Amateo Award Finalists 2021

The five finalists for the 2021 Amateo Award have been announced!

We are delighted to introduce the five creative projects led by amateur arts groups across Europe that will participate in the 4th annual Amateo Award ceremony in:

Milan, Italy, on Friday 29 October, from 6pm CET!

Featuring a great mix of art forms, these projects have demonstrated resilience and innovative ways of delivering creative activities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 finalists are:

The jury members who selected the five finalists were: Anasa Cultural Centre – 2020 Amateo Award winner (Social Circus Athens project, Greece), Saša Strnad – 2018 Amateo Award finalist (Touching project) and Sophie Dowden, Project and Fundraising Manager at the European Choral Association (UK).  


PAMIS, promoting a more inclusive society, is the only charity that solely supports children, young people and adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and their families to lead healthy, valued and included lives doing the things they want to do within their community. They offer a range of projects and programmes including our multi-sensory storytelling and performance work with the volunteer arts collective The Arts End of Somewhere

Drama Express provides young people with complex disabilities the opportunity to access the performing arts within Cornwall. Drama Express aims to end the isolation of many young people with complex disabilities, linking the benefits of drama to maintaining positive mental health. Through nurturing the individual talents of its members, Drama Express recognizes the importance of creating, developing and sustaining peer group friendships through a shared experience of drama.

Volksgarten: from rejection to dream spot: In the summer of 2020, maiz made an intervention at the “Volksgarten” park in Linz, Austria. It was an initiative of the self-organized association maiz, in cooperation with Sounding Linz. The project proposes a navigation through a transcultural space that from a hegemonic perspective is often seen as an area of conflict. Unemployed, migrants and refugees are present at Volksgarten from spring to autumn, representing a social class, which finds no hearing in society. In this walk, maiz proposes a reading of this space through the convergence of sound and imagination. At the end, through the multiple re-enactment of this walk, participants became part of a shared space.

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Toonspeak created three distinct but complementary projects to support the incredibly vulnerable young people throughout the city of Glasgow through: Creative Calm, Access to Digital Creativity and Projects by Post. In launching this response programme, the group wanted to maintain critical relationships with the young people and within Toonspeak’s community, to support digital creativity and to support the wellbeing and mental health of the young people.

People come to Europe from all over the world in search of a new life. This is particularly evident in Brussels. To celebrate this diversity and welcome asylum seekers, poet and author, Sarah Reader Harris, and musician and songwriter, Marieke Slovin Lewis created “On the Move: Poems and Songs of Migration”, a participatory arts project for creative and cultural exchange between longtime residents of Belgium and those who have just arrived.

The award ceremony will be a hybrid event, taking place in-person at Palazzo Castiglioni in Milan and online via our Facebook page. Make sure to set a reminder for the live streaming and join us from the comfort of your home… wherever you are in the world!

We’re wishing the best of luck to all five finalist groups! Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter for live updates from the awards ceremony on Friday 29 October, 6pm (CET)


The Amateo Award celebrates excellence in the voluntary and amateur arts, meaning those activities led by the community for their own benefit. Over the past three years, we have been shining a light on various groups and projects tackling social inclusion, innovation, diversity and local heritage through arts and creativity. 

Last 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 were shortlisted by the jury. Read more about the 2020 finalists.


CONNECT2021: Connect to the unexpected

Maribor (Slovenia), 12-14th November 2021

CONNECT is an interactive programme offering an opportunity for cross-cultural collaboration, developing projects with partners and creative exchange through interdisciplinary workshops.

