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Eight Short Compositions on the Lives of Ukrainians for a Western Audience

AREA collaborates with The Jam Factory in Lviv to present the work of two Ukrainian playwrights.
Two theatrical texts about life in Ukraine during the war.

The first text “Eight Short Compositions on the Lives of

Ukrainians for a Western Audience

by Anastasiia Kosodii was performed at Archa Summerschool and will be performed at the Akcent Festival (Czech Republic),
during Explore The North in the Netherlands and also in Denmark in cooperation with Swinging Europe and Kunstneren Tæt På and of course in Ukraine. We will share first experiences and talk about continuation of the “Eight Short Compositions".
Interested in finding more about this project? Join our working group!

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Two exciting case studies
from Serbia

 at the IETM - Plenary Meeting on September 29th 

IETM's Arts in Rural Areas Group in collaboration with AREA presented two very interesting case studies:
Aleksandra Miladinović, Activities Coordinator, Markovac Rural Cultural Centre,
and Tamás Oláh, Dramaturge and Member of the Artistic Committee, Salašarsko pozorište, Serbia

Questions arose from their presentations that we explored deeper :
How do you involve village inhabitants and increase participation
while facing irregular planning and lack of free time? 
How can a minority community define itself through drama?
The discussions were enriching and we thank everyone
for their valuable input!  


Next Online Open Meeting

Do you have a co-production idea? Do you want to share information on your project? Do you have any questions? 
Are you interested in what others do?
This Open Meeting is open for everyone to talk or just listen!

The Open Meetings are organized monthly and open to all members and non-members.  They introduce the network to new comers and provide a forum for new ideas, organisations, and people of interest. Leif Persson and Henk Kaiser coordinate and animate the meetings. 

Tuesday Oct. 18th from 11 AM to 12:30 PM


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Community, Arts and Well Being 
Working Group

At the next AREA Open Meeting on 18 October (at 11am CET), the Community, Arts & Well-Being group will introduce themselves and a new survey will be launched.
 A few words on the group:
Community, Arts & Well-Being meet weekly to address our common concerns as arts and culture workers, act on our shared values, and empower and support the well-being of community arts. 
In our meetings we share knowledge, offer training and practice inclusion by learning what are our common needs and concerns, and gear our community arts and well-being services towards:
·       Building Multicultural Communities
·       Navigating Conflict in Community groups
·       Enquiring into Privilege
·       Acting Locally, Thinking Globally
Co-creating a programme of events and discussions serving these intended outcomes requires the participation of AREA members in a new survey to make sure we are addressing all concerned in making life better and more inclusive for everyone in AREA and their communities.

 The group will also host a group meeting

on 25 October at 11am CET

where we will go deeper into our aims and ideas for the future, and we hope to see you there too!


An international Village of Culture in 2023 ?

The International Village of Culture was a project by the English National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF). It was a legacy of an unsuccessful bid by the city of Newcastle for the European City of Culture 2008 (it went to Liverpool). Instead, Newcastle created a festival called Culture10. The NRTF proposed several projects to Culture10  to challenge the idea that only cities are places for culture, investment, tourism and ideas.  

The International Village of Culture programme included  a conference in the city of Durham (NE England) in April 2009  where delegates from the UK, Europe, South Africa and Canada met to celebrate and discuss art in rural areas. Two international touring commissions were also produced,and 5 bands from Poland, Norway, Denmark,Finland and Estonia also showcased at the conference then toured rural England the following year.

A few AREA members were there! The idea began with an English rural network, but it belongs to everyone who turned up. 

Join our online discussion
on Tuesday November 29th, at 11 AM CET


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