Amateo Award Winner 2020

GREEK SOCIAL CIRCUS IMPROVING THE LIVES OF YOUNG REFUGEES WIN €1,000 EUROPEAN ARTS PRIZE


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The Social Circus project by Anasa Cultural Center in Greece has been awarded the 2020
Amateo Award
in an online ceremony with participants from all over Europe. In the winner, the jury especially loved the great spirit and passion.

“The project is authentic and resonates right to the heart. It shows a mix of creativity and human aspects. A team of voluntary trainers work with all kind of different skills and artforms with young refugees from all over the world. The person we interviewed has experienced the power of the project itself.”

Social Circus (Greece)
Social Circus

The winners described what this project means to them:

“Social circus and circus skills in general always involve a challenge. You are challenged to learn to ride a unicycle. You are challenged to break your fear of heights and go on stilts… You are challenged to exceed yourself. You go beyond what you think your limits are.

We thought that the social circus is a way where youth can understand that there are enormous capabilities when you are trying. So through the medium of art you are learning to be persistent. To empower yourself. Because you see that the only thing that is stopping you is your mind.” 

– Social Circus

You can read more about Social Circus on www.anasa.org.gr


Some 64 projects from across Europe competed for the €1,000 prize which celebrates exceptional amateur arts projects. The finalists from Belgium, Germany, Greece, Slovenia and The Netherlands were all represented at the online announcement of the winner.

The Amateo Award is in its third year and was launched by Amateo, the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities in Europe. The Award has been part of the Arts Take Part project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

The 2019 Amateo Award was won by Moving Ground from Belgium.


Invitation – Amateo Award Ceremony 2020

You are warmly invited to an international celebration of participatory arts and collaboration!

This year, the Awards Ceremony will take place online with guests joining from home across Europe.

Friday 19 June, 18:00- 19:00 CET (that’s 17:00- 18:00 GMT and 19:00 – 20:00 CEET)

The packed, one-hour programme will hear stories from the five shortlisted groups and include networking opportunities, the awarding of the 1000 euro prize and live performances.

This year, 64 projects from 16 countries across Europe applied for the Amateo Award 2020 and featured activity focused on young people, older people (including those with dementia), those with different cultural or migrant backgrounds and projects to improve the community or environment. Five groups have been shortlisted by the jury, representing work from Belgium, Greece, Germany, Slovenia and The Netherlands. Read more about the finalists

You can join the ceremony by clicking here after 17:30 (CET) on Friday 19 June.
The waiting room will be open for 30 minutes and the ceremony will start at 18:00.

As it is a celebratory event, guests are encouraged (although not obliged!) to dress for a party and bring drinks or snacks. 🥳

Everyone is welcome!

#Double4Culture Campaign

Amateo, the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities, is joining with other members of the Culture Action Europe network in calling for European Council to urgently consider substantial increases in the EU budgets supporting culture and the Creative Europe programme for the coming years.

Through our work supporting grassroots creative participation across Europe, we see the incredible positive effects this has for individuals and communities. Our network helps participants and professionals to connect through culture across borders and find common ground and mutual understanding. This kind of cultural unity is desperately needed to face the challenges of the coming years and adequately supporting Europe’s collaborative cultural sector is a necessary first step in ensuring that this important work can continue in challenging times.

Amateo supports the statement of Culture Action Europe calling for the doubling of the Creative Europe budget, and to ensure that funds from the Next Generation EU initiative support cultural activities and practitioners in the recovery from the current pandemic.

We encourage Amateo members and supporters to sign and share the new petition below or on the CAE website ahead of the European Council meeting on 19 June 2020.

Amateo Award Finalists 2020

FIVE FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE AMATEO AWARD 2020

Exceptional amateur arts groups are having a profound impact on their communities across Europe. Some 64 projects from 16 countries across Europe applied for the Amateo Award 2020, a €1000 prize supported by Creative Europe to celebrate and strengthen participatory arts. The applications show a wide scope of themes, featuring initiatives focused on young people, projects with older people (including those with dementia) and those with different cultural or migrant backgrounds and projects to improve the community or environment.

Five finalists have been announced representing work from Belgium, Greece, Germany, Slovenia and The Netherlands. The jury loved the diversity and the impact of the initiatives in their communities.

The project “Heimatkarawane” from 1. Stage Divers(e) e.V. – Germany is examining and crossing many borders: between remote and urban areas, the past and present, traditional and new residents and between all art forms.

