CONNECT is an interactive programme offering an opportunity for cross-cultural collaboration, developing projects with partners and creative exchange through interdisciplinary workshops.
In 2020 we had planned a live event in Brussels, but due to the pandemic we decided to reform the concept to an online version. Now, in 2021 we keep both options open. We keep our fingers crossed that it can be a live event in Maribor (Slovenia), but we also prepare the online version on the same dates. On April 30th, we’ll decide which version it will become, but you can subscribe to the event now, because there will be limited places!
In both versions the theme is ‘CONNECT to the unexpected’, and the focus will be on all sorts of community arts. Join us 4th – 6th of June to explore these themes, develop collaborative Pioneer Projects and apply for one of three grants of €2500 to develop these with partners.
Parallel with this organisers’ programme, there is an active workshop programme for enthusiastic non-professional artists from all disciplines, all age groups and all kind of communities. This year we offer two workshops:
Double dolls – Tamás Bakó and Márton Debreczeni
We’ll be dipping ourselves in the work with our bodies, focusing on partnering ways of communication through touch, attention and openness, exploring consensual movement, and get a taste of performance practice bound to the keyword “Home” of CONNECT2021. We’ll be mainly using contact techniques mixed with elements of Hungarian folklore dance.
Tamás Bakó, dancer, teacher, choreographer. Member of numerous companies, Ismael Ivo, Marco Santi, Hodworks, Artus, freelance dancer and choreographer of many productions. Winner of Stuttgart Solo dance festival. Leading teacher of contemporary dance and contact dance improvisation in Budapest Dance Academy, teacher of professional contemporary dance schools, like SEAD / Salzburg, P.A.R.T.S. / Brussels, Manufacture HES-SO / Lausanne.
Márton Debreczeni director, teacher. Member and director of Kompania and Artus Contemporary Arts Studio. Cross-field artist working with dance, fine arts, film, augmented reality. Choreographer for Budapest Philharmonic, composer of music for theatre performances and sound installations. Drama, and theatre in education teacher.
Postcards from home Maribor – Photini Papahatzi
What is HOME? Where do you feel like HOME and why? How does it feel in your new home? What do you miss? Is there an object that makes you feel HOME? A gesture, a movement, something abstract? Where is home? What does home mean? What does it symbolize and how is it defined? What is the role that the home can play in people’s lives? Ηome as an origin, as a natural environment, as the body itself, as the neighbourhood, the place, the country, the nation…
The concept of home provides a framework for a wide variety of photographic studies. At a time when migration is a daily event globally, we are returning to the concept of home, and in particular of the Hestia (Mythology).
‘Postcards from home’ is an international art community that reflects and creates on the theme of home. Postcards from home brings together local communities, refugees, immigrants and artists to reflect, create and send a postcard on the idea of HOME. Each postcard has on one side the picture taken from the participant and on the back side of the postcard the story of the photo, along with the details of the participant, if he/she want to share them. Visit www.postcardsfromhome.eu to see what home is for other people on this planet!
The overall vision with this workshop: To reflect, create and share your stories and photos of what home means for you and become a part of this international community. The workshop is addressed to everyone who wants to bring their experience, their thoughts and creativity on the concept of home: anything from the home tradition and customs that was left behind or brought forward, the family archive, the new home; a person that feels like home, an idea, an object or a memory.
Photini Papahatzi born in Athens, Greece is a cultural manager, certified non-formal learning adult trainer and a visual artist. Since 2016 she organizes the project “Postcards from home”, which she created during her fellow shop at START Create Cultural Change program (2016) and since then she organises the homonymous interdisciplinary workshop in collaboration with photographers, curators and organisations in various parts of the world.
In 2021 she implements the research project “Postcards from home: Geography of feelings” with the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. In 2020-2021, as a founding member of NGO Artifactory, she is working on the implementation of the project “Art + Culture vs Xenophobia” in the framework of Active Citizens Fund, of the EEA grants. She is a partner of AMAKA with which they implement the topos: Lefkada in 2020-2021.
She has organised and participated in contemporary art exhibitions (most recent: 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2018, and The Provinces , TAF Athens 2019) and in photography exhibitions in NY, Cuba, UK, Germany, Greece, FYROM, Russia and Croatia. Her works are held in
private collections in Greece and abroad. Her book “Elevador” is in the collection of the New York & Beinecke International Book Collection & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, USA. She is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece. Website: http://www.photinipapahatzi.com
*Workshop participants are asked to follow the parts of the program marked in red
DAY 1: Friday 4th June, 18.00 – 21.00 (all together)
Welcome dinner and an evening programme with local performances.
