In October, Artemrede will organize a training session on Cultural Mediation focused on the development of artistic projects involving non-artistic communities.
This training, to be held in the cities of Alcobaça and Montijo between October 9 – 11, is open exclusively to the staff of the cultural venues of the associated members of Artemrede.
On October 9, Lucca Ricci (photo) will give a masterclass in which he will share his know-how regarding the involvement of audiences in cultural projects. Ricci is the Artistic Director of Kilowatt festival – an event whose growing international reputation is partially due to an initiative named Visionari, in which the community of Sansepolcro choses part of the programme of the festival. Visionari was then replicated in other Italian cities and gained an European scope with the project Be SpectACTive!
On October 10, in Alcobaça, and October 11, in Montijo, Inês Barahona, from Formiga Atómica, will give a workshop which will articulate the expertise shared by Luca Ricci the day before with the challenges Artemrede’s members currently face on a local level.
Indeed, Artemrede is currently developing – and will so continue in 2018 – several projects demanding a stronger participation from cultural mediators in the engagement of different communities within different and challenging contexts.
Several members will soon organise the first group of Visionários in Portugal, in the line of the Italian Visionari. While promoting the evolution from spectators to programmers, Visionários aims at empowering the audiences, which will eventually drop their traditionally passive role and take part on programming schemes of their local venues.
The Odisseia project will continue to challenge the young generations from the municipalities of Oeiras, Moita, Barreiro, Santarém, Almada and Sesimbra to participate in training sessions and get involved in the making of an artistic piece. After the shows by Rui Catalão and Radar 360º, the third and last phase of the project - to kick off before the end of this year in Sesimbra - will count on the presence of musician and filmmaker António-Pedro.
In 2018, locals from Alcobaça and Montijo will have the opportunity to join theatre company mala voadora in two artistic residencies and will ultimately perform in the play A Manual on Work and Happiness. The play, which was recently written in a residency in L'arboreto (watch the video), will also travel to Patras (Greece) and Pergine (Italy) in the framework of the very first European project managed by Artemrede with the support of Creative Europe.
Since the creation of Artemrede that training is one of the network's main lines of action. In 12 years of activity, over 100 professionals from its associated members got qualified in different areas such as arts management, programming, mediation and communication, among others.