Mysteries & Drolls

Festival of Fools

Cooperation Projects

Northern Ireland

2017

Total project grant (euros)

200,000

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

Culture

Call number

EACEA 45/2016

Project date

15 Nov 2017 - 14 Nov 2020

Number of partners in project

5

Lead organisation

Comune Di Certaldo, Italy

Partners

Asociacion Cultural Maracaibo Teatro, Spain

Stowarzyszenie Kulturalne Pro-Scenium, Poland

Tempus Fugit Ev, Germany

Festival Of Fools, UK

The project will allow contemporary theatre, dance and music, to recover their own place in social life and give the spectator an active role.

The hub on which the M&D cooperation is developed, draws on the Spanish Misterios, Auto Sacramentales, German Fastnachtspiele, Mystery Plays, Commedia dell’Arte and finally to the Polish religious theatre.

Historical and artistic research, as well as EU coproduction projects training, are scheduled as part of the project activities. M&D will involve historians, companies and theatre centres in Spain, Poland and Germany. Creative staff of partner organisations will be invited to share, with other EU artists, their own cultural identities.

A M&D Festival will be hosted in Italy and Northern Ireland for 3 years, in the context of 2 of the most important EU Street Arts events: Mercantia in Certaldo and Festival of Fools in Belfast.

This project will go on to create a EU market for popular theatre, by organizing an itinerant EU Showcase (2019 in Certaldo, 2020 in Belfast) that can be a meeting point between artists and programmers. Such an ambitious activity plan will be made possible thanks to the great expertise and strong backgrounds of partners involved, key centres for the theatre sectors involved in the cooperation.

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