arts, culture and policies in Europe and Africa

Co-creation instead of colonial reservations: The Creative Europe project Deconfining arts, culture and policies in Europe and Africa builds bridges for a sustainable, fair, intercontinental cultural exchange and thus makes a contribution for the realization of the EU strategy for international cultural relationships.

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Deconfining arts, culture and politics in Europe and Africa
© Ibrahim Passere

International Theatre Institute Germany (ITI) (project management)
African Capitals of Culture (Africapitales/UCLG-A, panafrican), Art Transparent Wroclaw (PL), Arts and Theatre Institute (CZ), Bodø 2024 (NO), Bad Ischl Salzkammergut 2024 (AT), Culture Funding Watch (TN), Croatian National Theatre (HR), Festival sur le Niger (ML), Goethe Institut Madrid (DE/ES), Institute of Transmedia Design (SI), Les Récréâtrales (BF), Nafasi Art Space (TZ), National Kaunas Drama Theatre (LT), (EU/international/BE), Operndorf Afrika (BF), Pro Progressione (HU), Raw Material Company (SN), Rwanda Arts Initiative (RW) und Women’s History Museum of Zambia (ZM), Tunisian National Theatre (TN), Barefeet Theatre (ZM) (partners)
Miriam Wall (production management theatre production)
Alexander Charim (curator)

Eva Mair (Head of Programme Building Culture, Crafts)
Sonja Zobel (Head of Programme Performing Arts)
Barbara Eigner (International Relations)


About the project

How can old patterns be broken and made anew? Artistic partners from past and future European and African Capitals of Culture develop new strategies for creative collaboration together. In addition, all European partners work with a respective “dialogue partner” from the African continent. The European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut 2024 is creating this multiple-year dialogue format together with Christoph Schlingensiefʼs Operndorf Afrika in Burkina Faso. The goal is alongside artistic activities, such as residency programs, to also pursue cultural policy activities. This act of building bridges between the continents comprises social, ecological as well as spatial dimensions: This will thus make traditional interrelationships visible and, at the same time, create a current understanding in order to define the future anew, together.

You can find the texts written by the authors Sidiki Yougbaré and Thiemo Strutzenberger during the first Writers Residency here:

The texts were also recorded in the form of podcasts and published by Freies Radio B138: