A Call from Europe’s cultural & creative sectors: Boosting the EU culture budget

As the European Commission prepares to unveil its proposal for the next long-term EU budget at the beginning of May, cultural and creative sectors are joining forces to amplify their call for an increased EU culture budget. Highlighting the contribution of culture to the social, economic and artistic development of Europe, the letter contrasts this with the small amount of EU money currently dedicated to culture (0,15% of the overall EU budget).

Trans Europe Halles joins 66 organisations from across Europe’s cultural and creative sectors to send an open letter to the EU institutions urging them to give a significant boost to the EU budget dedicated to culture.

Brussels, 9th April 2018

Dear President Juncker,

Cc Vice-President Timmermans, Vice-President Ansip, Commissioner Oettinger, Commissioner Navracsics,

We are writing to share our thoughts on the place of culture in the EU budget ahead of the presentation by the European Commission of its draft Regulation for the post-2020 MFF in May 2018.

The signatories of this letter are 67 organisations from across the cultural and creative sectors, urging the EU to give a significant and much-needed boost to the EU’s budget dedicated to culture.

The cultural and creative sectors provide more than 12 million full-time jobs (7.5 % of the EU’s work force), and create approximately €509bn in value added to GDP (5.3 % of the EU’s total GVA).

This is to be contrasted with the €1,4bn allocated to the EU support programme for culture, Creative Europe, over a period of 7 years, which represents 0,15% of the overall EU budget.

Culture’s contribution to the social, economic and artistic development of Europe has been fully attested,  substantiating the EU added value of cultural investment. Cultural and creative sectors are significant drivers for sustainable growth and job creation and generate major spillover effects for other industrial sectors, placing them among the EU’s main assets.

And yet, they are notoriously underfinanced and their huge potential remains largely untapped. In 2011 already, it was estimated that there was a finance gap of some €2.8bn to €4.8bn in terms of bank loans for cultural and creative SMEs.

The cultural and creative sectors are eager to grow and build upon their recognised excellence. A significant increase to the EU budget dedicated to culture would provide a welcome boost to the EU economy and help European culture shine even brighter.

At a time when the EU is trying to overcome the current investment gap, and prepares for the shortfall created by Brexit in the next EU budget, we need to capitalise on our strengths.

In your 2016 State of the Union, you proclaimed that artists and creators were Europe’s “crown jewels”.

More recently, addressing the EU Culture Forum, President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani stated that “culture, more than our economy, is the glue which holds Europe together and must be the starting point of our efforts to revitalise our Union”.

The Commission also has a duty to consider cultural and creative sectors as a horizontal priority within EU funding schemes and programmes. Given their strategic role in the EU’s economy and their crucial impact in European society, cultural and creative sectors should also be able to benefit from sources of EU funding outside Creative Europe, such as the EU’s structural and investment fund, COSME and Horizon 2020 programmes, education and enlargement/neighbourhood policy and programmes.

As the Commission asserted in its reflection paper on the future of the EU finances, “How the budget changes -and what it is used for – depends on what future we want for our Union and on the level of ambition we choose to work together to shape that future”.

This is why we call on the EU to double the budget allocated to the successor of Creative Europe, the EU’s programme dedicated to the cultural sectors, and ensure these sectors also have access to other sources of EU funding.

Yours sincerely,

The signatories

You can download the letter here

Signatories:

ACT (Association of Commercial Television in Europe)

AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen)

AEPO-ARTIS (Association of European Performers’ Organisations)

AER (Association of European Radios)

Circostrada (European Network Circus and Street Arts)

Culture Action Europe

CEPIC (Centre of the Picture Industry)

Eurocinema

Europa Distribution

Europavox

EI (Europa International)

EAS (European Association for Music in schools)

EBU (European Broadcasting Union)

European Choral Association – Europa Cantat

ECCD (European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity)

ECSA (European Composer & Songwriter Alliance)

ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation)

ECCO (European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organisations

CEPI (European Coordination of Independent Producers)

ECF (European Cultural Foundation)

EFA (European Festival Association)

GESAC (European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers)

EIBF (European and International Booksellers Federation)

EJN (Europe Jazz Network)

ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts)

EMC (European Music Council)

EMEE (European Music Exporters Exchange)

EMU (European Music School Union)

ENCC (European Network of Cultural Centres)

ETC (European Theatre Convention)

EUYO (European Union Youth Orchestra)

EWC (European Writers’ Council)

Eurozine (European network of cultural journals and online magazine)

FIM (Fédération Internationale des Musiciens)

FIA (International Federation of Actors)

FIAD (International Federation of Film Distributors’ Associations)

IMMF (International Music Managers Forum)

FERA (Federation of European Film Directors)

FEP (Federation of European Publishers)

FSE (Federation of Screenwriters in Europe)

IN SITU (European Platform for Artistic Creation in Public Space)

IMPALA (Independent Music Companies Association)