In 2021, the theme is ‘CONNECT to the unexpected’, and the focus will be on all sorts of community arts. Join us 12th – 14th of November 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:

LIVING POSTCARDS – Tamás Bakó and Márton Debreczeni

What are our options for personal and complex messaging, storytelling in today’s digitally overwhelmed social context? We will play with the possibilities of GPS triggering, motion stills, multilayer audio scapes, photo spheres with hidden codes and messages, and find out our personal version of a digital postcard.
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 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:

*Organisers are asked to follow ALL program except workshops
*Workshop participants are asked to follow ONLY the parts of the program marked in red

DAY 1: Friday 12th November

Before 18.00 Arrival
18.00 – 18.30 Welcome
18.30 – 19.30 Dinner
19.30 – 21.00 Evening programme

DAY 2: Saturday 13th of November

10.15 – 11.15 Organisers’ programme: Keynote speaker Karin Bürkert

Dr. Karin Bürkert

Dr. Karin Bürkert is senior lecturer at the department of Cultural and Historical Anthropology (Ludwig-Uhland-Institut für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft) at the University of Tübingen. She teaches and conducts research on the valuation of arts and culture in rural and urban areas, intangible cultural heritage, visual and material anthropology, popular culture, and historical ethnography.

False Friends and Best Buddies: Arts and Culture in Rural Areas

What do we actually mean by rurality? What ideas and discourses have historically accompanied the topic of culture in rural areas? The keynote gives a basic overview of discourses and practices around culture and rurality and discusses pitfalls of overly simplistic alliances and dichotomies.

Dr. Karin Bürkert

11:15-12:30 Connect Block 1
World Cafe – Creating “Community art” – Various tables and Speed dating
09:15-12:30 Workshop Block 1

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:45 Workshop Block 2
13:30 – 15:00 Connect Block 2
Presentations of the good practise examples

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.

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).

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.

15:00 -15:45 Break
15:00 -15:45 Slow dates

15:15-18:30 Local Safari + coffee break
18:30-19:30 Dinner
19:30-21.00 Performance/concert/…

DAY 3: Sunday 14th of November

09.15 – 10.00 Designing of projects
09.15 – 12.30 Workshop Block 3
10.00 – 10.45 Organisers’ programme: Keynote speaker Branka Cvjetičanin

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 – 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.

10:45-11:15 Break
11:15-12:30 Final work on project ideas

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 Workshop – preparation for the final presentation
13:30 – 15:00 Presentation of the projects

14:30 -14:45 Break

15:00-15:30 Presentation of the workshop

*Amateo can make changes to the programme in the future due to practical and logistic reasons


To register, please complete this form. This will provide the introductory text for all participants and support you to link with potential partners.

Participation fees:

The cost will be € 200 per person for the organization’s programme / € 100,– per person for the creative workshop (this participation fee includes food and shared accommodation in Maribor, a small number of bursaries will be available for those unable to pay).
Online participation is €35
. 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:

CONNECT2021 is an initiative of Amateo’s Art Take Part Pioneers Projects, organized together with JSKD and with financial support of Creative Europe and the Culture of Solidarity fund

ReSTART: Amateo annual conference 2021


Milan, Italy & online
29–30 october 2021

Save the date for our thirteenth Amateo Annual Conference – reSTART – ‘European Culture’s Development (RE)STARTS from the PERIPHERIES’

As we approach the end of the fourth (and final) year of the Arts Take Part programme, we are pleased to let you know that we are proceeding with the Milan event as a ‘hybrid’ conference with both face to face and online access!

The conference on EUROPEAN CULTURE’S DEVELOPMENT (RE)STARTS FROM THE PERIPHERIES will take place from 29th-30th October 2021 in Milan, Italy and online.

Peripheries are not just a local, regional or national theme, but a global one and their creative industries do have the potential to thrive, contributing to the reshaping of the cities. Culture and amateur arts, for instance, can offer original approaches for tackling what are often referred to as social problems, developing positive relationships between people from different backgrounds, nationalities and neighborhoods and helping urban regeneration and social cohesion.

This will be the last conference before the end of our four-year “Arts Take Part” project, so it will be great if everyone can join and celebrate with us!

Conference locations:
DAY ONE: Palazzo Castiglioni (Orlando room), corso Venezia 47, Milano (Underground 1 Palestro)
DAY TWO: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Via S. Agnese, 2 (Underground 1 Cadorna)

[Please note: as you may expect, any arrangements with venues are subject to change due to coronavirus restrictions. We will update attendees if there are any changes to venues.]

