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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 several member centres around Europe.
At Interzona (Verona, Italy), a video about Belarus Free Theatre was screened before a performance of Italian theatre company MOTUS on March 18th. "Free Belarus Now" posters were displayed all over the centre and the messageboard posted information about TEH and leaflets about the Belarus solidarity fund.
Kulturzentrum Z-Bau held their annual Art Market the same weekend, where visitors could learn about the various support activities of TEH. One room was arranged as an "International Support Room". In the room, all the short advocacy video clips made for Z-Bau in Budapest in 2010 were screened. Z-Bau also informed guests about the situation of Belarus Free Theatre and the dedicated the entire art market event to the Free Belarus Now Campaign.
Read more about the Free Belarus Now campaign and make a donation to the Belarus Free Theatre Solidarity Fund
Background facts (from the
Free Belarus Now
Belarus is ruled by a man who has been referred to as ‘Europe’s last dictator’, Alexander Lukashenko. On the 19th of December 2010, an election widely condemned by the international community as fraudulent returned Lukashenko to power for a fourth consecutive term; he has now been in power for over sixteen years since 1994.
Lukashenko's regime has no respect for international law, human rights or fundamental freedoms. Hundreds of Belarusians, men and women, have been imprisoned and many have been tortured for opposing and speaking out against his regime. Their families and friends are subject to a relentless campaign of intimidation, threats and harassment. Lukashenko has even attempted to take away their children and to place them under the control of state orphanages.
Creative Center Carnation launches new venue
TEH member Creative Center Carnation from Tartu (Estonia) launches a new venue —
The Widget Factory
. The new centre is located in a former electronics factory with a total area of more than 13.000 sqm. The development will take place in stages and 2014 will see the renovations of 1.300 sqm for artists' studios and small offices for creative startups.
Trans Europe Halles is now recruiting
We are now in a period of strong development and growth and for that we need a new, dedicated and dynamic team that over three years will establish Trans Europe Halles as a lead organisation in providing professional development, consultancy and international exchange in the culture sector and in establishing an exciting new initiative: the TEH Academy.
We are therefore looking for a driven and experienced Development & General Manager and a skilled Network Manager to join our team at the Trans Europe Halles Coordination Office. You will be working with a vibrant network of engaged cultural activists from all over Europe who all share the values of the network: cultural equity, citizen participation, empowerment and sustainability.
Deadline for applications: 8 September 2014.
Complete job description and related information is available for download below:
1) Development & General Manager
We are looking for a highly driven and confident professional who is entrepreneurial and passionate about education, culture and international exchange. You have at least 5 years of work experience in strategic development, fundraising, income generation and leadership from the creative industries, cultural or educational sectors and are a self-starter.
The role of the Development & General Manager, together with the Secretary General, is to drive the strategic development of Trans Europe Halles. The aim is to expand its activities and outreach and to become a more financially self-sufficient organisation. The Development & General Manager will have the full responsibility of developing, fundraising for and realising the TEH Academy by early 2017.
Download the complete job description:
Development & General Manager
2) Network Manager
We are looking for a skilled and dedicated project manager with at least 5 years work experience who is a master in organising, planning and communicating successful international events and projects from concept to implementation and evaluation. You thrive in teams, motivating others and finding new solutions and ways forward.
The role of the Network Manager is to manage and produce the TEH Meetings and network projects and to manage the membership and its development. The network manager is also responsible for the internal and external communication of the network.
Download the complete job description:
THE DPR OCCUPIES CULTURAL CENTRE IZOLYATSIA IN DONETSK (UKRAINE)
On Monday morning 9th June 2014 the premises of the Izolyatsia Foundation were forcibly occupied by the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).
According to Izolyatsia’s representatives "at around 09:00 local time a group of armed separatists entered onto private property demanding the appropriation of the site and its buildings for the benefit of the DPR and its activities". Izolyatsia, a private not-for-profit organisation based in rented accommodation, is utterly disgusted by the actions of the DPR whose operations announce a direct and explicit violation of the democratic freedoms of speech, and the indirect censure of egalitarian initiatives.
Izolyatsia, a non-governmental organisation was established in 2010 to provide a catalyst for change offering opportunity for all genres of creative expression. The foundation, based on the site of a former insulation factory aims to provide a hub of cultural excellence delivering social, economic and ecological transformation to a post-industrial hinterland.
