Theatre Expanded.

P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region

4.1. More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities

Central Baltic

01.09.2015 - 31.08.2017

€235 419

€200 106

Project Summary:

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.

Lead Partner

SA Vaba Lava

Country: EE

Partner budget: 160.179 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 136.152 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Latvijas Jaunā teātra institūts

Country: LV

Partner budget: 75.240 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 63.954 EUR ERDF

Expected results

The project outcome will facilitate creation of new networks and strenghtening ties between communities. Indirectly, the project has a much larger impact apart from the Performing Arts sector, such as businesses, local governments and other organisations.

Main results
-strong and sustainable independent performing arts scene in Latvia and Estonia;
-stronger regional collaboration, especially between Latvia and Estonia;
-more theatre managers working professionally on the independent theatre scene;
-more artists being able to work independently and to live from their professional work;
-strong, mutually beneficial, balanced cross-sectoral collaboration: arts and businesses, arts and educational, social, research institutions;
-high value of art in society

Numerical indicators:
100 participants from Latvia and 100 from Estonia attend training sessions/ workshops/ workgroups
10-15 participants engaged in trainings designed specifically for producers
100 participants attend the conference
10 participants take part in trainings on artistic intervention in organisations
10 businesses and public organisations have been involved in projects on artistic intervention the events have received media coverage.

The qualification acquired during the training sessions will help the participants after completing the course to have better job opportunities and better income in the future, including an offer to produce theatre and dance projects at Vaba Lava.

Estonia: We expect around 10 qualified producers to be employed with various projects either permanently or temporarily either at Vaba Lava or with independent companies elsewhere.
(There are more than 30 independent companies and project theatres in Estonia.)

Latvia: around 10 producers will be qualified to produce theatre projects both locally and internationally (international co-productions).

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