Open Call/Kaunas 2022: School of Participation | training for creative practitioners, 6 – 13 September 2020
Are you interested in learning new creative skills? Do you already create artistic events in public space, or make celebrations within your community?
This training will bring local people in Kaunas (in 2017 and 2019 this training was hosted by Plovdiv 2019. See more here) together with international practitioners to explore participatory arts practice. It will involve ‘learning by doing’, and you will share your skills with others from across Europe, professional and non-professionals alike. There will be an opportunity to put ideas into practice by working together to support local people who wish to take part in the Fluxus Festival on 12/9/20.
Intense, ambitious, interesting, this will be learning on the edge…this School will enable 2 people from Bulgaria with 23 more from across Europe to come together in a unique programme to acquire skills and knowledge quickly, while extending their own European cultural networks.
The School has been designed to link with the Fluxus Festival - which awakens Kaunas through Fluxus! Since 2018, residents, communities and guests of Kaunas city and district have climbed together up one of the steepest hills in the city centre, dressed in unexpected costumes inspired by the Fluxus art movement. Participants meet in the square which was home to Fluxus pioneer Jurgis/George Mačiūnas (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nmoolpEhGk) and climb up the hill in the strangest way possible: backwards or on their hands, carrying an uncle or a goldfish, with rollers or with a surfboard - anything the participants' imagination allows. After their ascent, the participants get involved in an (un)expected and (un)simple artistic community action created by themselves. All this is only part of the Fluxus festival... throughout the day you are invited to join local people to ignite community spirit and turn this day into a real celebration of gathering and friendship.
Creative practitioners will explore the relationship between art, community and culture in new ways – working in public space to build civic engagement, and working alongside people from Kaunas city and district, supported by Walk the Plank (UK).
Who can take part in this Open Call?
You may have trained in creative arts… you may already be involved in art or cultural activities, or have a desire to learn new skills… you may play music, work with nature, or inspire children and young people. You may be a teacher, artist, mother, scientist, activist, volunteer – all (who live and/or work in Bulgaria) will be welcome.
How many people from Bulgaria will take part?
Kaunas 2022 will host 2 creative people from Bulgaria who have interest in the field of culture.
How to apply:
If you are interested, please send via email email@example.com your CV and 300 words outlining why you want to take part in this training and what you can offer utill 31 July 2020. The subject of the email should include Open Call: School of Participation / Kaunas 2020, and your name. All participants will be contacted.
Where is the training?
September 6th-13th, 2020
English will be the official language of the training.
There is no participation fee. All costs will be covered.
A Jury from the partners of the project will take the decision.
Confirmation of names of participants by beginning of August, 2020.
However, if you have any further question, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What people have said about this training:
“I learnt to respect everyon's opinions as a part of co-creation and also, confidence.”
“I have gained many new local contacts that are going to be very important when it comes to
general collective actions, as well as for the development of new projects in the community.”
“What impressed me was how the design and planning processes were very democratic.
Everyone had a say, all ideas were welcome, and the overall outcome was a result of
exchange and co-operation.“
The School of Participation is supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and led by Walk the Plank. With international partners Plovdiv 2019, Bulgaria; Novi Sad 2021, Serbia; uniT Graz – University of Graz, Austria; Kaunas 2022, Lithuania; Coventry 2021, UK; and associate partners Limerick City & County Council, Ireland; aRe, Yerevan, Armenia; Tartu 2024, Estonia and Veszprem 2023, Hungary.