LIBERTY is a large scale Creative Europe project and an exciting international arts programme exploring and celebrating freedom, led by ArtReach (UK). Liberty EU Programme is supported by Creative Europe.
LIBERTY – SVOBODA 607378 large scale project
Duration of the project: 1. september 2019 – 31. januar 2023
Project leader: ArtReach (Velika Britanija)
Altonale Gmbh (Germany),
Museo dei Bambini (Italy),
Teatrul National Radu Stanca Sibiu (Romania),
Aalborg Karneval (Denmark),
CENTAR E8 (Serbia),
CNC Danse (France),
Den Selvejende Institution Swinging Europe (Denmark),
Trafo House of Contemporary Arts (Hungary),
European Educational Exchanges - Youth for Understanding (Belgium),
Pionirski dom - Center za kulturo mladih (Slovenia).
LIBERTY Creative Europe Programme
Led by UK cultural development charity, ArtReach, LIBERTY is an ambitious and innovative creative response to current challenges facing the European Union. At a time of significant change for Europe – with substantial movement of people and arrival into Europe of refugees; disturbing breakdown in community cohesion, focused by the terrorist threat; and the implications of BREXIT (and other possible EU structural change) – ArtReach and partners want to focus on the positive impact of creative integration through art and culture, helping to forge new sense of identity and place (both locally and Europe-wide) with strong engagement from young people. We also want to significantly develop and enhance a process of artist and artistic collaboration and audience development that previous ArtReach-led Creative Europe projects have initiated. Our commitment is to engagement of young artists and young audiences.
LIBERTY brings together 12 cultural partners from 10 countries, partners with shared values, passions and commitment. We will forge a vibrant curatorial and development team, enabling artists and cultural professionals to work together over three years, commissioning at least 75 new collaborative works from 750 young artists that are presented as free access events across Europe and with transnational circulation. Inside Out Performance, Processional Theatre, Liberty Wall-Art, Outdoor Digital Arts projects, workshops and seminars will together explore our theme of creative integration and identity, encompassing Festivals, venues, interdisciplinary arts, training and conferences. Embedded in the project is commitment to audience development and education/training, prioritising culturally diverse and disadvantaged communities, including refugees, those from deprived socio-economic backgrounds and disabled people. LIBERTY will conclude with a five-month pan-European programme from May to September 2022, maximising new technology to share works and ideas as widely as possible, and generating substantial legacy momentum.
LIBERTY comprises of six strands of artistic creation and presentation:
Inside – Out Performance: A performance taking place both outdoors and inside cultural or non-traditional venues; bridging the two spaces.
Processional Theatre: A moving, parade-like, performance that engages passers-by and audiences on the street.
Liberty Art: Provocative and place-making visual art, sculptural art, murals, street art and graffiti that exhibits anywhere there is a suitable space.
Outdoor Digital Art: Presented outdoors, this work cuts across any art form and features significant digital elements in its creation.
Educational Workshops: LIBERTY workshops are practical, accessible, challenging and fun. They enable the co-creation and exploration of the project’s themes.
Seminars: Enable a deep-dive into the project’s themes; raising questions, seeking actions, and galvanising more interest and spin-off activity.
The six elements of the project will maximise engagement of audiences by being delivered in public spaces with prolonged artist development and sector learning opportunities. LIBERTY will be presented across 10 countries from September 2019 to October 2022.
In September, partners on the project from locations across Europe came to Leicester to celebrate the start of this ambitious project. The celebrations included meeting the City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, and visiting the city’s cultural quarter, which will be the site for some of the projects performances and workshops over the next 3 years.
Leicester based ArtReach, the Lead Partner for the project, is the only UK organisation this year to receive funding on this scale from Creative Europe. They will be teaming up with eleven other arts organisations representing ten European countries from; Germany, Italy, Romania, Denmark, Serbia, France, Slovenia, Hungary and Belgium.
The full list of partners involved in LIBERTY are: ArtReach (UK), Altonale GmbH (Germany), Museo dei Bambini (Italy), CESIE (Italy), Teatrul National Radu Stanca Sibiu (Romania), Aalborg Karneval (Denmark), Center E8, for promoting lifestyles (Serbia), CNC Danse (Nathalie Cornille Company) (France), Pionirski dom – Center za kulturo mladiih (Slovenia), Den Selvejende Institution Swinging Europe (Denmark), Trafo House of Contemporary Arts (Hungary), European Educational Exchanges – Youth for Understanding (Belgium).
