeed prooved that it's a place where these three elements beautifully unite. 

Amongst many other things, the meeting included a CHANGING ROOM workshop day on Economy and Finance, as well as the much appreciated session Fired Up but Not Burnt Out, on how to survive cultural management and keep the spririt alive. 

A meeting report is under production and will soon be available for downloading at the TEH website. In the meantime, you are most welcome to enjoy some photos ( Facebook albumFlickr album) and videosfrom the meeting! 

Guided tour of ufaFabrik attracted many TEH Meeting participants 

One day before the 70th TEH Meeting officially started in Leipzig, more than 30 TEH members from all over Europe visited TEH Member centre ufaFabrik (Berlin, Germany) to learn more about its concept of sustainability. 

Guided by Werner Wiartalla and Sigrid Niemerfrom ufaFabrik, the group explored the building sites of the neighbourhood centre and the wood stove bakery, and walking up they took a deep breath on the green roof in close contact to the solar panel system. Before walking away they tested the biological food from the bakery and lunch in the Café. Sigrid Niemer hopes there will be more tours such as this one in the future. To be continued…! 

Three new Members and two new Friends join TEH! 
During Trans Europe Halles’ 70th meeting in Leipzig, three new Member centres and two Friend organisations were approved. For the first time in the history of TEH, we how have over 50 members! 

The new Members are Łódź Art Center, (Łódź, Poland), Culturen, (Västerås, Sweden) and A4, (Bratislava, Slovakia). The new Friends are Rytmikorjaamo (Seinäjoki, Finland) and Creative Centre Carnation, (Tartu, Estonia). Welcome to the network! 

Łódź Art Center is located in a historic post-industrial complex in Łódź. It has been operating since 2005, and among the main focuses is festivals, such as Łódź Design, Łódź Biennale and Fotofestiwal. The centre also stages exhibitions, and organises conferences and educational workshops. In 2007, Łódź Art Center initiated efforts to win the title of the European Capital of Culture 2016 for Łódź. 

CuLTUREN – ”The house where everything happens”. CuLTUREN is a centre where cinemas, theatre groups, experimental music collectives, local radio producers, art exhibitions, conferences, café visitors, college students, circus performers and many more all share the same roof. It is located in Västerås in Sweden, city with just over 100 000 inhabitants. 

A4 – Zero Space is the only centre of its kind in Bratislava. The centre focuses on experimental music and film, and also hosts a resident theatre company. Workshops and concerts are also held here, A4 hope that their membership in TEH will lead to an exchange of practical knowledge and sharing ideas will others in a similar line of work. 

More information and photos of the new Members will soon be published on the TEH website

Call for participants! 
Don't miss this opportunity to participate in the upcoming CHANGING ROOM Workshop on Community Filmmaking taking place at Subtopia, Stockholm, 27-29th of October. The programme outline, practical information – and the possiblity to get free accomodation has now been announced! Application deadline is October 8th.

Summer Camp gathered hosts and exchangees 
In the end of August and the beginnning of Septemer participants of the CHANGING ROOM Staff Exchange programme met in the Netherlands to evaluate, share experiences and get some professional development training. 

TEH President visits isolated, but not unnoticed, part of Ukraine 
On 25-26th September, TEH President Erik Backer participated in the international conference "Cultural Conversion: a new life of the industrial past", in Donetsk (Ukraine). The organisation IZOLYATSIA Platform for Cultural Initiatives was anxious to hear about the experiences of TEH in the re-use of former industrial buildings as cultural centres and its relations with the areas or neighbourhoods they are located in. 

Report from CHANGING ROOMworkshop Somethin' for Nothin' 
Between August 6-8th, Polymer Culture Factory(Tallinn, Estoina), supported by the TEH project CHANGING ROOM, hosted a workshop about ”Artists in Residence (AIR) programs on limited financial resources”. Participants included representatives from TEH Member centres NOASS (Latvia), Not Quite (Sweden) and OZU (Italy), as well as several other centres from around Europe. 

TEH to celebrate Music Freedom Day on March 3rd, 2011 
At least twelve TEH centres, both Members and Friends, will present concerts and events in their venues on the 3rd of March 2011. The idea of this de-centralised action is to celebrate Music Freedom Day, a world-wide initiative to show commitment to the importance of artistic and cultural freedom. 

More centres and music programmers are still welcome to join in the celebrations! 

A new circus venue is born – Hangaren inSubtopia

In September, a new venue was inaugurated at Subtopia (Stockholm, Sweden). The venue is called Hangaren in Subtopia and is a stage for circus and performing arts. 

Hereby Subtopia takes a new direction, which is to present national and international circus to a wide audience. 
Photo: Mats Bäcker 

A38 Ship expands boundaries 

TEH Member A38 (Budapest, Hungary) expands its space, physical boundaries and cultural activity on the river Danube in Budapest. 

In November 2010, a newly-built 'float' will be linked to the A38 Ship. The new venue will host contemporary art exhibitions, performances and cultural events. 

New season starts in upgraded Łaźnia Nowa 
After extensive renovation work during the summer, Łaźnia Nowa Theatre (Cracow, Poland) starts the new season on the 15th of October. 

During the coming months – in freshly painted spaces – Łaźnia Nowa will host concerts and performances from all around the world, their own productions, and festivals. 

OZU before… 
TEH Member OZU (Monteleone Sabino, Italy) has undergone a face lift! 

The former white and boring front wall has been painted by a group of young German pupils and is now green and lively, just like the surrounding olive hills. 

…and after 
Now you have a chance to visit the new, improved OZU during an olive-picking holiday! 

TEH Meeting 70 on TEH TV 
Whether or not you had the pleasure to attend TEH Meeting 70 between 9-12th September atMoritzbastei in Leipzig, you can now watch videos from all four days of the meeting on TEH TV. 

Thanks to the Moritzbastei documentation crew, everyone can now re-live the highlights of the meeting – the fantastic view of Leipzig from the New Town Hall tower, the excursions to different cultural centres in the city, the "Schnitzel Hunt" on Thursday night, or the boat trip on Sunday morning

What was your favourite moment? 



A38 presents "My City" festival in Vienna 

Go olive-picking with OZU in Italy! 


TEH participates in "The Time is Now" – Culture Action Europe conference in Brussels in October 

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51 members 
in 26 countries 

Trans Europe Halles (TEH) is a European network of independent cultural centres. It was founded in 1983 and has 51 members and 13 Friend organisations in 26 countries. CHANGING ROOM is the biggest project of TEH today.

CHANGING ROOM – what is it? 
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.