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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 PLATFORM SURVEY

We are in the process of developing a brand-new online platform, that will act as a 24/7 accessible ICAF. The platform will document, discuss, and help to develop the community arts field at large. Users will have the opportunity to get inspired through an archive and library of community arts media and resources, engage with…

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…

The ICAF 2023 Open Invitation is now live!

The ICAF 2023 Open Invitation is now live! Dear community artists, thinkers, practitioners, and facilitators. The next ICAF will be taking place from Wednesday 29 March until Sunday 2 April 2023. We warmly invite you to send in proposals via our application form linked here, for projects, talks, artists, organisations, or anything else that you find…

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…

Introducing our new team member!

We are very happy to share with you the news that we have a new team member here at ICAF! The wonderful Amy Gowen has recently joined the ICAF team. In a few weeks she has become an equal member of the team next to Anamaria and Jasmina and will oversee the tasks of co-programming…

Eugene continues at ICAF as advisor and scout

As some of you will already know, our beloved colleague and dear friend Eugene van Erven retired this year. We miss his kind, loving, wise and caring energy every single day, but he has been preparing us for his retirement since 2016, and thanks to the knowledge and expertise he has shared with us during…

ICAF NWE MKRS festival taking place NOW

In Rotterdam we are currently celebrating our yearly national Festival ICAF NWE MKRS. A festival produced especially for young talents and artist-facilitators within the community arts sector here in the Netherlands. As part of the festival programme Professor Sruti Bala, from the University of Amsterdam will be facilitating an in-depth conversation with Jasmina alongside lecturers…