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To OPEN the city gates to street arts means to bring out the value of open air spaces assigned to social life, to enforce the cohesion inside communities, to improve the local tourist activity, to create new routes for exchange and integration between European countries.
The creation of a international debate, the comparisons between
normative and laws, different urban patterns and policies for development
and support of street arts, will drive to a new consciousness and
will produce new stimulus in administrators and art operators. This
route could not be undertaken on a simple regional or local level.
Our country, now, is Europe!
13th-16th OCTOBER 2011, SHOWCASE IN FERMO AND MONTEGRANARO
Great participation of artists, companies and professionals from all over Europe
The last showcase in the ambit of the Open Street Project, held on October in Fermo and Montegranaro, was a great success thanks to broad participation of artists, companies, managers, festivals operators, public administrators, who came from 19 European countries. In the four days of event it was underlined that the personal encounter and subsequent dialogue between art producers and programmers is a key part in the world of street art, because the different cultural proposals almost always reflect the cultures of origin. It must be remembered that the cultural purpose the network, is not secondary to the economic one, because the exchange of professional practices ensures a flow of ideas and proposals that are highly significant for European unity and identity, but also for the artistic production tout court. Through the showcase came out a brand diverse, exciting and vibrant frame of street art in Europe, where it may happen that the same stories were told with techniques and suggestions very different from each other, and sometimes the performances showed a specific cultural connotation, demonstrating that European identity has as its very starting point the respective cultures . Under an organizational point of view, the choice to have less "show demo" companies than last year (30 instead 80), has allowed everyone to be seen (and to operators to see), as well as giving everyone the opportunity to meet directly and this has created a greater relationship: in confirmation of this, some agreement have already gone to be signed for next summer. In the blog area of this website, you can see many comments from participants, thus confirming as the frame of showcase has been positively designed and implemented. By next June, upon closure of activities, the project will also edit a publication that will make stock of the situation of European street art. Part of this work, dedicated to situation of street show in different countries participating to network, will be managed by the University of Macerata (supported by FNAS) through four interns (3 of them are graduated); during the showcase they have met some of the artistic directors, artists and companies from all over Europe in order to start their research, by using a questionnaire previously prepared. The heart of conversations, to which further specific research will follow in further months, was the individual different cultural strategies under creative, professional, promotional and legislative points of view.
LA STRADA (OPEN) FESTIVAL IN BREMEN
In Bremen the shows of "Open Street Festival" german section.
The next appointment of Project Open Street agenda is the "La Strada" Festival, the 17th edition of Strassenzirkusfestival programmed in Bremen (DE) from 18th to 21st August 2011. The programme of La Strada (Open) Festival foresees a number of shows selected in occasion of the Open International Showcase.
On the occasion of the Open Street Festival in Montegranaro, programmed in the ambit of Veregrastreet Festival, on June 25th the Open Street Forum held an international meeting , focused on theme "The Urban Show in the Open City".
The meeting was attended by numerous Italian and foreign operators: the mayor of Montegranaro, Mr. Gastone Gismondi, and Giuseppe Nuciari, representatives of project leader; Rosalba Ortenzi, counselor of Marche Region; Mario Andrenacci, president of ANCI (National Association of Municipalities) Marche; Guglielmo Massucci, Assessor for Tourism, province of Fermo; Graziano Di Battista, councilor for culture of Montegranaro; Gigi Russo, President of F.N.A.S.; Alessio Michelotti, director of F.N.A.S.; Gabriele Koch, art director of La Strada Festival - Bremen (DE); Ewa Salamon, City Council of Gdansk (PL); Bourdereau Laurent, Conseil Général de l'Essonne (FR); Marta Almirall – event coordinator for City of Barcelona (ES); Al Seed, Art director of Conflux Festival - Glasgow (UK); Jean Felix Tirtiaux, Art director of Namur en Mai - Namur (BE); Alessandro Serena Ass.Circo e Dintorni (IT); Boris Vecchio, Art Director of Circumnavigando Festival - Genova (IT); Wanda Circus counselor of F.N.A.S.; Fabrizio Gavosto, Art Director of Mirabilia Festival - Fossano (IT); Sergio Aguirre and Manola Nifosi, Art Directors of Lugliobambino Festival - Campi Bisenzio (IT); Rada Nimmrichter and Florian Puschmann, University of Bremen, Roberto Leopardi, Silvia Criscuoli and Marta De Bastiani, for Open Street Coordination / F.N.A.S.
After the welcome greetings of Mr.Gastone Gismondi, Mayor of Montegranaro, Open Street project leader, Mr. Giuseppe Nuciari, artistic director of local Veregrastreet Festival, expressed in broad terms the issues to be discussed during meeting, in particular to understand as the presence of street arts can influence the life of the city from the perspective of social relationships, increasing tourism and a new way for citizens to interact with the city as a whole.
Mrs. Rosalba Ortenzi, Counselor of the Marche Region, has focused attention on her proposal for a new regional legislation for the street show, which would lead to greater consideration of street art by local authorities.
The President of Fnas, Luigi Russo, showed that projects such as Open Street may give a better understanding of existing distances and similarities between different European realities, and how important it is to underline the cultural diversity of European countries also through the common heritage of street show.
Then followed the intervention of Gabriele Koch, artistic director of La Strada Festival in Bremen, who stressed that, despite important street events of great appeal and visibility, in Germany it is still struggling to explain to institutions supporting culture that even street festivals can be considered cultural events.
Laurent Bourdereau, director for culture of the compartment of Chamarande Méréville, sees Europe as a network where pooling efforts to invent new patterns for a world based on experimentation with social relationships rather than on creating art works.
