rereCONNECT

One of the good things we discovered during reCONNECT (the online alternative for CONNECT2020, originally planned in Brussels), was it was relatively simple to meet by Zoom. We had participants that would not have been able to come to Brussels physically, who now joined the event. At the end of this experimental week, we agreed to follow up.

And so we did; Thursday November 12th we had an open Zoom session for all former participants of the CONNECT events of the last three years. Fifteen people joined the session. Some of them were participants of the very first CONNECT (Deventer, NL, 2018), some had planned to come to Brussels, but could not join reCONNECT, and some of them were new Amateo members.

It was good to see everyone, and hear the stories about pioneer projects that started without a grant (4ID), and are still meeting, and working on further collaboration. Also the three projects that received grants in 2020 are preparing their projects. Of course, COVID-19 delays things, and makes things uncertain, but that doesn’t stop us being creative, and finding solutions for these project ideas.

The next rereCONNECT Zoom meeting is planned for Thursday January 28th 2021, at 16.00 hrs CET. If you would like to join this, please send an email to pioneers@amateo.org

Postcards from Home Workshop – December

SODaI WORKSHOP

3.00-4.00PM (GMT +1CET/+2EET), TUESDAY 15TH DECEMBER

From Galway, European Capital of Culture 2020 to future European Capital of Culture Kaunas (2022), create the ‘Garde’ design using Lithuanian straw to construct your own ‘sodas’ (a garden). This hour-long online workshop led by Violeta Dabrilienė and Kūrybos ir užimtumo stuba, VšĮ (House of activity and creativity) will share some of the history behind the craft and guide you in creating your own. The first participants to register will be sent a kit of the Lithuanian rye straw, thread and needle traditionally used. Alternative materials can also be used.


Having shared postcard one ‘Home is…’, we encourage you to move to postcard two ‘Home was…’ looking at the different memories or sensations that evoke home. This workshop shares the traditional Lithuanian craft of ‘Sodai’, which could be something you apply in your card or sharing traditional crafts that have meaning for you. Visit the Postcards from Home project page.

Annual Stakeholder Survey

Amateo is committed to reflection and learning, so we have commissioned an external evaluator to work alongside Amateo’s Arts Take Part project.

We use this annual survey to seek the views of anyone that has been in touch with Amateo in the past year and to see how we can better support our members and improve our services.

It only takes ten minutes to complete and you are entered into a lucky draw to win a €50 voucher.


This survey has been commissioned by Amateo and is being carried out by independent research organisation Ruthless Research. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Ruth.

Postcards from Home – Launch weekend

LAUNCH

THURSDAY 26TH NOVEMBER

If you missed the Postcards from Home project launch you can send any questions about the postcard exchange, different ways to participate and the workshops scheduled as part of the project, culminating in the CONNECT event in Maribor, Slovenia in 2021 to the Pioneer Projects team, join Amateo and Connect on Facebook and register for project updates.

6-8PM (GMT +1CET/+2EET), FRIDAY 27TH NOVEMBER

Galway-based visual artist Jennifer Cunningham leading a workshop on self portraiture, using collage to represent aspects of the self and home. Find out more
[Image: ‘Telling Stories’ by Jennifer Cunningham. See more examples of Jennifer’s work]

11AM-1.30PM (GMT +1CET/+2EET), SATURDAY 28TH NOVEMBEr

Galway-based textile artist Kathy Ross, sharing her techniques of ‘painting with wool, drawing with thread’. Download a sketch template of Galway Bay and list of materials needed, or use your own scene and Kathy will guide you through the embroidery and needle felting techniques to complete the scene.
[Image: ‘Rasai Na Hucieri’ by Kathy Ross. See more examples of Kathy’s landscape work]

5-7.30PM (GMT +1CET/+2EET), MONDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

Bookbinder Cassandra Barron, guiding the process for a cut and fold book, a simple pamphlet stitch book and a Japanese stab book that you can use to collect and bind your Postcards from Home ideas.

