– URBAN HEAT (2016-19)


– FOREIGN BODIES (2015-16) 

- A! Performance Festival

URBAN HEAT (2016-19)

URBAN HEAT is a project developed by the Festivals in Transition (FIT) network of 13 international festival partners, supported by Creative Europe, which enables artists to engage with the invisible communities within cities. The four year project supports artists to reconnect with the world outside the arts by addressing urgent political and social issues, and by working with audiences and communities affected by those issues.

The canvas for Urban Heat is cities…they are the physical framework of our society, the generator of civil values, the engine of our economy and the heart of much of our culture; and 50% of their population are people aged under 30. But in the era of late capitalism they also feel increasingly unsustainable: economic migration has created an almost invisible underclass; poverty is pushing people to the edges; and issues ranging from mobility to the rise of faith-based communities are seeing cultures and communities becoming more segregated and less permeable.

Through a series of academies and Urban Labs, which bring together selected artists, academics, faith leaders, political scientists and technologists, Urban Heat enables artists to develop their understanding of issues facing cities and to develop new forms of participatory arts practice and projects in response. The project will explore the following questions:

·      How can artists learn from activism?

·      How can artists effectively utilise technology and social media to reach and build communities?

·      What are the new and developing forms of participatory theatre and community art?

Urban Heat supports 22 emerging and mid-career artists who attend the initial and closing academies, participate in minimum of three Urban Labs scheduled throughout 2016 and develop project ideas and proposals that will be commissioned by the international festival partners.

URBAN HEAT is a network collaboration of SPIELART Festival (Munich), Krakowskie Reminiscencje Teatralne (Krakow), lnternational Festival of Contemporary Theatre Homo Novus (Riga), LIFT (London), Baltic Circle lnternational Theatre Festival (Helsinki), SAAL Biennaal (Tallinn), Bunker - Festival Drugajanje (Maribor), Spring Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), LÓKAL – lnternational Theatre Festival (Reykjavík), Centrale Fies - Drodesera (Dro)

Associated partners: Reykjavík Dance Festival (Reykjavík), Alkantara Festival (Lisbon), Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (Cairo).

URBAN HEAT is an initiative  of the network Theate/Festivals in Transition (FIT) -

This project has been funded with support of the European Commission.

APAP - Advancing Performing Arts Project


apap – advancing performing arts project is an international network of 11 cultural organisations from all over Europe.

The project, apap-performing Europe 2020, is supported by the “Creative Europe Programme of the EU, it is implemented throughout a four-years period (1st of June 2016 – 30th of May 2020).

apap – performing Europe 2020 is dedicated to the sustainable support of contemporary dance and performance in Europe and abroad, including a special cooperation with “Maqamat/Beit El Raqs” in Lebanon “, as well as a strong focus on enlarging audiences and a knowledge-transfer between cultural organizations.

Associated partner: Lókal – International Theatre Festival (Reykjavík).



Foreign Bodies project takes place between December 2014 April 2016 inBucharest/RO, Oslo/NO and Reykjavik/IS and includes workshops, coaching projects, conferences, residencies, productions and presentations of dance and film. The project is developed around the concepts of ‘foreign body’ and ‘periphery’ and arises from the partners strong intentions to contribute with their international expertise to an enhance of artistic mobility in a context in which migration it’s seen as an important phenomenon of the society.

Geographically situated at the European boarder, the partner countries are developing a cooperation project, which activities are addressing both dance specialists (artists and cultural facilitators) and large audience. The concept of ‘periphery’ is seen from the project’s perspective, geographically and economically, influencing the development of certain groups within the society, and also their access to education and culture.

The objectives of the projects are:

• supporting artistic mobility, by expanding the possibility to develop artistic exchanges – workshops, residencies, coaching projects;

• facilitating the access to culture by public presentations, shows, live streaming;

• generating a better understanding on cultural diversity and consolidation of the intercultural dialogue, with a special focus on the ethnic minority of Roma people;

• long-term development of the bilateral relations between 4Culture and partner organizations: WEE/Francesco Scavetta, Reykjavik Dance Festival, in the field of art and culture, with a special focus on cultural diversity.


A! Performance Festival 

A! Performance Festival is an annual performance festival organised by Akureyri Art Museum, LÓKAL, Reykjavík Dance Festival and Menningarfélag Akureyrar. The festival aims at bringing together visual- and performing arts during a vibrant week-end at the beginning of September each year.