IMPF (Independent Music Publishers Forum)

INES (Innovation Network of European Showcases)

ISFE (Interactive Software Federation of Europe)

IAO (International Artist Organisation)

IAMIC (International Association of Music Information Centres)

ICMP (International Confederation of Music Publishers)

FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations)

IFACCA (International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies)

IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts)

IVF (International Video Federation)

JMI (Jeunesses Musicales International)

KEA European Affairs

Live DMA (European network for music venues and festivals)

Liveurope

NEMO (Network of European Museum Organisations)

On the Move (Cultural Mobility Information Network)

Pearle* (Live Performance Europe)

REMA (Early Music in Europe)

Res Artis (Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies)

SAA (Society of Audiovisual Authors)

SHAPE (Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe)

TEH (Trans Europe Halles)

UNI MEI (UNI global union – Media and Entertainment International)

UNIC (International Union of Cinemas)

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EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS OPEN UNTIL 16 APRIL

TEH Conference 85 will focus on the transient nature of non-governmental cultural centres, and how this trait influences the development of cultural and creative industries. The main topic of the conference will be deployed through three thematic routes: identity, people, and spaces.

The conference will offer inspiring keynotes, panel discussions, workshops, training courses and a rich artistic programme. The preliminary programme will be available soon. Additionally to the Conference, on Wednesday 23 May, we are organising a very special training day on business models and organisational development. Read more below.

ABOUT ZAWP

In 1997, the cultural association Haceria Arteak occupied an old factory in the peninsula of Zorrozaurre in Bilbao, Spain. Since then, the organisation devotes its activity to artistic creation. In 2008, the association started the project ZAWP (Zorrotzaurre Art Work in Progress) to address the temporary situation caused by the municipality’s urban development plan of the peninsula, back then an almost abandoned post-industrial area.

Nowadays, ZAWP manages and supports seven buildings dedicated to artistic, creative and business activities. Through ZAWP, Haceria Arteak has brought into being an ecosystem full of possibilities in which the neighbours and the energetic, creative community working there are driving the urban revitalisation process. In spite of its efforts, ZAWP’s staff is now facing a new challenge: most of their buildings will be demolished in 2019.

FACTORIES OF IMAGINATION TRAINING DAY

Are you interested in business models and organisational development? You should not miss the Factories of Imagination Training Day!

On Wednesday 23 May 2018 – one day before the Conference* – you will have the opportunity to take part in a hands-on training day facilitated by some Spanish specialists, including two workshops (to chose only one, as they take place at the same time):

  1. Disrupting business models through blockchain technology
  2. Organisational development using “Action-Read” methodology

*Note that the Factories of Imagination Training Day is taking place one day before the TEH Conference 85 and it requires an additional registration. Read more and register here.

TICKETS

Early bird tickets (until 16 April)

TEH Members and Associates: 135€
Members of Transibérica and Karraskan: 100€
Students: 100€
Other participants:150€

Regular tickets (from 17 April until 13 May)

Are you kidding?! Don’t wait to pay more…

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

We have put some useful information for you about Bilbao, how to travel there, and a list of recommended hotels. We highly recommend booking your flight tickets and hotels as soon as possible, since Bilbao is a popular tourist destination during the spring.

MORE INFORMATION AND CONTACT

Still thirsty for information? Visit TEH Conference 85 website. Follow TEH85 Facebook event. Is something not clear? Drop us an email: Nerea Rodet (ZAWP) and Michel Quéré (TEH).

 

TEH News Bulletin – March/April

Good news around Europe…

Stanica / Truc spherique, Zilina, Slovakia


TEH member is looking for EVS volunteers
Stanica / Truc sphérique is looking for EVS volunteers, who like their freedom and independence but, also can live with politically incorrect humour, for their bike workshop, performance and exhibition space. Read more about EVS in Stanica:

Volunteers can apply by sending a motivation letter and CV to nienke@stanica.sk.


PLUM YARD, Malovice, Czech Republic


Call for participants for the international theatre summer project
International independent theatre group, Continuo Theatrer settled in Plum Yard, Malovice, Czech Republic is looking for participants to join them in their theatre project between 16 July and 19 August 2018.  The basic philosophy of the project is to facilitate a creative and international meeting of theatremakers with different approaches. The group of participants will live and work together for one month both in the Plum Yard and in a non-theatrical location nearby, chosen for the site-specific. This place will be genius loci and inspiration for creative workshops of movement, voice, visual arts and music, and for the resulting performance. The workshop will flow into the creative process aiming to the performance, which will take place in a non-theatrical venue. Performances will take place from 8 to 15 August.