Arrival date: Thursday, 28th October

Friday 29th October

10:00 – Opening & welcome

10:30 – Keynote speeches and discussion
Beate Kegler (Germany) – biography
Tamara Schoppert (Netherlands) – biography
Moderated by Jim Tough, Amateo

12:00 – Best practice examples of work from across Europe
– The common in community, Blaž Babnik Romaniuk (Slovenia)
– Project Oberhausen, KITEV (Germany)
– Towards a cultural system in the peripheries of Milan, CPM (Italy)

13:00 – Lunch

14:00 – Arts Take Part: Growing the Connections
– A presentation of the future plans of Amateo and opportunities to be involved in our work

15:00 – Cultural field trip in Milan

16:30 – Free time

18:00 – Amateo Award ceremony 2021 (special event)
– followed by dinner and social gathering

Saturday 30th October

10:00 – Workshops (choose one)
See details of the workshops

13:00 – Lunch

14:30 – Dream session
– Presentation of good ideas and proposals for cooperation

15:30 – Speed dating
– Networking opportunity to develop potential international cooperation

16:30 – Close

Departure date: Sunday 31st October


  • To register to attend in Milan or join online, please press the registration button below and complete the short form
  • In order to book workshop accommodation and secure the hotel accommodation, we need your response as soon as possible

We are able to subsidise at least 15 places for Amateo member organizations to attend the event. We can offer up to 80% of your travel, accommodation and subsistence costs to a maximum of €450. Please indicate in your application whether you require this support. 

If you are planning to attend please ensure that you meet all the travel requirements that you require for entry to Italy and return to your home nation.

Event hosted by:
Amateo – The European Network for Active Participation in Culture
Consulta Periferie Milano

CONNECT 2021 – Save the date!

CONNECT the unexpected

CONNECT to find a partner for your next international project or to create a pan-European, interdisciplinary creative work with other amateur artists.

CONNECT2021 is a two strand programme, running parallel, with some moments together.

One part of the programme is for professional and amateur arts organisations, networks and policy makers. CONNECT offers three days of inspirational presentations, sharing and visits to local initiatives, during which you identify partners and work with them to develop a proposal for a transnational, interdisciplinary pilot project. Three of these project ideas will be granted with an Amateo grant of € 2,500 each.

Alongside this programme, a three day creative workshop programme for amateur arts practitioners (all art-form and ages; 18+). Collaborating with arts practitioners with a range of specialisms, participants will create an interdisciplinary work responding to the theme ‘Home’.

Read more…


CONNECT2021 looks at the theme of ‘Home’ through the lens of Community Arts practice. We will look at ways that ‘professional’ arts organizers and networks work with non-professionals to develop interventions using shared knowledge, skills and experience to actively make a change in society.

  • How do we work with communities that are different from our own?
  • How do we build bridges between different communities?
  • And how do we make these projects and changes sustainable?

Parallel workshops, led by professional artists, will deal with the same theme in a practical way, using materials, created during Amateo’s ‘Postcards from Home’ project (running since November 2020) as inspiration. 


12/13/14 November 2021


MARIBOR, Slovenia (and online*)


  • People of all ages who want to work internationally and interdisciplinary and have experience with one or more artform
  • Students interested in community arts facilitation, as well as people who have recently finished their studies.
  • Organisations/artists who are working in community based art projects and want to develop their practice and network.
  • Network organisations and policy makers


Three days to:

  • Enjoy art initiatives and performances
  • Hear inspiring keynote speakers, share knowledge and experience
  • Meet colleagues and creative citizens from all over Europe
  • Explore the cultural field in Maribor and its surroundings
  • Get to know each other, find a potential partner and design a small project together.
    Amateo awards three project proposals with a € 2,500 grant to develop the idea


We set aside three days to be immersed in good company; watching, listening, talking, designing and making art with non-professional artists. Approaches and contexts vary hugely across Europe, CONNECT is a platform where people can share, be curious and test ideas together, which has resulted in successful long term collaboration.