The Izolyatsia experience sets out to nurture a dynamic environment emphasising the creative process whilst supporting curiosity, investigation and cultural production. As a site of creative risk Izolyatsia is uniquely placed to actively encourage an open dialogue and educational exchange set within the context of cultural experimentation and enterprise. The local community is at the forefront of its activities inviting participation and immersion into a resource sadly lacking in south eastern Ukraine.
Izolyatsia appeals to the international community and all medias to support Izolyatsia’s activities in exile in Kiev and spread this news.
It is with great dismay that Trans Europe Halles received the news that pro-Russian separatists have occupied the cultural centre Izolyatsia. TEH strongly believes that creative and artistic expression are core factors in the development of a healthy and democratic society since they can be used as powerful means to inspire and boost free expression, critical thinking and identity. The fact that a civil-society-managed cultural centre like Izolyatsia has been occupied by armed forces shows the disrespect of the DPR towards some of the most important values in a free society. Therefore, TEH and all its member organisations strongly condemn this action and expect the separatists to inmediately leave Izolyatsia.
The International Charity Foundation Izolyatsia is a grass-root multidisciplinary cultural centre established in 2010 aiming to inject new life into the premises of an old abandoned mineral cotton factory. Inspiring social change and regional development through the arts, Izolyatsia has become the main independent cultural actor in Donetsk, an industrial city with almost 1 million inhabitants situated in Eastern Ukraine.
Izolyatsia is a member centre of Trans Europe Halles, a European based network of cultural centres initiated by artists and citizens that brings together 70 members in 28 countries.
Röda Sten Konsthall searches for performance participants!
On June 14th, 2014
Röda Sten Konsthall
(Gothenborg, Sweden) opens this year’s summer exhibition Musical Skies dropping down to Earth, making Trees Fly by Danish performance artist Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen. The exhibition will be the first large scale exhibition presenting Cuenca Rasmussen’s works in Sweden.
During the first week of the exhibition Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen will perform a line of new live performances taking place inside and outside of Röda Sten Konsthall. The performances correlate with her current project GAIA, which is a serial site-specific sequence of performances that examine the meaning of cultural identity connected to specific places, sites and grounds. So far the GAIA-performances has taken place in Sorø/Denmark (GAIA#1), Manila/Philippines (GAIA#2), Hamburg/Germany (GAIA#3), and Guangzhou/China (GAIA#4).
For Röda Sten Konsthall Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen will create a new site-specific performance entitled GAIA#5, (Gothenburg/Sweden). The performance will engage up to 50 people and take place outside in the area around Röda Sten Konsthall.
The theme for the performance is anchored to the notion of our non-ritualized society; what is the importance of cultural rituals today? why do we need them? and how can we create new collective rituals? The idea of GAIA#5 is to examine the landscape’s characteristics around Röda Sten and interpret it through various bodily movements, suggesting a new collective ritual for the area. Cuenca Rasmussen will guide the group of participants/volunteers to collaborate, develop and create a collectively choreographed performance.
The performance is part of Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussens residency in Gothenburg, supported by Västra Götalandsregionens Artist in Residence program, 2014.
You don’t need to have any particular skills, age or sex to participate. Everyone can join!
All the information
Summer cultural food program at OZU
(Monteleone Sabino, Italy) organises two great events to learn how to nourish our minds and our bodies with respect and intelligence.
Talking to wheat (18-20 July 2014)
An inspiring weekend of lectures, stories, field tours, cooking workshops and great food. Presented by Dr. Uri Mayer-Chissick
Join us as we:
Bake traditional sourdough bread and other great mediterranean pastries.
Take a look at the local wheat and how it’s processed.
Discuss the beginning of agriculture.
Explore the development and evolution of human nutrition since the agricultural revolution.
Forage wild edible plants.
Learn more about sugar and white flour, gluten, sprouting, food economy, hunger and more.
Prepare nutritious meals together from wonderful local produce.
More info on this workshop
(8-10 August 2014)
Sustainable Design mix Innovative & Traditional Food. Designing nutrients into food, tableware and food-making experience. Because we are learning from nature while creating food. Join us as we explore the sustainable focal point of food and design, in the beautiful setting of rural Italy. This workshop will be led by Yair Engel and Uri Mayer-Chissick.
We will be:
Cooking traditional meals and learning how it works.
Investigating and experimenting kitchenware design.
conceptual and hands-on development of materials for culinary.
