Contact Zones

SeaChange Arts

Cooperation Projects

England

2015

Total project grant (euros)

€197,893.54

Percentage of budget funded

60%

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

Culture

Call number

EACEA 32/2014

Project date

1 May 2015 - 31 May 2016

Number of partners in project

4

Lead organisation

Associazione Culturale Margine Operativo, Italy

Partners

Ondadurto Teatro, Italy;

protagon e.V., Freunde und Förderer freier Theateraktion, Germany;

SeaChange Arts, UK

Contact Zones is a multidisciplinary project: its aim is creating contact and interaction between performing arts, urban spaces / non-conventional venue and people. Contact Zones wants to contribute to the sustainable development of cities, generating “good practice” of cooperation of art, urban spaces and people. The project will take place in spaces redefined by urban transformation – as pedestrian zones, squares, market, cultural centres, un-conventional venues – where it is possible to reach an enlarged new audience. Contact Zones is defined as the space in which transculturation takes place – where different cultures meet and inform each other, often in highly asymmetrical ways.

A Contact Zones allows people to interact between cultures and break the cultural boundary. When a contact zone is established, people are able to gain a new perspective because they are able to interact with people of different cultures. Contact Zones allows people to improve the artistic proposal and to make it usable and available. Urban spaces, never used by performances and artists, will be completely renovated by the “use” of the artistic events. Urban spaces will be changed, transformed by artistic experience: historical centres, suburbs, parks, markets, boundary places or impoverished spaces can have another chance thanks to art.

Contact Zones is a dialogue, developed through different forms, aesthetics and experimentations, in order to build new visions and suggest unpredictable answers.

Read a news article on SeaChange Arts' international symposium as part of Contact Zones

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