Chris Torch – one of the trio who forms the Cultural Program for the City of Matera

Chris Torch has been named one of the trio who forms the Cultural Program for the City of Matera, a shortlisted candidate to become European Capital of Culture 2019. His focus will be performing arts, the European Dimension and strategic planning.

The final Cultural Program for Matera 2019 will be delivered in august and the decision about which Italian city will receive the title will be made in the middle of october. The other cities still in the running are Perugia, Siena, Cagliari, Ravenna and Lecce.

“It is a privilege and an honor to work with a long term cultural strategy for a city of such historical and cultural importance as Matera.”, says Chris Torch. “Artistic director Joseph Grima is a brilliant visual arts curator and we complement one another smoothly. Our third colleague Agostino Riitano is an expert in creative industries. I think we can come up with something competitive and future-oriented.”

Intercult is proud to participate in such a European context with its collected experience and competence.

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Chris Torch – one of the trio who forms the Cultural Program for the City of Matera

Chris Torch has been named one of the trio who forms the Cultural Program for the City of Matera, a shortlisted candidate to become European Capital of Culture 2019. His focus will be performing arts, the European Dimension and strategic planning.

The final Cultural Program for Matera 2019 will be delivered in august and the decision about which Italian city will receive the title will be made in the middle of october. The other cities still in the running are Perugia, Siena, Cagliari, Ravenna and Lecce.

“It is a privilege and an honor to work with a long term cultural strategy for a city of such historical and cultural importance as Matera.”, says Chris Torch. “Artistic director Joseph Grima is a brilliant visual arts curator and we complement one another smoothly. Our third colleague Agostino Riitano is an expert in creative industries. I think we can come up with something competitive and future-oriented.”

Intercult is proud to participate in such a European context with its collected experience and competence.

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Performing Arts Training Center in Palestine is looking for trainers and residencies

Together with our Palestine partner Al-Harah Theater, Intercult is managing the project PARC – Performing Arts Training Center, a vocational school for  theatre in Palestine. The project is supported by Swedish Institute’s program Creative Force. After more than one year of work the school is officially opening it’s doors for students at the end of August.

There is still an opening for a Swedish Stage Manager for the autumn, and we are also looking for international trainers and residency opportunities. Read more:

Trainers
There is still an opening for a Swedish Stage Manager trainer for the whole or a part of the autumn period.
Travel costs, accommodation, per diems and in case of a longer commitment even a small fee is provided by the project.

PARC is also looking for international (not only Swedish) trainers for the second phase of the program during spring 2015. Experts in Costume design, Sound design, Scenography design and Stage Management are welcome to get in touch.
There is a possibility to come either between February-April or April-June 2015 for a period of 1-3 months.
PARC provides the trainers with accommodation and per diems.

Residencies in Sweden and other countries
After the first year of training the program for students includes a practical part in other countries. A resident student should be involved in a daily work of the receiving theatre.
Through Intercult´s network in Sweden we managed to get some declarations of intention to invite students for residencies at Regional Theatres for October-November-December 2015. More placements are still needed, either in Sweden or in other countries.

Please contact Marina Barham at info@alharah.org for more information about the openings and your expression of interest to receive students for residencies in the second part of 2015.

Read more about Al-hara PARC – brochure in english

Tips på sommarläsning: OMC-gruppens rapport om internationaliseringens potential

Europakommissionens OMC-grupp för kulturella och kreativa sektorer har publicerat en rapport om strategier för internationalisering. Arbetet inom OMC, Open Method of Coordination, handlar om ett större kunskaps- och erfarenhetsutbyte på policynivå mellan medlemsstaterna och kommissionen. Målet är att ta fram rekommendationer och goda exempel gällande olika kulturfrågor. I den senaste rapporten har man analyserat 33 lyckade exempel på internationalisering i Europa.