Deriving inspiration from the beautiful rural scenery.
Talking about our culinary needs and investigating the concept of Cradle to Cradle design.
All these while combining innovative & traditional design with appropriate technologies solutions creating healthy food for us and for the biosphere. Our design methodology seek to eliminate the concept of waste, as nature has no waste.
More info on this workshop
16th season at Culture and Arts Project NOASS
Culture and Arts Project
(Riga, Latvia) is delighted to announce the opening of the 16th season at the floating AB Dam galleries in Riga! This year, the project’s curatorial team continues to introduce some of the most prominent local and international cultural trends to its visitors, featuring exhibitions of abstract expressionist and naïve art, video art and installations, as well as offering a range of exciting satellite events, creative workshops, film screenings and artist residences.
The 16th season at Culture and Arts Project “NOASS” starts on Saturday, May 17 and coincides with the “Night of Museums” – a night, when museums remain open after midnight. Everyone is warmly welcomed to join us for the opening ceremony, followed by a reception of Kaspars Teodors Brambergs – one of the most prominent and multi-award winning contemporary artists from Latvia, whose solo exhibition “Dynamis” will be on show at the floating art gallery “NOASS” until June 4. Avoiding to speak of all things tangible and mundane, Brambergs relies on invisible energies, pervading his creative work and invites everyone to confront each painting as it is.
“Fest Naïve Riga” exhibition - on show at Culture and Arts Project “NOASS” premises from June 9 to 20 - celebrating creative and sometimes infantile spirit of the 21st century naïve artists from Russia and the Baltic States will certainly become another highlight of the 16th season. The Latvian Museum of Naïve art will also open its doors on May 17 making its permanent collection accessible to the public until October 3.
Contemporary and Video Art Festival “Waterpieces” will culminate the season with an exciting line-up of local and international moving image artists and professionals. With urban cityscapes as this year’s leitmotif, the festival “Waterpieces” focuses on interactivity of art, urban space and architecture, as well as the newest technologies widely used amongst contemporary moving image artists. To bring you the best video art from around the world, this year we have teamed up with such experimental and digital art festivals as “Punto y Raya” (Spain) – the world’s most abstract video art festival, “Pause Fest” - one of the key digital and media art platforms in Australia and Ars Electronica festival (Austria) – a forerunner of technologically charged art to name but a few.
“The Baltic Sea – floating trunks” project curated by Swedish artist group SIMKA will be another not-to-miss event this summer. On August 7 the floating art installation – choreography of water and wind - will be installed on water, next to the AB Dam galleries. “The Baltic Sea - floating trunks” will have a shape of trees colony wrapped in layers of textiles, planted in large life-buoys and swaying in the streams of the river Daugava. Produced in collaboration with Culture and Arts Project “NOASS” and Pori Art Museum in Finland, the project symbolises a unity of the three cities – Umeå in Sweden, Pori in Finland and Riga in Latvia – which geographically frame and represent the Baltic sea and offer creative waterside space. Additionally, Riga and Umeå are European Culture cities 2014, whereas Riga and Pori celebrate a 50 years anniversary of being Twin towns / Sister cities. SIMKA is artists group from Sweden formed by Simon Häggblom and Karin Lind. Both artists have an extensive experience in visual art, design and landscape architecture.
The 16th season at Culture and Arts Project “NOASS” terminates on October 19 together with the exhibition “In Spite of Everything” in the old KGB building on Brivibas street 61 in Riga. The exhibition curated as part of the European Capital of Culture – Riga 2014 the “Corner House” project is about creative personalities, who endured occupation, exile and inhumane regime, never ceasing to create and continuing to exist as reasonable beings. The majority of the works are exhibited for the first time and these are predominantly small scale drawings and sketches depicting the era as precisely as possible.
Radical Garden, a project by Manifatture Knos
On 30th of April, people detained in the penintentiary of Lecce, have practiced yoga for the first time with the yogi Massimo La Greca in the new gym and have talked at the phone in the restored “phone room”. This was the end of RADICAL GARDEN, a design workshop in the penitentiary of Lecce promoted by
(Lecce, Italy). Walls, decorations and furnitures of the two new rooms have been made by prisoners themselves.
Walls, decorations and furnitures of the two new rooms have been made by prisoners themselves during the workshop directed by Maurizio Buttazzo – designer- and Roberto Dell’Orco – architect.
