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8.-11. 11. 2023

Four-day trip Czech cultural workers to Bavaria, specifically to Munich, Moosach, Nuremberg and Bamberg.

A delegation of 15 Czech professionals from the field of independent theater will have the opportunity to meet representatives of the Bavarian scene, visit performances and map fields for possible future cooperation. In addition, the platform will present the work of Czech artists in a non-traditional showcase format.

bavarian _ Czech platform - photo Anezka Medova.jpg

In November, a group of 16 members* went to four Bavarian cities. Similar to the Bavarian delegation, it included curators*, dramaturgs*, production*/producers*, artists* from various cities in the Czech Republic, but also the program coordinator of the Prague Municipal Library or representatives of the European Capital of Culture project Budějovice 2028. We gradually visited Moosach, Munich , Nuremberg and Bamberg. In each of the cities, we met representatives* of the local scene, had a common program and time for individual meetings or exploring new places, visiting galleries. In addition, an important moment was the official meeting with the mayor of Bamberg and with the employee of Nuremberg City Hall, who takes care of cooperation with the Czech Republic. 


Jakub Štrba, Jiří Kolář, Eva Lietavová, Patrik Boušek, Dominika Široká, Lucie Fabišíková, Mikuláš Zvánovec, Jan Mocek, Barbara Gregorová, Hana Kokšalová, Carolina Arandia, Helena Urban, Dita Lánská, David Karban, Kryštof Koláček, Petr Dlouhý



For the presentation of Czech art for the Bavarian audience and the professional circle, we have decided not to go the traditional route of a "showcase", which presents a specific selection of works intended for an international audience. Instead, we focused on the potential of art making to create new relationships. The program thus became the result of several co-productions, collaborations and was built on the common interest of Czech artists* and their Bavarian colleagues*. 

"The following program can be understood as an act of listening to ongoing conversations with various actors of the scene and their needs. Or as an answer to the questions we encounter during the process: How to bring Czech and Bavarian artists together? What set of procedures needs to be represented more? How to inhabit the position of an outsider and what can this bring to the locality? What must happen for us to travel to the neighboring cities?.'

An excerpt from Petr Dlouhé's curatorial text outlines the reasons for such a move. If the platform's goal is to build bridges, it's important to start listening first. The program presented the Beautiful Confusion Collective project on dance and architecture, which worked site-specifically at the Bavarian Chamber of Architects with the participation of a Munich artist. In Nuremberg, we prepared a series of workshops conveying specific knowledge and practices built on the Czech scene. These included strategies of cultural politics in dance, post-humanist curatorial approaches or the possibilities of non-hierarchical spaces accessible to people without children, parents and children alike. In Bamberk, the Czech and German versions of the Brno collective bazmek entertainment premiered. It was created in collaboration with local artists* and was the first ever international experience for a young collective of creators*. The program ended with a joint performance event by Prague artist Sofia Sorokina and Bamber artist David Luis Grimm in the newly opened Johanniskapelle cultural space.




Becka McFadden, Sára Märc, Marika Smreková, Blanka Marková, Anna Prstková, Andrea Polnická, Patrik Boušek, Eva Lietavová, Sofiia Sorokina, David Luis Grimm, Becka McFadden, Laura Saumweber, Mary Ann Hushlak, Sylvie Robaldo 

note to the text: * indicates words that, although stated in the generic masculine, include persons of other genders

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