‘Centriphery’ is the title of a collaborative project of nine European festivals and organisations recently awarded by the European Commission with a European subsidy for major projects within the contact of Creative Europe. In all of Europe only 17 large-scale projects have been honoured; in addition, 84 small projects have been honoured – this from a total of 530 applicants.
The organisation of Cultura Nova is very happy with the ‘Centriphery’ label. It is a collaborative project of nine festivals from Europe that all manifest themselves in the Randland of their country. The term Randland has been introduced to indicate an experimental area in which shrinkage is the guiding principle for shaping new administrative, economic and socio-cultural structures.
Substantially, the partners proved to have many similarities, particularly in terms of participation and inclusion. They relate well to their immediate environment and are also not afraid to innovate and experiment.
The project ‘Centriphery’ involves expanding community projects, the connection of professional artists with regional residents and the international exchange of artistic and social knowledge and experience. For festival Cultura Nova, ‘Centriphery’ will be completed in 2019 and 2020. The participating festivals and organisations come from: Austria (Festival der Regionen, lead partner), Denmark (Dansehallerne), Croatia (Rijeka 2020), Romania (Asociatia Prin Banat), France (La Manufacture), Portugal (Anda & Fala – Cultural Association), Bulgaria (Fondatsiya za Nova Kultura), Finland (Espoon Kaupunginteatterisäätiö) and Cultura Nova from the Netherlands.
During Cultura Nova 2018, which takes place from Friday 24 August to Sunday 2 September, several international partners will continue working on the preparations for ‘Centriphery’. Last year festival Cultura Nova already received the European EFFE label – the label for outstanding European festivals.