The project was focused on wall ornaments with drawing, painting and wall paper, floor restoration, and building some furnitures as tables, chairs, shelves.
More than 40 prisonser have taken part to the work sessions. Some of them had the permission to set up the furnitures in the laboratory of Manifatture Knos.
The workshop, born from Francesca Marconi’s idea and coordinated by Paola Leone, is part of GAP project, financed by Fondazione con il Sud.
GAP project provides several workshops aimed specifically at involving citizens in artistic experimentation. GAP is running on geographical and social borders to reinterpret them through participation and creativity.
Call for Proposals 4th Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe
Arts Network Asia
(ANA), with the support of the European network
Trans Europe Halles
(TEH), are launching the 4th call for proposals and welcome submissions of projects that will take place between 1 April and 30 November 2015. The submission deadline is 15 July 2014.
We, ASEF, ANA & TEH, actively foster connections across cultures by supporting dialogue and artistic collaborations. Through this joint initiative, we aim to reinforce Asia-Europe exchanges that encourage creative collaborations, enhance the mobility of artists and cultural professionals, and deepen mutual understanding between the cultural communities in the two regions.
We encourage organisations to submit multilateral projects that engage several partners and participants from the 49 member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and that reflect the diversity of the two regions.
For this 4th call, we invite proposals that explore issues of cultural mobility and community engagement. “Cultural mobility is not about one-off, superficial experiences: it is about engagement with another culture, and it requires time, knowledge and depth to allow ‘mobile’ artists to develop meaningful connections and real exchanges. The process deserves consideration, not just the concrete and tangible outputs, in order to shape valuable and enriching encounters and long-term quality exchange. This also contributes towards building quality exchange between organisations and individuals.”
In this context, we would like to support arts projects that explore community engagement approaches and processes that are rooted in relationship building and which address the following questions:
• What is the process of engagement between the artists and the community?
• How can we guard against superficial engagements?
• What examples/good practices exist for ‘real’ engagement with communities either in the creation of art works or in their outreach?
• How can we encourage the “connectedness of art practice to everyday life”?
• Applicants and project participants should come from ASEM member countries.
• Projects should be jointly proposed by a minimum of 2 partner organisations (not individuals) from ASEM countries, with at least 1 partner each from Asia & Europe. We welcome multiple project partners.
• Projects should take place between 1 April and 30 November 2015.
• Projects should include result-oriented activities that facilitate collaborations, co-productions, exchanges and dialogues between artists and cultural professionals from Asia and Europe.
• Project events should only take place in ASEM countries.
• Online projects have to be managed from ASEM countries.
Download the complete call for proposals
Download the application form
from ANA's website.
Belarus Free Theatre Join the Fight to Stop Climate Change
Belarus Free Theatre have been described as “the most underground theatre company on the planet” (New York Times) and are best known for their award winning political theatre. Banned from performing in their own country, BFT have now found a new home for their theatre at Falmouth University and The Young Vic in London, without whom their new production RED FOREST would not have been possible.
Belarus Free Theatre have been described as “the most underground theatre company on the planet” (New York Times) and are best known for their award winning political theatre. Banned from performing in their own country, BFT still perform in secret in small, private spaces in Minsk, but company staff and audience members face constant threats and intimidation from the authorities. Last year BFT lost their underground performance space which had not only been the home of their theatre for five years, but also the home of a close family friend. BFT have now found a new home for their theatre at Falmouth University and The Young Vic in London, without whom their new production RED FOREST would not have been possible.
RED FOREST is a brave inquest into environmental disasters, both natural and man-made, that sweep across the world like a nuclear fallout. Devised from interviews and personal accounts of people who have lost their homes as a result of environmental disasters, collected on a global research expedition, RED FOREST seeks to raise awareness of the plight of climate refugees around the world.
RED FOREST coincides with a campaign to stop a nuclear power plant from being built in Belarus, launched in solidarity with This is the Future. The environmental impact of the plant is completely un-tested, violates European and UN conventions, and is being built despite fierce opposition from European neighbours. To raise awareness for the campaign BFT held a protest in Falmouth in April, where participants showed their support by painting a large circle around their eye, which is the symbol of This is the Future and means:
Victimhood: we are the generation that is going be most affected by climate change.
Tribal war paint: we are a new tribe who are rising up to fight back.