Fanfakids from Belgium is about 20 young people (aged 7-15) who transform their youthful energy in an explosive concoction of rhythms. The uniqueness of the project is the collaboration between a youth group that supports the young people on a social basis, and an artistic organisation which guarantees the artistic quality of the group.

The Hand-in-Hand Dance Program in the Netherlands connects older adults experiencing dementia with young children in non-verbal contact through dance and music. The model involves dance workshops with different work forms.

Social Circus from Greece is a voluntary initiative which uses circus techniques to share the beauty of skill, art, team work, and self-discipline with unaccompanied minors from the refugee camps of Greece. The initiative aims to create the first refugee-led circus academy in the long-term future.

In Slovenia “The flock of experienced birds” takes the viewer along a pre-drawn path overflowing with the visual colours of the city’s landscapes. It expands views into the memory of all participants using headphones and creates a unique story of the city.

The finalists will be represented at the announcement of the winner in an online event on Friday, June 19th at 18:00 CET.

Hand-in-Hand (Netherlands)
Hand-in-Hand (NL)

The Amateo Award is in its third year now and was launched by Amateo, the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities in Europe. The Network was founded in 2008 as the multi-disciplinary European organisation within the field of participatory arts and cultural activities. There are now 51 members from 14 EU member states and 2 programme countries, with contacts to a huge network of regional and local associations within the European field of amateur arts.

Amateo’s 4-year programme Arts Take Part is co-funded by Creative Europe and aims to grow and strengthen the network over the next four years. The winner of 2019 was Moving Ground from Belgium. Amateo sees active participation in the arts as a core value for a free and open society as enshrined in Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


ABOUT THE PROJECTS
Our 2020 Finalists

  1. Stage Divers(e) e.V. Germany
    The project „Heimatkarawane- wie klingt das Land heute“ is examining and crossing many borders: Crossing those dividing remote and urban areas, the past and present, traditional and new residents, as well as those between music, poetry, acrobatics and theatre.
    The participants and the team have very diverse backgrounds from around the world (Chile, Israel, Iran, Arabic countries and Germany). New impressions are made that are experienced by all residents, both new and local. The team works on creating an atmosphere that is built on trust and equality, using a variety of artistic realisations. Through the work they do together they artistically
    create both the old and the new, the known and the strange, and present the overall result in a performance: an authentic picture of the village gets created, focussing on the definition of the word “Home”. Unexpectedly the corona crisis is further expanding the project and the network, by using digitally meetings, which gave others the opportunity to participate.
    Website: http://www.heimatkarawane.de/
  2. Fanfakids Belgium
    The Fanfakids are about 20 of youngsters (7-15 of age) who transform their youthful energy in an explosive concoction of rhythms. Their groove is the metropolitan music mix that they grew up with in their headquarters (Youth house Centrum West, Brussels). The uniqueness of the project is the collaboration between a youth house (Centrum West – D’Broej) who supports the youngsters on a social basis, and an artistic organisation (Met-X Moving Music) who guarantees the artistic quality of the group. Despite their age, they have already performed in numerous venues over the globe (Europe & Africa). Over the years, they have developed a strong relationship with different drum and dance groups in Ghana and Guinea. Fanfakids exists in 2020 for 20 years and is been supported by a
    lot of voluntary work.
    Website: http://www.fanfakids.be / http://www.metx.be/en/projecten/fanfakids-3/
  3. Hand-in-Hand
    The Hand-in-Hand Dance Program in the Netherlands is stimulating to connect older adults with dementia with young children with non-verbal contact through dance and music. An accompanying teacher: “I see behavior of my children that I never thought possible.” And a health care worker: “Our elderly don’t only have to receive, they can give so much love and tenderness. That moves me to tears.” The dance form at the heart of Hand-in-Hand is Biodanza, which means “Dance of Life”. It is a dance style involving a wide range of forms of movement which doesn’t require learning complicated dance moves. The Hand-in-Hand model involves 9 dance workshops in total, with different work forms with dance, but also discussion and a drawing of their experiences. To date, 60 Dutch dance teachers and more than 20 schools and care institutions have been carrying out inter-generational dance projects or still are. This spring we expect the first group of refugee children to dance together with elderly people with dementia.
    Website: http://www.vriendenvanbiodanza.nl
  4. Social Circus by Anasa Cultural Center
    Social Circus is a voluntary initiative which uses circus techniques to share the beauty of skill, art, team work, and self-discipline to unaccompanied minors from the refugee camps of Greece. A total of four trainers in circus arts, such as juggling, monocycling, acrobatics, slackline, stilt technique, and rhythm games came together on a voluntary basis to share their knowledge with refugees aged 12-18 who have arrived in Greece on their own in the recent years. The social circus team officially started doing outreach programmes in 2018 in refugee shelters, asylum centers, and camps around Athens, Greece. This led to a weekly 3-hour training in 2019 open to all kids of migrant or Greek origin in Kerameikos area. The initiative aims in creating the first refugee-driven circus academy in the long-term future. Youth from Syria, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, UK, Norway, and Greece come together under this non-verbal art form.
    Website: http://www.anasa.org.gr
  5. The Flock of Experienced Birds
    The flock of experienced birds takes the viewer along a pre-drawn path through the city with headphones that can be overflowed with the visual colours of the city’s landscapes. It expands views into the memory of all participants and creates a unique story of city. The first-person narrative, with its heavy subjectivity, expands on the many things of the perceptions of individual places in the city, and thus, with the sensitivity of spreading the conversation about change, passing, memories, many, interdependence and connectedness. Even though the views are intimate, are so unique that the common can indirectly recognise themselves in them as well as announce the beauty of the mutual differences in our own vulnerability. The project became a part of the program Kranj 2025 – application for the European Capital of Culture. The project has long term plans to create sustainable environment, programme and content for new generations of elderly.
    Website: http://imaginationofexpectations.org/new/social-choreography-in-iii-period-of-life/