*CONNECT2021 will be a hybrid physical event and will make it possible for people who cannot travel to join live events virtually. If Europe is still in lockdown the event will be completely virtual (final decision at the end of October 2021)


The full programme will be published before the end of October. Want to know more?
Email us at pioneers[]

The cost will be € 200 per person for the organization’s programme / € 100,– per person for the creative workshop (this participation fee includes food and shared accommodation in Maribor, a small number of bursaries will be available for those unable to pay).
Online participation is €35

CONNECT2021 is an initiative of Amateo’s Art Take Part Pioneers Projects, organized together with JSKD and with financial support of Creative Europe and the  Culture of Solidarity fund

Get to participate in summer art workshops in Slovenia

Amateo, Arts Take Part is offering 3 grants to support the costs of attendance at the International summer theatre and film workshops: This year Izola is once more in Koper / Izola je letos spet v Kopru in the picturesque Slovenian coastal city of Koper. 

We will provide the following: a participation fee and a full board accommodation at the Student house Koper (Dijaški in študentski dom Koper) for the entire duration of the workshops.

Amateo will also reimburse up to 300 EUR of travel costs per participant.

Please send an email to briefly explaining your wishes to join the programme.


Koper/Capodistira, Slovenia different venues, 16–21 August 2021

All the workshops will be held in English (basic English language skills are needed).

The workshops run at the same time – participants can only attend one (selected) workshop.

The organizer reserves the right to change the program of the workshop or regroup participants to different workshop in case the selected workshop is already full or due to any other reason for a canceled workshops.



In the workshops we will explore the basic acting apparatus/toolkit, consisting of speech, body and imagination. The workshop is designed as a set of practical exercises and concrete examples for the participants to act in. They will have to solve the tasks set for them and look for creative solutions.

II. THE POETICS OF FILM – Film photography workshop (Gaja Naja Rojec, Slovenia)

Film is a complex medium. Its toolbox for expressive potential is intertwining an extremely wide range of knowledge and skills. At the workshop, we will learn the basics of film language, film thinking and means of expression in filmmaking. We will cover all the stages of the process of creating a film from idea to execution.

III. FREE YOUR MIND AND YOUR ASS WILL FOLLOW! – Improvisation and physical theatre (Pim Griens, Netherlands)

We’re going to work on opening up – show yourself, draw the attention to yourself, focus on the other, on the surroundings, don’t think as you, think like your character would. First we’re going to lose ‘the masks’ that we’re always wearing as a person in order to ‘put them back on’ so we can play the characters we like. “Dare to show yourself” I would add to that now. For if you’re truly free on stage, without worries about whatever, you will be a far better actor than you’ve been before. Don’t try to shine, don’t try to act, just do it …

IV. DRAMA, TIME AND PLACE – Site specific theater (Maja Sviben, Croatia)

Most often, drama happens in buildings designed for this particular purpose, i.e. in theatres. But the history and evolution of theatre is full of genres and styles that were performed in the streets or on public squares where fiction merged with the reality of everyday life. In this workshop, we will also step out of the theatre. We will be looking for the unseen borders of Koper. We will move our theatrical creation from the controlled conditions inside a theatre hall into the real and unpredictable spaces of the streets and squares of Koper and we will use these as a starting point for drama situations.


The best tool we have as actors is our imagination. Everybody has it. Our imagination is usually pushed aside when we are thinking about improvisation and words take its place. In this workshop we will dive into our deepest subconscious. Fears, happiness and joy will rise from there. Let yourself jump into the unknown. Workshop without words. Experiences from the past and your imagination will lead you to a great understanding that words are not the only way to communicate.

VI. PHYSICAL THEATRE (Kimmo Tähtivirta, Finland)

The main goal of this workshop is to explore all kinds of physical manners and habits of human beings. In this workshop participants will think about non-verbal actions and how they can show everything on stage without a real spoken language. We will start for example by creating characters from animals, elements and visual images. Of course, we will do basic pantomime, because theatre is magic and through pantomime you can show everything. In this workshop we will also use some stage fighting to learn the rhythm of reactions. There is always an action and re-action. The main question is how to both react to another actor and show it precisely to the audience.