Postcards from Home

Join our European exchange and connect across the continent


From NoVember 2020 – MaY 2021
Amateo invites citizens from across Europe to take part and connect, through the creative exchange of ‘Postcards from Home‘.
WHAT HAS MADE YOU FEEL AT HOME RECENTLY?
WE ARE INVITING PEOPLE OF ALL AGES FROM ACROSS EUROPE TO SEND THREE POSTCARDS FROM HOME

The first postcard: ‘Home is…’
November 2020

Sharing what home has meant for you currently through words and images

The second postcard: ‘Home was…’
January 2021

Sharing a memory of home (an image, story, smell that brings back a person or place that meant home to you) in the past

The third postcard: ‘Home will be…’
March 2021

Sharing your vision of home for the future


Take Part

Step 1

Post your first postcard to Galway, Ireland – European Capital of Culture 2020 before 15 November 2020
Download instructions template
(See terms)

Step 2

Receive a package from Galway including your postal partners first postcard with their address + a gift from one of the local creative workshops in Galway.

Step 3

Continue your exchange of postcards.

Join the creative workshops online (see below and register for updates)

Share your postcards with us pioneers@amateo.org via Facebook

Join Postcards from Home creative workshops online

26-30 November 2020

LAUNCH conversation and THREE workshops including Lockdown Portraiture, Textile Landscapes and Postcard Journal Bookbinding broadcast live from Galway (Ireland), European Capital of Culture 2020

DEC
2020

Online Creative Workshop, 15 December: Traditional Lithuanian ‘Sodai’ craft

JAN
2021

Re-re-CONNECT: Join pioneer projects sharing their activity

JAN
2021

Online Creative Workshop, 28 January: Picture Sonnets

APRIL
2021

Cut-out Animation: Animate postcards with a smart-phone or tablet

Mar
2021

Online Creative Workshop, 1 March: Indo-persian Miniature Painting

MAY
2021

CONNECT meeting prior to live event

JUNE 2021

Online creative sessions linked to the live event ‘CONNECT The Unexpected‘ in Maribor (Slovenia).

The words and images created by everyone taking part in the Postcards from Home project, across Europe, will inspire new collaborative participatory creative works that blend the art-forms and themes shared between November and May.

Find out more about the live programme and register for the CONNECT the Unexpected creative residency

Postcards from Home project is supported by funding from Culture of Solidarity programme led by European Cultural Foundation


Postcards from Home – Terms

PRIVACY AND SECURITY

  • There will be no exchange of money or items of financial value
  • Public sharing of postcards sent to Amateo will be anonymised unless attribution is requested
  • Amateo cannot guarantee information shared within your creative exchange is not personally identifiable, this remains the responsibility of the sender. Stories and images shared should not contain personal or sensitive information that you wish to remain confidential.

OWNERSHIP

  • Postcards sent to the project may inspire new creative works. Attribution is by request only, under Creative Commons terms, excluding NoDerivs (see creativecommons.org)
  • Creative outcomes in the postcards that you share remain your own work
  • Postcards will not be returned to you unless agreed with your partner. Amateo can take no responsibility (please keep a personal record or send copies).

Amateo Award Winner 2020

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


Ελληνικά

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!

New Pioneer Projects Launch

Re-CONNECT 2020 – Amateo’s digital Connect programme that ran 4 – 7 May, to replace the scheduled Brussels workshop (scheduled 20-22 March, before its cancellation due to Covid-19), saw the formation of three pioneer projects, designed to bring together partners and participants across borders, with the help of a 2.5k € pilot budget to develop and deliver their activities.

The Brussels programme would have included a series of interdisciplinary workshops for and led by young people, including folk dance and music (Slovenia led), spoken word (UK led) and performing arts (Germany) and we’re excited to award Pioneer Project funding to partnership representing these art-forms and blending traditional and contemporary creative vocabularies, technologies and themes. The jury of Juliane Lenssen (Das Letzte Kleinod, Germany, former Pioneer Project), Valentina Ducek (Croatia, former Amateo vice-president) and Kate Deans, (Creative Europe Desk UK/Creative Scotland) were impressed by the diversity of ideas and approaches responding to the theme of youth empowerment.

