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TEH Delegate Petar Todorov in “Parallel Personalities", part of the project "Parallel Realities" by Pro Rodopi Art Centre (Bostina, Bulgaria) in June/July 2010.
Photo: Nikolina Kostova-Bogdanova

Dear readers,
Welcome to TEH Newsletter #2 2011, 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.

We are very happy to announce the publication of Changing Room – Mobility of Non-Artistic Cultural Professionals in Europe. It is a first-of-its-kind research study examining mobility issues in the European culture scene within the two-year pilot project CHANGING ROOM. Another recent publication from TEH is Nordic Perspectives on European Networking – 13 independent cultural centres in conversation. In this 20-page booklet, delegates from the Nordic TEH members reflect on the role of networking in a Nordic and European context. Both publications are available for free download from the TEH website.

TEH are concerned to hear about the assassination of Guatemalan artist Victor Leiva on February 2nd. There are around 3000 assassinations of artists, cultural actors and spiritual leaders in Guatemala yearly. The victims are killed merely because of the way they think, dress or express themselves, and TEH together with freeDimensional condemns these acts of violence and hope for the killings to cease immediately.

Also in this Newsletter, we urge you to sign the we are more manifesto to express your support for culture in Europe. Read more about the campaign and get involved below.

Enjoy the read!
Marian Söderholm, Office Manager
Anna Weitz, Communication Manager

CHANGING ROOM Study published!
Changing Room – Mobility of Non-Artistic Cultural Professionals in Europe is a first-of-its-kind research study by the Sibelius Academy examining mobility issues of the “backstage staff” of European culture within the Trans Europe Halles project CHANGING ROOM.

This study is an in-depth investigation of the possibilities for, and barriers to, mobility within the European independent cultural sector. Its outcomes include key learning points and concrete recommendations on how to develop mobility practices for non-artistic staff members in the future.

Trans Nordic Net presents Nordic views on networking
In the booklet Nordic Perspectives on European Networking delegates from the 13 Nordic TEH members are asked what it means to be part of an international network, and what they would like to use the network for in the future. The interviews have been carried out by Karl Hallberg, president of Not Quite in Fengersfors, Sweden.

"It is fantastic to meet all these super smart, cool and fun people who all want to make the world a little bit better", was one of the answers.

The publication rounds off the the three-year project Trans Nordic Net, which has been supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Register for TEH Meeting 71 this week for early bird prices!
This is the last week of early bird prices for TEH Meeting 71: "Shifting Gears" at Creative Center Carnation in Tartu, Estonia, 14 – 17th April 2011. The early bird deadline for cheaper registration is February 28th. So don't forget to go straight to the TEH website and register today!

TEH at To Culture With Love. Management in Potsdam
On February 13 – 16th, Marian Söderholm from the TEH Coordination Office participated in the second edition of To Culture With Love. Management workshop in Potsdam, Germany. TCWLM is an international workshop for European young professionals and students working in the field of arts and culture.

TEH at Culture in Motion conference in Brussels
Birgitta Persson, Secretary General of TEH, was invited to present the CHANGING ROOM project at the Culture in Motion conference in Brussels, Belgium on 15 – 16th February together with other projects grantees mostly from the Culture Programme. There was a lot of interest for CHANGING ROOM from other participants, especially the MatchMaker, which is now open source and open to everyone.

New videos from Stanica on TEH TV
Stanica (Zilina, Slovakia) have shared two new videos on TEH TV. One is an audio performance exploration of the urban legends of Bratislava by Mariek Piaček. The other is the third edition of Stanica's culture news broadcast. Enjoy!


ufaFabrik focus on Cambodia on Music Freedom Day
Focus Cambodia is going to be a collage with live music, information, film documentaries and talks. The idea is to highlight the situation of musicians and artists in the past as well as today's life in Cambodia. The event will take place at ufaFabrik (Berlin, Germany) during Music Freedom Day on 3rd March 2011.
Cultural centre REX (Belgrade, Serbia) will also participate, showing a concert with GRUBB – Gypsy Roma Urban Balkan Beats.

Milón Méla workshop at OZU this summer
This year, OZU (Monteleone Sabino, Italy) will host the Milòn Méla Source's Research Workshop between 30th June – 9th July.
Milòn Méla is an ongoing theatre project under the direction of Abani Biswas, active for the last 20 years in Europe and India, working mainly with traditional Indian techniques. The workshop focuses on body, voice, attention, concentration and on the work with nature and silence.

Exhibition about LGBT rights at REX
On 4 -11th February, REX (Belgrade, Serbia) and Swedish initiative Article One presented an exhibition showing the history and contemporary life of LGBT persons. Article 1 of the Declaration of Human Rights provides the basis for the exhibition with the same name.
Photo: Milica Mitic

Disturbing the public opinion at Röda Sten
The art event Disturbing the Public Opinion at Röda Sten (Göteborg, Sweden) shows another possible image of Iran between 8th March – 3rd April 2011.

French theatre at Interzona
Et jamais je n'invente is a play by IΩ TEATRO from a text of Charlotte Delbo. It was performed on 27th January 2011 at Interzona (Verona, Italy).
Photo: Dea Longo

Wake and shake them – sign the we are more manifesto!
we are more, the Europe-wide arts advocacy campaign set up by Culture Action Europe, has now launched its manifesto online. With the manifesto, we who value and shape contemporary European cultures call on national governments and European decision-makers to strengthen the recognition of the role of arts and culture in the development of European societies by increasing the support to culture in the next EU budget. Since the launch of the manifesto last week, more than 2000 people all over Europe have signed the manifesto. Put your name to the list and spread the manifesto in your country!

TEH condemns the assassination of Guatemalan artist Victor Leiva
Víctor Leiva, only 24 years of age, was a young artist who was a member of Colectivo Caja Lúdica for several years. As facilitator and activist dedicated to community arts, his work brought him the appreciation and love of his working partners. He was killed on February 2nd 2011 in Guatemala City.

Help us support Belarus Free Theatre fight for freedom and justice
– TEH Solidarity Fund open for contributions

Following the Belarus post-election crackdown on opposition candidates and protesters in December 2010, TEH set up a solidarity fund to support the TEH Friend organisation Belarus Free Theatre in their fight for freedom and justice in Belarus.

We believe that an economic help can make a small relief in their struggle. Help us support their fight for a democratic Belarus by making a contribution to the TEH Solidarity Fund for Belarus Free Theatre.

On the TEH website there is a list of the donations that have reached the fund as of today. Thank you all for taking action against Europe’s last dictatorship!


Apply now for short-term network funding with your Nordic/Baltic partners

From On-The-Move: Make Mobility Green!
Green Strategies for the Nordic Art Scene: Seminar at Wanås konsthall, Sweden, 13th April 2011

On-The-Move launch new website

TEH supports we are more
we are more (2010-2013) is a Europe-wide arts advocacy campaign set up by Culture Action Europe.

50 members in 26 countries
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