Welcome to TEH Newsletter #3 2013, featuring the latest news from Trans Europe Halles!


Trans Europe Halles is working every day to facilitate relationships between our members involved in the independent cultural sector. If there is one reason why networking is important, it is probably this one: because connecting people and working together is a strenght that brings a new dimension to cultural projects and give them a higher quality and a heavier impact.

One of our biggest project is actually built on this belief: Engine Room Europe, the three-year project funded by the European Commission, gathers ten co-organising TEH Members to lead on and develop a sustainable future for the independent cultural sector. We can't hide how pride we are of all the fantastic activities that the centres have organised so far. We therfeore felt we had to make a report on the outcomes to asses them. Download it from this newsletter.

Besides, calls for new collaborative projects on local, national or international level keep flowing in to the office every day . That's why we decided this month to focus on these projects, whether they are looking for partners or are in progress.

We hope you will get inspired by these stories.

Trans Europe Halles is a European Network of Independent Cultural Centres. The TEH Newsletter is produced by the TEH Coordination Office in Lund, Sweden.

Anaïd Sayrin
EVS Volunteer


Latest from Engine Room Europe
TEH's three-year network project Engine Room Europe (May 2011–April 2014) is spreading its wings and launching new activities all over the continent. Follow the section below to get informed about the upcoming ERE activities and the ways to get involved!

Call for proposal to next Crossroad East/West debate –  “A man on the road”

On the 21st of April, REX (Belgrade, Serbia) will hold a debate on how the public opinion and the institutions treat migrants who pass through Serbia to join Western Europe. For this occasion, REX is looking for activists or artists interested in this topic to participate as an external eye in the debate. A writer will also be hired to produce an essay for their website and the final publication of the project. Read more about the debate…

Engine Room Europe: what happened so far?

How many artists have made direct contribution to Engine Room Europe so far? How did the definition of "sustainability" change after the Creative Strategies of Sustainability seminar in ufaFabrik (Berlin, Germany)? What are the outcomes or the European Artists in Residency led by NOASS (Riga, Latvia)? How many cultural worker exchanges have happened since 2011 ?

Half-way through the tree-years project Engine Room Europe, we asked all the partners in charge to give us the summary of what has been achieved through the programme until now. All these great stories are now gathered in one report, featuring concrete figures and outcomes of the projects. We are now very proud to show these results, and we are more than ever looking forward to what will happen next!
Download the report…


Happy Birthday Antic Teatre!
Why not make a contribution to their 10th Anniversary book.

In 2013, Antic Teatre (Barcelona, Spain) is turning 10 years old! Do you want to offer them a gift? Participate to the crowdfunding they set up to produce a book in three languages (Spanish, Catalan and English) to describe the story of this centre who has now become one of the main agents in revitalising the Casc Antic neighbourhood of Barcelona. With this book, they also want to show how an independent cultural space is created, developed and established.

Read more about the book…

Cultural collaborations in Eastern Europe: a cycle of debates, presentations and meetings in Poland.
From 8th to 10th of March, Workshop of Culture (Lodz, Poland) gathered an international group of 120 cultural operators to work on new models of cooperation in the frame of the International Seminar “Culture for the Eastern Partnership”.
TEH Members Tabacka Kulturfabrik (Kosice, Slovakia) and Bakelit Multi Arts Centre (Budapest, Hunary) also took part to this event.
Read the summary of the event…

Encouraging local creativity to support sustainability: a pancake fair in IZOLYATSIA.
During the traditional Pancake week, IZOLYATSIA (Donetsk, Ukraine) invited about 60 local artisans and designers to communicate with each other and with the local community, to show their products, techniques and hold free workshops for citizens. An event which attracted the record number of visitors per day – more than 1500 guests in 3 hours
Discover the pictures of the event…

Village Underground opens up in Lisbon!
Former employee of Village Underground (London, UK) is opening Village Underground Lisbon, in collaboration with the original centre in London. Instead of old train wagons, they will use recycled containers from the harbor of Lisbon to build artists studios for up to 70 people. There will also be 2 buses, one for a café and one for a meeting place.
Discover the previews of the building…

A new circus school in Suvilahti.
Finland's biggest circus school moved in Suvilahti (Helsinki, Finland), the former power-plant building, making the centre a significant hub for new circus both on an national and international level.

Watch Circus Helsinki moving to Suvilahti!


Advocacy section on The Resource
A new section has been launched on The Resource! Under “Advocacy”, you will now find concrete tools and inspiring material to advocate for independent culture. Discover them and give us feedback.
This month we present:
"Learn the Elevator Pitch"
The "Handbook with Concrete Advocacy Advice" published by Culture Action Europe and Intercult and with contributions from Trans Europe Halles.
"I wanted more influence and better conditions"
During 2012 Intercult and Culture Action Europe co-lead a project in which Trans Europe Halles took part. The aim was to equip Nordic cultural operators with the tools they need to better advocate for vital support to culture. In this text Ida Burén, CEO of Intercult shares her conclusions from the project. Go to The Resource…


Top Tip of the Month
Did you know that kiwis are the most Volts-producing fruits in the world?
In March, Stanica (Zilina, Slovakia) organised a workshop to show to children that energy can be produced in an alternative way… by using fruits for exemple! Read more about the workshop…

New video on TEH TV

Suvilahti: From power-plant to cultural centre
A video which tells the story of the "little sister" of Kaapelitehdas (Helsinki, Finland)

Watch the video…


Upcoming events in April

02-09/04: Anaïd Sayrin is travelling to Ateneu St Boi (Barcelona, Spain) to prepare for the conference "Reclaiming Public Space Through Culture" to be held in June.

05-07/04: Anaïd Sayrin will represent Trans Europe Halles at the conference for the launch of Red Transiberica network in Bilbao.

05/04/2012: Birgitta Persson presents TEH at Opera Days (Vienna, Austria)

09-12/04: Prepatory meeting for TEH Meeting 76 in La Friche Belle de Mai (Marseille, France)

21/04: Cross Road Est West conference in REX (Belgrade, Serbia).















Blue Drum: call for community activists and artists.
Lisbon Architecture Triennale: call for project proposals.
The Nordic Artc Insight competition: call for artwork on sustainability theme.
Dimanche Rouge Estonia: call for experimental performances.
The conference “Creative Europe in a time of austerity” (9th of May 2013) goes virtual.