ICAF 2014



Our main themes for the sixth edition of ICAF will be 'space' (in the broadest sense of the term) and 'transferable methodologies'. As always, we aim to include all imaginable art forms and want to make sure all continents are represented. With musicians, public space designers, visual artists, choreographers, theatre makers, storytellers and cinematographers coming from South Africa, Congo, Cambodia, the Philippines, Colombia, North and South America, and Europe we are confident we can deliver on that promise.

In collaboration with CAL-XL we are organizing three artist-in-residencies. Under the umbrella of Kunstbedrijf Arnhem, visual artist Krista Burger of Heimprofi will collaborate with her Slovakian colleague Edita Karkoschka from Kosice. Dansnest from Breda will collaborate with choreographer Filip de Wulf of the English-Belgian Retina Dance Company. On behalf of EMPAF, Paul Steele of Junction Arts will tour with a mobile radio studio through the Netherlands in the week prior to ICAF. In addition, the Rotterdams Wijktheater will host a fourth residency involving Louise Lowe, one of Ireland's most exciting site-specific theatre makers.

We are also proud to announce the appearance of Bread & Puppet, a performance group that has been inspiring community artists worldwide since 1963 with intimate indoor and spectacular outdoor shows that mix image, music and movement. We are equally delighted to have one of the hits of last year's Spanish theatre season on our program, the Atalya-TNT production of The House of Bernarda Alba, which features Roma women from the El Vacie neighborhood of Seville. And there is much, much more: latin music concerts from Colombia, hip hop from Cambodia, performances from Africa, and a fascinating film program with productions from Spain, the USA and Ireland accompanied by their makers.

In terms of transferable methodologies, we can already mention the following exciting workshops and master classes: Insight Share (UK) will bring its world renowned approach to participatory video; the Philippines Educational Theatre Association (PETA) offers a hands-on intensive course on train-the-trainer in community-based theatre; Cecily Hardy of big hART (Australia) facilitates a think tank for a new worldwide project from her perspective as creative producer; and musicians Michael Romanyshyn (USA) and Luc Mishalle (Belgium) offer a session in which they explore the boundaries of intercultural community music. But there also will be activities that explore links between sports and art and a special appearance of Cornerstone Theatre from Los Angeles. And tell your friends and colleagues that Rotterdam South was the place to be at the end of March when spring was in the air.

Eugene van Erven
ICAF director