Deadline: 6 May 2018.
More information and application: www.continuo.cz/en/summer-project-2017-call/


HABLARENARTE, MADRID, SPAIN


Open call for professionals working in the fields of visual and performing arts
TEH Asssociate Hablarenarte, Madrid, Spain has recently launched its research residency programme taking place in domestic spaces that delivers new ways of doing and relating to each other by sharing our day-to-day life. They offer six residencies in Madrid between 30 May and 13 June 2018. With the residency programme, they seek to create effective and affective ties between artists, curators, researchers and other cultural agents, transforming our homes into places of encounter that enable new practices of shared intimacy. Two-week residency aims to generate

  • Exchange and mobility,
  • Professional networks and international collaborations,
  • Transfer of knowledge and reflection, through public presentations of the guests’ body of work.

Deadline: 21 March 2018
More information and application: www.hablarenarte.com/convocatorias/convocatoria/sweethome/


Mottattom, Geneva, Switzerland


ProjetM @ MottattoM
The art gallery ProjetM is a project of  TEH member MottattoM, a federation of artists and artisans. Since it began, MottattoM has been a self-governing art factory promoting artists of all fields, artisans, art lovers, and students. Carmen Bayenet, Laurianne Monnier and Uta Richter, three members of the collective of women artistes at MottattoM (FAMO) founded the gallery ProjetM in order to offer visual artists the possibility to show their work in a non-commercial context. ProjetM allows artists not only to show their work during one month in natural light under the glass roof of the former factory, but also to benefit from MottattoM’s open spaces for performances, projections, lectures etc., though they have a possibility to present any manner of artistic ideas or approaches. ProjetM gives full discretion to its artists. Please contact Carmen, Laurianne and Uta for more information and/or application: MottattoMik@gmail.com


Spielboden, Dornbirn

Hosted 2nd HUMAN VISION film festival
The 2nd HUMAN VISION film festival took place between 6 and 10 March 2018  at Spielboden. The festival was about human rights, politics and society. In addition to the nine current and festival-winning feature and documentary films, the 2nd HUMAN VISION film festival had an exciting supporting program. During the festival, the exhibitions “Roma in Bewegung” and „armuts*zeugnis” were hosted and explored in the Spielboden foyer. The films were followed by podium discussions, Q&As and film talks with invited experts and directors. The HUMAN VISION film festival is intended to portray the world and its society as one common entity. For this, films are shown that process the historical, show facts, create visions and, at the same time, act with a view to the past. It is important to look up and take a step in the right direction. More information: fb.me/humanvisionfilmfestival


 A4 – Space for Contemporary Culture, Bratislava, Slovakia


A4 joins Re-Imagine Europe Project
A4 Space for Contemporary Culture based in Bratislava, Slovakia, became a part of the project Re-Imagine Europe (REI) – a network connecting european festivals, cultural institutions and multi-genre events into a collaborative web open for exchanges between artists and visitors. Ten different cultural organizations from across Europe (Sonic Acts (NL), Paradiso (NL), Elevate Festival (AT), Lighthouse (UK), Ina GRM (FR), Student Centre Zagreb / Izlog Festival (HR), Landmark / Bergen Kunsthall (NO), SPEKTRUM (DE) and Ràdio Web MACBA (ES) and A4 (SK)) were joined through the REI project and therefore enabled to offer a diverse and international program for their visitors, listeners and viewers. Motivated by the movement of people and collaborations, A4 also captures events and people involved to bring a meaningful and exciting video content to its visitors. Educational part of the A4 initiatives are also various learning and hands-on workshops for kids and also adults that we are hosting. They are currently dealing with contemporary art, experimental music or programming and will be continuing on, extending their themes even further. You can read more about Re-Imagine Europe Project here.


Good night and good luck!

Personal and Group Leadership Workshop

“The most important for us is that participants have a desire to achieve something with their community or organisation; they must be people who want to make a difference, bring about change”

At Trans Europe Halles, we truly believe that leadership belongs to everyone within a community or organisation. For us, leadership is creating ownership, working through one’s values, raising above polarisation, and listening to each other.

Leadership starts with yourself. Listening to your inner-self, your intrinsic values, your gut feeling, and your emotions is crucial to enhance your leadership awareness and skills.

We also believe that skillfully managed conflicts and differences can build a firmer understanding, a broader vision, and a deeper trust among people. By grounding our experience of “wholeness”, we make space for growth within our body.

This programme is here for you to meet, in company of other like-minded leaders, new ways of exploring old themes that are important for us, professionals in the cultural sector. So you can find the strength and means to carry others along with you.

Instead of focusing on the management elements of leadership, we choose to offer five days spent on the core elements of encountering and enabling self and other.

 

Who should attend

Arts and cultural professionals willing to develop their leadership skills through empathy, courage and clarity in their dealings with themselves and others. Seats are limited to 16 people.

 

What you can expect

Through this workshop, you will get and develop:

– Tools and practices that help you increase your presence, confidence, compassion and sense of humour as you deal with organisational or personal change.Insight into your personal reactive patterns and limiting assumptions.
– Learn approaches to synchronizing the body’s energy with what is being said, bringing unity and clarity into action.