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Culture Cares conference: Programme

CULTURE CARES
Cultural Participation and Wellbeing

AMATEO ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2020
On-line Zoom conference: 14–15 May 2020

Amateo annual conferences are usually hosted in one of our member countries. Due to the development of pandemic events across Europe, we have decided to offer virtual conference content for the first time this year. The conference on health and wellness will take place on May 14 and 15, 2020, via the Zoom platform.

The importance of cultural engagement on health and well-being is often overlooked by the general public as well as the professional public. That’s why the conference aims to show through lectures, debates and roundtables and examples of good practice how culture is changing the lives of individuals and society. This is even more important in the current situation, as we recognize the many artistic initiatives by which artists and amateur artists alleviate the stress of quarantine, and give to people inspiration to join the creative work themselves. As such, arts interventions are often low-risk, highly cost-effective, integrated and holistic treatment options for complex health challenges to which there are no current solutions.

More collaboration between culture and health sectors can also enrich cultural capital by ensuring that everyone has equitable access to the arts in community and wellbeing settings across the European region.

Through inspiring keynote speakers, roundtable discussions and workshops we challenge you to explore the striking impact of creative and cultural activities and the opportunities for collaboration between the participatory arts and health & wellbeing sectors.

PROGRAMME

DAY 1: Thursday 14th May

10:00 – 11:30 (CET)
PRESENTATION AND DEBATE
  • Victoria Hume – The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance is a national organisation representing everyone who believes that cultural engagement can transform our health and wellbeing. Victoria will discuss work in culture, health and wellbeing across England, as it was immediately prior to the covid crisis – and discuss how cultural organisations and creative individuals working with health and wellbeing are adapting their skills and experience on a daily basis to support their communities. More info…
  • Evelyne Van Hecke – Grounder/director of the Belgium arts group Moving Ground (awarded the 2019 Amateo Award), improving children’s lives (struggling with poverty and cultural division). More info…
15:00 – 16:30 (CET)
PRESENTATION/WORKSHOP
  • Katerina Klementova – NIPOS, Czech Republic: What’s up in the EC? Culture and Health & Wellbeing. Reporting on the work of the International OMC sub-Group on Health & Wellbeing, established by the European Commission in 2017, the contribution will give an outline of current trends and practices in the field of Arts, Health & Wellbeing in Europe, how they were gathered by more than 20 Member States. As well as presenting the recommendations of the OMC group in this specific area, the session will direct participants to a range of resources and further reading that are available on this topic. More info…
  • Anke Coumans – Workshop on tools and measurement about the impact of culture on wellbeing and how to improve culture projects and be more effective. More info…

