PUSH

Imaginate

Cooperation Projects

Scotland

2016

Total project grant (euros)

168,655

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

Culture

Call number

EACEA 29/2015

Number of partners in project

5

Lead organisation

Imaginate, UK

Partners

Scenekunstbruket, Norway

Krokus Festival, Belgium

Aabendans, Denmark

The Ark, Ireland

PUSH is a two-year project aiming to 'push' and develop thinking, ideas and artforms in theatre and dance for young audiences in Scotland, Belgium, Ireland, Norway and Denmark.

PUSH will stimulate European dialogue around three important topics in theatre and dance for young audiences:

  • identity
  • borders
  • 'safety zones'.  

It will do this by bringing artists together to take part in eight-day Labs (residential workshops) with artists, professionals and young people from different European cultural contexts to their own, and by facilitating PUSH@ festival visits for artists and the partner organisations.  

The three Labs will connect with children (schools and families), non-arts professionals (child psychologists, LGBTQI staff, human rights experts, individuals with relevant stories to share, the public) who will provide external inspiration and provocations for the group of artists who will themselves be specifically selected for their expertise and interest in the Lab topic.  This will create the ideal spaces for innovative thinking around each topic.

Each Lab will end with two days of internal and public-facing events to present the results and talk openly with our audiences.

Each partner will host a two-day PUSH@ festival programme in their country; a trans-national event that will open up the three topics to industry peers and the public through a programme of innovative and high quality productions, discussion and networking events.

During PUSH there will be eight networking opportunities for artists - both those participating in PUSH Labs and the wider sector in each country. PUSH will initiate new creative inspirations, share thinking/research and artistic ideas from Europe and beyond, offer high quality transnational professional development for artists and create a network around the PUSH topics between the partner organisations and their festivals, the artistic community and audiences.

Visit the PUSH website.

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