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02/2021 – Face to Faith: Open Call for Proposals

Face to Faith ist ein internationales Kooperationsprojekt mit dem Ziel, die vielfältigen Bedeutungen des Glaubens in europäischen Gesellschaften zu verstehen. 7 Projektpartner:innen – internationale Theater und Festivals aus Deutschland, Finnland, Italien, Israel, Polen, der Ukraine und der Tschechischen Republik – werden das Thema „Glaube“ durch Konferenzen und Performance-Kunstproduktionen untersuchen.

Wir laden nun interessierte Künstler:innen aus allen Bereichen ein, neue Projektideen rund um das Thema „Glaube“ einzureichen und am Projekt teilzunehmen!

Weitere Infos und der vollständige Open Call: 

  • Wir bitten um Verständnis, dass die untenstehende Ausschreibung lediglich auf Englisch zur Verfügung steht, da es sich hierbei um ein europaweites Projekt handelt.
  • Den Open Call findest du entweder weiter unten im Fleißtext oder hier als PDF-Dokument: Open Call – FACE to FAITH 

Das Projekt Face to Faith wird vom Creative Europe Programm der Europäischen Union kofinanziert.

“At the core of faith there is always a greater narrative that places us in the universe.”

Face to Faith is an international cooperation project aiming to understand the diverse meanings of faith in European societies. 7 project partners – international theatres and festivals from the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Israel, Poland and Ukraine – will investigate “faith” through conferences and performance arts productions.

We now invite all interested artists from all backgrounds to propose new project ideas related to the topic of faith.

The Face to Faith project involves producing 7 new performance productions, with each of the 7 project partners managing one of the productions. After the premiere held by the producing partner organisation, the project will tour each production in at least one other Face to Faith partner city. The productions will premier between October 2021 and September 2022. Further information about the schedules is presented below.

The Face to Faith project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

What do we offer?

Face to Faith is an international arena, a fascinating network and a reliable production platform. The project will provide each production with a production budget. Please indicate your needs and propose a budget using an application form (see below).

Equality & Diversity

The questions of equality, diversity and anti-racism are a fixed part of our curatorial process. We particularly encourage artists with diverse and marginalised backgrounds to submit their proposals to us!

Submitting a proposal

The proposal deadline is: 7 March 2021 (midnight CET time)

Please carefully read the general announcement on this page and make sure that your proposal fits the idea and conditions of the Face to Faith project.

Submit an application to one of the 7 Face to Faith partners using an electronic form. Links to the electronic application forms can be found in each organisation’s announcement.

Follow the links below to read the specific announcements of the partner organisations regarding thematic focuses and organisation-specific conditions and schedules for your production:

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival (Finland)
=> https://face-to-faith.eu/anti-contemporary-art-festival

Divadlo pod Palmovkou (Czech Republic)
=> https://face-to-faith.eu/divadlo-pod-palmovkou

Gesher Theatre (Israel)
=> https://face-to-faith.eu/gesher-teatre

Jam Factory Art Center (Ukraine)
=> https://face-to-faith.eu/jam-factory-art-center

Sommerblut Kulturfestival eV (Germany)
=> https://face-to-faith.eu/sommerblut-kulturfestival-ev

Teatro dei Venti (Italy)
=> https://face-to-faith.eu/teatro-dei-venti

Teatr Powszechny (Poland)
=> https://face-to-faith.eu/teatr-powszechny

Project proposals should correspond to the specific needs and priorities described by the organisation you submit your application to.

Selection process

Each partner organisation will carry out a pre-selection process. The final selection of the 7 Face to Faith productions will be made by a curatorial team formed by the curators of the partner organisations.

We aim to inform all the applicants about the results by the end of May 2021.

Background of the project

At the core of faith, there is always a greater narrative that places us in the universe. In nearly all regions of the world, people have developed their own cultures of faith. However, these differ greatly in their content and forms of expression.

Whether as an organized religion or a shared inner conviction, faith can develop integrative power and promote the identity of groups. It can break down boundaries and shackles, offer comfort and give meaning to life.

 At the same time, beliefs can exclude or separate people from one another. They can radicalize people to such an extent that they only accept their own faith and fight against all others. The history of faith also includes strict rejection in the form of atheistic worldviews. And the more pluralistic our societies become, the more diversely and creatively people live and act according to their own faith.

Whatever the case, one thing seems clear: our faith tells us who we are, who we were, and who we want to be.

OPEN CALL: Sommerblut Kulturfestival | Cologne, Germany

Sommerblut Kulturfestival e.V. produces and presents a variety of projects from all artistic fields that especially focus on issues of social minorities or social hotspots. In our work, we particularly support and propagate the idea of expanded inclusion. In this way, we want to increase the diversity of the composition of artistic groups as well as of spectators. Through the encounter and confrontation of people of different representations both on and off stage in cultural institutions as well as in all urban spaces we try to test a cultural participation and social co-determination of as many people as possible.

The theme of faith has already been mentioned in many festival editions. We assume that the appearance of faith is a driving force for human culture. This force appears as an integrative and identity-forming motor for the coexistence of societies and the survival of the individual. It can statically preserve traditions or develop astonishing new principles and forms of expression. It can have an emancipatory and liberating effect, or manifest inequality and oppression. It holds constructive elements as well as destructive.

We are interested in performance projects in an international context that bring into focus people and perspectives that rarely appear in public perception or are lost from view in mainstream culture. We are interested in social connections and currents that work in secret and rarely come to the surface. We are interested in people or motifs on stage that we have never seen or experienced

We support individual artists or groups of artists to research and work in our neighbourhood or community. We are looking for professional artists with and without impairments, migration history, PoC, trans and nonbinary people who want to form progressive teams and realise their projects in urban spaces or cultural institutions.

We are looking forward to receiving project proposals that fit into one of the following thematic fields: Faith, Power and Abuse / Neo-Paganism / Individualism as Religion / Conspiracy Ideas.

Please also visit our webpage to find out about our mission. The premiere of the production should be in May 2022.

Sommerblut Kulturfestival offers the following working conditions:

  • Rental of rehearsal space or studio
  • Production management of rehearsals, performances and guest tour
  • Networking with local artists
  • Contacts in the community, contact with experts
  • Organisation of the venue (cultural institution or site-specific-location)