VII. FRAMING REALITY – HUMAN TOUCH (Márton Debreczeni, Hungary)

I invite you for a project, where we use the spaces of the city as a set, stage for actions, where our everyday reality merges with fiction and imagination. For me, the everyday reality, the streets, cafes, apartments, the spaces we commonly created for living, filled with people may be the most inspiring movie/theatre to watch. Our aim is to find possible ways to hack it, when taking a walk. We will play with the possibilities of real staged actions, GPS triggered contents, video shorts, multi-layered audio scape, photo spheres with hidden codes and messages, and use the simplest tools possible: our mobile device, headphones, and of course our bodies attention, and imagination.


After establishing a strong ensemble, we will devise a piece of immersive theatre based on one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. We will explore what it means to be a performer and an audience member, and we will experiment with blurring these lines. We will focus on how we want our audience members to feel at different points in the story and we will use the tools we have as performers to create dynamic characters and contrasting atmospheres. We will create a unique piece of theatre that gives audience members the opportunity to create their own story by choosing which characters they follow (literally) throughout the performance.

IX. THE CRAFT OF FILM ACTING (Urban Kuntarič, Slovenia)

»Camera loves her/him«, »less is more«, and »eyes are everything« are just some of the myths in film acting that we will debunk in this workshop. Acting in a film involves a lot of craft skills and knowledge, meaning everyone can learn it. We will explore the differences between stage and film acting. How to act natural and how to be convincing for different types of screens? What changes with different frames? How to stay interesting to the camera eye and how will the editing affect the acting in the final result? The workshop will try to give answers to all this questions and give the participants the toolbox to overcame the camera shyness and give their everything on set.

Thanks for your applications to Amateo Award 2021!

Thank you to everyone who applied to the Amateo Award 2021! We are delighted to see entries from nearly 60 participatory arts projects from 16 countries, led by people who share a strong passion for arts and creativity. Featuring a great mix of art forms, these projects demonstrate resilience and innovative ways to deliver creative activities in the context of COVID-19 restrictions. 

We are now shortlisting the applications and will share an update of the results soon this summer.

Meanwhile, we are also hoping to confirm the award ceremony details, set to take place this October in Milan, Italy. 

Make sure to follow the latest news via #AmateoAward and our social channels: 
@AmateoEurope on Twitter on Facebook

Last 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. Read more about the 2020 finalists.

DIY – Do It Yourself

Check out our video!

Amateo as the European network for active participation in arts and culture recognizes the great creative potential of people across Europe and wants these talents to be seen.
is a project, aimed at all of you, who want to present your artistic creativity and talent in a short video to help others learn new skills.
Summertime is a good time to try something new – after a long and difficult pandemic winter, now is a time to relax and find new inspiration!

Amateo invites you to try DIY – Do it Yourself videos!

It’s really easy to take part and show your artistic skills and creations:

  • Follow our instructions and make a short video (up to 2 minutes long).
  • Inspire people from all around Europe with your tips & tricks while practicing your artistic skills.
  • Fill in the google form and enclose the link to your video.

DIY project has different sections for music, dance, theatre and puppets, arts & craft and a lot more! So, whatever you are up to, you’ll find your space at DIY! All approved videos will be presented via Amateo communication channels.
The very best videos will also be presented at the Amateo conference in October in Milan, Italy!

Amateo General Secretary – Job Opportunity

We are excited to be announcing the recruitment of Amateo’s first ever
General Secretary

The position will have a key role working with the board of our growing network as we take forward a new Business Plan aiming to build on the success of the Arts Take Part project. It’s a wonderful opportunity to be part of a network that is committed to supporting active participation in culture for all of our citizens.

  • Deadline: 5pm, Friday 16th July 2021
  • Interviews (via Zoom): Thursday 22nd July 2021

The full details:

 If you want to have an informal chat about the role please contact

As part of our work to highlight and promote the importance of our network we have commissioned a new short film. Launched at our well-attended General Assembly on the 11th June, we would encourage you to share this within your own networks to help us to raise the profile of this vital aspect of European cultural life.

‘Connect, Challenge and Celebrate – participatory culture in Europe’

online event – Friday 11th June 2021
1:00pm – 2:30pm CEST (12:00pm – 1:30pm BST)

Amateo is pleased to invite you to attend an inspirational event that will share innovative thinking and practice from colleagues working in participatory arts in the European cultural sector!

Many of us feel that during the pandemic the opportunity for active participation in culture is more important than ever. Our speakers and performers will help inspire and celebrate this work – and look to the future. As part of our campaign to raise the profile of the work of our network we are inviting the culture ministers from European countries to join us and find out more about the impact and importance of this work. We know that they are busy people and this is an ambitious request, but every great movement starts somewhere!


1:00pm | Introductions and Welcome

1:10pm | Tania Banotti – Director of Creative Ireland

Tania Banotti holds a Master’s in film in television from Dublin City University and studied politics and economics in Trinity College Dublin. She is a founder and former Chief Executive of Screen Producers Ireland (SPI). She has also worked for the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA).

In June 2018, Tania Banotti was appointed as the Director of Creative Ireland, the Irish Government’s five-year plan to place the creative arts at the heart of communities throughout Ireland. The vision and intent of the Creative Ireland Programme is to promote collaboration between different levels of government and engagement with the broad cultural sector, creative practitioners, creative industries and the public. There is a need to encourage dialogue on how the Cultural and Creative sectors can engage the Irish public on climate change and in undertaking climate action, and to make themselves an essential part of the climate narrative.

1:25pm | Jasmina Ibrahimovic – Director of International Community Arts Festival

Jasmina Ibrahimovic (b. 1984) is a Bosnian-born theater director, dramaturge and teacher in the field of community arts, living and working in The Netherlands. In 2010 she obtained her Masters in Contemporary Theater and Dance Studies at Utrecht University. She previously worked as a practice researcher at Community Arts Lab XL (CAL-XL) and was involved in Domain for Art Criticism in the workgroup ‘the quality of community arts’. She also worked as advisor theater, amateur art and community arts at the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK).

She is currently the artistic director of Rotterdam Community Theatre (Rotterdams Wijktheater) and the International Community Arts Festival (ICAF). She regularly gives lectures and workshops to art schools in the Netherlands about the essence of community art and the role of art in society. Since mid 2016 she has been a board member of the oldest community theatre group in the Netherlands; Stut Theater, and of one of the most renowned side specific theatre groups; PeerGroup. Jasmina is also a member of the international Leadership Circle of IMPACT-Imagining Together: Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation.

1:40pm | Plenary – a chance to share responses and ask questions

2:10pm | Live Performance from Amateo participants
A live performance event by groups that have been involved in Amateo’s Arts Take Part project

2:30pm | Ends

Week of Amateur Arts discussion

Week of Amateur Arts

Week of Amateur Arts: the present and future of promoting amateur arts & participation

Discussion event / Zoom / Thursday 6 May 2021, 3pm – 4:30pm CET

Come and share with us your experience with the promotion of amateur arts! 

One of the most popular and effective ways to encourage greater participation is the ‘Week of Amateur Arts’, an international event usually held in the months of May/June, wherein several countries work together and promote on a large scale different art forms, places, and events. The incredible power of art and cultural participation in different corners of Europe is revealed by festivals, workshops, events, conferences.

Our discussion will consider some of the issues facing organisers now and in the near future. 

  • How do we coordinate participatory festivals in times of pandemic? 
  • How have we dealt with getting online? 
  • What have we learned that we will keep for the future? 

Representatives from the UK, Slovenia, Slovakia, Netherlands and Czech Republic will introduce their festivals, methods and current challenges of the Week of Amateur Arts. How was it before the pandemic? What challenges do we see for the model for the future? In which ways can we give visibility and promote amateur arts? 

Answers (and new questions) will arise in the following discussion and sharing of experiences. Come and join us! 

Register below, it’s for free!