The Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture in the European Commission announced further successful applicants under Multi-Annual Cooperation Projects and European Cultural Festivals. (See our previous post for announcements in Small Cooperation Projects and Cultural…
Congratulations to all successful UK organisations! For Strand 1.2.1 (cooperation projects), the UK’s success rate is 46%, double the overall average success rate of 24%, and 2nd only to Germany out of the larger eligible countries. Although detailed budgets for the selected projects are not made public, a rough estimate of the support to UK organisations and UK-based networks through these 3 strands is 3.3 million EUR. Continue reading
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The Glam era of the early 1970's had enduring appeal, with the music and outlandish styles of the period remaining influential today. Glam! The Performance of Style is the first ever exhibition to trace the genealogy of Glam to the spirit of creative freedom evident in the British art schools of the 1960's and the phenomenon of camp that emerged in the New York underground art scene during the same period. The exhibition reveals the absorption of these fine art ideas at the long front of popular culture. Glam! has brought together important artworks created in a range of media, alongside key documentary elements, to emphasise the continuing influence of Glam on the contemporary imagination.
'We are delighted to have as tour partners Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz. Working with colleagues in each of these institutions has enabled Tate Liverpool to extend the reach of this exhibition Europe wide. Glam! The Performance of Style has ensured that the collaboration between all three partners has been successful on an international level and has allowed a greater layering of institutional influence and expertise, which is important in the development of new artistic products internationally. We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the Culture Programme of the European Union for their major support of the exhibition and symposium Glamarama. The programme and collaboration provided a critical reflection on a fascinating period for both art and popular culture.'
Andrea Nixon, Executive Director, Tate Liverpool
IMAGINE 2020 is an arts and climate change network that spreads across nine European countries and brings together eleven diverse, highly motivated and experienced cultural institutions. Through a series of joint and individual actions, IMAGINE 2020 will engage the audiences across Europe around issues of climate change and use its creative potential to raise awareness, provoke and nurture change among the general public.
created by Michael Pinsky and produced by LIFT and Artsadmin as part of the IMAGINE 2020 network.
Plunge is a simple, elegant statement placed on three monuments in central London. A string of low energy blue LED lights wrapped around each monument marks a time, 1000 years in the future, when sea level rises have changed the city beyond recognition. The monuments are ones that are passed every day by hundreds of thousands of people, whether tourists who stop to photograph them, or commuters who walk by every day without seeing them.
‘We were delighted by the positive response to Michael Pinsky's Plunge, a beautiful arts installation co-produced with Artsadmin made possible by our membership in the IMAGINE 2020 network. Being part of this pan-European network enables us to tackle the global issue of climate change, possibly the most pressing issue of our time, by producing exciting and ambitious art of a larger scale and wider platform than we could achieve on our own.’
Jonathan May, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT)
'Winning the Literary Translation award for 4 books in 2011 was really what got Istros Books off the ground and I am extremely grateful for them giving me the possibility of bringing these titles to the English-speaking audience. I believe that this funding strand is a lifeline for many small publishers all across Europe, who would otherwise not have the financial capacity to commission translations. The fact that each application is vetted by a team of local experts means that the books which pass reflect all that is best in contemporary, European fiction, and therefore winning the award for the second time round is also a great endorsement of my authors and the work of my translators.'
- Susan Curtis-Kojakovic, Founder, Istros Books
Istros Books was supported for the translation of 4 books in 2011:
Jazz in the New Europe: a major new initiative from London Jazz Festival that brings seminal figures together with emerging talent in a string of new collaborations and commissions, club nights and lively public discussions.
Performances include an especially assembled group led by French jazz heavyweight Henri Texier. This series sits amidst a wealth of other music reflecting the riches of the European jazz scene, including strands of programming taking in music from Finland and France including Iro Haala at St James Piccadilly.
“Thanks to support from the Culture Programme of the European Union, this year’s London Jazz Festival presents an exciting programme of international collaboration, featuring the jazz giants and rising stars of the European jazz scene. The Festival will see musicians from across the continent working together to develop new music that breaks through frontiers whilst retaining the individual creativity of each participant. This spirit of exchange and collaboration is at the heart of the Jazz in the New Europe."
