Voices of Solidarity

ArtReach (Events)

Cooperation Projects

England

Total project grant (euros)

199,002.82

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

Culture

Call number

EACEA 45/2016

Project date

1 Aug 2017 - 31 Dec 2018

Number of partners in project

5

Lead organisation

ArtReach (Events), UK

Partners

Altonale GMH, Germany

CESIE, Italy

Teatrul National Radu Stanca Sibiu, Romania

Museo dei Bambini Societa Cooperativa Sociale Onlus, Italy

Building on strong partnerships previously initiated/tested through European collaboration, ArtReach and partners have developed a powerful proposition for an integrated 2018 performance and event programme, with particular emphasis on artist/audience development and integration of refugees.

ArtReach, Altonale GmbH, CESIE and Museo dei Bambini will draw in Teatrul National from Sibiu (Romania) and together the partners will create 4 new outdoor performance presentations, for site specific delivery, exploring themes of “Freedom and Democracy”. The pieces, created by artists from each country, will be presented together, using theatre, dance, music and visual/digital arts, to create a rich montage to be experienced by substantial audiences in each partner location.

The performances will be delivered as part of major international Festival programmes – the International Theatre Festival in Sibiu (Romania), the STAMP Festival in Hamburg (Germany), Night of Festivals in London (UK) and Journeys Festival International (refugee arts festival) in Leicester (UK). Alongside the performance activity, in each of Hamburg, Palermo, London and Leicester, artists will work with refugee communities to create an artistic and cultural procession/event that celebrates arrival, welcome and the richness of different cultural experiences. Hundreds of refugees will come together with local people to take part in advance workshops over two months, and then join a parade and event that signifies the value of welcome and integration and leads onlookers and audiences to the site where the performance presentations are delivered.

The intent is to engage, reach and involve a wide cross section of cultures culminating in colourful, enriching, moving and thought provoking performance and event activity that combines European collaboration and artistic development with integration of new arrivals. Digital dissemination and media activity will be used to maximise levels of audience and engagement. 

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