Surveillance: we are watching the politicians to see if they are going to take the radical action we need to save our future.
BFT need your support to help them make a stand against the building of the Ostrovets Nuclear Power Plant. Join the fight against this harmful plant by painting The Future symbol around your eye and signing the petition
In other news, for the first time BFT have launched ‘Crossing the Borders’ a year-long professional development scheme for young theatre practitioners, made possible by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Four young professionals have been working closely with BFT, learning all aspects of devising theatre and running a theatre company. You can find out more about BFT’s work in education on
ZAWP Bilbao starts a residency programme
Aiming to encourage experimentation, investigation and production in different fields of creation and to contribute to the promotion of the creators and an international movement of culture professionals,
(Bilbao, Spain) starts a residency program for investigation and production projects.
The first call for projects is addressed to collectives, consultants, cultural producers, associations, researchers, artists, social scientists, architects, teachers... individual artists or artistic collectives whose purpose is the production and investigation of what could be a small step in cultural, artistic, and social knowledge.
Further information about the program
"From Third Landscape to Third Space" at Manufatture Knos
From 9th to 12th of April 2014,
(Lecce, italy) organized the 4th edition of “From third landscape to third space”, a workshop with Gilles Clément and Coloco focused on urban regeneration. The Third place, in a metaphorical sense, represents the reign of indecision, where the management gives way to spontaneity and allows us feeling free to be active, spontaneous and innovative.
More than 90 participants have worked to requalificate three different spaces around the city of Lecce, selected following the Third Landscape approach of
: San Nicola quarries: old and abandoned quarries close to neighborhood and the prison. Frigole (Marina of Lecce): increasingly degraded area on the Adriatic coast 12 km far from Lecce. External area of Manifatture Knos: a desert of asphalt outside our cultural centre that we’re transforming in a garden on movement.
Creative Center Carnation hosts "The Symposium"
From the 18th to the 20th of April, Creative Center Carnation (Tartu, Estonia) hosted The Symposium, an event related to the 1 year project "
Tales from the Woods
", that brought together culture professionals to discuss about the situation of artists-in-residence programs.
“Tales from the woods” is a unique artist-in-residence project that gives the opportunity of following the lives of five young artists (called The Art Flaneurs). Each Art Flaneur is a representative of a partner organisation from Estonia (Creative Center Carnation), Finland (Kronomagasinet), Sweden (ARNA and Not Quite) or Norway (Rogaland Art Center- L/R). During the project all of them will visit one of the partner organisations to experience a short term artist-in-residence programme. They will also work on a joined project that will be introduced to the public in April 2014 when all of them meet at a symposium in Tartu.
In addition, a small research has been made about the affect of arist-in-residence projects to the local communities. All of the partner organisations are located more or less in smaller cities or some even in the real woods.
More information about
Tales From The Woods
GO VOTE! Bring a friend - An initiative by European cultural networks
European cultural networks launch campaign "Go vote! Bring a friend" for the European elections, to be held between 22 and 25 May 2014. Here's a very simple message European cultural networks and organisations want to circulate to encourage citizens to use their right to vote and influence the future of Europe.
All of us are concerned by the high rates of absention during European elections and the recent rise of extremism across Europe.
These elections will –perhaps more than any previous EU elections– help decide the future direction of Europe. Some 350 million voters will have a say over how the EU should be governed for the next five years, including deciding who will become the next President of the European Commission. Cultural networks wish to contribute to the European debates and policies, defend democratic values and raise citizens' awareness of their power of decision.
If you want to actively be part of this campaign,
download here the communication pack
You want to get quick, reliable and easy-to-digest information?
Trans Europe Halles:
An EU Elections’ introduction and graphic toolkit
Towards the 2014 European elections through comics and cartoons
You want advocacy material and in-depth information about the EU elections?
Culture Action Europe.
Manifesto for the European Elections
Culture Action Europe.
Toolkit for the Elections
Europe Cultural Foundation.
Shaping Europe through Culture: Support culture in the run up to the European elections
s, a contribution to transparency about the European institutions’ work and supporting the democratic process.
You want to know about other campaign materials?
Happy voting! campaign
– Focus on Youth.
ILGA-Europe's Come Out campaign
for human rights and LGBTI equality among the candidates for next European Parliament and European Commission.
