The Stronger Peripheries: A Southern Coalition European project aims to create a framework for dialogue, interaction and organizational capacity building for the 14 partner entities, through a series of international residencies and co-productions called Tandem. Intended to address issues that are relevant to the South European cultural landscape, these tandems are innovative mechanisms for artistic co-production and public interaction in which 12 art projects will be developed.
In an effort to strengthen Europe’s Southern periphery, especially in terms of cultural practices and policies, Stronger Peripheries: A Southern Coalition proposes us to explore six major themes: “Work and Happiness”, “Connecting Dots”, “Daily Bread” , “Having a Voice”, “Bridging the gap” and “Right to the Future”. Each of them addresses a number of socio-political issues, proposing possible solutions to restore a sense of closeness, mutual support and inclusion among countries that do not enjoy equal opportunities at European level.
Right to the Future is the central theme of the tandem coordinated by Cluj Cultural Centre in collaboration with Reactor – the independent theater, together with the project partners, POGON – Zagreb Center for Independent Culture and Youth, L’arboreto and Dimora Theater. The call invites theater creators who live and work in Romania to discover the countrie’s multiple valences through direct interaction with members of the host communities in Cluj-Napoca, Zagreb and Mondaino.
This type of collaboration offers artists the opportunity to work in an effervescent and dynamic artistic environment, thus branching out their cultural network and coming into contact with new spaces, communities and audiences in the process of developing an artistic project. The production will be presented in Romania and abroad and also included in Reactor’s repertoire.
To enter the selection process, artists interested in this type of opportunity can apply for Tandem 6 | Right to the Future residencies until May 18, 2022, 7:00 p.m. At the end of this stage, five semifinalists will be invited to participate in an international workshop, organized between October 4 and 7, 2022 in Cluj-Napoca, where they will have the opportunity to interact with project partners, present their portfolio to an international audience and form connections for possible future collaborations.
The finalist artist will benefit from two research residencies within the project, in October-November 2022, in Cluj-Napoca and in Zagreb, as well as from two creative residencies, in February-March 2023, hosted by L’arboreto (Mondaino, Italy) and Reactor (Cluj-Napoca, Romania). The residencies aim to connect the selected artist with members of the host cities communities, as well as provide resources to support the creative process. At the end of the residencies, in April 2023, the developed project will be presented to the public for the first time, on the Reactor stage.
Full details of the project and the regulations can be found at www.strongerperipheries.eu.
Reactor – a place for creative experiments is an independent theater founded in 2014, which focuses on contemporary drama, artistic experiment and social themes. They produce theater performances based on original ideas, closely related to current social contexts, developed through a variety of creative processes. They also encourage constant artistic development by organizing workshops for theater professionals as well as the general public and by providing residencies for developing artists.
POGON – Zagreb Center for Independent Culture and Youth was founded in 2008 and is run by Alliance Operation City and Zagreb City Hall. Its mission is to support local independent organizations and artists through dedicated programs and activities, to support their interests at local and European level and to facilitate their involvement in international cultural cooperation initiatives and projects.
Founded in 1998, L’arboreto is a cultural organization recognized locally and internationally for the quality of its activities. The purpose of L’arboreto is to enhance the culture of theater and performing arts through two main activities: training and creative residencies. The Dimora Theater, founded in 2004, and the two guesthouses built in Mondaino, make L’arboreto a unique structure in Italy, suitable for researching and producing new contemporary artwork.
Stronger Peripheries: A Southern Coalition is a complex international collaboration project, bringing together 14 partners from 10 European countries. It is co-financed by the European Union through the Creative Europe programme.