Participation & co-creation

Are you ready to involve audiences in a more interactive, purposeful and meaningful way? Do you want to make the audience part of the creative process, contribute to the implementation of specific projects and integrated in the life of the organisation?

 


 

Caos
Caos – Centro Arti Opificio Siri Terni, Italy
With over 5000 sq. meters at its disposal, CAOS is a complex centre of art production, hosting two museums, one exhibition area, one theatre, a residency centre, a library, a café- restaurant, a cinema and a special area for educational activities with about 1100 activities annual. Caos is community-oriented and artists-led initiative, with the aim to mediate between artists and communities in a participatory way.

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Click Festival
Click Festival Elsinore, Denmark
The CLICK Festival is an important, quite specific annual activity, which takes place over a weekend every year. It is initiated by the Culture Yard in Elsinore and realized through a complex collaboration with local and international partners, reaching out to an audience of 3.600 in 2016. CLICK reaches a segment with an interest in exploring the cross field between contemporary art, science and technology, those willing to get on board on a journey towards ‘undiscovered’ opportunities. The Culture Yard is a cross disciplinary and aesthetic institution aiming at a triangular vision based on three equally balanced elements: the artistic production, the social audience experience and the historical or architectural framework. Whether it is a performance, a concert, talks or art installations, these three elements form the very spine of the programming.

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Corners
Corners of Europe Europe-wide
A R&D project finding forms and methods for crossing cultural borders, co-creating artistic projects and connecting art and audiences. A platform for multidisciplinary and collaborative artistic projects, under the slogan ‘turning Europe inside out’, designed and driven by cultural organizations at the edges of Europe, as partners in shared responsibility. The projects and events are linked to local conditions and audiences, spreading and linking experiences and stories, creating a shared feeling of belonging, regardless of in what corner of Europe one is living. Opening new spaces for culture and art, developing forms and methods for reaching new audiences, parallel with connecting artists with different backgrounds and promoting their co-creations into projects and events that are devoted to connect to local audiences´ living conditions, needs and interests, as well as cultural empowerment.

 

Laznia nowa
Łaźnia Nowa Theatre & Cultural Centre Krakow, Poland
The theatre building is 4,500 m2, former workshops halls of the school for mechanics, renovated and adapted as a multi-functional cultural facility. The institution is located in the very centre of the 250,000 inhabitants district of blocks of flats for steelworks employees of Nowa Huta. The theatre was attracted to start AD activities as tools for highlighting the cultural identity of residents of the Nowa Huta district. Based on earlier experience, practice and intuition, they were ready to take on the demanding work with people whose trust was manipulated, mystified and idealised through decades of local history and finally betrayed after the democratic transformation of Poland. The Theatre’s response was an affirmation of creativity, transparency and trust, providing symbolic gestures for reconciliation. To Bartosz Szydlowski Łaźnia Nowa Theatre mirrors the tradition of ancient Greece, with myths, polis and logos marking, but not determining, the sense of ‘my’ place. His dream is to develop the best cultural institution in Poland, but the goal is not reached as long as the institution runs only on the leader’s energy.

 

Museum aan de Stroom
MAS – Museum am de Stroom Antwerp, Belgium
In 2011 the city of Antwerp united different city collections in its new city museum, the MAS. Both the cultural policies and urban planning policies since the 1990s explain the creation of the MAS. In 1997, three of Antwerp’s city museums did not manage to attract national funding because of their shabby conditions of conservation. Hence, the Antwerp city council had to take a decision either to renovate these museums or to close them. Instead of renovating each museum, the city decided to create a brand-new city museum for the old collections in the old port area of Antwerp, which would add to the urban renewal of this run-down quarter. In order to realize the project, the Flemish government of Belgium committed itself to an investment of 21.000.000 €. In 2011 the MAS opened its doors. The storey building by Neutelings Riedijk architects functions as a landmark between the city and the port and reconnects the Eilandje to the city centre. The MAS includes the collections of the former Ethnographic Museum (with non European ethnographic collections), the former National Maritime Museum, the former Volkskundemuseum (with local ethnographic collections) and the local history and applied arts collections of the Vleeshuis (Butcher’s Hall) Museum. The mission is to 74 highlight that Antwerp is a city on a river with a port, which has always been connected to a wider world. For centuries, Antwerp has served as a place of exchange, and now is a multicultural city with more than 52 nationalities.

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Ohi Pezoume
Ohi Pezoume Athens, Greece
Ever since it was founded in Athens in 2004, the Greek company Ohi Pezoume had been running site-specific as well as indoor theatre performances on a fairly regular basis (around two per year). Despite being used to the instability of an independent a theatre company, funding from the Ministry of Culture meant that they were able to carry out the 94 funded projects in a stable way, researching new narratives which would keep their path alive and dynamic. In 2011, however, the devastating economic crisis that gripped (and continues to affect) Greece meant that the company had to revise its UrbanDig Project, i.e. their process of research and production of site-specific projects, and begin putting the audience at the epicentre of its work. They went from working in theatres, apartments and other spaces to adopting

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Opgang 2 Theatre
Opgang2 Theatre Aarhus, Denmark
Opgang2 is an independent cultural institution based in Aarhus. The organisation focuses the three core areas: Opgang2 Theatre, Opgang2 Film and Opgang2 Youth Track (Ungdomsspor). Since the beginning in 1974 Opgang2 has grown into becoming one of the most significant professional institutions for youth programs and activities within theatre and film. The three departments work both independently and together, united under the common OPGANG2 logo. As an independent cultural institution Opgang2 produce professional theatre productions, documentaries and cultural festivals with and for a young audience – and they engage the youth in a partnership with the artists. The spine of Opgang2 is the use of art and culture as a transforming power to move and create movement. To challenge stereotypes and provoke taboos and in doing so building bridges between people across ethnic, social, cultural and psychological barriers with the overall aim to change people’s views of themselves and others. As such the organisation has a clear inclusive and democratic agenda.

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Theater Zuidplein
Theater Zuidplein Rotterdam, the Netherlands 
Theater Zuidplein is a venue presenting theatre, music, dance, movie, stand-up, cabaret, talents, festivals and more for a predominantly urban audience, who are not frequent visitors at a theatre or venue. The theatre also run educational programs for children aiming at very diverse groups of interests. There is a clear focus on contemporary expressions, on the ‘now’! Objects or issues that lives or influences the society in any given ‘now’. Theater Zuidplein’s mission statement sets a stage for everyone. We ‘break the stage open’ through presenting and producing theatre and training options for truly anyone and any talent. This is anchored in the theatre’s vision: Theatre is the mirror of our society.

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