Follow the conversation on twitter and get social with your message and contribution. Use #GoVoteEU
This campaign is an initiative of European cultural networks and organisations:
FACE – Fresh Arts Coalition Europe
TEH – Trans Europe Halles
OTM – On the Move
IETM – international network for contemporary performing arts
CAE – Culture Action Europe
NEMO – Network of European Museum Organisations
EMC – European Music Council
ETC – European Theatre Convention
RESEO – European Network for Opera and Dance Education
European Choral Association-Europa Cantat
ACCR – Association des centres culturels de rencontres
ECF – European Cultural Foundation
ELIA – European League of Institutes of the Arts
ENCATC – European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers
ECHO – European Concert Hall Organisation
EMCY – European Union of Music Competitions for Youth
ROOTS & ROUTES International Association
NCK – Nordic Centre of Heritage Learning and Creativity
IZOLYATSIA launches the first UKRAINIAN LITFEST
Aware of the raising awareness, especially among the new generation, on the importance of the intellectual debate and the interchange of ideas,
(Donetsk Oblast, Ukrania) will dynamite the literary scene with a new concept in literature festivals. While books remaining fundamental, the focus would be in the interaction between writers and readers.
For this first year, and considering the importance of a good start, IZOLYATSIA leaves the inspiration and direction of the event to one of the most promising writers in today’s Ukraine, Lyubko Deresh, who has chosen the topic “Language and Violence” to be developed from a huge variety of perspectives, works and languages.
On April 23th - 25th around 20 writers mainly from Ukraine, but also from other different countries, will be sharing their ideas, thoughts and world visions with IZOLYATSIA visitors in a unique event meant for more than 2.000 visitors.
The festival format includes different encounters between writers and readers in all and every corner of the amazing site of IZOLYATSIA, one of the most outstanding post/industrial landscapes in the Donbass area. From direct discussions to round tables, film screenings commented, poetry recitals or dramatic performances, IZOLYATSIA’s aim is to make literature desirable and accessible to wide audiences.
Opportunity for artists looking for a residency in 2014!
There are still a few places remaining in 2014 for artists who are wishing to participate in
AIR program (Riga, Latvia) An inspiring opportunity to create new work and to
discover the Baltic States and their cultural life!
The residency is a perfect chance to discover Riga, one of the region’s most beautiful cities, and its eclectic cultural life, thus inspiring artists to create new work in the realm of
visual arts, art criticism or literature
. Leveraging Riga’s geographical advantages, it gives artists the chance to discover the other Baltic States and their cultural life. NOASS also hope to develop the residency centre as an
international meeting place
where art professionals will have the chance to get to know one another, exchange ideas and create new
joint art projects
. For the artists’ residency, NOASS offer beautiful studio-type apartment in the city centre of Riga.
For more information look
Manifatture Knos launches a design workshop in collaboration with Lecce penitentiary
Sud Est Cultural Association (
’ managing organisation), in cooperation with Paola Leone from Factory Transadriatic Company, has launched a design workshop starting the 21 January in the penitentiary of Lecce.
The aim is this project is to clean up the different settings nicely of the penitentiary together with the prisoners. The workshop is part of
– the territory is considered as a participating art gallery, financed by Fondazione con il Sud and realized by different cultural associations: LUA, Sud Est, Ramdom and PepeNero, with Francesca Marconi as artistic coordinator. GAP project provides several workshops aimed specifically at
involving citizens in artistic experimentation
. GAP is running on geographical and social borders to reinterpret them through participation and creativity.
Attempted sabotage at Queer film festival
The queer film festival “Bok o Bok”
took place in St. Petersburg, Russia during one week, 21 - 30 November. The festival received several
during this time. TEH member
hosted some of the events.
The queer festival "Bok o Bok" (“side by side”)
was arranged for the 6th year and this year's edition offered more than 30 films including award-winning work from Cannes, Berlin and Venice Film Festivals. Though this year was not like any other film festival. Due to the
law in Russia banning “homosexual propaganda”
, false calls to the police were made to warn about
. These calls were made to disrupt the whole event. As a result, in the middle of a film,
all 300 people including the consuls of the Netherlands, the United States and Oscar award winners for the film “MILK”
: Gus Van Sant, (director), Dustin Lance Black (screenwriter) and Bruce Cohen (producer), had to leave the room and wait outside, sometimes for hours while the building were searched for bombs.
They received five bomb threats during the one week festival.