DAY 2: Friday 15th May

10:00 – 11:30 (CET)
PRESENTATION OF GOOD PRACTICES
  • Jelle Roeper – Slag & Vlag, Netherlands, Inclusion in Music Associations; about music and exercise for people with a (mental) disability. More info…
  • Franziska Cordes – Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, Campus Lingen (Germany). The interdisciplinary research project TiP.De – Theatre in Dementia Health Care aims at identifying the effects of theatre pedagogy on quality of life of people with dementia in two German nursing homes. More info…
  • Margot Hoiting / Philip Curtis – EMBRACE Nederland develops innovative music programmes with the aim of improving the lives and well-being of vulnerable people. More info…
  • Claudia Schnugg – Researcher and curator with an interdisciplinary background in social sciences, business administration, cultural sciences, and the arts (Austria). Did you know that art can reduce your risk of illness and increase life expectancy? So: ATTENTION, contemporary art and culture can change your life! Claudia was a member of the editorial group for ‘Kultur als Rezept’ (Culture as a recipe), the January 2020 issue of the IG Kultur magazine. More info…
  • Veronika Kořínková – EDUdrama, Slovakia is the first centre in Slovakia to organise interactive experience programmes for all ages (children, adolescents, families, adults and seniors). The EDUdrama platform aims to introduce drama education and its methods into the educational system, as well as to the wider public awareness, to humanise the society through drama education and to cultivate its social and artistic potential and abilities. More info…
15:00 – 16:30 (CET)
WORKSHOP
  • Merel Martens – Vocal online inspiration – In a time of social distancing, the sense of community and connection is very important for people. Therefore, this workshop is set up with the purpose of providing you with inspiration in maintaining continuity with your culture participation practise. More info…
Moderation:
Jan-Willem van Kruyssen, OMF/Amateo Courses & Conference Team
Please note that the programme may be subject to minor changes.

registration

  • To register, please press the registration button and complete the short form.
  • This will provide the introductory text for all participants and support you to link with potential partners.
  • There is a € 15 participation fee, all sessions included. The participation fee for individual session is € 10. It will be collected following registration. Amateo members can register for free – become a member here. Following payment, access to all conference materials and sessions will be provided.

Registration is now closed.

Places are limited, early registration is recommended!

We recognise that many organisations and individuals are struggling financially at this time, so we can offer a limited number of sponsored places.
If you would like to apply, please email: info@amateo.org.

Culture Cares: Annual Zoom Conference

CULTURE CARES

Cultural Participation and Wellbeing

AMATEO ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2020
On-line Zoom conference: 14–15 May 2020

Save the date for our twelfth Amateo Annual Conference – CULTURE CARES – Cultural Participation and Wellbeing!

Amateo annual conferences are usually hosted in one of our member countries. Due to the development of pandemic events across Europe, we have decided to offer virtual conference content for the first time this year. The conference on health and wellness will take place on May 14 and 15, 2020, via the Zoom platform.

The importance of cultural engagement on health and well-being is often overlooked by the general public as well as the professional public. That’s why the conference aims to show through lectures, debates and roundtables and examples of good practice how culture is changing the lives of individuals and society. This is even more important in the current situation, as we recognize the many artistic initiatives by which artists and amateur artists alleviate the stress of quarantine, and give to people inspiration to join the creative work themselves. As such, arts interventions are often low-risk, highly cost-effective, integrated and holistic treatment options for complex health challenges to which there are no current solutions.

More collaboration between culture and health sectors can also enrich cultural capital by ensuring that everyone has equitable access to the arts in community and wellbeing settings across the European region.

Through inspiring keynote speakers, roundtable discussions and workshops we challenge you to explore the striking impact of creative and cultural activities and the opportunities for collaboration between the participatory arts and health & wellbeing sectors.

Further information about the program follows by the end of April 2020.

Event hosted by:
Amateo – European Network for Active Participation in Culture

NIPOS – Czech Republic

Amateo member: National Information and Consulting Centre for Culture (NIPOS)

Member Country: Czech Republic

Contact Person: Kateřina Klementová, Project Manager

Who is NIPOS?

National Information and Consulting Centre for Culture (NIPOS), re-established in 1991, is a governmental organization which has history leading back to 1925, when Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia, founded a cultural/educational institute for his new citizens. Nowadays, NIPOS is a nationwide organization working as a coordinating body for more than 20 artistic specializations in non-professional art, is the official provider of national statistics on culture and realizes cultural research, methodological and expert service for the Ministry of Culture and offers consultation and advisory service for people.