Next Outspoken Generation A spoken work collaboration between VZW Kuumba (BE), Next Generation Speaks (NL); planning a three-day residency and exchange at the beginning of 2021, inviting a mixed group of 16-25 year-olds to create and perform multi-lingual spoken word works (workshops will be conducted in English, producing verse in French, Dutch, English and the other native languages spoken by participants).

PerFANFA, PerFOLK, Perform! (triple P) Initiated and led by young people, from Belgium (FanfaKids), Germany (LABW), Slovenia (Folk Dance Group), with supporting organisations guiding their creative experimentation, sharing and social connections. The team plan to launch an ambassadors project development session in Spring 2021 with the pilot grant, leading to an eight day workshop in Summer, bringing together percussion, folklore dance and physical theatre to devise and perform a collaborative expressive work.

Rebels with a Cause A youth-led online music and video event, encouraging young peoples’ commentary on some of the big issues that the world is facing. Rebels with a Cause has already launched a call for international participation. The project brings together a number of partners across Europe; The House of Activity and Creativity (LT), OMF (NL) Národné osvetové centrum (SK), New Nordic Wave (NL), Noorpool Troupe (NL), VZW Kuumba (BE); to support learning throughout the process and produce collaborative outcomes as part of Make Music Day (21 June) and Make Movie Training.

REBELS WITH A CAUSE

Online Music & Video Event made by Young People


UPDATE: Watch the final video below!


Do you make music or is the camera your best friend? And are you between 12 and 25 years old? Then this is the chance to make yourself heard!


For the international Make Music Day 2020, dozens of young people from six European countries are working together on a very cool and cross-border online project; the film images and the soundtrack for the “Rebels with a Cause” short film. Whether you come from Lithuania, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Belgium, Slovakia or the Netherlands; together you can speak from your heart!

We would very much like to know what concerns you as a young person. What helps you get through this bizarre time? What are you worried about, or maybe not? What do you want to leave behind from before this time? What do you want to take into the future? Together with dozens of young people from all over Europe, you answer these questions in your own way. By making music or submitting a video. Film & sound professionals make out of all submissions the first international short film of “Rebels with a Cause”.

The short film – premiere online – in six European countries – Sunday 21st June at 13:00 CEST! In the Netherlands, through social media of Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture, with more than 100,000 followers.

You can sign up for music or film!

MUSIC MAKERS

We invite you to join our online orchestra! Reinout Douma, conductor of the Noordpool Orkest, has composed a great basic soundtrack. If you sign up, you will receive a link to download the scores for your instrument and instructions for recording.

VIDEO MAKERS

If you sign up to participate in this project, you will certainly not regret it. Because you can participate for free in useful online video workshops about script development and making a movie (with your mobile phone). You will receive tips & tricks from professionals from film platform New Noardic Wave and Editors from Lithuania to make your short video of up to 1 minute as cool as possible.

Your video is used for the short film and also posted on the webpage: http://www.lockdownstories.net. There are already many videos for inspiration!

Schedule
  • Register before June 5! You will receive more information about what to do as soon as possible.
  • Submissions no later than June 15!
  • Premiere Sunday June 21 at 13:00 CEST during Make Music Day

Contact person:

Jan-Willem van Kruyssen (OMF): jwvankruyssen@omfryslan.nl +31631665582

Rebels with a Cause is a project by:
  • Amateo (European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities)
  • OMF (Organisation of Music Associations in Fryslân, the Netherlands)
  • Noordpool Orkest / Noordpool Troupe (Groningen, the Netherlands, musicians between 14 and 23 years old)
  • New Noardic Wave, film platform for makers in the Northern Netherlands
  • Fulkaan, talent platform for young musicians (Fryslân, the Netherlands)
  • iktoon, LKCA (Utrecht, the Netherlands)
  • Making Music UK (London, United Kingdom)
  • House of Activity and Creativity (Public Institution, Zapyskis, Lithuania)
  • Národné osvetové centrum (Bratislava, Slovakia)
  • VZW Kuumba (Brussels, Belgium)
  • JSKD, Javni Sklad za Kulturne Dejavnosti (Ljubljana, Slovenia)