The City coordinator of cultural events in Barcelona, Mrs. Marta Almirall,
made the big city open air party with which it deals, La Mercè, festival celebrating the saint patron saint of the city, and that in fact returns the city to the social life of its inhabitants.
The next intervention was that of responsible for the promotion of cultural events in Gdansk, Ewa Salamon, who emphasized how her city is committed to ensure that events are always available for all citizens of all social classes, involving the whole city from the center to the most remote and poorest suburbs, stating that the street show perfectly matches the principle of "freedom of culture and culture of freedom" that always guides the choices of artistic and cultural city.
The director of the FNAS, Alessio Michelotti, explained how the project STREET OPEN should be a tool to use to compare different experiences; to start analysis of the relationship between institutions and street art in different European countries, to share problems and conflicts, to increase better promotion to enhance the ADS; to assume greater influence, to enhance the role of popular performing arts in European culture considered as a fundamental element of European cultural identity.
Alesandro Serena, of Association Circo e Dintorni, as well as teacher of circus history at the University of Milan, presented an interesting analysis of the figure of the wanderer (from the medieval troubadours acrobat, to the “Zanis” of XVI Century, and to the birth of the commedia in appropriate places) and the resulting relationship with the evolution of urban spaces, from the medieval cities.
Interventions of Mario Andrenacci intervention, president of ANCI Marche (National Association of Italian Municipalities), Guglielmo Massucco, Head of Tourism of the Province of Fermo and Graziano di Battista, councilor for culture of Montegranaro, took its cue from what happens in Veregrastreet, the most important street event in the region, to argue that policy needs to support street art, because the economic events have proved to be excellent investments.
The meeting concluded with the appointment given by Gabriele Koch in Bremen, in August, where there will be a moment of confrontation between operators across Europe in occasion of city Festival “La Strada”.
OPEN FESTIVALS 2011: Many shows around Europe!
Awaiting the 2011 showcase, a glance to the excellent results of first edition
In the very moment we had closed the first edition of OSS, we had been asked "how much" we could obtain out of such an impressive work, in terms of performances of all artists and companies attended, scheduled by art operators for the next season.
Talking to operators used to stroll Europe attending to international showcases, we were ready to be pessimistic: we met art operators who told us of how little they were able to find even in occasion of huge showcases, and how often they returned home with maybe one / two good performances booked out of hundreds of proposals.
And us? What to say about our showcase, organized with few funds in a couple of months, its program unusally to be decided online by all art operators, and based just on the tremendous effort typical of all first editions of any event: could we really give something more to European artists?...
Trying to find an answer, we thought to (another!) new initiative, something we believe was never been implemented by any other showcase: the data collection of shows programmed for 2011 events by operators attended to showcase, and make this report public.
It sorted out a truly encouraging result we can be proud of: 35 operators of 12 EU Countries have programmed over 120 performances of solo artists or companies from Europe and not only.The data only include operators and artists who were present in Fermo, without taking in consideration the "online" showcase: the collection of over 250 videos often used by many operators to find new proposals to be programmed in their events. Out of it, thanks to the visibility of videos on Open Street website, we have info that also further companies were programmed for 2011 events. A good wish for next edition!
Full recapitulation of programmed shows
is available here:
The network of contacts developed within the Open Street led to the approach with the world of street performance in Greece. In October 2010, the project had invited Nikos Chatzipapas, responsible for the Helix Theatre Company, to the Open International Showcase of Fermo. He is also Artistic Director of the main event of street art in Greece, the 'International Street Theatre Festival in Athens, at third edition in 2011. The event program, besides several shows performed on street and small theatres, foresees a showcase for Greek artists, as well as some prizes awarded to participating companies. On the occasion of Athens Festival, scheduled from 30th June to 4th July , its artistic director has invited a representative of Open Street to attend to the events. It has been a very positive moment of mutual exchange of experiences and proposals.
The street performance is not yet developed in Greece as in other European countries: there are not many events, so most companies are primarily dedicated to other forms of entertainment. Despite the current difficult socio-economic situation in Greece, or perhaps because of this, many artists turn now their attention to the street show, view they see as a new opportunity to work and expressive possibility. However, the training opportunities available in Greece hardly allow artists to move towards the street show, so they often attend to workshops and schools abroad. Likewise, the organization of events is very difficult, because local administrators have no practical examples of implementation.
The festival of Athens, in fact, can be considered the most important reference point in this ambit, both for artists and operators.
The active collaboration of the Open Street project has resulted in an award of prizes at the closing ceremony of festival, which was held at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in the presence of the chairman of the cultural organization for City of Athens Mrs. Anna Filini: after careful consideration of the Jury Committee, the Greek company “Action & Play”(see photo), a young and dynamic company of dance-theatre and physical theatre willing to work much and learn, has been selected for the production of a brand new show to be conceived for street and to be presented as European premiere in summer 2012 in Italy, at the Festival "Veregrastreet" Montegranaro, seat of Open Street project leader. Meanwhile, Open Street project will propose the show to other European festivals, aiming to organize a small European tour. Shortly the company will start the show staging.
The coordinator of the Open Street attended Athens took the opportunity to invite Nikos Chatzipapas to the appointment scheduled in the ambit of Festival “La Strada” in Bremen (DE), organized by the German co-organizer of our project. The Director of Helix Theatre will take in consideration to start a project, in collaboration with artists, companies and Greek operators, leading to the founding of the first Greek national federation for the street show. Despite the commitments of the company's summer program, someone responsible for their structure will be in Bremen as representative of the Hellenic street show.
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15 - 18 May 2014
Feria de Artistas Callejeros in
Leioa (ES) umoreazoka.org
6 - 15 June 2014
SIBIU INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL in
Sibiu (RO) sibfest.ro