PROJEKT EUROPA ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAMME
COLLABORATING WITH ROYAL & DERNGATE TO SUPPORT AND PROMOTE THE WORK OF THREE LOCAL MIGRANT ARTISTS
PROJEKT ELEVATE will identify and support three migrant artists to develop ideas for co-created work for their own communities, focusing on artists who consider Royal & Derngate to be their local theatre.
Royal & Derngate is one of three theatres, also including Mercury Theatre and the Rose Theatre, working in collaboration with PROJEKT EUROPA to support a total of nine migrant artists across the UK.
Following an open call-out, PROJEKT EUROPA will commission the artists and provide artistic and dramaturgical support as they develop their project concepts. These commissions will broker new relationships between local migrant artists, the theatres and their communities, with a view to create co-production opportunities of participatory work between PROJEKT EUROPA and theatres across the country.
Artistic Director of PROJEKT EUROPA, Maria Aberg, says:
“I am thrilled to be working with Royal & Derngate to amplify international voices. We want to elevate migrant-led co-creation projects, to encourage artists to make bold, ambitious work for and with their communities, in collaboration with theatres they may not have had a relationship with before.
By working with migrant artists and communities we will support, inspire and empower them to ensure the future strength and resilience of our theatre sector.”
PROJEKT ELEVATE is part of PROJEKT EUROPA’s new ambitious programme supporting and promoting the work of over 40 migrant artists across the UK. The programme also includes:
PROJEKT EMPOWER – a mentorship scheme which will pair 10 emerging first generation migrant theatre makers with 10 of the country’s most successful migrant artists in a 5-month programme designed to build a community of support and inspiration across the country. The mentees will be discovered through an open callout and will be partnered with one of the following mentors: Omar Elerian, Mehmet Ergen, Anna Fleischle, Kaisa Hammarlund, Thusitha Jayasundera, Arinzé Kene, Ingrid Mackinnon, Lucian Msamati, Hyemi Shin and Caroline Steinbeis.
PROJEKT ENCOUNTER – a 20-week community engagement programme for first generation migrants in Kent who have little to no previous engagement with the arts. Building on PROJEKT EUROPA’s previous work in Canterbury, they will collaborate with a leading artist to develop and deliver an ambitious programme of workshops, with the aim of building an informal community ensemble at The Marlowe Theatre. PROJEKT ENCOUNTER will reach and connect with historically underserved communities, specifically those with no existing relationship with theatre.
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