- John Cumming, Director of the London Jazz Festival
“It is terrific that the Culture Programme of the European Union is supporting the London Jazz Festival, enabling this internationally renowned celebration of jazz to welcome even more European talent and to showcase exciting collaborations between European artists.”
- Jonathan Scheele, Head of the European Commission Representation in the UK
Robots and Avatars explores how young European citizens will work and play with new representational forms of themselves and others in virtual and physical life in the next 10-15 years. The project brings together an exhibition, debates and learning experiences, showcasing the most exciting visions and innovations from EU artists, designers and architects, exploring their impact on the future of work and play.
Robots and Avatars brings together a set of great UK and EU partners, all engaged in innovative and public-oriented projects using new technologies. Co-organisers are KIBLA, in Maribor (Slovenia), recognised throughout Europe as illuminating future activists and one of the top institution in Slovenia dealing with multimedia and intermedia art, AltArt in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), who develop interactive platforms, mixed reality events exploring new cultural dimensions and interdisciplinary projects. In the UK associate partners are FACT in Liverpool, who has been leading the UK video, film and new media arts scene for 20 years with groundbreaking exhibitions, education and research projects, and the National Theatre in London who is one of the UK most prominent publicly funded theatre companies and increasingly developing digital relationships with our audiences in both the virtual and physical spaces.
'EU Culture programme support has enabled body>data>space to expand massively the scope of our project at a European level, working in collaboration with an exciting and diverse mix of partners, bringing together artists and professionals together from a variety of cultural and skills backgrounds. It also allows us to creatively engage inter-generational audiences from UK, Slovenia and Romania. Deep collaboration and networked process are crucial in our transnational projects, and this can take time and dedication- however the results are very rewarding for all involved!'
- Leanne Hammacott, Project Manager
'A show revealing some of the ways robots and on-screen avatars could change our lives, as the borders between our physical and virtual lives begin to blur.'
- The New Scientist
The Orientations Trilogy project capitalised on existing work to complete a Trilogy of plays and a publication of scripts and related articles. New and existing collaborations between the partners in the UK, Sweden, India and China created the basis for a new piece of theatre involving video, contemporary dance, ballet, opera and traditional Asian forms, performed in London, Shanghai, and across Sweden. The project explored gender issues and identity in both Western and Asian cultures and included youth participation workshops and learning programmes in the host countries.
The Culture programme gave us the chance to build exciting new creative partnerships across Europe and beyond. In particular, we had the chance to work over a sustained period with Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, and their incredible performers. We made the third play of the Trilogy through a development workshop in their studios, and performed it both in the UK, Sweden, and in Shanghai itself during the period of the 2010 Expo. The Chinese audience had clearly not encountered this sort of multi-lingual, multi-media theatre before, and was very excited by the way it told the familiar stories of their own lives as Chinese people in a global city.
-Michael Walling, Border Crossings
Wake Up, through high quality performing art, develops cultural practice using music/creative arts to foster tolerance and understanding between ethnic and socially divided communities. The methodology employed creates a sense of place and confidence to promote cultural tolerance, conflict resolution, peaceful co-existence and the respect for human rights and democracy.
The Wake Up partnership brings together: Opera Circus' (OC) experience in partnership building and project delivery with international performances, music and the creative arts; Edinburgh University (UoE) and Musicians without Borders(MwB) which develop applied methodologies in workshops and performance, demonstrating the cultural impact of music as a transforming power; and Teatar Mimart's (Mimart) renowned skills in creating mime/physical theatre with excluded and divided communities, adds a further high quality artistic dimension to the project.
Wake Up has three main objectives:
a. to develop high quality international youth music theatre production and performance
b. to train cultural leaders in the methodology of using music and the creative arts to foster understanding for cultural diversity and peaceful coexistence
c. to influence at national and international level the use of this methodology in cultural policy and implementation.
'The success of Wake Up we believe is due to the integration of the cultural and creative opportunities through a devised and open process. The individual elements have joined into a creative whole which has inspired us to continue in the next project with a much larger group of partners.'
- Tina Ellen Lee, Opera Circus
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