In our contemporary world, the cultural sector and the arts are increasingly at interest in having direct social and environmental impact in the fight against for example social exclusion, gender inequality, and environmental crisis. Social Art practices and Socially engaged arts are umbrella terms for methodologies attempting to just that: utilising the potentials and powers of the arts for changing the present and future societies and environments we live in.
Pro Progressione has been working with social art practices for quite some time. Throughout these years, we have participated in many projects, having to know many faces of Social art practices, as well as forming wide networks of experts of the subject in Europe and beyond. Yet, the core of our teams have been , naturally, always form our own locality, the semi-peripheral Central- Eastern Europe. The topic of the current conference consequently is a closer look at the state of social art practices within the region.
How are social art practices embedded in the cultural scene of the V4 countries? What are specific obstacles the region has to face? What are problems and states of Social Art practices which are cultural, structural, global or universal? What can be the future aims and strategies of a forming international network of Social Art Practitioners?
We will be exploring these (and many other) questions with our networks throughout our three-day conference, hoping to create a platform and an open network of experts, cultural workers and citizens, working towards a fairer and more sustainable future.
The project and the conference is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustain able regional cooperation in Central Europe.
The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
The agenda of the conference will be the following:
November 11th (THURSDAY) – Conference Opening and Networking
18:00-19:30: Opening panel discussion with local and international experts (Európa Pont)
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Here is the video of the discussion.
Kuklis Katalin actor, dramapedagogue at Vekker Műhely (SK)
Hajdú Fanny dramapedagogue, Artistic lead of Academy for Actors of Civil Change (HU)
Husam Abed, Founder of Dafa Puppet Theater (CZ)
Małgosia Miśniakiewicz curator,Art Transparent (PL)
November 12th (FRIDAY) – Breaking away from formal discussions: A day of open workshops
Seminar and open day at Fűszer és csemege: Group Gravity: Theater anthropology training thechniques and psycho-dramatic considerations in the applied theater methdology of Utca-SzAK (Fűszer és Csemege, Address: Budapest, 1145 Erzsébet királyné útja 18. Ground floor)
Introduction and open workshops of the participants of Academy for Actors of Civil Change, socially engaged theatre education in practice (Auróra, Budapest, Auróra u. 11, 1084)
Open presentation of the participants of Academy for Actors of Civil Change – Closing performance of the two weeks training (Auróra, Budapest, Auróra u. 11, 1084)
Party at Auróra ( FREE OF ADMISSION)
November 13th (SATURDAY) – Networking event
Networking event with the participation of the young professionals and trainers of Academy (Location: TBC)
During the first day, we will focus on the networking and introduction possibilities. We are presenting the work we are doing in our projects to foster SAP in the V4 region, presenting the different methodologies and their possible application in the formal and non-formal education system. We also invite external organisations to show their work, achievement and thus we foster the collaboration among them.