An evening to get to know each other and to get a good impression of Maribor’s cultural life.
DAY 2: Saturday 5th June
09.00 – 12.30 Workshop programme: 1st round
09.15 – 10.00 Organisers’ programme: Keynote speaker Beate Kegler
Dr. Beate Kegler
Dr. Beate Kegler researches and teaches to the topic of cultural work in rural areas, especially to the political aspects and meaning, chances and challenges of community arts for rural development. She is asked as cultural consultant by political bodies, cultural associations and networks and contributes to several juries of grant programs and scientific advisory boards. Before starting her academic career at the Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim, Beate Kegler studied cultural sciences in Lüneburg (D) and London (GB) and ruled socio cultural organisations in remote territories. In the last years she has written a wide range of articles and contributed to publications like the European anthology “Vital Villages. Development of Rural Areas as a Challenge for Cultural Policy” (Vital Village bei transcript Verlag (transcript-verlag.de)). Together with her family she lives in a small village at the German North Sea coast.
10.00 – 11.00 Speed dating
All participants of the organizers programme are set up in a series of short, intensive one-to-one meetings, to see if there are inspiring and unexpected possibilities for a small scale, international and/or interdisciplinary project.
11.15 – 12.30 World Café – aspects of community arts
The World Cafe is a method which makes use of an informal cafe setting for participants to explore an issue by discussing it in small table groups. Discussion is held in multiple rounds of 20 minutes, with the cafe ambiance intended to allow for more relaxed and open conversations to take place.
12.30 -13.30 Lunch (all together)
13.45 – 15.45 Workshop programme: 2nd round
13.45 – 15.15 Organizers programme: Best practices
Three organizations working in the field of community arts zoom in on one of their projects:
ANASA (Winner of the Amateo Award 2020):
Anasa Cultural Center is a nonprofit, grassroots, civil society organisation working to eliminate racism, exclusion and discrimination, and promote multiculturalism and intercultural dialogue among peoples, while focusing greatly on the art forms of the African continent and its diaspora. Anasa started operating in 2010 and acquired legal status as a non-profit organisation in 2012 based in Athens, Greece. Since the beginning of our actions we have been working on empowering and integrating, through arts and culture, Greeks and young people of migrant descent who were either born in Greece or came as immigrants or refugees. ANASA offers a wide range of arts, such as circus, music, dance, singing, literature, narration, theatre, painting and gastronomy, and implements pedagogical programs and solidarity actions throughout the school year. The founders of Anasa are youth of African descent who have been born and raised in Greece and who are constantly working towards racial equality in Greece, always through the powerful tools of performing and fine arts. Nowadays Anasa has built a wide audience from different cultural backgrounds and collaborates with young professionals of Greek and migrant descent regarding administration, social media, and artistic events. The Social Circus Project is an arts and culture initiative which uses circus techniques to share the beauty of skill, art, team work, and self-discipline to youth locals of Greek, migrant or refugee backgrounds. Trainers in circus arts, such as juggling, monocycling, acrobatics, stilt technique, and rhythm games have come together to share their knowledge with youth aged 12-18 who were born and/or grew up in Greece or who arrived in the country recently. Conceptualized in 2014 and trying out some local circus meetings with Roma youth, the social circus team officially started doing outreach programmes in 2018 in refugee shelters, asylum centres, 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. In the summer of 2020 the Social Circus Project of Anasa won the Amateo Award for its voluntary aspects on amateur arts for youth. At the moment the project is trying to launch an online version with tutorials and virtual meetings.
Cultural society Stična
Cultural society Stična has over 100 members in its groups. It involves theatre, music, folklore and instrumental activity and Festival Stična, which is the society’s overall project. The theatre section has three groups: adult, youth and children group Drzne in lepi, in the last years each group does one theatre production and hosts with it throughout the year in the wider area. Since 2004 the Folklore group Stična has been extremely successful, which attracted a lot of youth; besides numerous performances in Slovenia and abroad the group also prepares an annual independent evening concert. In 2010 was formed also youth group. The singing section is increasingly re-developing. For several years a male vocal cast Boys Octet and mixed choir Zborallica are also a big part of the Cultural society Stična. In 2012 the String orchestra of Cultural society Stična was established which brings together musicians from the Ivančna Gorica municipality. The big band was established in 2017 and is led by the Slovenian musician Mr. Braco Doblekar. He played in well-known bands in Slovenia as are September, Hazard, The Generals and others. Two years later joined to society also etno folk group Gross upi. All members and all the sections of Cultural society Stična have Festival Stična in common. Festival Stična should marked its twentieth anniversary in 2019, but because of virus COVID-19 it was not possible. Since 2006 festival became international. More than 250 native and foreign artistic groups performed on the stages of Stična. Through theatre, music, art and other events Festival Stična educates and promotes creativity, innovation, multiculturalism and unrecognized local artists.
