We are looking for international projects

SMartSe just got back from Berlin and a meeting with SMart from Germany, Spain, Netherlands and Austria. We are now looking for creative projects with participants and activities in these countries that want to be relieved of their paperwork. Intercults daughter organisation SMartSe is a shared production house for creatives and a part of a European network of SMart organisations – SMartEu (http://www.smart-eu.org).

We want artists to be able to create projects and collaborate without being burdened by paperwork and insecurities on their status in relation to social security, the tax agency etc. Swedish based freelancers can invoice, manage expenses, salaries and fees for themselves or a group using SMart tools and advice. Internationally active artists already use SMartSe. Now we want to fine tune our services for international collaborations together with new users. In return we offer time and dedication to your specific project. To participate contact our operational manager Vanessa Ware with a short description of you project and needs.

Read more about SMartSe

The Rivers of Opportunities-meeting in Gdansk – A personal review, by Tomas Dahlberg

Rivers of Opportunities March 13-14 2014
International conference in Gdansk, Cultural impact for planning of waterfronts.

Personal review

For me as an independent cultural planning consultant it was very interesting to see and listen to the work that is undertaking in Gdansk as for citizens/civil society driven development in partnership with private investigators interest in the same areas. The waterfront and the remains of the iconic shipyard where the Solidarity oppression rose and later led to the fall of Soviet Union and the Eastern Block. As a surprise for me, almost the whole city of Gdansk was not older than 65 years. All rebuilt after World War II in the same way it was previous. Medieval buildings as theatre sets, but also not at all neglect the citizens and the city’s need for historic coherence and narration.

The conference led to several good perspectives on how to look upon parcipatory processes and mobilizing structures for impacts on the planning of the vast areas along the river. Old workshops and sheds and remains of the work. Combined with new investments as the Solidarity centre which will serve as the cultural main venue for the area and to present exhibitions, research and culture. Just close to the entrance of shipyard N:o 2 and the Solidarity monument. Since a  very small part of the land is public it is a delicate task to bridge community interests into the scope combined with gained insights from private landowners that the development plan will benefit both interests.

The presentation and guiding by the architect, who was assigned by the investors and property owners showed, from my point of view a very humble and intuitive attitude to this huge work.
My cultural planning interpretation shared the ideas of combining developing hidden/secret areas into halting points where visitors would get a new experiences and something to remember as well as citizens can share the same. Places that are accessible and attractive. To give an authenticity of the place, that will give a visitor a good reason to come back. A sustainable place is shared by both citizens and visitors.

The following discussions also showed some distrust against private capital and investors. Although the shared view from the panellists was positive to what was presented.

For summary, two days of interesting views from different cultural actors from the River//Cities. And a good insight in the city of Gdansk and the work done there. To me it also made clear connection to the work in Govan, Glasgow, to which I been closely connected to. The old shipyards at River Clyde waterfront is now in a development phase. One difference is that community spirit is much more present in Govan than in Gdansk. The heritage is also much more present there, which could be something for the Solidarity Centre to target more. They are, in their location, the perfect community centre and the bridgehead for a cultural based mobilization.

Tomas Dahlberg
Creative Communities
Independent Cultural planning advisor


EUNIC Summer Academy – June 11:th–13:th 2014 in Stockholm

How can EUNIC members contribute in creating contexts where creative minds can meet and develop?

The topic of this year’s Summer Academy (SA) is, how EUNIC member organisations might work together on innovative residency programmes focusing on mobility between countries in and outside of Europe. The will especially look at residencies and how they might contribute to local, regional and international development. As part of the training, we will also be taking a look at residency programmes as a tool of public diplomacy. We will be providing lectures, workshops and a number of study visits.

The EUNIC SA 2014 will take place 11–13 June 2014 in Stockholm and will be arranged by Swedish Institute (SI) in collaboration with Intercult.

The three-day training programme will offer project managers from EUNIC member organisations the chance to learn more, to discuss what opportunities exist today and to develop ideas for joint initiatives. An objective of EUNIC SA 2014 is to lay the foundations for specific collaborative projects in relation to mobility initiatives in the Creative Europe and other funding programmes.

CORNERS – Northern Ireland Xpedition

During 30 years – from 1966 until around 1998 – Northern Ireland’s presence in world news was almost exclusively characterised by records of political violence. In more recent times, the story has been about the painstaking construction of ‘peace’, brick by brick, a means of coexistence between vexed communities and their allegiances to language, religion, loyalty and spirit, which, though radically at odds, also have much in common.

