Dear readers,
Welcome to TEH Newsletter #2 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.

February 28th, 2012 is an important day in the history of Trans Europe Halles. The network received a €59.000 Annual Operating Grant from the EC Culture Programme for 2012 (Culture Programme 2007–2013, Strand 2). We are delighted about the fact that this is the largest annual grant ever received by Trans Europe Halles from the European Commission, and that TEH scored 91 out of a possible 100 points. We are already planning our celebration party!

Otherwise, we are happy to welcome the arrival of the spring to the South of Sweden. A month ago, TEH Coordination Office also hosted a new intern, who is me, Ellen Eklund. My first weeks I have learned about the network, projects such as Engine Room Europe, European Voluntary Service, advocacy campaigns and the work in the TEH Office. Everyday I get inspired and impressed by all the project the network is realising and I am looking forward to get more actively involved. I am from Göteborg, Sweden where I am studying International Cultural Management. I will end my internship in May after TEH Meeting 73 at Tabačka Kulturfabrik in Košice, Slovakia. The meeting registration is now open and I hope to meet you in Košice!

I would like to end this introduction with a quote from Ghandi. “Be the change you would like to see in the world.”

Keep on reading to find out what else is happening in the network.

Best wishes,
Ellen Eklund, Intern and
Plamena Slavcheva, Communication Assistant

Trans Europe Halles selected by the European Commission for an Annual Operating Grant 2012!

Trans Europe Halles has received a €59.000 Annual Operating Grant from the EC Culture Programme for 2012 (Culture Programme 2007–2013, Strand 2). We are delighted about the fact that this is the largest annual grant ever received by Trans Europe Halles from the European Commission, and that TEH scored 91 out of a possible 100 points. In total, 55 proposals were submitted and 16 were selected for funding.

Register for TEH Meeting 73 at Tabačka!
The registration for TEH Meeting 73, 10-13th of May in Košice, Slovakia is now available online! Be an early bird and register before 1st of April, avoiding the increase of fees and flight prices. The meeting will be held at Tabačka Kulturfabrik (Košice, Slovakia) under the theme Overcoming Borders to Independent Cultural Development. Click here to learn more about the programme and registration procedure.

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 programme activities continue with full power in 2012. Stay tuned for more updates!

First impressions of ERE Staff Exchange
Laura Gabrielaityte, the international programme coordinator of Arts Printing House (Vilnius, Lithuania), is the first Staff Exchangee who was sent to Subtopia (Stockholm, Sweden) for a period of two weeks in February 2012. To learn more about her first impressions, we invited her for an interview.

Crossroads East West call for practitioners
Do you want to participate in the mapping of the processes and projects of intercultural dialogue? Crossroads East West (Belgrade, Serbia) searches for a variety of contributions from different countries in Europe. To find out more about the project, follow the link to read the interview with its coordinator Nebojša Milikić.

Creative Strategies of Sustainability call for participants
Within the framework of the Engine Room Europe project, the International Cultural Centre ufaFabrik (Berlin, Germany) invites you to take part in a seminar that will discuss the creative strategies of sustainability for artistic and cultural centres in Europe. It will take place on 10-15th of September 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

Call for artists by A-Team Deadline coming soon!
As part of 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, A-Team searches for artists working in any medium affiliated with TEH Member centres or Friend organisations who enjoy community-based work and interactive dialogue. Deadline: March 15th, 2012.

EAR call for artists by NOA

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.

Circus Art at Subtopia
Circus Arts is a circus production company active in Subtopia (Stockholm, Sweden). Their fire circus production The Burnt Out Punks have been touring Europe since 2006, playing in 8 countries leaving blown away audiences behind with their unique mixture of theatre, circus and street art. Stay tuned for their 2013 tour!

Artist in Residency at Off Limits
Núria Güell, artist in residency at Off Limits (Madrid, Spain), presents her project Aplicación Legal Desplaçada #3: F.I.E.S. For the project, she issued an open call to prisoners subjected to the F.I.E.S. regime (Inmates under Special Observation), inviting them to write a poem, a short story or to make a drawing to illustrate the institutional torture to which they are being subjected.

Eco-posters exhibited at Izolyatsia
Between January 29th and
February 29th, 2012, the Platform for Cultural Initiatives IZOLYATSIA (Donetsk, Ukraine) presented 30 works of international artists submitted to the International Triennial of Ecological Posters, The 4th Block, which has been held in Kharkiv, Ukraine since 1991.

Music Freedom Day 2 at Konstepidemin
On March 3rd, 2012, Konstepidemin (Göteborg, Sweden) will host Jag var på besök i världen (I Visited the World) – singing string quartet Stråf meets the composer Stefan Forssén from Göteborg, Sweden and the Estonian National Poet Doris Kareva. This poetic concert will offer an experience somewhere in the space between jazz, folk and contemporary music.

Music Freedom Day 2 at Bakelit
On March 3rd, 2012, Bakelit Multi Art Center (Budapest, Hungary) organises a whole day full of music, dance, theatre, film and open discussions raising attention to music censorship and artist discrimination. The centre will highlight gentle and loveable ways of intercontinental cooperations from Africa to Transylvania.

Top Tip of the Month
Planning to go green? You definitely need to read the Green Mobility Guide published by On the Move in 2011. It offers pr
actical recommendations for professionals across the performing arts, case studies and resources. Get inspired by learning about other green experiences in the arts world!

TEH in closer contact with the Swedish Minister of Culture
In February 2012, TEH Secretary General Birgitta Persson, wrote a letter to the Swedish Minister of Culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, to express the network's position on the new 'Creative Europe' Programme by the European Commission. In this letter, TEH also made a statement in support of the we are more campaign.

Meeting of 21 German Members of CAE in Berlin
As a result, the meeting participants agreed on a letter of recommendation that will be sent to several politicians from Germany and Brussels. The message consists of an ongoing support of smaller initiatives, non-profit orientated projects, networks, separated budget lines for creative industries, culture and arts.

Culture and Art Programme open for applications. Proposals can be granted up to 100 000€. Deadline: March 6th, 2012.
Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean Performing Arts – open call for submissions. Deadline: March 1st, 2012.
Open call: AIR International Research Program #1 / Under Construction. Deadline: March 5th, 2012.
Call for applications International Contemporary Art Festival ArtBatFest Kazakhstan. Deadline: March 20th, 2012. Contact person: Gala Koretskaya, gkoretskaya[a]gmail[at]com.
Call for artists – Festival of Art as Research. Deadline: April 15th, 2012.
Call for collaboration grants for cross-cultural activities. Deadline: May 2nd, 2012.
Four Scholarships for professional performance directors available. Check the link for the deadline and instructions.

Multimedia on Stage Workshop in Cairo, Egypt. Deadline: March 13th, 2012.
2nd European Forum on Music 19 – 22 April in Istanbul, Turkey. The online registration is now open.
The Mobile Artist: Symposium For And About Nomadic Artists. Registration deadline: April 16th, 2012.
Information session on international financing of cultural projects. March 19th, 2012 in Rovaniemi, Finland.