The Yoram Loewenstein acting school
is located in the most neglected neighbourhood in Tel- Aviv, “the neighbourhood of hope”. The uniqueness of the school is in the combination between the highest level of professional acting studies with community work in the neighbourhood where the school is located. Few such institutions exist around the world. As part of the training to become professional actors, the acting students are committed to lead 300 participants in 19 drama groups within the community such as: children and youth at-risk, children with special needs and emotional problems, youth with mental problems, youth at risk youth from the religious sector, elementary schools in the neighbourhood, blinds and partly blinds, senior homeless youngsters, prisoners’ children and many more. Our youth at risk groups represented Israel in an international festival around the world. Our community works empower the neighbourhood residents and gives them tools for individual growth and development. Furthermore, the studio operates subscription project for the residents of our neighbourhood, who can attend the shows which are produced in our theatre hall. For most of the people in the community it is the first time in their lives to see theatre. By attending our shows (which are played by the third year acting students) they are exposed to the best classic and modern
theatre repertoire. Halil Itzhak graduated at the Yoram Loewenstein Acting Studio in 2000. He has featured in numerous television shows and commercials. He has performed in various theatres: Habima national theatre, Herzliya Theater, Tzavta Theater, Tmoona Theater and in various children’s theatres. Since 2003 he has been working at Yoram Loewenstein Performing Arts Studio as a Community Program Coordinator (working with children at risk, elderly, people with disabilities, youth at risk, migrants, homeless youngsters and more). Halil led international workshops – “from imagination to improvisation” (Thailand, Germany, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Austria and more).
15.15 – 15.45 Slow dates
The first opportunity to reconnect with other participants with shared or complementary interests to identify potential areas of collaboration.
16.00 – 19.30 Local safari and dinner at location (all together)
Several local cultural initiatives (of whom we might have seen a few performing on Friday evening) take us to their location, present their organisation, their successes and the problems they are facing. Inspiration in two directions, through discussion and brainstorms, all ended with a good joined meal.
19.30 – 21.00 (all together)
DAY 3: Sunday 6th of June
09.00 – 12.30 Workshop programme: 3rd round
09.15 – 10.00 Organisers’ programme: Keynote speaker Branka Cvjetičanin
Branka Cvjetičanin, General Artistic Programme Manager of „27 Neighbourhoods“, a flagship program within Rijeka 2020 EcoC. She is an intermedia artist, curator and cultural worker. She is working on a different artistic and cultural programs in rural and post-industrial areas in Croatia and internationaly where she brings together artists and communities in creative practice, where dialogue and art practice meets social visibility. In 1999 she initiated the idea of the Polygon – an organisation as a format of experimenting the organisation structure and setting up the space for artistic-antropological research – http://www.polygon.hr. Branka Cvjetičanin studied various forms of performing arts, site-specific theater direction and art production (MAPA Amsterdam, Internship @Oerol Festival Terschelling). She holds the PhD on UN Urbanism from the Bauhaus Kollege Dessau.
10.00 – 12.30 Working on the project plans
Time to put the ideas on paper, helped by the inspiration canvas, which will be introduced here.
12.30 -13.30 Lunch (all together)
13.30 – 16.00 Presentations & Wrap up
Final presentation of Pioneer Project ideas and discussion to share and refine proposals, and the presentations of the outcomes of the two workshops that has been running parallel. Then time for some reflection on the weekend, and a wrap up.
*Amateo can make changes to the programme in the future due to practical and logistic reasons
To register, please complete this short form. This will provide the introductory text for all participants and support you to link with potential partners.
Option A: for the live event in Maribor;
€ 200,– for the organisers’ programme, and € 100,– for workshop participants, based on shared rooms. All meals are provided. If you like a room for yourself, please contact the organisation at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Option B: for the online event (if we cannot go live)
There is a €35 participation fee, that will be collected following registration. Following payment, access to all conference materials and sessions will be provided.
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: email@example.com