– Increased capacity to live with paradox and the tension between opposites.

– Ways to access the bigger picture, your creativity and sense of value when under pressure.

– Ways to speak your truth to resistance with power and clarity, with empathy not aggression.

– A way to recover balance and clarity when faced with personal, moral, business, and political dilemmas.

How you will learn

Each day has a pattern which allows us to include wellbeing, presence and reflection as the elements which frame the explorations and discoveries of the main two sessions of the day.

Thursday is devoted to systemic constellations. A constellation is a very powerful method to recognise, acknowledge and let go of entanglements in your life, work, family and relationships. It is a therapeutic group session in which each participant brings in a question on which she would like to get some clarity.

To wrap up the day’s work there is an hour for reflection before breaking for dinner.

 

How the experience looks like

Who will guide you in your learning journey

Chrissie Poulter

Theatre maker, director, writer and teacher, Chrissie lives in Ireland and Yorkshire. She has been lecturing in theatre at Trinity College Dublin since 1990 as well as doing creative projects throughout the island and abroad.She specialises in using theatre as a way for people to engage with each other, through creative communication workshops and mentoring/coaching work with individuals and groups. Guardianship in group work is her particular passion.

 

Lia Verrees

Lia is a graduate of the Hellinger Institute in the Netherlands and a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School in Miami. She has trained and worked with the very best in human management and brings more than 20 years of experience in healing, coaching and systemic work.Although she is very clear and articulate in her teachings, her workshops are never mental concepts but rather words that seem to go straight to your soul and open up the feelings.

 

Quentin de Pret

With his European business administration master in the pocket, Quentin had the opportunity to work in Thailand and India where he developed broad knowledge in the fields of sustainability, social business models, personal development, coaching, creative thinking, collective intelligence and much more.He is active within different organisations around societal changes, personal growth, to accompany transformation at individual, team and organisational level.

 

Sigrid Niemer

Our host Sigrid is a founding member of the International Culture Centre ufaFabrik in Berlin, where she is still working in the area of communication and management. She has been for long (since 1988) an active delegate in the TEH network, for example as a member of the Executive Committee, of the think tank sustainability and leader of the first staff exchange and mentoring programmes.

 

 

Basic information

Dates: 9-14 July 2018
Location: Berlin, Germany
Venue: ufaFabrik
Length: 5 days
This workshop has limited capacity: 16 participants max.

 

Admission fees

Registration fee
TEH Members and Associates: 800€
Other participants: 1.200€

 

The fee includes:

– Workshop registration

– Accommodation at ufaFabrik for 5 nights

– Lunches, dinners and healthy snacks during the whole programme

–  Two aftermath individual coaching sessions

– One day and a half of systemic constellation

– Tools for leadership

– Daily sessions of Tai-chi, Chi-Qong and other embodied practices

– Follow-up materials


Contact

If you have questions or need help with your registration, contact our Capacity Building Director Michel Quéré at michel@teh.net.

The Leadership Summer Camp 2018 is part of the project Factories of Imagination, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.


                                                                                                                                            ufaFabrik

TEH Startup Support Programme Centres – 2018


                                                                                                      (Communitism, Athens, Greece)

We are happy to announce three selected emerging cultural centres in the Balkans to join our Startup Support Programme in 2018. We will support Communitism (Athens, Greece), ARTA (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and Anibar (Peja, Kosovo) to overcome their organisational challenges and become more resilient. The Startup Support Programme aims to assist leaders of civil society organisations in their endeavour to set up cultural centres in repurposed buildings. You can read more about TEH Startup Support Programme here. Three selected centres are:

Communitism

Communitism is situated in the heart of Metaxourgeio, one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in Athens, due to the coexistence of cultural, ethnic and social groups, of all genders, ages and backgrounds. Their centre is an adjacent former textile factory that combines 2 street level shopfront areas formerly a high-end men’s clothing store and a knitting supplies shop. They want to revive abandoned cultural heritage buildings in Athens through the collaboration and motivation of existing community structures while creating a methodology and support network for future teams reviving similar scenarios with cultural heritage buildings. They aim to work on capacity building and developing strategies for new ways of collaborating to enhance their experience in collective work during TEH Startup Support Programme. Read more about Communitism

ARTA in dialogue Association

ARTA is a cultural centre in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The centre is situated in one of the oldest cinemas in Romania. The building is a historical monument dating back to 1913. ARTA was founded in 2017 as a multidisciplinary platform to contribute to the cultural and social life in Cluj- Napoca. They promote cultural values, arts education, diversity and inclusiveness through the showcases and interaction between various forms of art, and also between people. They aim to become a vivid cultural hub, a catalyst for the independent cultural and creative sector in the city with TEH Startup Support Programme. Read more about ARTA

