What's new

Here is the list of news and upcoming events from the PRACTICS partners.

If you want to know about the training events organised by the Infopoints, read here!

Seminar on incoming and outgoing mobility in the live performance sector: Visa and work permits

Pearle*, the European trade federation representing the live performance sector, organizes a seminar on the application of regulations concerning incoming and outgoing artists and cultural professionals on October 5th 2010 in Brussels. The scope of the seminar will focus on the issues at stake for mobile performing arts organizations and individuals and will discuss ways in which impediments to mobility can be dealt with.

The seminar is addressed to anyone dealing with the subject matter in daily practice and having knowledge of the applicable legislative rules: lawyers, HR managers, managers of live performance companies, artists and culture workers. Policy makers, civil servants, researchers and academics interested in the application of EU legislation in the sector and interested in promoting mobility will receive a better understanding on the implications of the EU regulatory environment on the sector.

This seminar is organized by Pearle*, the European trade federation representing the live performance sector. It is initiated in the context of the European project PRACTICS, supported by a Pilot Programme for Artist Mobility of the European Commission.

Residencies opportunities for young artists - call for applications

New residencies opportunities for young artists from all artistic field between 18 and 35 years old. The application deadline is the 16th of August 2010 at midnight (Brussels time).

Annual Meeting for International Relations Coordinators

The European Association of Conservatoires (AEC) organizes a meeting specifically designed for International Relations Coordinators every year to discuss issues relating to mobility of students and teachers, European programmes and other international issues relevant to the music education sector. In 2010, this meeting will be hosted by the 'Mimar Sinan' Fine Arts University State Conservatory in Istanbul on 17-18 September.

Following some welcoming speeches at the opening event on Friday 17 September, presentation on the Turkish Conservatoire system will be given by representatives of 'Mimar Sinan' Fine Arts University State Conservatory. Based on participants' evaluation questionnaires of the previous meeting, the discussion sessions will be given more time during the conference in small breakout groups and 'Discussion Fora'. The newly recognized ‘Discussion Fora’ will give participants the possibility to discuss topics of mutual interest and they will take place parallel to the Workshop presentations on Friday afternoon.

The second day of the meeting will start with a plenary session on 'Youth on the Move' – the new initiative for learning mobility for young people of the EU and will be followed by discussions in the breakout groups. In addition, this year’s meeting would like to bring to your attention the ‘Code of Good Practice’ and discuss it in small groups.

Mobility workshop at ArtLab10 - Torino

ArtLab is back! The new edition of the annual conference organised by Fondazione Fitzcarraldo takes place on October, 1st and 2nd in Torino. Following the success of the 2009 international workshop "Encouraging cross-border cultural mobility", in 2010 a new international workshop focused on cultural mobility is scheduled.

The updated agenda of ArtLab and all the information about the event (from speakers to subscription) are available on the brand new ArtLab website - and soon on this Website. Stay tuned!

IETM at freeDimensional

In July IETM participated alongside 16 international networks on arts and/or human rights, at the annual retreat of freeDimensional on Wasan Island Canada, supported by the Breuninger Foundation of Germany. The group founded an informal 'International Coalition for Arts, Human Rights and Social Justice". One of the main issues is assuring freedom of movement internationally for artists and cultural workers. We are currently working to define our next steps.

Wales at WOMEX 2010

In partnership with the Welsh Music Foundation and the Arts Council of Wales, Wales Arts International will present a showcase of music from Wales at WOMEX 2010 in Copenhagen.
Since 2007 Wales Arts International has been committed to promoting the work of world musicians from Wales at the annual World Music Expo, including working with the British Council and Radio1 DJ and Swn Festival organiser Huw Stephens to produce a multimedia directory for international promoters, producers and presenters visiting the expo. This year for the first time, three acts from Wales will have the opportunity to travel to Copenhagen to perform at the expo on an off-WOMEX stage – an invaluable opportunity for career development, exposure and access to new markets and a specialist audience at this major international festival.

International Curators’ Visit to Wales

On May 19th 2010, Wales Arts International welcomed seven international curators to Wales for a tour of the country’s foremost contemporary visual arts galleries. The visit was scheduled to coincide with the re-opening of Oriel Mostyn in North Wales and the announcement of the winner of Artes Mundi 4 prize. With a rich programme of visits to artist workshops and exhibition spaces, the curators from China, New York, Ireland, Germany and Georgia travelled the length of the country to research and discover more about the unique visual arts scene in Wales. Part of Wales Arts International’s ongoing commitment to providing new opportunities for international development of the arts, it is hoped that this introduction to Wales’ visual arts scene will have inspired the visiting curators, and that connections made during the visit will result in new international opportunities for visual artists in Wales.

Interarts activities: Alcultur meeting in Zaragoza 19-22.5.2010 and a Study on Portuguese International Artistic Mobility

From 19 to 22 May 2010 Alcultur meeting took place in Zaragoza, Spain. It was organized by Cultideias, a Portuguese institution that operates in the field of culture and cooperation, and aimed at providing platform of contacts and formal and informal relationships between projects, people and culture-related organizations. This year the central theme was “Cultural cross-border development: territorial mobility and cooperation networks”. In this context, Mercedes Giovinazzo, the president of Interarts, took part in the meeting and spoke about cultural cooperation networks, as well as mentioned PRACTICS project as a good practice how to foster and promote cross-border artistic mobility. For more information see www.alcultur.org (available only in Spanish and in Portuguese).

In this regard, Interarts has also received a study, carried out by the Observatorio das Actividades Culturais, on Portuguese international artistic mobility. It gathers statistics and some relevant information on latest activities and development in the cultural sector in Portugal, as well as collects statistics and information on Portuguese international mobility issues, such as sources of funding, target countries, mobility experiences, etc.

Agor Drysau showcase in Theatre for Young People

Wales Arts International worked in close partnership with the British Council at this year’s Agor Drysau showcase in Aberystwyth to maximise benefits for the sector in Wales in working with international writers and performers. The established international showcase run by Arad Goch, which provides a platform for the best in young people’s theatre from all around the world, is also an important networking event in the performing arts calendar for Wales. A variety of theatre companies from Wales were ableto network and share experiences with representatives from ASSITEJ Serbia, Egypt, Denmark and Estonia, as well as the Pittsburgh Internatioanl Children's Theatre Festival from the USA and 16 rue de Plaisance from Brittany.

From 1 May 2010 in the EU a New Modernised Social Security System Has Become Applicable

Since 1st May 2010, two new regulations have become applicable in the EU. These regulations (N°s 883/2004 and 987/2009), also called the “Modernised EU social security coordination”, aim to guarantee that rights in the area of sickness, insurance, pensions, unemployment and family benefits are preserved in the event of moving within Europe.
Pearle's newsflash in 5 May 2010

EU Visa Code

Since 5 April 2010, the EU Visa Code has become applicable. The Visa Code is an EU regulation and has been adopted in order to increase the transparency, simplify and accelerate the procedures concerning Schengen visas. Read more from SICA's webpages