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Trans Europe Halles – TEH Newsletter #9 2010: TEH releases Open Source code for the CHANGING ROOM MatchMaker!

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Dear readers,

Welcome to TEH Newsletter #9 2010, 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's mobility pilot project CHANGING ROOM is approaching its final exciting steps. The Sibelius Academy has made their conclusions of the CHANGING ROOM Study, and the publication is now being edited and designed. Next week cultural operators from 11 different organisations working with community filmmaking will get together at Subtopia (Stockholm, Sweden) for the last training within the project. The Staff Exchange programme was, as reported in the last newsletter, concluded by the Summer Camp in Amsterdam earlier this autumn and we are now presenting a series of video interviews that was made with the participants and the organisers during the camp. Watch them all on TEH TV.
Finally, in this newsletter, we are happy to announce that TEH has decided to release the open source code for the CHANGING ROOM MatchMaker which is the part of the Toolkit that until today has been tested exclusively inside of TEH.

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

Best wishes,
Anna Weitz, Marketing & Communications Manager and
Marian Söderholm, Communications & Office Assistant

Culture Action Europe launches the campaign
we are more

On October 7th in Brussels, Culture Action Europe launched the Europe-wide arts advocacy campaign we are more. As a founding member of Culture Action Europe, TEH intends to work closely with our members and Culture Action Europe to support the campaign.

The campaign will run until 2013 and concrete campaign activities for Trans Europe Halles members will be planned starting from 2011. As well as mobilising Culture Action Europe’s membership, we are more will seek to mobilise everyone who cares about culture in Europe. In order to increase the chances of the campaign demands to be successful, Trans Europe Halles members are encouraged to already now start to give visibility to the campaign. Simple tools for doing so can be found on the "join" section of the campaign website.

TEH releases the Open Source code for the CHANGING ROOM MatchMaker: Facebook4org
Does your organisation need a tool for online communication and matchmaking? Are many of your members on Facebook? Then we have good news for you! Following requests from several cultural associations, TEH has decided to release the open-source code with which the CHANGING ROOM MatchMaker was created: the Facebook4org application code. This means that any developer can customize and install the application for any organisation, for free.

Find out how the application works by entering the demo version here. Read more and download the Facebook4org code for developers here

Civil Societies Connect at ASEM 8 Summit in Brussels
Trans Europe Halles was invited to the Asia-Europe Foundation’s 4th Connecting Civil Societies of Asia and Europe Conference, “Challenging Challenges, New Ideas” in Brussels, Belgium on the 1st-3rd of October. Camille Dumas from Mains d'Oeuvres (St Ouen, France) represented TEH at the workshop “Sustainable Creative Cities: The role of the arts in globalized urban context”.

TEH visits École de Cirque in Brussels, Belgium
During their recent stay in Brussels, Birgitta Persson and Marian Söderholm from the TEH Coordination Office visited Ècole de Cirque, a school for circus performers of all ages, hosted in a beautiful 19th Century former train station in the Molenbeek-Saint-Jean district. It also hosts the office of the European Youth Circus and Education Network Caravan.

Tabačka Kuturfabrik attends GOGOLFEST Conference in Kyiv, Ukraine
The conference, entitled "The project of cultural transformation of post-industrial Kyiv district Vydubychi and creation of GOGOLFEST cultural center", took place on the 8th of October in Ukraine's capital. GOGOLFEST is a pilot social-cultural project which aims to create a place for cultural education and production, and will open in 2012 in Kyiv. Lukas Berberich from Tabačka Kulturfabrik (Košice, Slovakia) reports from the conference.

Interzona at the ArtVerona Art Fair
On 14th – 18th October, TEH Member Interzona (Verona, Italy) was invited to INDEPENDENTS, a section of the ArtVerona Contemporary Art Fair created by Fuoribiennale, where independent cultural centres and non-profit spaces had the chance to show how they work and experiment with contemporary arts.
Photo: Dea Longo

Röda Sten seminar discussed cultural volunteering
Röda Sten (Göteborg, Sweden) held a seminar on the 18th of October to present their pilot study on volunteers in the cultural sector, and the recently published report ”Volunteers, commitment and cultural organisations”.

Photo: Marian Söderholm

Łaźnia Nowa present new repertoir in revamped building
On the 15th and 16th of October, Łaźnia Nowa Theatre (Cracow, Poland) re-opened after an extensive renovation. The new repertoir is full of exciting performances and premieres, including a one-year project dedicated to the Polish dramatist and writer Sławomir Mrożek.

Member in Focus: CuLTUREN
CuLTUREN (Västerås, Sweden) is a multi-disciplinary centre where cinemas, theatre groups, experimental music collectives, local radio producers, art exhibitions, conferences, café visitors, college students, circus performers and many more all share the same roof.

Ambassador in Focus: Philippe Grombeer
This month's Ambassador in Focus is TEH's founder Philippe Grombeer, who now works at Théâtre des Doms in Avignon. In this interview he tells us about the birth of Trans Europe Halles in 1983, and how he envisions the network's 30th anniversary.

CHANGING ROOM Staff Exchange interviews on TEH TV
Several video interviews with participants in the CHANGING ROOM Staff Exchange Programme have now been uploaded to TEH TV. The interviews were done during the CHANGING ROOM Summer Camp in Amsterdam this summer. There is also a video report from the camp including interviews with the CHANGING ROOM Project Manager Paul Bogen and Staff Exchange Programme Manager Annette Wolfsberger. A big thanks to Linda Konone (NOASS, Riga) who made the videos!

Register now for Re:imagining Cultural Space Conference in Stockholm
Intercult in collaboration with Culture Action Europe and Orionteatern presents Re:Imagining Cultural Space on 17th – 19th November at Orionteatern in Stockholm, Sweden – an international conference and lab on the policy and practice of flexible art spaces and cultural organisations in Europe.

YEAH! Award – First European award for music education and outreach projects
YEAH! Young EARopean Award 2011 is the new European competition for creative minds and musical ideas that arouse their audience’s enthusiasm for music with imaginative and innovative productions.
The first award ceremony will be held on November 19th 2011.

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51 members
in 26 countries

Trans Europe Halles (TEH) is a European network of independent cultural centres. It was founded in 1983 and has 51 members and 13 Friend organisations in 26 countries. CHANGING ROOM is the biggest project of TEH today.

CHANGING ROOM – what is it?
CHANGING ROOM is a pilot project looking for new ways enhancing the cross-border mobility of cultural operators in Europe. It includes workshops, staff exchanges, an academic study and an online toolkit.

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