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LUBLIN: Eastern Partnership


Cooperation within Platform 4 of the Eastern Partnership will serve as a foundation for the projects organized in Lublin. In October of this year, the city will host the festivals “The Oldest Songs of Europe” and “Theater Confrontations,” as well as an artistic residency titled “L2 — The City in the Person, the Person in the City.”

The 12th International Festival “The Oldest Songs of Europe. Tradition and Avant-garde”
October 6–12, 2011

“The Oldest Songs of Europe” Festival presents the rich vocal traditions of the oldest continent: hundreds of performance styles, archaic instruments and forms found both in the centre of Europe and its faraway reaches. Audiences will see performances by artists from the countryside as well as urban artists reconstructing and performing ancient songs after years of work and research. The festival aims to showcase the work of such artists and artistic circles.

This year’s festival, entitled “The Oldest Songs of Europe. Tradition and Avant-garde”, is a special edition marking the Polish Presidency in the EU. The enlarged program will feature performances by artists with other musical backgrounds, such as contemporary music, jazz, rock, etc., who find inspiration in older musical traditions.

Festival events will include concerts, a conference, workshops and film screenings.

The festival’s artistic director is Jan Bernad.

Theater Confrontations
October 14–22

The 16th edition of the festival continues the several year old program involving the confrontation of the Russian theater tradition with productions from a selected, artistically-interesting geographic region. Given this year’s focus on promoting cooperation with Eastern Partnership countries, the area of interest in the 2011 edition of the festival will be countries belonging to the partnership, especially Belarus, Ukraine, and Georgia.

The first theme of the “Confrontations” will be new interpretations of the great classics of European literature, and the search for new formal strategies for their presentation. The second theme will be the controversial social issue of migration, refugees, and the coexistence of quarreling nations.

The most interesting projects addressing these issues will constitute the program of the main, international part of the festival. At the same time, performances will be held by avant-garde theaters associated with the genre of physical theater and the MAAT project — an independent theater that merged with the Theater Confrontations in order to facilitate contacts between artists and to foster constructive dialog.

Another important element of the festival will be the “Lublin Showcase,” a presentation of work by artists from Lublin or otherwise associated with the city. This part of the festival will play a special role in the artistic life of the community, as the 2011 edition will mark the 40th anniversary of Teatr Provisorium.

The festival will also promote the work of young avant-garde visual artists in public city spaces.

“Mindware. Dialogue's Technologies
September 22 – October 30, 2011

This artistic residency is intended for young artists and art critics from Eastern Europe working in various fields of the visual arts together with artists from Poland and other European Union countries.

Artists from Eastern Europe, Poland, and the European Union will be invited to participate, as will art critics from Eastern European countries. The residency is intended for artists whose work addresses the issue of social dialog in public space. At the end of the program, residents will prepare, individually and/or with a group, an artistic installation, urban arrangement, or performance in an urban setting.


Co-organizers: UM Lublin, Warsztaty Kultury, Centrum Kultury Lublin, Międzynarodowy Ośrodek Inicjatyw Twórczych Rozdroża

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