What do you do?

Apart from large-scale statistical work and service for the Ministry of Culture, our work in non-professional art activities covers project managing, consultation, methodology issues, festivals, education and publishing activity in many different artistic specializations. NIPOS takes care of the very wide variety of regional festivals throughout the Czech Republic, which are leading to 21 large national festivals being the „grand finale“ for many amateur artist’s activities of the year. But it’s not only about presentation, NIPOS seeks to cherish the different art disciplines in terms of quality and development of the art forms. And so the natural part of every festival is education, workshops, seminars and (sensitive) expert reflection of what has been seen.

In the long-term perspective, NIPOS is taking care about the methodology and development of the different art branches: publishing perdiodicals and books in different arts, being in permanent touch with the artists, educators and cultural stakeholders of the time, works towards a better environment for amateur arts in the Czech Republic. That’s why we provide research: for many years, we are developing The Czech Amateur  Theatre Database. Currently, NIPOS is the leader of two larger research projects about seniors, culture and inter-generational dialogue and an oral history project on roots of contemporary dance in the Czech Republic.  

Why did you join Amateo?

NIPOS was there when Amateo was founded in 2008. As an umbrella organization for many amateur art forms, we felt it was necessary to share our experience, visions and problems we have been facing, with other similar European organizations. We were interested in the others’ experience and wanted to learn from them too. This curiosity remains up to these days and will last (hopefully) forever!

Why are international connections important?

International connections are essential for our work, in two ways: exchange of ideas, visions and sharing the never-ending creativity across nations is such an exciting experience (and makes fun of course!). It can change anybody’s life forever. On the other hand (and more seriously put): methodology, advocacy and knowledge of the broader (European) context of non-professional art helps us to better understand the field of amateur arts in the Czech Republic: where are we now and how can we do better? How can we help our (still quite young) democracy to take care about the unique world of amateur arts?

What are your future hopes?

We hope that our work will help the amateur arts to develop and flourish across Europe, with the help of our work together in different countries.

In creativity, we all are equal. We believe that creativity is the way that we can better discover each other and do something for calming the „restless times“ we live in Europe now.


Interested in being part of the Amateo network? Find out more about the members and how to join!

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland

AMATEO MEMBER: YOUTH THEATRE ARTS SCOTLAND

Member country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Hollie Wegner-Jaszkin, Communications and Marketing Manager

Who is YTAS? Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (YTAS) is the national development organisation and umbrella body for Scotland’s youth theatre sector. We support inspiring experiences for young people by connecting and training the people who work with them.

What do you do? As a development body, we celebrate and encourage ambition, innovation and progression: improving pathways and aiming for quality in all that we do. We support a membership of around 120 youth theatre organisations and practitioners all across Scotland. Each week they engage around 25,000 young people in youth theatre activity. YTAS provides direct services to young people, youth groups and their leaders through a combination of youth theatre projects, training and professional development, and information and advocacy.

Beacon Young Company - How to Save the World…ish - Thu 16 November 2017 - Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (Photographer: Andy Catlin www.andycatlin.com)
Beacon Young Company – How to Save the World…ish – Thu 16 November 2017 – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Why have you joined Amateo? We have joined Amateo to share knowledge, skills, and resources across seas and borders, and to support our international outlook.

What is the importance of international connections? As part of our focus on international connections, YTAS is the lead partner of a new project called the BUZZ Network. We, and other leading arts organisations from Ireland, Norway, Belgium and Germany, have been awarded funding from the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union to share and develop youth theatre practice across the continent for the first time.

Over the next three years, the BUZZ Network will deliver multinational training events for youth theatre practitioners, engaging over 100 professionals from around twenty European countries. Alongside training, the BUZZ Network will undertake the first mapping research of youth theatre across Europe, and create a new web portal to increase awareness of cross-border opportunities for over 28,500 European youth theatre participants and professionals.

What are you future plans? YTAS and their BUZZ Network partners are currently recruiting European-based youth theatre artists to take part in training events all across the continent. To apply or to read more, go to buzznetwork.eu or ytas.org.uk/buzz-network.

Platform Young Company - Shaking the Habitual - Sat 17 November 2018 - Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (Photographer: Andy Catlin www.andycatlin.com)
Platform Young Company – Shaking the Habitual – Sat 17 November 2018 – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Interested in being part of the Amateo network? Find out more about the members and how to join!