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Introducing Will Weigler: ICAF’23 Rapporteur

Introducing Will Weigler: ICAF’23 Rapporteur

[Will’s Blog 1. March 29] And so it begins—The International Community Arts Festival 2023!  In March of 2020, a certain uncertainty that was unfolding around the planet meant that Edition 8 of the festival could not be the traditional full-on gathering of artists coming to Rotterdam. Nevertheless, our intrepid crew of producers managed, as we…

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Will Weigler ICAF Blog 6: Rhizome

Will Weigler ICAF Blog 6: Rhizome

In the festival programme, the description of events scheduled for our final day together includes a passage that eloquently captures the spirit and purpose of ICAF. “Over the past four days – and if we count the residency projects, much longer – we have been exploring sounds of change rising from many different community arts…

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Will Weigler ICAF Blog 5: Meeting

Will Weigler ICAF Blog 5: Meeting

The idea of “meeting” is at the core of all the work we do as community artists. Here at the festival, we are meeting with one another in every sense of the word. Over the course of the past few days, some of us have been meeting others for very first time, and also meeting…

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Will Weigler ICAF Blog 4: The Thing Itself

Will Weigler ICAF Blog 4: The Thing Itself

The work of community artists is inherently diverse and in a perpetual state of change. We continue to explore, refine, and reinvent this calling that draws us all together across our differences and geographies. Our theme this year at ICAF is The Sound of Change. Even within the simplicity of these words, there room for…

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Will Weigler ICAF Blog 3: The Stories We Tell

Will Weigler ICAF Blog 3: The Stories We Tell

ICAF Blog 3, Thursday 31 March, 2023 The stories we tell In one of the afternoon workshop sessions, Catherine Koekoek of Rotterdam Wijktheater read aloud a short passage from Adriana Cavarero’s book, Relating Narratives: Storytelling and Selfhood. Caverero is writing about what she considers to be one of the most beautiful scenes in The Odyssey.…

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Will Weigler ICAF Blog 2: ICAF 2023 Opening Evening

Will Weigler ICAF Blog 2: ICAF 2023 Opening Evening

Blog 2 Opening evening March 29, 2023 If you have ever played a part in creating a theatre production, you will know that it’s always a challenge to work out just how your show should start. In those opening moments, what can the performers do that will artfully draw a multitude of individual spectators into…

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HIGHLIGHT ICAF’23: Take Away Art Packs from Athens Comics Library, Greece:

HIGHLIGHT ICAF’23: Take Away Art Packs from Athens Comics Library, Greece:

Over the course of the Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings of ICAF, we warmly welcome Athens Comics Library/Comicdom Press to facilitate a series of workshops where you can create your own Take Away Art Pack, which will be opened and shared with the children of the IJsselmonde Neighborhood, where ICAF has its headquarters, during our Saturday family day.  The…

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HIGH LIGHT ICAF’23: Dançando com a Diferença, Portugal

HIGH LIGHT ICAF’23: Dançando com a Diferença, Portugal

For ICAF 2023 Dançando com a Diferença will be bringing their latest work, “GABO”, a children’s and family show where differences are highlighted so that young people and children can make their own interpretation of the way certain communities are treated within society. The name of the show, GABO, is also the name of the puppet who, like…

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HIGHLIGHT ICAF’23: Fanfakids, Met X, Belgium

HIGHLIGHT ICAF’23: Fanfakids, Met X, Belgium

Fanfakids are group of youngsters from Brussels, ranging from 6-16 years in age, who transform their youthful energy into explosive concoctions of rhythms that combine a metropolitan mix of dance and music and will turn the city up to full volume, and get everyone, of all ages, moving and dancing. We are overjoyed to have them…

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