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21-year old musical multi-talent Kheav Sothan from Cambodia performing at ufaFabrik (Berlin, Germany) on Music Freedom Day, 3rd March 2011. Photo: Lothar Wiesweg

Dear readers,
Welcome to TEH Newsletter #3 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.

In just over three weeks' time, 100 TEH Members, Friends and guests will gather in Tartu, Estonia for TEH Meeting 71 – an important meeting for the network, following the great news that TEH's network project Engine Room Europe has been awarded a grant from the EC Culture Programme. Also, the project TEH Leaders Lab has received support from the Nordic Culture Point, and will be presented at the meeting. A new addition to the meeting programme is a workshop on Safe Havens by arts & social justice network freeDimensional.

This months' newsletter also includes a call for help: TEH member The Beat Initiative in Belfast, UK, has recently received very bad news regarding the Belfast City Carnival, an appreciated community celebration which has been organised by The Beat for the past 18 years. Please read more below and reach out a hand to our colleagues in Belfast!

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


freeDimensional workshop new highlight at TEH Meeting 71
TEH Meeting 71 is just around the corner! A new highlight in the programme is the "Safe Havens for Artists" workshop held by Sidd Joag from freeDimensional on Thursday 14th April. The meeting, entitled "Shifting Gears" will take place at Creative Center Carnation in Tartu, Estonia, 14 – 17th April 2011. TEH Members and Friends – don't miss out, register today! Non-members, please contact the TEH Coordination Office if you would like to attend the meeting.

€960.000 to Engine Room Europe
TEH is happy and proud to announce that our new network project Engine Room Europe has been awarded a €960.000 grant from the European Commission’s Culture Programme.

Engine Room Europe is a three-year project focused on independent cultural workers and their creative processes. The main objective of the project is to increase the capacity and sustainability of independent culture in Europe.

What's the place for arts and culture in the city?
On March 2nd – 5th, Marko Brumen from TEH member centre Pekarna Magdalenske Mreže (Maribor, Slovenia) participated in the workshop "Making Places for the Arts" in Istanbul Turkey. The workshop was organised by cˇu'm„a* (Contemporary Utopia Management). Photo: Marko Brumen

Vifira presents Hello! at Subtopia
If you head to Subtopia (Stockholm, Sweden) on the 23rd – 27th of March, you will see dance, juggling and acrobatics in Vifira's performance Hello! on Subtopia's new circus stage, Hangaren. The show is inspired by Isaac Newton's apple, the French countryside and the suburbs of Stockholm…

Help The Beat Carnival!
TEH member Beat Initiative (Belfast, UK) has recently received very bad news regarding the Belfast City Carnival in 2011.

The Beat initiated the Belfast City Carnival as its central project and over the years this event has grown to become a major public event, one that facilitates a year long programme of community and youth workshops and training, a range of local and regional carnival events and an international partnership programme.

After 18 years of building such activity, The Beat has recently been informed that its grant for the Belfast City Carnival has been awarded to a commercial events company for the production of a carnival event in the city this year (2011).

The Beat urgently needs the support of colleagues and friends worldwide.

Music Freedom Day marked in more than 20 countries
TEH Members Konstepidemin (Göteborg, Sweden), ufaFabrik (Berlin, Germany) and REX (Belgrade, Serbia) all took part in the global event Music Freedom Day on March 3rd, 2011. Music Freedom Day, an initiative of Freemuse, promotes freedom of musical expression worldwide. Photo: Marian Söderholm

TEH supports the Free Belarus Now campaign
On March 19th it was three months since the crackdown on opposition protesters in Minsk, Belarus. Many of the protesters are still imprisoned and facing many years in jail. TEH dedicated the day to the Free Belarus Now campaign through events at Interzona (Verona, Italy), Kulturzentrum Z-Bau (Nürnberg, Germany) and Mains D'Oeuvres (St Ouen, France). Photo: Giacomo Rossi, Interzona

Manifesto for Independent Culture in Spain
Throughout 2010 the identification, cooperation and internationalisation project Cultura Independiente took place in Spain. The project, realised in collaboration with TEH, Artfactories and the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development, aimed to map independent cultural spaces in Spain, and to encourage international collaborations and foster the exchange of experiences between them.

However, 2010 was a bad year for independent cultural spaces in Spain. Some of them were forced to close because of economical difficulties: Nave Spacial (Sevilla), Otro Espacio (Valencia) and Espacio Abisal (Bilbao), for instance. Cultura Independiente has now published a manifesto in support of the independent cultural structures. The manifesto is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

SEAS has ended – visit the new website!
SEAS Dock is the legacy of European arts platform Black/North SEAS 2006-2010. It is also a tool for people who engage in transnational collaboration in Europe.

Black/North SEAS was a major European platform for intersecting arts with other sectors of society. The primary focus was the creation and distribution of interdisciplinary artworks on a transnational basis. Cultural operators, artists, public officials and scientists were connected in a four year long multi-lateral cooperation stretching from the North Sea to the Black Sea.

Digital Storytelling workshop for participants 50+
This summer cultural centre Watershed in Bristol, UK, will host a Digital Storytelling workshop for older learners (50+) with little or no experience of digital media as part of the Grundtvig learners programme.

The workshop will take place from Monday 6th – Friday 10th June 2011 and focuses on the topic of love.

In TEH Newsletter #2 2011, you could read about the assassination of Guatemalan artist Victor Leiva. We wrote that there are 3000 assassinations yearly in Guatemala, which was wrong. It should in fact be 3000 crimes against artists, cultural actors and spritual leaders yearly. We apologise for the mistake.


Robert Cimetta Fund mobility grants for the Euro-Mediterranean region – deadline 25th March
Werkkamp011 Artists-in-Residence Festival: Artists wanted! – deadline 15th April
MINDWARE: Artistic residencies in Lublin – deadline 15th April

Make Mobility Green! Contribute to OTM's research survey – deadline 31st March
FC Forum's Sustainable Models for Creativity in the Digital Age

Welcome to the new Nordic Culture Point
Nordic Culture Forum 2011 programme launched

See the network in moving images at TEH TV
Watch videos from workshops, performances, events, interviews and concerts from TEH centres across Europe at TEH TV!

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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