Regional Meeting (Eastern & Central Europe)

11/11/2014 - 12/11/2014
@ Mala performerska scena, Zagreb (Croatia)

FACE and its member Mala Performerska Scena (leading Circus Information Center) organised a FACE Eastern Europe regional meeting that took place on 11 – 12 November 2014 in Zagreb (Croatia), on the occasion of the circus advocacy days, and the presentation of several performances: “Ako zaigram neku novu igru #4” by Nikolina Komljenović, “Iglica” by Mala scena & Triko cirkus teatar and  "Oldness", circus performance born through the transnational partnership CirkoBalkana, and supported by Teatroskop / Institut Français de Serbie. The programme of the meeting is available here.

This regional meeting gathered members and non-members, the list of participants is available to download here. Discussions will first focus on the work of national/regional advocacy organisations. A second session will be dedicated to cross-border projects and artistic mobility. In particular, we will highlight good examples from this active and creative part of Europe, and investigate funding for international cooperation projects and new ways to work internationally.

First conversation focused on national and regional membership circus organisations, to compare their goals and activities, also comparing their achievements given their specific contexts. Beyond their core mission to advocate for best conditions and represent sectorial interests, guest speakers shared the initiatives to support the development and the export of contemporary creation.

Support documents:

  • Presentation of CircusInfo Finland
  • Presentation of APCC, Associació de professionals de circ de Catalunya
  • Presentation of ProCirque
  • Link to CCCE, the Croatian Circus Creation Export programme

Second conversation focused on cross-border projects, in particular past and current cooperation projects not (or not yet) supported by European funds but by alternative bodies. Participants also shared their experiences on the former Culture programme of the Commission, and the current Creative Europe one. Furthermore, they pointed out Erasmus plus as a potential support more in phase with the professional development activities they were initiating.

Support documents:

Discussions were moderated by Yohann Floch and took place at  Pogon – Zagreb Center for Independent Culture and Youth.