The Flemish nomadic art centre Moussem (BE) is coordinator of this project. Since 2001 Moussem has been putting mainly art and culture from artists with a link or an open mind towards the Arab world on stage. Moussem (co-)produces and creates artistic productions and brings a wide and diverse (urban) audience into contact with well-known, less-known and novice artists from the Arab diaspora in Europe, Maghreb countries and the Middle East. As a nomadic arts centre Moussem links up with regular art houses and institutions. Trough growing collaborations it occupies a crucial but still empty space in the intense European art landscape. Due to its diverse productions Moussem confronts and dialogues with the art scene as well as with mixed audiences. Moussem works inclusive mainly by collaborating consequently with established art and cultural institutions. It takes always care of the artist and his artistic freedom. Creating intercultural dialogue, it generates also a new audience that seldom participates in artistic events.
Centre Choréographique National de Caen/Basse-Normandie/Compagnie Fattoumi-Lamoureux (FR)
The Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen/Basse-Normandie directed by Héla Fattoumi (FR) and Eric Lamoureux (FR) is a real resource centre for dance on its territory.
Its mission is to:
- create choreographies of Héla Fattoumi and Eric Lamoureux;
- distribute their productions;
- sensitise the public for choreography trough workshops, presentations and an international dance Festival (danse d’ailleurs); and
- host other companies by residencies and coproduction.
The spirit of CCN/BN is to link rather than divide.
Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival (GB)
LAAF was founded in 2002 by Liverpool Arabic Centre and the Bluecoat to provide Liverpool with a programme of Arab arts and culture. LAAF now works with Liverpool’s major art institutions, such as the Picturehouse at FACT, the National Museums Liverpool and the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, but also with artists and community organisations. The festival takes place every year and is an event that raises awareness and promotes an understanding and appreciation of Arab culture. Every year the festival grows not only in size, but also in confidence, expectation and ambition and remains the only annual festival of its kind in the UK. In 2010 LAAF won the Arab British Centre’s Culture & Society Award for its outstanding contribution to the public’s knowledge and understanding of the life, society and culture of the Arab people. Since April 2011 it has been the only structurally subsidized Arab Arts Festival in Great Britain.
Re :Orient (SE)
Re:Orient was founded in 1993, with the ambition to present culture acts of high quality from the regions Middle East and North Africa. Today they arrange festivals, concerts, seminars, debates as well as nightclubs throughout the year. Re:Orient is situated in Malmö, running a venue The Moorish Pavillion and in Stockholm and Vadstena working nomadically with most of the main stages as Sodra Teatern, Konserthuset and Kulturhuset.
Association Kulturanova (RS)
Association Kulturanova is a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded for popularization and affirmation of art and cultural spirit. It was founded in May 2001 in Novi Sad (the capital of Vojvodina, region in Serbia). The organisation was founded as an "umbrella" association of various non-formal independent art groups and individuals, young artists from Novi Sad. Association Kulturanova focuses on development of urban youth culture and raising awareness on relevant social issues, with the vision of building creative platforms for youth in Novi Sad and in region.
Bluecoat Liverpool is an associated partner. Liverpool’s creative hub, the Bluecoat showcases talent across visual art, music, dance, live art and literature. As the most historic building in Liverpool’s city centre, the Bluecoat has four galleries. It houses a creative community of artists and businesses and runs a participation programme with local communities. In 1998 the Bluecoat with Liverpool Arabic Centre (a local community organisation), co-founded Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival (LAAF) providing Arabic arts and culture in Liverpool and beyond. The Bluecoat is an arts venue that has built a substantial reputation for the work it has done and the way it has always changed to be the role model for its time.
Culture programme, a serious cultural investment.
The EU’s Culture programme (2007-2013) has a budget of €400 million for projects and initiatives to celebrate Europe’s cultural diversity and enhance our shared cultural heritage through the development of cross-border co-operation between cultural operators and institutions.
The Culture programme aims to achieve three main objectives: to promote cross-border mobility of those working in the cultural sector; to encourage the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic output; and to foster intercultural dialogue. For the achievement of these objectives, the programme supports three strands of activities: cultural actions; European-level cultural bodies; and analysis and dissemination activities.