Urban Heat

Urban Heat is a project developed by the Festivals in Transition (FIT) network of 13 international festival partners, supported by Creative Europe, which enables artists to engage with the invisible communities within cities. The four year project supports artists to develop and create daring and extraordinary work that connects with the world outside the arts by addressing urgent political and social issues, and by working with audiences and communities affected by those issues.

The canvas for Urban Heat is cities. They are the physical framework of our society, the generator of civil values, the engine of our economy and the heart of much of our culture. But in the era of late capitalism they also feel increasingly unsustainable: economic migration has created an almost invisible underclass; poverty is pushing people to the edges; and issues ranging from mobility to the rise of faith-based communities are seeing cultures and communities becoming more segregated and less permeable.

Urban Heat participants are 22 artists working in performance, theatre, dance and interdisciplinary who are open to experiment with the role of arts in the development of contemporary cities and to re-imagine how art could evoke change and support sustainability in the cities. Through a series of Academies and City Labs, which bring together artists, academics, faith leaders, political scientists and technologists, Urban Heat enables artists to develop their understanding of fundamental issues and challenges facing cities and their knowledge and skills in how to tackle them engaging in new forms of participatory arts practice and projects in response.

Subsequent to these City Labs each partner festival will commission at least one participating artist to create a new work based on the themes of the programme. These works will engage a specific audience or community within each of the festival’s own locations and will be developed through close collaboration between the artist and partner festivals. The new works will be commissioned for presentation in the city art programmes at all participating festivals throughout 2016 and 2017.

Supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

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GLOBAL CITY - LOCAL CITY is a network collaboration of the festivals SPIELART - Munich (GER), Baltic Circle International Theatre Festival - Helsinki (FIN), Homo Novus - Riga (LAT), August Dance Festival - Tallinn (EST), LIFT - The London International Festival of Theatre - London (UK), Bunker - Ljubljana (SLO) and Festival a/d Werf - Utrecht (NL). Associate partners are ALKANTARA Festival - Lisbon (POR) and Aalto University - Pori (FIN).

GLOBAL CITY - LOCAL CITY is a project for the artistic exploration of the social, ecological, and political realities, and civic and social potentials in individual city quarters and of global city developments of the cities of the participating theatre and dance festivals. GLOBAL CITY - LOCAL CITY will create new performing art and other artworks making visible specific issues relevant to the residents of a city quarter, and examine new perspectives and options of action for European artists and festivals.

Each festival will invite one to two locally rooted or festival-related artists to take part in the project. They will form a group, which will then work at all "CityLAB workshops" in every city of the participating festivals. Out of this group, each festival later on will choose one to two artists from another European country for a residency at its festival. The objectives of these residencies will be defined by each festival.

Part of the project is the development of new local city artwork. The aim is to integrate artists into a wider range of European artistic exchange and collaboration, and to open a new discourse about the city and art interaction. A final publication will document the results. GLOBAL CITY - LOCAL CITY is an initiative of the network Theatre/Festivals in Transition (FIT) -

Supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.


SAMARA is a Baltic-Nordic-European contemporary performing arts network established by 8 internationally active performing art organizations:

Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Estonia) -

Baltic Circle/Q-teatteri (Finland) -

Bora Bora (endine Entré Scenen) (Denmark) -

Lokal Festival (Island) -

MDT (Sweden) -

Black Box Teater (Norway) -

Kampnagel (Germany) -

Nordwind Festival (Germany) -

SAMARA was initiated by organisations that had been collaborating for longer on one to one basis or on smaller scale projects in various combinations. SAMARA partners joined forces based on commonly agreed existing needs to create new opportunities for emerging Nordic and Baltic artists to co-produce and tour their work. Aiming to facilitate a place for dialogue, networking and long lasting collaborations.

Samara is a type of fruit with a flattened wing around the seed. The shape of a samara enables the wind to carry the seed further away than regular seeds from the parent tree. We hope that this network will assist artists and arts practitioners in developing an extra set of wings.

Supported by Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture via Long-term Network Module financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Ministers of culture in the Baltic countries.

In courtesy to the support of Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture Residency Module financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Ministers of culture in the Baltic countries we have been happy to provide residencies at Kanuti Gildi SAAL during 2009-2016. This has provided ground for numerous collaborations and co-productions and above all set an example to start providing residencies for the artists based in Estonia. Hence we have had the pleasure to host the following artists:

Summer/autumn 2009: Anna Dubrovska /LAT/, Päivi Vettenranta /FIN/, Milla Koistinen /FIN/, Alissa Šnaider /EST/, Jan Fedinger /FIN/
Summer/autumn 2010: Virva Talonen /FIN/, Sandra Z /EST/
Summer 2011: Veera Nevanlinna /FIN/, Juha Valkeapää /FIN/
Summer 2012: Christofer Eriksson /SWE/, Andrejs Jarovojs /LAT/, Kristine Vismane /LAT/
Autumn/winter 2013: Juha Valkeapää /FIN/, Kaja Kann /EST/, Iggy Malmborg /SWE/
Summer 2014: Camilla Graff Junior /DEN/, Anni Klein /FIN/, Jarkko Partanen /FIN/
Summer 2015: Iggy Malmborg /SWE/
Summer 2016: Marika Lagercrantz /SWE/, Max Ehlund Goran /SWE/

For more information about the program and supports see: