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 on Baltimaade ja Põhja-Euroopa kaasaegse etenduskunsti võrgustik, mis loodi 8 rahvusvaheliselt aktiivse etenduskunsti organisatsiooni poolt:

Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Eesti) - Baltic Circle/Q-teatteri (Soome) - Bora Bora (endine Entré Scenen) (Taani) - Lokal Festival (Island) - MDT (Rootsi) - Black BoxTeater (Norra) - Kampnagel (Saksamaa) - Nordwind Festival (Saksamaa) -

Põhja- ja Baltimaade etenduskunstiorganisatsioonid ühendavad jõud oma Euroopa kolleegidega, et võimaldada ruumi dialoogiks, kontaktide loomiseks ja kestvaks koostööks. Võrgustiku eesmärk on luua uusi kaasproduktsiooni- ja tuuritamisvõimalusi Põhja- ja Baltimaade tõusvatele kunstnikele.

Vahtral (ingl. "samara") on sedasorti vili, mille seemet ümbritsevad külgedel asuvad lamedad tiivad. Selline kuju võimaldab tuulele seemned päritolupuust tavapärasest kõvasti kaugemale kanda. Loodame, et see võrgustik aitab kunstnikel ja praktikutel lisa tiivapaare arendada.

Projekti toetab Põhja-ja Baltimaade mobiilsusprogramm Long-term Network Module'i kaudu Põhjamaade Ministrite Nõukogu ja Baltimaade kultuuriministrite finantseeringul.

Põhjamaade Ministrite Nõukogu loodud Põhja-Balti kultuuri mobiilsusprogrammi raames on Kanuti Gildi SAAL saanud toetust loovisikute residentuuride läbiviimiseks ajavahemikul 2009-2016. Tänu sellele on Kanuti Gildi SAALis toimetanud paljud kunstnikud, millest on välja kasvanud terve rida kaasproduktsioone ja koostöid erinevates formaatides ning selle eeskujul on sündinud ka residentuurid ka eestis tegutsevatele kunstnikele.

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