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Dear readers,
Welcome to TEH Newsletter 9, 2009, with the latest news for and from the network.

In this issue we are especially happy to introduce our first member in the Czech Republic – Johan Centrum

We would also like to thank Laznia Nowa who kindly hosted TEH Meeting 68 and approximately 120 participants in a surprisingly snowy Cracow during the 15th-18th of October. You did a great job! 

Next TEH Meeting will take place at A38 in Budapest, the 6th-9th of May 2010, and we are already looking forward to seeing you there. Until then, there are many ways to get involved in the network. Keep reading for the latest updates and opportunities.


Best wishes,
Anna Weitz, TEH Marketing and Communication Manager, anna@teh.net

Johan Centrum in Pilsen, Czech Republic New Members of TEH
Trans Europe Halles is happy to welcome our first member in the Czech Republic – Johan Centrum! The organisation is based in a former railway station in the City of Pilsen and serves as a studio for theater makers, artists and musicians. The meeting between different art forms (theater, performance, visual art, music, video art, literature) and artists from different countries using diverse creative methods and their blending has become an important feature in the life of the centre. 

Johan Centrum was approved as members by the General Assembly at TEH Meeting 68 together with two new Friend organisations (associated members) – Anténa Network of Independent Culture in Slovakia and Pushkinskaya-10 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

Once again, a warm welcome to the network!

TEH Media Network proudly presents the beta site for TEH TV
During the last year an internal sub-net of people and centres working with film and media inside TEH has been formed, TEH Media Network.

TEH TV is the first project by TEH Media Network – a multifunctional tool providing the network with a common platform to present video material produced in the network. The beta version of the site was launched during TEH Meeting 68 and now we would like to encourage all members to submit their videos!

How Not to go Mad Working in an Independent Cultural Centre…
…was the topic of TEH Meeting 68, hosted by Laznia Nowa Cracow, Poland, October 15th-18th. Approximately 120 participants from TEH Member and Friend centres as well as invited guests took part in the meeting that included a CHANGING ROOM training day and presentations and debates dedicated to the topic of revitalization. 

Topped off with an extraordinary PLR performance party and a challenging city tour in the former industrial district Nowa Huta, the 68th TEH meeting left us with a lot of inspiration, new tools and, well, at least not crazier than when we arrived.

A full meeting report is under production and will be published online. Meanwhile, please share your fabulous photos with all the other participants by uploading them on our Flickr-group account. Thanks!

On the photo to the left: Richard Oyarzabal from the Junction, Cambridge, signs in for the PRL party.

CHANGING ROOM Toolkit tested
A beta version of the CHANGING ROOM on-line Toolkit was successfully tested during a workshop at TEH Meeting 68. 

Great content was added to the Knowledge Base, a wiki style resource written by and for cultural operators, and the MatchMaker, a tool for individuals and organisations working in culture looking for partnerships and exchanges, was tested. 

Feedback from the participants will now be used to develop the Toolkit further, and TEH members will continue testing it until its public launch in January 2010. 

TEH Spring Meeting 2010 at A38, Budapest May 6th-9th 
Between the 6th and the 9th of May, 2010, TEH members, friends organisations and invited guests will gather at A38, an independent cultural venue on a converted Ukranian stone carrier ship, harboured on the Danube in Budapest. 

The previous TEH Meeting in Cracow focused on how to broaden and develop your creative thinking as an individual. The meeting in Budapest will follow up on this theme but instead focus on how an organisation can develop, grow and broaden its activities.

TEH Media Network collaboration on concepts & programmes
At TEH Meeting 68 in Cracow the film association Folkets Bio at Mejeriet (Lund, Sweden) sent out a call for potential collaboration with other people within the network who do film screenings, cinema programming, film festivals etc with the aim to exchange ideas for screening concepts, film titles and contacts. Please send an email to maja[at]folketsbio[dot]se if you would like to join this sub-group of TEH Media Network.

Changing Room Staff Exchanges: 
Sweden to UK, France to Germany & New Application Round 

During and just after the TEH Meeting in snowy Cracow, two more Changing Room Staff Exchanges took place: Elena Rosand from Subtopia in Sweden worked at Farnham Maltings for 2 weeks, and Vanessa Foray from Mains d'OEuvres in France visited Alte Feuerwache in Germany for a week. Reports are yet to follow but will be available at our blog soon. 

Also, the next Application Round for exchangees will be announced by 28 October on the blog and via mail to Changing Room members, so watch your inbox and the blog. 

Any questions? Contact Annette Wolfsberger at annette[at]melkweg[dot]nl

TEH one of 900 participants at the European Culture Forum
On September 29th-30th the European Commission organized the European Culture Forum in Brussels. The forum gathered 900 participants from 60 countries and according to the European Commission's website the aim of the forum was to bring together "culture civil society, Member States and EU institutions to take stock of progress in implementing the European Agenda for Culture. TEH Acting Secretary General Emma Ernsth came back from the Forum with mixed feelings.

OZU and OLIVEARTE invite you to an Italian Olive Picking Weekend 
20th – 23rd November 2009

– Pick olives in beautiful rural, unspoilt countryside.
– A feast to celebrate the first oil of the season with (probably) the best Bruschetta in Italy.
– Visit to the beautiful village of Monteleone and its ancient Roman sites, and much more!

Three day w
orkshop at OZU: 
'The Rashomon Effect'

OZU – Italy, 27th – 29th November 2009

Join movement artist Emily Sweeney and sound/visual artist William Bilwa Costa for The Rashomon Effect, a three-day improvisation workshop that takes its name from Akira Kurosawa's 1950 film Rashomôn. 

The Canadian Circus Company The 7 Fingers plays their new show PSY at Subtopia
28/12 2009 – 7/1 2010 Stockholm, Sweden 

With not less than 11 artist performing 10 different circus techniques on stage The 7 Fingers performs for the third time at Subtopia. The first time was their international breakthrough “The Loft” in 2003. They returned in 2008 with the show Traces that was played for full houses. 

PSY is “Mad Circus” told with humor and compassion. It is a story about the strength to breakthrough boundaries and swing like a circus artist in the trapeze. 

The 7 Fingers was founded by 7 artists coming from different circus companies, for example Cirque du Soleil. The artist wanted to bring something new to the circus art. The 7 fingered hand became the symbol of 7 individuals working towards a common goal. 

The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme is open for applications – deadline 11th of November 2009.
Curatorial residencies in Helsinki – next deadline 1st of November 2009. 
Special call for proposals for Cultural projects: Istanbul 2010

freeDimensional's online dialogue received over 400 visitors from more than 40 countries.