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9 Lives of the “Eastern” Artist: Surviving the Changes

An International Symposium with Accompanying Cultural Program and Blog

Symposium dates: February 19 - 21th 2020, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Three engaging symposium panels focussed on Love, War and Nature, from the perspective of Central and East European matadors of the independent arts. Four provocative lecture performances by devised performance or dance movers and shakers from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia.Led by experienced top independent performing arts creators and professionals from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and neighbouring countries, organized by producers of Prague’s Bazaar Festival and partners from 4 Central European countries and hosted by Palackého University this two-day symposium in Olomouc challenges all participants to think and work together outside of the box.

Instead of focussing non-stop on collaborations with Western European aesthetics, artists, organizations and funding systems, let’s take two days to remind ourselves who we are, what our recent past is, what we want, what are audiences need and what we have specifically in common or in parallel with other artists and artistic communities in Central and Eastern Europe. So many different experiences of society in only a few decades, so much faith, so much energy…

We have had three or seven or nine different lives already. How does one find energy to believe in a new better system again and again? How do we orient ourselves in the world?