Two years of Performing Europe 2020
The first two year of apap – Performing Europe 2020 have been a joyful ride, and they produced outstanding results so far!
apap – Performing Europe 2020 sustain, through the support of several partners, already more than 40 projects of apap artists. A first meeting between all the apap artists and partners happened in BUDA, Kortrijk in February 2017 and an all apap artist Festival - Performing New Europe – made by Szene Salzburg in January 2018 (read more here) presented some of the highlights of the projects supported by the network, with a great success of audience and critics.
The projects spread in festivals and theatres reaching more than 250 guest performance all over Europe.
Many special projects were also dedicated to reach new audiences, for example: Lotte Van Den Berg “Building Conversation” was hosted in Lisbon in the frame of Entrada Livre (free entrance) and was realized in one of the main squares of the city, including different audience and community. The newly created Festival “Performing Europe” from C/U Fundacja in Warsaw imagined with several events with free entrance and a special focus on audience development. Gérald Kurdian with his “A queer Ballroom for the Hot Bodies of the future” hosted in the Reykjavik Dance Festival managed to involve several LGBT communities of the country, and Maria Jerez, hosted by several partners with her project “Maria learn (language of the hosted country) manage to involve children’s class in several artistic programs all over Europe.
apap artists also were welcomed in several residency programs of partners institution, on top of the successful apap production studio in Berlin (read more here), for example in Centrale Fies or SZENE Salzburg that both already hosted several artists also with a successful system of call for the artists of the network.
Last but not least, they have been two milestone years for Maqamat, our satellite partner in Beirut, as in 2017 they launched the first phase of CITERNE BEIRUT (read more here) which provided the home for BIPOD. They look forward to consolidating this monumental effort in the coming years and securing this much-needed space of artistic possibility for Beirut.
We are looking forward to other two years of producing, presenting and connecting!