Till rapporten

Rivers of Opportunities – Meeting in Stockholm 13-15 August 2014

Audience development in public spaces – to build and measure

This meeting is bringing together 10 European organisations – members of River//Cities Platform – with a general aim to share knowledge on practising culture in public places as a way of engaging audiences in new environments. Stockholm as a host city is a city of water with festivals, events and a great number of cultural organisations working with creating culture events in public spaces.
The issue of our meeting in August is to take a closer look on how to use audience development strategies for this purpose and measure the results.
The competences of the project partners will be pooled with competences of people we will meet during the Stockholm Fringe Fest, Stockholm Culture Festival and We are Stockholm festival for young people taking place in Stockholm between 12-17 August
By means of this meeting good practices will be shown and exchanged and cooperation possibilities explored and initiated, between partners as well as invited local participants.

Welcome to Stockholm!

PROGRAMME 13–16 August 2014

Wednesday 13 August
Arrival of participants.
19.00 Get together and dinner at Intercult

Thursday 14 August
Boat trip (time to be confirmed) – exploring the waterfronts of Stockholm by the sea!
11.00-12.30 Lunch together in the City
Conference “Audience development in public space, part. 1, to build and measure”.
Venue: Stockholm Fringe Fest at Culture House of Stockholm, Studio
Open to local participants.
Speakers during the day
13.00 Iwona Preis/Intercult, Welcome on behalf of organizers
Agnieszka Wlazel River//Cities, short presentation of the plattform
13.15–13.30 Adam Potrykus, Festival Director for STOFF World Wide
13.30–14.00 Jan Ove Hafstad, MD Swedish Music Festivals, presents the results of a unique study of festivals “Music Festivals a Changing World – an international comparison”
14.00–14.30 Break
14.30–14.50 Hans Öjmyr, CEO, Stockholm City Museum: Evaluations and Generic Learning Outcomes method used by museum
14.50–15.10 Lena From, Lijelvalchs & Stockholm Art- the city´s art in public space.
15.10–15.40 City of Stockholm represented by Roger Ticoalu, Eventmanager, Claes Karlsson, Artistic director, Stockholm Culture Festival and We Are Stockholm
15.40–16.20 Communications and measurements- to build and measure a festival.
Short presentations of culture festivals: Totally Thames London, Donauinselfest Vienna (Austria), United Islands Prague (Czech Republic), Isarinselfest Munich (Germany) Lagunalonga Venice (Italy) and Jafest Åbo (Finland).
16.20–16.30 Closing remarks by Chris Torch, Senior Associate at Intercult.
Moderator: Iwona Preis, Intercult
17.00 Grand Opening of Stockholm Fringe Festival STOFF with a political cabaret Europa Europa (same room as the conference)
19.30–24.00 VIP-mingle at VIP lounge Stockholm Culture Festival GAT scene at Gustav Adolfs Torg
http://kulturfestivalen.stockholm.se/program/index2.php?Day=13

Friday 15 August
10.00-12.00 Internal meeting of Rivers of Opportunities.
12.00-13.00 Lunch at Intercult
14.00 Guided tour at Stockholm Culture Festival venue,
Claes Karlsson, Festival Director of Stockholm Culture Festival.
Afterwards: exploring festivals on your own.
19.30-24.00 VIP-mingle at VIP lounge Stockholm Culture Festival GAT scene at Gustav Adolfs Torg

http://kulturfestivalen.stockholm.se/program/index2.php?Day=15

Saturday 16 August
Study visits/activities during the ongoing culture festivals.
Participants are welcome to use the VIP pass giving us free access to all activities and shows at Stockholm Fringe Fest.
Partners are also welcome to act as Mystery Shoppers, members of the STOFF jury for the Stockholm Fringe Prize.
All shows during the Stockholm Culture Festival are free of charge for the public.
19.30-24.00 VIP-mingle at VIP lounge Stockholm Culture Festival GAT scene at Gustav Adolfs Torg.

