P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region
4.1. More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities
01.09.2015 - 31.08.2017
ENDED. The project Theatre Expanded aims at raising competitiveness of freelance artists and independent companies. The idea is to develop target group’s entrepreneurial competence and establish international networks and innovative models.
This project will offer training courses to nearly 1000 people in Estonia and Latvia during a two-year period. The courses are organized for both local and joint audiences. In addition, two dozens of producers are expected to raise their qualification in process leading, budgeting, and marketing for leading international co-productions in the Performing Arts Sector. Another priority of the project is to teach creative artists how to find new ways to put their professional skills to practice. The project activities are expected to lead to increased confidence and creativity as well as increased professional satisfaction.
As a result of the project new networks and stronger ties between communities are created. The project activities will support more active regional collaboration, especially between Latvia and Estonia, encourage more theatre managers working professionally on the independent theatre scene and increase the value of arts in the society.
Raising competitiveness of freelance artists and independent companies - Theatre Expanded
During the project the two project partners, Estonian theatre organisation Foundation Vaba Lava and New Theatre Institute of Latvia, collaborated with an aim to raise the entrepreneurial spirit of theatre professionals and to explore and introduce new models of arts and business collaboration.
Many trainings were organised in Estonia and Latvia both for local and joint audiences with theatre professionals. More than 600 people in Estonia and in Latvia attended different kind of seminars, training courses, shadowing processes, working periods with mentors and the final conference.
The new concept of artistic interventions was studied and practically implemented in both countries with the help of experts from Finland and Germany. During a 9-month period 5 (EST) and 11 (LV) new process leaders in artistic interventions were trained. In Estonia one new company was created by theatre professionals with an aims to use innovative ideas in theatre production and to promote young theatre professionals in home country and abroad.
Two publications were created for theatre producers and professionals. The project ended with the two-day international conference in Tallinn targeted researching future of performing arts.
- 360 theatre related professionals reached
- 14 artists received Al qualification and started their projects
- 37 producers received training and are qualified to work on theatre and culture projects