Anibar

Anibar is a multidisciplinary cultural centre founded in 2014 in Peja, Kosovo. They repurposed a 50-year-old movie theatre into a socio-cultural centre to break the civic apathy through cultural activism in the city.  They provide a social-cultural-educational space for the community. They believe that culture is essential to have a creative, diverse and open-minded society in an economically and democratically developed city. For doing so, they focus on their determination and passion. They would like to work on their goal of having a common space for everyone during TEH Startup Programme. Read more about Anibar

Photo Credit: Maaike Stutterheim (Communitism)

*The Startup Support Programme is part of the project Factories of Imagination, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Philippe Grombeer, TEH Co-FOUNDER


                    Philippe Grombeer and Claude-France Arnould, French Ambassador to Belgium, 2018

Trans Europe Halles co-founder, Philippe Grombeer, has been awarded the insignia of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres), an Order of France for the recognition of significant contributions to the arts. He is also the first general secretary of TEH. We asked him to share his vast experience in the cultural sector with us. Here is the interview with him about culture, TEH, past, present and future:

1. Congratulations, Philippe! How do you feel about being awarded the insignia of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters?

It was very nice to get this recognition from France. I was quite surprised because all my “cultural life” was more dedicated to French-speaking Belgian culture! Anyway, it was a really cool event because I had the opportunity to invite friends, ex-colleagues and family to the French Embassy. And, 40 of them came representing 50 years of my life, from my hometown in Wallonia to the youth club where I started to work, from my time in Algeria to “Halles de Schaerbeek ” and “Théâtre des Doms”, my sister and some former girlfriends. It was nice to see all those people together. Many of them have never met before. So, it was again a great opportunity to network!

2. How did you start working in the cultural sector? 

In the year 1968, at this time I was studying “political and diplomatic sciences” at U.L.B. (Free University of Brussels), I discovered a youth club established at an old farm, located in a middle-class district of Brussels. At the same time, I was also regularly working in the evenings as a walk-on at our National Opera and the famous “Ballet du XXè siècle” of Maurice Béjart! So, I earned little money as a student, and I was introduced to a quite new world: opera, dance company, artists and nightlife. My first contact with this youth club was a great exhibition of visual artists called “Against the Vietnam war”. I was impressed by the space, former cowshed and barn in very bad shape, and by the political point of view and the crazy “animateur”, who was a visual artist and the manager of this youth club anarchically! Before the summer of 68, he decided to resign and encouraged me to apply for the job. I applied, and I was chosen by the board. I started the job in September 1968 without any diploma or specific experience in cultural animation. I have never been even a boy scout or a leader of a children’s holiday camp! At the same time, I was writing my master’s thesis (Free University of Brussels), Origins and causes of the U.S. intervention in Vietnam. So, this was the beginning of 42 years in the cultural sector!

3. How did Trans Europe Halles start? Can you give us a bit of “insider” information about it?

Let me start with the context, Halles de Schaerbeek. In January 1974, a small team of five people started to develop an “ambitious and idealistic” project to save and transform the beautiful old indoor-market, Marché Couvert Sainte Marie, from the 19th century into a wide open independent cultural centre in a popular area of Brussels. The “dream team” was made of 5 people who were involved in the avant-garde theatre and the underground scene of the 60s-70s grassroots movements. We opened the “Small Halle”, the former fish market at the back of the building, in December 1974 with the tiny support of a new regional funding body. So, A very long story began! Our project was fully a citizens’ initiative, and we opened our stages/spaces to a lot of movements, associations, local or regional networks, emerging artists, cultural activists, but the funding bodies, mainly the Minister of Culture, were extremely overcautious and unstable. The various ministers in charge of culture were always hesitating and kept changing their positions regarding “Halles de Schaerbeek “. We had to deal with 14 different Ministers in 20 years before to get the real and strong support in order to renovate the building and finance our “project”. So, we were exhausted and pessimistic about our future at the end of 1982.

Next step is the birth of TEH. We decided to react and to organise a specific weekend in March 1983 to meet, for the first time, colleagues from Europe for exchanging experiences and exposing our situation with an extensive press conference.We titled this weekend, Trans Europe Halles, referring to “Trans Europe Express”. During three days, on 4-6 March 1983 , some members of seven cultural centres around Europe spent powerful moments. We had a few exhibitions at “Halles de Schaerbeek” about re-using industrial architecture with also some posters and photos from the guest centres. We also had the public presentations of guest seven centres, the press conference followed by a debate. We closed the meeting with a film screening of “Beeldenstorm from Jan Van der Keuken about Melkweg, a humorous multidisciplinary performance pointing out the injustice done to “Les Halles” at the “Big Halle”, and the final party with a band. The participant centres were Halles de Schaerbeek (Brussels), Melkweg (Amsterdam), Kultur Fabrik (Koblenz), Rote Fabrik (Zürich), Huset (Copenhagen), Ny Scen (Goteborg), Pali Kao (Paris). At the end of the weekend, on a Sunday afternoon, we had a cake, and a coffee in my office and everybody agreed to meet again in six months later. So, the idea of starting a network was launched!


