Journalism Residency to Report on Modern Circuses

Deadline: 23 August 2013
Open to: cultural journalists, critics and chief editors from any form of media who live in one of the 35 countries participating in the Culture programme of the European Commission (check list HERE)
Residency: organisers will assume all costs related to participation: flight / train, transfers, hotel nights, meals, tickets for shows.

Description

Unpack the Arts is a European project that provides residencies for cultural journalists in the context of twelve major contemporary circus festivals. The goal of the project is to facilitate the circulation of knowledge and experience, to develop the critical discourses of its participants, and to further the role of the media within the (circus) arts and contemporary society. Cultural journalists, critics and chief editors from any form of media can apply for the project.

There will be 12 residencies in 8 countries (10 festivals), spread over 2 years (August 2012 – February 2014). Journalists can only participate in one residency. Each residency is set within the framework of a festival and follows the same format: over the course of 4 days, the participants contribute to a series of moderated thematic discussions, attend lectures by key circus experts, see 3-5 shows, and meet with and interview programmed artists along with a representative of the host festival. Some sessions, in particular the interviews with artists and the lectures, might be open to the general public.

At the end of the residencies, participants will each deliver 1 article (2,000 words) in their native language. These texts will be collected, edited and turned into an online, multilingual publication, with each article appearing both in its original language and as an English translation.

Participating festivals: Call #4: September 2012

Costs

There is no registration fee to participate in the residencies. Furthermore, the organisers will assume all costs related to participation: flight / train, transfers, hotel nights, meals, tickets for shows.

Eligibility

  • Cultural journalists, including arts writers, critics and theorists, working for (online) magazines, newspapers, radio, television, new media platforms, or any other form of media
  • Media professionals focusing on the performing arts – no knowledge of contemporary circus is required
  • Cultural journalists who are still active in their field and have at least 3 years experience (students or newly graduated cultural journalists with no experience cannot apply)
  • Journalists who have a good level of spoken and written English, and who live in one of the 35 countries participating in the Culture programme of the European Commission [check this list]

Application

Apply by 23 August 2013 to be part of one of the three residencies offered for this fourth call:

Fill in the online application form AVAILABLE HERE and send your CV in English (preferably using the Europass Format) to [email protected] before 23 August 2013. Include information on spoken languages and a list of recent publications/works.

All applicants will receive an answer on 6 September 2013. The partners will select 10 beneficiaries per residency, taking into account the geographical scope of the project and balancing genders, backgrounds and practices. Each candidate has to:
  • Match the criteria above
  • Be available on the dates proposed by the organisers
  • Be motivated to participate and happy to meet with European colleagues in an international festival

See the fourth call for applications HERE for more information and also see the official website HERE.

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