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Belfast - UK (4th-7th May 2018)

Opportunities for artists and companies from Italy, Spain, Poland, Germany (Deadline 18th February)

Open Street aisbl supports the Mysteries & Drolls project, an international cooperation project that sees in partnership the Mercantia Festival (Municipality of Certaldo, Italy, Project Leader), the Festival of Folls (Belfast, UK), the production centers Maracaibo Teatro (Elche, Spain), Proscenium (Gliwice, Poland), Tempus Fugit (Lorrach, Germany). The project is developed for 3 years (from 2018 to 2020), with the contribution of the European Community as part of the CREATIVE EUROPE Program. The activity plan of the project focuses on the relationship between sacred and popular theatre and includes programming, production and training activities.

In this context, in 2018, many opportunities to participate for artists and companies of the most diverse performing arts disciplines linked to the theatre and the ancient music, the buffoon, the street arts, or performance derived from sacred representations, are OPEN. In particular for the first edition of the “traveling festival” MYSTERIES & DROLLS, the event where you can send your application is the Festival of Fools (Belfast, Nord Ireland, UK), Mysteries & Drolls Festival, UK section, 4th - 7th May 2018 (www.foolsfestival.com)

To send your application, click the button and fill out the form.

Bremen DE, Sibiu RO, Montegranaro IT (June 2018)

Opportunities for artists and companies from Italy, Belgium, Germany, Romania (Deadline 28th February)

Open Street aisbl in partnership with the VEREGRA STREET International Festival (Montegranaro IT – Project Leader), LA STRADA International Street Performance Festival (Bremen DE) and SIBIU International Theatre Festival, working on POETIC INVASION project for the years 2018-2020, with the contribution of the European Community as part of the CREATIVE EUROPE Program. The project's activity plan focuses on the use of unconventional spaces in the performing arts and includes programming, production and training actions.

In this context, in 2018, many opportunities to participate for artists and companies of the most diverse performing arts disciplines are OPEN. In particular for the first edition of the “traveling festival” POETIC INVASION, the events where you can send your application are 3:

- SIBIU International Theater Festival (Sibiu RO), Poetic Invasion Festival, Romanian section (Belgian Year), 08-17 june 2018 (www.sibfest.ro)

- LA STRADA International Street Performance Festival (Bremen DE), Poetic Invasion Festival, German section (Italian Year), 14-17 june 2018 (www.lastrada-bremen.de)

- VEREGRA STREET International Festival (Montegranaro IT), Poetic Invasion Festival, Romanian section (Romanian Year), 22-30 june 2018 (www.veregrastreet.it)

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Discovering street show in Greece

A new direction for Open Street Cooperation

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.


From June 20th to 26th in the frame of the thirteenth edition of Veregra STREET



At the launch the second edition of OPEN Festival to be held in the frame Veregra Street, the appointment with the street art opens the summer season every year in the province of Fermo. The program is very rich and varied. It is expected the presence of companies from all over the world: Mongolia, India, Ethiopia, Australia, Argentina, Bulgaria, France, Spain, Switzerland, England, Germany. Many countries of the European network of productions that have been invited to the Festival in the framework of cooperation established through OPEN STREET. And a good portion of these participated in the international showcase held in October between Fermo and Montegranaro.


Companies selected by the first OPEN INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE

Benjamin Delmas


Envol Distratto

Lullo Mosso

Dolly Bomba

This Maag

Gambe in Spalla

Teatro dei Venti

Cie La Tal

Baccalà Clown

European artists, performing in Italy seems to like it very much, especially in the Marches region. In this area, those coming from outside, can not miss a special and unique dimension in which the relationship between spectacle and spectator becomes magic. Frame made of a natural scenic villages spectacular in cultural goods scattered castles, churches and places of great architectural merit. An environment still intact and wild. The sea, good food and the purity of the Marches, make the experience of doing the show in Le Marche a thrilling experience and often overshadows the efforts of transcontinental travel.

The relationship between spectacle and the urban context is central to the OPEN meeting of this year, scheduled on 24 and 25 June at the Horizon Hotel of Montegranaro.

The creation of an international debate, the comparison between the legal orders of the countries of the union, among the urban models and cultural policies adopted in different countries, is the starting point for stimulating administrators and the industry toward the adoption of good practices in the organization of events and administration of cities on the continent. This path can not be undertaken only at the national or local, but increasingly needs to be addressed at Community level, and this is the fundamental goal of the meeting.

For all information on this event visit the special page.


On June 10 in Brussels, Alessio Michelotti from OPEN EU OFFICE and Gabriele Koch from GERMAN OPEN FORUM, they took part in the reflexion group meeting held in Brussels by SMART EU, whose theme was "support on creative professionals in Europe". The participants were experts came from 10 different European countries, for a comparison of experiences on the sector situation in their countries.

The creativity sector in the art and in the performing arts fields, is in vertical growth in Europe, but the social security systems in member states have not yet been able to take the peculiarities of these activities, and sometimes fail to provide to creative workforce nor the rightful guarantees, nor dignified treatment.

This gap is particularly targeted at the independent performing art and freelance artists and then to a large extent even at street art. One of the aims of OPEN STREET is to activate new services for street artists in Europe, and from this point of view in the professional support services, employment counseling and tax assistance, represent some of the most popular requests that must be take into account.


2011 june 4. Street art is in the domain of cultural industries?

On 4 June, in Wallonia’s capital, in the OPEN FESTIVAL "Namur en Mai", was held the 1° OPEN MEETING 2011, promote and organized by the Belgian base of the OPEN EUROPEAN FORUM.

Reflection by Jean Felix Tirtiaux, artistic director of Namur en Mai, has developed around the theme of the relationship between creativity and economics; between industry and culture. Guests included the Catalan Institute of Cultural Industries of Brussels, which supports the foreign tour of Catalan companies, with particular attention to the spectacle of the street and circus.

Creativity is the lifeblood of the economy. This is the key concept of European policies which implement the resolution 1350/2008, the act whereby the European Council has set up in 2009 the Year of Creativity and Innovation and launched, among others, the Culture Programme 2007-2013. OPEN STREET is supported through this program. And it is true that street art is an area with a strong creative arts. But it is legitimate to refer to the category of industry? Street art can be part of the cultural industries or is it something antithetical to the industry? This was the question on which many interventions intended to reflect in Namur.


Namur En Mai 2011
in images by
Marianne Grimont
and Marc Antoine

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To OPEN the city gates to performing 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 performing 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!

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