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ICAF NWE MKRS FESTIVAL COMING UP!

For all our Dutch and Flemish colleagues; we are happy to welcome you to our ICAF NWE MKRS festival from 3 to 5 June 2022 in Rotterdam! ICAF NWE MKRS is a festival produced especially for young artist-facilitators within the community arts sector in the Netherlands, and, each year, it offers a fantastic opportunity to recognise…

TRIP TO PORTO

Last month Jasmina, Anamaria and Eugene had the pleasure of travelling to Porto to meet and exchange with friends and collaborators MEXE Associação Cultural, Festival FAACCC and Edith Scher and Matemurga de Villa Crespo, and to share knowledge and ideas and discuss future plans.   Another reason for our visit was to experience the mesmerising performance of Matemurga de Villa Crespo, programmed by MEXE Associação Cultural, which successfully…

Paying our respects to Sally Gordon

It was with heavy hearts that we learnt last week that dear ICAF friend and collaborator Sally Gordon had passed away. Since 1984, Sally Gordon had been the founding director of a community-based theatre company called El Teatro de la Realidad (Theatre of Reality). The theatre performed plays based on the lives of the participants,…

ICAF Reads #1: Teatro de Vecinos

Our first ICAF Reads is a critical summary, in English, of Teatro de Vecinos: de la comunidad para la comunidad (Neighborhood: From the Community for the Community) by Edith Scher, translated and written by Eugene van Erven.  Edith Scher is an Argentinian writer, musician, academic, actress, and director of the Matemurga theater group. She studied…

PITFALLS OF PARTICIPATION

We strongly recommend watching the recording of the presentation of professor Sruti Bala that was part of our national festival ICAF NWE MKRS. Professor Bala, from the University of Amsterdam, facilitated an in-depth conversation about the pitfalls around ‘participation’ with Jasmina alongside key stakeholders in the cultural field in the Netherlands including lecturers from art academies, government…