Welcome to TEH Newsletter #1 2012, 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.

TEH started the year 2012 with full power and two new TEH Friends: Nau Ivanow (Barcelona, Spain) and Kochlias Art (Athens, Greece). Excited about the upcoming challenges and opportunities, we are once again heading towards new goals! We made a significant progress in the re-building of TEH website by updating the information and making it easier to navigate through.

During this dynamic month, TEH Office Manager Marian Söderholm and TEH Secretary General Birgitta Persson visited Tabacka Kulturfabrik in Kosice, Slovakia, which will be the host of the next TEH Meeting 73. Overcoming Borders to Independent Cultural Development is the theme of the meeting, which will hopefully lead us to interesting discussions and discoveries. This week, we welcomed intern Ellen Eklund from Sweden to the TEH Coordination Office. Later on, in Spring, we are expecting one more intern and an EVS Volunteer to join us. Stay tuned for more updates!

Plamena Slavcheva
Communication assistant at TEH Coordination Office


TEH has two new Friends!
We are happy to welcome the new TEH Friends: Nau Ivanow (Barcelona, Spain) and Kochlias Art (Athens, Greece). For the first time, a centre from Greece gets affiliated as a TEH Friend, which means that with 52 Members and 18 Friends the network is now represented in 29 countries in Europe. We hope that these numbers will increase significantly throughout the year!


Latest from Engine Room Europe
TEH:s three-year network programme Engine Room Europe (May 2011–April 2014) is spreading its wings and launching new activities all over the continent. The project activities continue with full power in 2012. Follow this space for updates!

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EAR call for artists by NOASS
Within the Engine Room Europe programme European Artist Residencies (EAR), Culture and Arts Projects NOASS (Riga, Latvia) invites visual artists to offer their ideas for the creation of art works in an urban environment. NOASS is looking for artists from all TEH Member centres and Friend organisations. One of the artistic elements that should be used is water. The deadline for proposals is April 1st, 2012.

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Call for artists by A-Team
As part of the project Engine Room Europe, A-Team – Artists for Change will realise four creative processes in Sweden, Bulgaria, Latvia and Slovenia, teaming up artists, cultural managers and local mediators, who will deal with local community issues. For this project, A-Team searches for artists working in any medium affiliated with TEH Member centres or Friend organisations who enjoy process, research and community-based work and interactive dialogue.

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Music Freedom Day 2012 at ufaFabrik
ufaFabrik (Berlin, Germany) presents Music Freedom Day 2012 under the title Hatua kwa Hatua (Step by Step). It will be held on Saturday, 3rd of March, 2012 at 20:00h. An evening will be dedicated to the artists and members of the Cambodian cultural centre Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS), meaning “The Brightness of Art”.

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Röda Sten Programme 2012
From February 11th till March 18th, 2012 Röda Sten Art Centre (Göteborg, Sweden) will exhibit a selection of artistic proposals within the Platform #2 – On Notions of Space and Inherent Power Relations. Among the projects that will be presented are Obstruction, an installation by Gustav Hellberg, and Without/Within, a site specific performance by Flytande Galleriet.

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Latest from Off Limits
Off Limits (Madrid, Spain) was our Member in Focus this month. To learn more about the centre, we invited its director Lurdes Fernández for an interview. It is available online here. Also this month the centre will host the exhibition Permission for the Revolution which explores and debates new forms of resistance by citizens in societies, nominated as democratic. The inauguration will be on February 18th, 2012 at Off Limits.

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A Festival of Words at OZU
Sagra delle words (A Festival of Words) is a residential creative writing course which aims to challenge, inspire and transform your writing. The course will be led by Sheree Mack between 3-10th of June, 2012 and will be hosted by OZU (Monteleone, Sabina, Italy).

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Documentary photography at Izolyatsia
On December 10th, 2011, Izolyatsia (Donetsk, Ukraine) hosted the photographer Alexander Chekmenev (Kiev, Ukraine) who presented to the Donetsk audience his newly published monograph on life in Donbass. The photos were followed by explanations of the images’ origin and principle of choice. Alexander described the portrayed people, their work, struggle and way of living.

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Top Tip of the Month
Are you planning to host a festival, exposition or any other significant cultural event? Try organizing it with ecological toilets like the ones used for TEH Meeting 72 in October 2011 in Bordeaux, France.

ECF Collaboration Grants fund transnational, cross-sectoral activities by independent cultural and artistic organisations. The grant opens on February 20th and the deadline is on May 2nd, 2012.
Open Call for the contemporary art exhibition Jeune Creation 2012. Deadline March 1st, 2012.
From On-The-Move:
The Coal Prize Art & Environment 2012 – open application. Deadline February 12th, 2012

European Musical Creation Workshop 2012 – call for participants. Deadline February 1st, 2012.
International Physical Theatre Laboratory. February 23-28, 2012.
WIN (Workout for Intercultural Navigators). Deadlines: February 15th, March 30th, April 15th, 2012.
Arts & Cultural Management: From Service Design to Success. April 24-26, 2012.
MOV-S 2012 – International meeting for professionals, groups and organizations devoted to dance, motion arts. June 14-17, 2012.

Call for partners, particularly from Southern and Eastern Europe, for a Grundtvig funding application. The candidates should be involved in accessible hands-on arts and creative cultural action to develop capacities amongst local excluded communities. Contacts: susan.clarke[at]b-arts[dot]org[dot]uk or florence[at]freres-poussiere[dot]com. Deadline February 5th, 2012.