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International news round-up: January 18

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EU to celebrate its cultural heritage

EUROPE Events are planned across the European Union in 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage kicks in, with the performing arts featuring prominently. Over the year, Europe’s countries, including the UK, will celebrate the continent’s diverse cultural heritage – at EU, national, regional and local level. The aim is to encourage more people to engage with Europe’s cultural heritage and reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space under the slogan ‘Our heritage: where the past meets the future.’ Each country has a national coordinator – the UK’s is the North of England Civic Trust. More details are available at europa.eu/cultural-heritage, european-heritage.co.uk and nect.org.uk

Danish arts centre residency call

DENMARK/ AARHUS Bora Bora Residency Centre has launched an open call for project proposals to be researched and/or developed in the Danish arts centre’s 2018/19 season. Bora Bora will host three residencies open to professional dance artists, dance ensembles or stage directors with a strong choreographic interest from all over the world, with at least six residencies planned for the following season. Recent residencies include Portugal’s Cristina Planas Leitao and Iceland’s Katrin Gunnarsdottir. The deadline for proposals is February 4, details can be found at bit.ly/bb-residency

Spring Forward dance festival seeks critics

BULGARIA/ SOFIA Spring Forward has announced its programme for this year’s edition, which will run from March 23-25. Run by UK-based Aerowaves, the emerging artists’ dance festival takes place in a different European city each year – 2018 will be Sofia, Bulgaria, hosted by Derida Dance Center. Dance writers are also wanted to participate and review for the festival’s Springback Academy, now in its fifth year and mentored by critics including Donald Hutera, Sanjoy Roy and Oonagh Duckworth. The deadline for applications is February 2. For more details and how to apply, visit bit.ly/sa-writers. Register for Spring Forward at bit.ly/ASF-register

Concentration camp theatre exhibition

POLAND/KRAKOW Lagertheater is the first major exhibition on theatre in concentration and prisoner-of-war camps, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow on the site of the Second World War factory of Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who saved hundreds of Jews from the Holocaust. Little documentation has survived of theatre in the camps – especially concentration camps – and Lagertheater’s six years of research sets archive material alongside the accounts of witnesses from the time. The exhibition closes on January 28, details at en.mocak.pl/lagertheater

TR2 set for Japan tour of Mary Poppins

UK/PLYMOUTH TR2, Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Production and Education Centre, has assembled a £1 million set for a Japan tour of the Cameron Mackintosh/Disney musical Mary Poppins. The set has been assembled for shows that open in March at the Tokyo Theatre before transferring in May to Osaka’s Umeda Arts Theater, with the potential to tour elsewhere in the region. TR2, set up in 2003, includes three rehearsal rooms plus wardrobe and prop stores. For more details, see theatreroyal.com and marypoppins2018.jp

Village dance group wins £15k prize

SWITZERLAND/ RIOM Switzerland’s prestigious Wakker Prize for heritage preservation has been awarded to the Nova Fundaziun Origen theatre and dance group. It is the first time in the award’s history that the prize has gone to a cultural organisation instead of an entire community. Nova Fundaziun Origen is based in Riom, an Alpine Romansch-speaking village with a population of just 316. The award for 2018 is in recognition of the company’s contributions to tourism and job creation through bringing works of theatre, music and dance to the stage through its annual music and theatre Origen festival. The Swiss Heritage Society prize, worth 20,000 Swiss francs (£15,000), has gone to a cultural organisation to tie in with the EU’s Year of Cultural Heritage (see above).

The International section is co-edited by Ian Herbert and Nick Awde. Contact email: international@thestage.co.uk

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