                                                                                                                
Philippe Grombeer, 1974

4. What was motivating you and people around you when you established Trans Europe Halles?

We immediately felt common values, ideas and problems. We regularly, three times a year, wanted to share our experiences. It worked well because we had a need for understanding each other, comparing our projects, learning how colleagues find solutions and showing solidarity! For the first years. We were developing quite slowly. We didn’t look for many members in the beginning because we preferred to improve our relations within. That’s why we organised three TEH meetings every year always at a different centre. During ten years (1984-1994), I was the volunteer coordinator of the network (secretary general) until I succeeded to get our first European grant, the “Kaléïdoscope Programme” from the EU. So, it was possible to work with a full-time coordinator, Fazette Bordage, who started Le Confort Modern in Poitiers and was also preparing to start Mains d’Oeuvres.

5.  What is your funniest memory you keep regarding the first days of Trans Europe Halles?

Just at the end of this “founding weekend” , in March 1983, we, all the European guests, were sitting in my office. We were trying to come to some conclusions together. Everybody was enthusiastic to meet again someday. So I was asking: When? Where? There was a silence. Nothing was prepared to follow this first meeting. And, everybody looked at me and asked me to organise the next meeting in Brussels. I wanted just a meeting, not a festival, to decide our common future. So, I was suddenly appointed (for free!) to be the coordinator of a future network! I never hesitated because I was quite proud of this trust!

6. What would you recommend to cultural activists and professionals who want to start a cultural centre nowadays?

Don’t hesitate! It’s still, at the end of the 2010s, a challenge to start, or “build”, a cultural and social space with a maximum sense of independence. We have lost some our heritage, industrial, commercial, military, religious, school etc., in Europe, and all over the world, which could have been re-used for the citizens’ cooperations. By doing so, we don’t forget the past, but we develop a new kind of energy in a transition world. I still believe, at the age of 72, in cultural centres with a systemic vision! A place, where you could meet various audiences, cultural and social activists, emergent artists in residency and on the stages. You need to be open to various cooperations on a local/regional/national/European level. It creates dynamism and stimulation to open “windows and doors” to other venues, projects, partners and experiences. It’s probably clearer in 2018 than in the 70s that you need to find some support, but it is not necessarily easier! And, of course, those who want to start a cultural centre nowadays can find the fantastic and invaluable support of TEH network!

Photo Credit: Alain Trellu

Magacin needs your support

Magacin is a cultural centre from Belgrade and one the newest members of Trans Europe Halles. They are a self-organised cultural centre, where they organise and host exhibitions, performances, conferences and many other types of programmes. Magacin is also a place where a vast part of alternative art production emerges in Belgrade. With their “open calendar” model, artists and citizens can freely use all facilities on their premises.

Magacin asks for your support for new flooring in their dance studio.Many alternative, self-organised and informal dance and theatre companies and initiatives in Belgrade only have access to this workspace, since all other venues and studios are commercially oriented. The floor is slowly becoming an actual hazard for all beneficiaries, so they are now organising a second crowdfunding event in Magacin on February 3 & 4 in hope to get closer to an estimated budget of 1.200 euros to create flooring from a combination of used tyres and plywood that would be a lasting solution. Magacin says:

“If anyone can help out, it would be much appreciated. Additional information about payment is available through email koordinator@nezavisnakultura.net. If you’re fluent in Serbo-Croatian, we invite you to join us! Follow the development of our event on Facebook.”

TEH News Bulletin – February

Good news around Europe…

ARC, Stockton, UK

TEH Associate is looking for TEH Members to send delegation
ARC Stockton and The Core at Corby Cube in the UK are seeking to identify interesting projects as part of a creative exploration of democracy and socially engaged practice. They are particularly interested in exploring how organisations can work effectively with artists with socially engaged practices to develop meaningful, creative activity that encourages social action and engagement in democracy by our communities. ARC Stockton are looking to send a delegation of UK staff and artists to see some examples of brilliant artist-led creative activity that is engaging non-artists and leading to social change, and would love to hear from any Trans Europe Halles members who have current projects or programmes that fit this description. Please contact Annabel Turpin on annabel.turpin@arconline.co.uk


Arts Printing House, Vilnius, Lithuania

Call for residency at Arts Printing House


BAKELIT MULTI ARTS CENTRE, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Call for Performing Arts Productions and Visual Arts at Bakelit Multi Arts Centre
Bakelit Multi Art Center in Budapest is looking for performing art productions. Bakelit Multi Art Center is one of the biggest independent cultural institutions of Hungary, which provides stage, rehearsal rooms and accommodation among other amenities. They offer professional and technical support during the working process. The selected works will be presented in the season of 2018/2019. They are also looking for visual art productions/projects to be exhibited at Bakelit!
More information on performing art productions: www.bmac.hu/en/open-calls/theatre-application
More information on visual art productions/projects: www.bmac.hu/en/open-calls/open-call-visual-arts