General information

STOFF
Participants are welcome to use the VIP pass giving us free access to all activities and shows at Stockholm Fringe Fest.
You are also welcome to act as Mystery Shoppers, members of the STOFF jury for the Stockholm Fringe Prize.
Stockholm Culture Festival
All shows during the Stockholm Culture Festival are free of charge for the public.
Stockholm Culture Festival VIP pass is valid for VIP lounge at GAT scene.
Stockholm Card valid for free boat trips, visit to museums and public transports

Hotel
The link below is for booking Scandic Sjöfartshotellet. This hotel is close to Intercult and close to the metro station Slussen, two stations from the Central Station.
To make a reservation choose Scandic Sjöfartshotellet and your dates:

http://www.scandichotels.com

Contact
Iwona Preis, +46 70 756 66 44
Intercult, Nytorgsgatan 15, Stockholm- Södermalm.
Green metro line to Medborgarplatsen or Slussen

Organiser: River//Cities Platform Foundation, www.river-cities.net

Co-organiser: Intercult, www.intercult.se

With a kind support of:

Stockholm Fringe Fest STOFF, Stockholm Culture Festival, City of Stockholm
Stockholm Business Region

The Grundtvig Programme of the European Commission supports Rivers of Opportunities Learning Partnership.

Stockholm Fringe Fest STOFF

http://www.stockholmfringe.com

Stockholm Culture Festival fills streets and squares with all kinds of culture in all genres, for all ages. The program goes on during six vibrant August days in the middle of the city centre and with free admission. From Sergels Torg, over Brunkeberg to Gustav Adolfs Torg with treats and samples of all the culture that Stockholm has to offer all year round, with performers and guests from all corners of the world.

Where: Stockholm City, Free admission

See more at: http://kulturfestivalen.stockholm.se

Stockholm Business Region & Visitors Board

http://traveltrade.visitstockholm.com

Stockholm
Stockholm is located on Sweden’s south-central east coast, where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea. The city is sometimes called “Venice of the north” because of its beauty and proximity to water.
Stockholm’s core of the present Old Town (Gamla Stan) was built on a central island from the mid-13th century onward. The city originally rose to prominence as a result of the Baltic trade of the Hanseatic League. Stockholm developed strong economic and cultural linkages with Lübeck, Hamburg, Gdańsk, Visby, Reval, and Riga during this time.
In 1634 Stockholm became the official capital of the Swedish empire. In the later half of the 20th century Stockholm became a modern, technologically advanced, and ethnically diverse city. Many historical buildings were torn down during the modernist era, including substantial parts of the historical district of Klara, and replaced with modern architecture. However, in other parts of Stockholm, many “old” buildings, blocks and streets, built before the modernism and functionalism movements took off in Sweden, survived this era of demolition. Throughout the century, many industries shifted away from work-intensive activities into more high-tech and service industry areas.
Investments are made and the creation of a “living neighbourhood” mentions cultural activities and artists as important collaborators and they are offered different ways to participate in the initiative.
The city’s waterways lead on and off the coast to the Stockholm archipelago – where you find approximately 30.000 islands and islets.
In the entire Stockholm metropolitan area, with it’s 26 municipalities, the population reaches more than 2 million inhabitants.

For more info on Stockholm, see: http://www.visitstockholm.com

Delta i Kommissionens öppna samråd om Europa 2020-strategin

Syftet med öppna samråd är att Kommissionen vill få underlag till översynen av Europa 2020-strategin och få synpunkter på hur strategin kan vidareutvecklas. Efter avslutat samråd kommer Kommissionen att analysera de inkomna svaren. På grundval av samrådsresultatet kommer kommissionen sedan i början av 2015 att lägga fram förslag till hur strategin kan vidareutvecklas, kanske till Europa 2030?

Samrådet pågår mellan den 5 maj och den 31 oktober 2014 och alla som önskar kan svara på samrådet på nätet eller skicka sitt svar/bidrag med mejl eller post på vilket som helst av de 24 officiella EU-språken. Bidragen kommer att läggas ut på Europa-webbplatsen. Vill man inte få sitt namn publicerat kan man vara anonym och vill man inte att ens bidrag publiceras alls så respekteras även detta.