Organisers commenting of the incidents stated: “We hope that the police will act accordingly, find the perpetrators of this crime and those guilty individuals punished appropriately. It was a cowardly act and yet another attempt to intimidate and threaten the LGBT community, supporters and allies.”
For more information, visit
Bok o Bok's website
The 1st gathering of Italian independent culture centres and their plan to Destroy powerpoint!
Are you tired of PowerPoint presentations?
Manifatture Knos (Lecce, Italy)
together with ExFadda organised the
first national meeting for independent culture centres in Italy
on 13th and 14th of December,
PowerPoint presentations were banned!
organised the event "DESTROY POWERPOINT":
the first meeting of Italian independent cultural centres, spaces for youth, creativity and social innovation.
The event was co-organised with
ExFadda (San Vito dei Normanni, Italy)
. The aim of "Destroy PowerPoint" was to get an
overview of cultural centres in Italy,
for them to get to know each other better, to share experiences and develop new ideas together.
This has never happened in Italy before!
The program of the meeting consisted of activities proposed by 30 centres from different regions of the country. They had the possibility to present their centre in different ways, using every kind of expressive language,
except boring PowerPoint presentations
The result was that
Manifatture Knos was filled with exhibitions, art installations, performances, shows, workshops and games.
Some has set up a temporary kitchen to cook 540 eggs, others assembled a library without nails or glue, others organised a street soccer competition. All activities was held in one afternoon! The second day focused on the future of independent cultural centres in Italy. “It was a great meeting with great people and we would like to meet all participants again and welcome even more centres to
the next Destroy PowerPoint event
that will hopefully take place in Rome” says a representative of Manifatture Knos.
For more information, visit
Manifatture Knos' website
Film people of TEH - Here's a gift for you!
Subtopia (Stockholm, Sweden)
is hosting a residency for film makers, and the film "NUG" by Max Herrlander is finished. Find out how you can get it screened in your centre for free!
Subtopia wants to get in touch with people
interested in screening the film at TEH centres and to get a presentation about low budget filmmaking.
Subtopia and Max is giving Trans Europe Halles, and all our friends a special offer:
If you make it possible for Max to go to your centre or city you can screen the film without any other cost!
Max is now screening the film in Sweden, USA and then coming back to Europe on the 12th of January. So from then on, he is all yours.
Book NOW by contacting Max or Jonas Boutani Werner at Subtopia.
Max: email@example.com, phone: +46 73 563 92 21
Jonas Boutani Werner at Subtopia:
About the film:
NUG is a film about Eva - a young woman in search of happiness. Eva’s quest takes her out on a roadtrip following random paths and people, along bumpy roads and rivers, through friendship, belief, dispair and through beautiful landscapes. In pursuit of happiness, gold and love - this is what she found:
Stanica's 10th anniversary and 1st auction - Fine artists donated works to support renovation
and one of their new challenges is to
renovate and turn a synagogue into a place for cultural and artistic events
. The synagogue is to be renovated with low resources and to raise funds Stanica held their
first ever art auction
. The event was surprisingly successful, bringing in over 20 000 euros for their synagogue reconstruction project.
ten years ago
, a group of dedicated people opened a railway station building to the public,
showing community projects and art
, and began their long process of gradually modifying the surroundings in to what today is Stanica. It took years of daily work and struggle to
transform the abandoned industrial zone
under the concrete overpass "Rondel" in Zilina, Slovakia. They believe that
the story will continue
, thanks to a new generation of “Stanica-people”. Stanica’s biggest challenge at the moment, apart from new planned building S3, is the New Synagogue.
first auction in Stanica
was also the first auction ever in Zilina. It was held the 30th October this year and
many generous donations
were made from local artists and collectors. Contributions like this makes their project possible. Stanica are glad that the
art community was so eager to help
them, and are looking forward to work with them once the gallery space in the synagogue building is opened. The project appealed to many artist and Stanica have already been promised more donations for
. Stanica are excited to work with them once the synagogue building is opened. The most expensive work sold at the auction was a Voskovec and Werich from Kolomana Sokola, whose price climbed to 4.5 thousand euros!
Trans Europe Halles is now recruiting
THE DPR OCCUPIES CULTURAL CENTRE IZOLYATSIA IN DONETSK (UKRAINE)
Trans Europe Halles Coordination Office
c/o Mejeriet |Stora Södergatan 64
SE – 222 23 Lund | Sweden
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