P60, Amstelveen, the Netherlands

Last Call for EVS Long Term September 2018
For the Erasmus deadline, on 15 February, it is still possible for Trans Europe Halles members to send EVS volunteers to P60. EVS period will start from 1 September 2018 and will last for one year. P60 is looking for volunteers to work in the visual department (recording and editing concerts/events for social media) or customer service (food and beverage/garderobe/ticket box). Please contact Deborah Külbs before 7 February on deborah@p60.nl (On the photo: The four present EVS volunteers in P60: Buse (Turkey), Adri (Spain), Mert (Turkey), Gio (Georgia))

P60 joins First European Open Club Day
Concerts and live music acts are a huge part of the European culture as they take place in essential cultural and social sites where people can meet and exchange. On Saturday, 3 February 2018, more than 120 live music venues in more than ten countries open their doors on the same day and invite people backstage to discover what is going on behind the scenes of a live music venue. With the event taking place during the daytime, the Open Club Days aims to welcome an audience that might not be familiar with live music activities. It is coordinated by Live DMA (European non-governmental network for music venues and festivals) and supported by the European Commission via the Creative Europe program. More information: www.openclubday.com

 


HABLARENARTE, MADRID, SPAIN

Hablarenarte hosts the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme activities
“Work in Process” will be the first Staging Post in 2018, hosted by hablarenarte, for the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), a transnational cultural programme focusing on the dynamic area of collaborative arts. “Work in Progress” facilitates a meeting between national and international agents working with and through collaborative practices. The event seeks to broaden perspectives and create a space for exchange on collaborative practices from a trans-disciplinary viewpoint, surpassing the boundaries between artistic, technological, scientific and social practices. From 31 January until 2 February 2018, Hablarenarte will organise different activities such as Sharing Processes exhibition, the presentation of Hablarenarte publication Impossible Glossary, public international talks and workshops. All activities are for free and were carried out during the last three year of this project research in Spain and Europe.
Location: Meadialab, Madrid, Spain
More information: www.hablarenarte.com/en/ and www.cappnetwork.com


ufaFabrik, Berlin, Germany

ufaFabrik hosts international artists
For three weeks in early 2018 six international artists are living in the ufaFabrik working on the project “Camp Europa”. Under the direction of Marilli Mastrantoni, the artistic director of the ENTROPIA Theatre / Athens, they will examine the conditions of camps and internment camps in various European countries and historical periods, starting from 1930 until today. Which effect does the respective political power structures have on the citizens, especially those who are under constant observation and general suspicion because of their upbringing close to crime?

The results of the Berlin experience will be shown in a work-in-progress presentation. The Camp Europe Project is a series of artistic workshops in various European cities; the final results will be presented in November 2018 in Athens as an interdisciplinary performance during a political forum. More information(in German): www.ufafabrik.de/de/17330/gaeste-2018.html

The participating theatre groups are:
ΕΝΤRΟPΙΑ – Athens, Greece – www.Theatre-Entropia.gr
LÆRA – Taranto, Italy – www.isabellamongelli.it
Border Crossings – London, U.K. – www.bordercrossings.org.uk
Tamasha Theatre – London, U.K. – www.tamasha.org.uk
ARTSCAPE – Vilnius,Lithuania – www.artscape.lt
TheaterStaat – Berlin, Germany – www.theaterstaat.com

Supported by the Greek ministery of Culture and Sports, Berlin Partner: ufaFabrik


AMBASADA, TIMISOARA, ROMANIA

AMBASADA production for Timisoara ECoC 2021
Timisoara will be one of the European Capital of Culture in 2021. Bega! is a complex artistic production created by PLAI (founder of AMBASADA) for the program of  Timisiora2021 (TM2021), that will involve large communities to participate and contribute to the creation of a water-based performance. AMBASADA is collaborating with Motion House UK and numerous local actors and organizations. There will be 100 drones with LED produced locally for the show and a large scale setup including two 20T cranes, video mappings, water projection screens, barges, boats, custom structures and other technical elements in order to create a spectacle with local human resources. They would love to host you in Timisoara! They would love to have your contribution as well! They are also open to volunteers on the production/organising side! Please contact Andreea Iager-Tako on andreea.iager@plai.ro