Between the 18:th and the 29:th of March, 16 artists are travelling across Northern Ireland – from Belfast to Annaghmakerrig, Derry/Londonderry and Enniskillen. The Xpedition is hosted by Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Put yourself in my place – in Umeå April 4:th 2014

On the 4:th of april at Gallery Verkligheten, Umeå, Sweden, European Capital of Culture 2014.
In the artistic project Put yourself in my place the artists Milijana Babić (Rijeka, HR) and Ida Hansson (Umeå, SE) trade their living and working environments, with the goal of experiencing ‘another life’ in some other geographical corner of Europe. During a period of three weeks, each artist performs a series of actions inspired from the life of the other artist, looking at things from her own perspective and confronting herself.

Production: Drugo more and Intercult as representative for Umeå 2014

PARC-projektet – Marina Barham från Al-Hara Theater kommer till Sverige 27 mars

Arbetet med PARC-projektet, Performing Arts Training Center, går vidare: 27 mars 2014 kommer Marina Barham, VD för Al-Harah Theater till Sverige för bl a ett planeringsmöte med Intercult. Hon är även inbjuden för att berätta om projektet på Länsteatrarnas 20-årsjubileum den 1 april i Falun. Intercults Iwona Preis kommer också att delta. Öppnandet av PARC är planerat till slutet juni 2014.

Read more about Al-hara PARC – brochure in english

Europaforum Hässleholm – 23–27 mars – extrainsatt programpunkt om Ukraina

Europaforum Hässleholm har nu satt igång. I år arrangeras programmet för tolfte gången och årets övergripande tema är Vägval Europa. Under de följande dagarna kommer mycket fokus att riktas till Europaparlamentsvalet som hålls i slutet av maj. Europaforum Hässleholm kommer att varvas med debatter och seminarier med kulturella inslag. Bland deltagarna i år finns EU-minister Birgitta Ohlsson, korrespondenten och författaren Kjell Albin Abrahamson, Europaparlamentarikerna Gunnar Hökmark och Anna Maria Corazza Bildt samt kandidaterna Lars Adaktusson och Jytte Guteland. Iwona Preis från Europa Direkt Intercult är också på plats.

Temaland för i år är Österrike och under måndagen kommer Hässleholm Kulturhus att ställa Österrike och Sverige i centrum. Europaforum Hässleholm gästas även av kammarorkestern Alliance Quartet från Wien.

Med anledning av den dramatiska utvecklingen i Ukraina kommer författaren och journalisten Stig Fredriksson, tidigare Moskvakorrespondent, att närvara i Hässleholm. Tillsammans med Rolf Gustavsson och Christian Danielsson kommer han att diskutera den rådande situationen, EU:s roll samt relationerna till Ryssland. Samtalet äger rum på tisdag (25 mars) klockan 14.45 -16.15 i Hässleholm Kulturhus. EU & arbetsrätten – är Lex Laval verkligen huvudproblemet? är ytterligare ett nyinsatt seminarium arrangerat av Svenskt Näringsliv. Detta kommer att hållas på onsdag kl. 16.30 – 17:30 i Glashuset Norra Station.

Filmfestival och Afterwork

Under måndag, tisdag och torsdag kväll kommer europeisk film att visas i Hässleholm Kulturhus. Filmerna som visas är Miele (Honey) av Valeria Gollino, The Broken Circle Breakdown av Felix van Groeningen och The Selfish Giant av Clio Barnard. Samtliga är nominerade till LUX-priset. Filmvisningarna har fri entré och ingen föranmälan krävs. Insläpp med mingel sker klockan 16:30. Onsdag klockan 18:15 – 22:00 anordnas en Afterwork i Glashuset. En kvällsmangling inför valet till Europaparlamentet med Europaquiz, debatter och utfrågningar m.m. Ingen föranmälan krävs.

För mer information om programmet eller följ programmet live

Södermalms Medborgardialog är tillbaka på Medis bibliotek!

Den 25 april 14.00-16.00 arrangerar Europa Direkt Intercult en debatt om ungdomar, kulturpolitik i Europa samt EU-valet som i Sverige genomförs den 25 maj. Till panelen har vi bjudit in politikerkandidater till EU-parlamentet, svenska politiker intresserade av kultur och ungdomsfrågor och representanter för ungdomar intresserade av kulturfrågor och europeisk kulturpolitik.
Evenemanget riktar sig främst till ungdomar som är förstagångsväljare 2014 men är öppet för alla intresserade.
Samarbetspartners: Medborgarplatsens bibliotek och European Cultural Parliament Youth Network