Mer info om det öppna samrådet

Rivers of Opportunities – anmälan till konferens i Stockholm 14 augusti 2014

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Aktuella kulturkonferenser

Kulturvalet 2014 – En fråga om samverkan och demokrati i Stockholms län
Riksteatern Stockholms Län, Europa Direkt Intercult samt Ideell kulturallians Stockholms län inbjuder inför valet i Stockholms län till ett kulturpolitiskt möte.

Välkommen den 28 augusti 2014 kl. 18-20 med efterföljande mingel på Södra Teatern (Kägelbanan). Kvällen kommer att innehålla diskussion, politisk debatt och öppet samtal om samverkansmodellen, kultursamverkan i Stockholms Län och kultursektorns behov i Stockholms Län. Vi kommer även samtala om kulturens inställning till internationella relationer, Creative Europe och krav SLL ställer på sina bidragstagare på en utblick mot Europa och samarbetsprojekt med internationella partners. Spar datumet i kalendern redan nu och håll utkik på http://stockholmslan.riksteatern.se/ och på https://www.facebook.com/riksteaternstockholmslan och http://www.intercult.se/europedirect/ för de senaste uppdateringarna om programmet. Inbjudna till paneler är politiker, tjänstepersoner från Stockholms Län och kulturchefer från några regioner som redan har tillämpat samverkansmodellen.

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VAR: Sliperiet, Konstnärligt campus, Umeå universitet

NÄR: 23–24 September 2014

Tillväxtverket och flera andra myndigheter och aktörer arrangerar en internationell konferens i Umeå den 23–24 september. I fokus står kulturdriven tillväxt och hållbar stadsutveckling.

Konferensen anordnas av: Tillväxtverket, Umeå 2014/Umeå kommun, Konstnärligt campus/Umeå universitet, County Administrative Board of Västerbotten, Region Västerbotten, Riksarkivet, Statens fastighetsverk, Nämnden för hemslöjdsfrågor, Kulturrådet, Svenska institutet, Boverket, Riksantikvarieämbetet.

Läs mer och anmäl dig på www.tillvaxtverket.se/impactofculture

Aktuella utlysningar

On the Move (OTM) cultural mobility information network
Ett nätverk med 37 medlemsorganisationer i 20 länder i Europa och i övriga världen. Deras mission är att uppmuntra och underlätta för gränsöverskridande kulturella samarbeten och att bidra till en levande Europeisk kultur och att koppla ihop den med övriga världen.

Organisationen har bland annat tillsammans med Arab Education Forum gett ut en ny publikation; ‘Guide to mobility funding opportunities – Focus on 13 Arab countries‘ som erbjuder en översikt över möjligheter att finansiera internationell mobilitet av artister och kulturarbetare med fokus på 13 arabiska länder.

Mer om olika möjligheter att söka medel för kulturell mobilitet
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Iaspis stöd för internationellt kulturutbyte
Som bild- eller formkonstnär kan du bland annat få stöd för att arbeta, studera eller visa dina verk utomlands. Syftet är att skapa arbete och inkomster för svenska konstnärer och stödja konstnärlig utveckling genom utbyte med andra länder.
Ansökan som lämnas till Konstnärsnämnden senast den 3 september eller 5 november 2014.

Mer information om Konstnärsnämndens stöd för internationellt kulturutbyte

Projektet New Narrative for Europe avslutas med viktigt kulturmanifest!

Kommissionens ordförande Barosso motiverade behovet av projektet “New Narrative for Europe” så här: ”Att vi söker en ny skildring av Europa betyder inte att vi inte längre tror på EU:s existensberättigande, tvärtom. Men jag tror att vi i början av 2000-talet måste fortsätta att berätta historien om Europa, särskilt för den nya generationen. Europa är som en bok: vi kan inte dröja kvar vid de första sidorna, även om de är mycket vackra. Vi måste fortsätta berättelsen, fortsätta att skriva boken om nuet och framtiden. Därför behöver vi skildra Europa på nytt.”

Nu har projektet kommit fram till sitt avslut och resultatet publiceras i form av ett manifest  “The Mind and Body of Europe ” med flera tänkvärda budskap för kulturen i Europa.

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