Since 2002, ECUMEST participates in the development
of new regional
network in the field of performing arts - Balkan Express - , being,
with IETM (Brussels), Bunker (Ljubljana) and Vlaams Theatre Instituut
(Brussels), one of the supporters, promoters and coordinators of this
What is Balkan Express?
· A network of contemporary performing
arts operators from South East Europe and from other regions interested
in collaboration in and with Balkans.
· A meeting point for diverse organisations
or individuals promoting and encouraging the development of performing
arts in all of its diversity.
· An information point on the contemporary
performing arts in the Balkans, its major artistic tendencies, the models
of management, the opportunities of cooperation and exchange, funding,
education, innovative practices, etc.
· An active promoter and facilitator of
mobility with and within the Balkans.
· A think-tank on relevant issues concerning
cultural policy, mobility, exchange and other topics in relation to
the development and role of contemporary performing arts in the Balkan
What does it do?
· Bringing together professionals from
the field of performing arts through regular meetings, seminars, trainings
and performance showcases
· Creating opportunities for the exchange
of ideas and examples of good practice, thus implementing the spirit
of networking and building intercultural competence.
· Working actively on dynamic communication
and information exchange.
· Setting up short artistic and managerial
training programmes for young professionals.
· Identifying important issues and responding
accordingly by small publications, specific meeting and information
exchange focus. Currently, five working groups are active within the
network, focusing more closely on the issues of: mobility, education
and training, dance, information and communication, and advocacy in
the performing arts.
· Publishing a bi-monthly newsletter,
constantly updating its web-page, and animating an interactive group
mailing list, thus providing news, info, links, databases and documentation
and facilitating access to information and communication amongst members.
Who is already on?
· Balkan Express is a network bringing
together diverse organisations and individuals from South East Europe
and other regions, sharing a common interest.
· At present, four organisations are particularly
committed to and supporting its development: IETM,
productions, Ljubljana, ECUMEST Association, Bucharest, Vlaams
Theater Instituut (Flemish Theatre Institute), Brussels. All interested
organisations and individuals who want to invest in and participate
to this process are highly welcome to join.
Want to come on board?
· Membership is open to organisations
and individuals sharing a common interest in cultural and artistic exchange
in contemporary performing arts.
· It is simple and free - the completion
of a subscription form and/or the subscription to the BE mailing list
is putting you on board!
· Tamara Bracic, Bunker productions -
· Oana Radu, ECUMEST - firstname.lastname@example.org
· Milica Ilic, IETM - email@example.com
· Webpage: www.ietm.org/projects/Balkan
2002, April: BE launching meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia
In the framework and as a follow-up to the IETM plenary meeting in Trieste,
Italy (April 2002), a first meeting took place in Ljubljana addressing
for the first time the idea of creating a network for contemporary performing
arts in the Balkans. It tackled in particular the mobility problems
encountered by artist and operators in the Balkans and other East European
countries, and the possibilities of political action regarding the subject.
2002, December: BE development meeting in Medana, Slovenia
A small group of active members focused on identifying the key needs
and lacks in the field of performing arts in the Balkans, defining the
role and means of action of the BE network in the region.
2003, May: BE caravan meeting in Flanders, Belgium
A group of ten cultural operators from the Balkan region gathered in
Flanders, at the invitation and with the support of the Vlaams Theatre
Instituut. The meeting was aimed at a direct contact and better knowledge
of the contemporary performing arts situation in Flanders, and in making
contacts and connections with local operators & artists.
2003, November : BE meeting in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
It focused on the possible collaboration and exchange of information
within the region as well as with other European and non-European countries.
Organised in cooperation with Jazz fest Sarajevo. It also included an
artistic workshop dedicated to actors and directors, led by Jozef Houben
(pedagogue, professor and artist).
2003, March: BE working group within the IETM meeting in Budapest,
2004, June: BE meeting in Sfintu Gheorghe, Romania focusing on the
topic of audience development
Organised by the ECUMEST Association, it also included: an artistic
workshop for theatre directors & actors, held by the theatre and
opera director Andrei Serban; a workshop for cultural operators on "How
to set up international projects. The role of European cultural networks"
held by Corina Suteu.
2004, August: Artistic workshop for actors and dancers held by Jozef
In the framework of the Mladi levi festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2005, March: BE meeting in Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro
Organised by the DAH Theatre Research Center as a Satellite meeting
to the IETM plenary meeting (17- 21March 2005).
2005, September/ October: BE caravan meeting, Istanbul, Turkey
Networking event bringing together 7 artists and cultural operators
from SEE countries with the aim to explore and establish contacts with
the contemporary arts scene in Istanbul. Organised by IETM in collaboration
with Europist, Istanbul.
2005, November: BE meeting in Skopje, Macedonia
On the occasion of the Balkan Dance Platform and in cooperation with
2006, April: BE Info cell in Istanbul, Turkey
On the occasion of the IETM spring plenary meeting (19-23 April) organised
in partnership with Europist, Istanbul.