OPEN CALLS (in Slovene language):
PROJECT LIBERTY AND ART FESTIVAL LIKfest
OCTOBER 5 – 8
The Liberty project will be presented in Ljubljana in 2020 with the first public event. Pionirski dom - Centre for Youth Culture has been organizing the LIKfest art festival for the fifth year in a row, which promotes the authenticity of children's and youth creativity. It is intended for Ljubljana kindergartens and primary schools. The results or works of art of children on the announced topic are presented in the gallery space at Komenskega 9, where every year we conclude the exhibition program with a closing event which also includes young artists who offer children a new experience from the world of fine arts.
Public intervention in Urban Space
(Pionirski dom, Vilharjeva 15)
The LIBERTY project will host 2 local and 2 foreign artists as part of the LIKfest festival in October. Participants: lo_milo_, Maruša Meglič, Lidija Zeneripa and Eske Touborg. Pionirski dom will built a mobile construction in the form of a billboard / wall / screen. Artists will be provided with a painting area measuring 3 meters x 5 meters. Each artist will have one page of the "wall", which he will equip in the form of graffiti or wall painting with his own visual narrative related to the content of the Liberty project. The project will be on public view between 8 October 2020 and 1 November 2020.
With interventions in space, we want to emphasize the importance of today's Europe and the importance of its borders. We allow freedom of choice and expect interesting ideas that will present new challenges to both creators and us viewers of artistic creations. With the projects we want to create new mental concepts of freedom, to involve the local community with it. Artworks should respond to the world we live in, encourage us to creative progress and challenge boundaries within ourselves and consequently others. The creators and implementers of the project believe that through creative integration young people become even more critical and engaged in exploring freedom.
Pionirski dom will support 4 young artists up to 30 years of age with the project.
Maruša Meglič (SLOVENIA) received her master's degree from the Department of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. She also studied at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague. She has presented her work in several group and solo exhibitions at home and abroad.
Lo_milo (SLOVENIA) His work is accompanied mainly by transience. “I create temporary interventions that are not noticed on the first ball. I could describe them as guerrilla or fleeting art,” he says. He works in the fields of painting, several media projects, photography, art in public space and street art. He mainly researches the urban environment and its relationship to the natural.
Lidija Zaneripa (LATVIA) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Latvia in 2020. She works in the field of visual communications, deals with video and photography. Recently, she has been creating her works of art in the field of spatial installation.
Eske Touborg Matthiesen (DENMARK) is a Danish artist who creates his artwork in public. His works are large in size and spread on large facades in major cities.
Statements of participating artists in English can be found here.
PROJECT LIBERTY AND FILM FESTIVAL ZOOM
September 21 - 23, 2021
For over 14 years Pionirski dom organizes the International Film Festival for Children and Youth ZOOM. We receive over 900 films, which are created by young film-makers from all over the world, each year. Festival also offers round tables and workshops; young film makers can watch film from their peers. Jury selects best films and awards them with clapperboards.
In 2021 we will connect ZOOM to Liberty project, in which one of the main activities is Liberty Outdoor Digital Arts. Through the project the emphasis will be on the exchange of international practices of working with young people in the field of film, the inclusion of weaker and vulnerable groups, and the acquisition of young artists and the spread of their visibility.
15th edition of ZOOM festival will be held in August and September 2021. Through this call we are looking for young artist up to 30 years of age, who are working in the film field.
OPEN CALL FOR YOUNG ARTISTS: CLICK HERE
Deadline for applicants: June 1st 2021
Project LIBERTY in Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts KALEIDOSCOPE
June, 22nd - 24th 2022
The festival offers combination of children's and youth productions, dance performances by internationally renowned names in the field of expressive dance. This edition will take place as part of the Creative Europe project, Liberty. You can find more info abou the festival here.
The Kaleidoscope Festival will take place in June 2022. For this purpose, we are looking for young artists up to the age of 30, working in the field of contemporary dance. Check the details in the open call below.