L’ASILO, NAPLES, ITALY


l’Asilo is looking for collaborations with TEH members
Geografie del suono is a project produced by the l’Asilo that aims to favour and to promote the meeting in the improvisation field among musicians of various geographical and stylistic areas. This happens in a context – l’Asilo, a self-governed space in Naples, Italy – that has chosen the interaction and the coworking among artists as one of its founding guidelines. The artists, accustomed to the improvisation, which are found to transit more or less in the proximities of Naples are invited to improvise – after their performance – with local musicians; of course, it is also possible to foresee wider forms of collaboration. Since April 2013, l’Asilo organized almost 50 concerts involving well-known artists such as Alvin Curran, Bob Ostertag, Gino Robair, Tim Hodgkinson and the Decibel Ensemble. l’Asilo is also looking forward to any upcoming collaborations with TEH members. After hosting numerous artists from all over the world, they are  looking forward to export our musical projects born at the Asilo and to share all their experiences outside Naples in any other contexts with the same attitude like “Geografie del suono”. Please contact Fabrizio Elvetico on infrasuoni@exasilofilangieri.it
More information about the project on: www.exasilofilangieri.it/categoria/geografie-del-suono


Not Quite, Fengersfors, Sweden

Europe Grand Central is over – long live Global Grand Central!
Not Quite, in collaboration with Trans Europe Halles and its members Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, ODC, Laminarie DOM and associate Workshops of Culture has finalized reporting an evaluation for the EU co-funded Europe Grand Central project – and gotten it cleared by Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in Brussels. The project was aimed at exchanging methods of inclusion across cultural practitioners. All in all, 276 inclusive, often groundbreaking workshops, events and shows within 34 projects took place across 12 countries, covering over 20 artistic disciplines. To gather lessons from each activity, and lay the basis for an open international reporting system controlled by practitioners, partners also co-designed the www.GlobalGrandCentral.net sharing platform that is in continuous operation.

Read about the now finalised EGC project, and its activities and lessons, on: www.GlobalGrandCentral.net/author/EuropeGrandCentral
Read about Global Grand Central on: www.GlobalGrandCentral.net/About/


Good night and good luck!

Photo Credits: Hablanarte – Youth Urban Design Workshop by Spanish collective Todo x la Praxis at Callan, Ireland

EGC Activities –  Bologna, Lublin, Athens, Bremen, Vienna, Åmål and Casablanca, and “legacy partner” activities in New York and Tunis.

TEH Staff Exchange is ready for 2018!

Since 2011, the TEH Staff Exchange Programme has created mobility opportunities for non-artistic cultural professionals across borders. It has increased and fostered professional development opportunities and knowledge exchange through action-based learning. Trans Europe Halles continues to support the staff of TEH member centres to develop their professional skills and knowledge.

In November 2017, TEH opened a call for staff members – such as managers, coordinators, technicians, etc. – from any department of Trans Europe Halles members to get to know new perspectives on managing cultural centres, get inspired, develop new international contacts and partnerships.

27 staff members of TEH cultural centres responded the call for spending at least one week between January and July 2018 in another TEH member centre. TEH will support five staff members with contributing to their travel and accommodation costs. The Staff Exchange Programme Edition 2018 is one of the components of Trans Europe Halles’ project Factories of Imagination (2017-2021), co-funded by the Creative Europe of the European Union.

TEH Staff Exchangers
Lotta Lehmus / Verkatehdas (Hämeenlinna, Finland) – Melkweg (the Netherlands, Amsterdam)
Gabriele Ivanauskaite/Arts Printing House (Vilnius, Lithuania) – Studio ALTA (Czech Republic, Prague)
Romana Adámková / Cooltour (Ostrava, Czech Republic)  – Village Underground (London, UK)
Lana Gunjic / NKSS (Belgrade, Serbia) – Bakelit Multi Art Centre (Budapest, Hungary)
Mille Berg / Subtopia (Norsborg, Sweden) – Moritzbastei (Leipzig, Germany)

*Only TEH members can partipate the TEH Staff Exchange Programme. Read more about how to become a TEH member.

Photo Credit: Reinout Bos – Event: Melkweg, Nordic Delight Festival – Hermigervill

 

ARTS EDUCATION SEMINAR – registration CLOSED

Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden
, 22-23 March 2018

The first Seminar of the Arts Education Platform is taking place at Röda Sten Konsthall in Gothenburg, (Sweden) on 22 and 23 March 2018. In this first seminar, the participants will:

  • Listen to lectures on audience development through arts education.
  • Learn about other organisations working in the field of arts education.
  • Participate in workshops that present concrete examples of art education in contemporary art in Sweden.
  • Take part in a process-driven discussion to find possible focus areas for the platform.
  • Shape the content of the project for the next four years.

On Saturday 24 March, there will also be an opportunity for a study visit to Urban Art Gothenburg, a participation and dialogue project in the suburbs of the city. The leaders of the project will present how the public artworks have impacted the neighbourhoods.

Download the Seminar’s schedule, check the organiser’s recommended hotels and, if you are a TEH Member, get information about our travel and accommodation support.

*This event is free and open to 20 professionals working in the field of Arts Education.

Registration is now closed.

For further details, contact our project coordinator Emelie Storm at es@rodastenkonsthall.se.

 

Photo credit:
GIBCA 2015: A story within a story…, Röda Sten Konsthall, Photo: Hendrik Zeitler

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