As part of the official programme of the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024, Luxembourg artist Justine Blau is presenting Veil of Nature, by Luxembourg curator Fanny Weinquin, at the University of Tartu Botanical Garden, from 15 June to 28 July 2024.

The exhibition supported by Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg, explores man’s relationship with nature and conservation practices in response to the current environmental crisis with works navigating between documentation, illusion, and narration.

To mark the exhibition’s opening, Fanny Weinquin, in collaboration with Kultur | lx, has organised a three-day programme for international professionals from 15 to 17 June 2024, providing an opportunity to meet the Luxembourg artist and connect with art professionals from Estonia.

 

The 23rd Meeting of the IFACCA Europe Regional Chapter recently took place in Tartu, Estonia, hosted by the Estonian Ministry of Culture. Held from April 24th to 26th, 2024, the gathering brought together National members, including Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg, and affiliates at this year’s European Capital of Culture. Deliberations centered on the theme “Our role as Public Agencies for Culture: our context in Europe navigating change”.

In the midst of continuous and rapid change, it was noted that some members were unable to attend due to addressing critical issues and ensuring the survival of their institutions. The Chapter members shared their concerns, recognizing the diverse contexts present even within Europe. Additionally, the theme of Arts of Survival of Tartu as European Capital of Culture 2024 served as a poignant reminder of the indispensable role of culture.

Looking ahead, Luxembourg will host the IFACCA European Chapter Meeting in 2026.

GLEN (Great Little European Network) connects the smallest countries of Europe through common networking and training programmes with the objective of contributing to designing more meaningful practices and more sustainable performing arts sectors in the concerned countries, interconnecting them and taking a prominent place on the international scene. The network aims to be an incubator for those who, while benefiting from a local anchorage, ambition to develop their practice internationally.

GLEN is no small idea, but one which aims to find new connection points between some of the smallest countries in Europe. From September 2023 to June 2024 GLEN will implement three areas of activities, networking activities, critical friendships (mentorships) and open webinars that address the specificities of producing and distributing in small countries and advising on how to develop internationally from there. 

GLEN was established in 2023 as an initiative of 8 organisations working to support the structuration and internationalisation of their national performing arts field. The Founders of the network are: 

The participants in the Critical friendships (mentorship program) were selected in 2023. The critical friendship will include 8 months of mentoring from one of the partner countries (not their own) and travel to the two networking activities. 

The participants are:

The first webinar will be held at 12p.m. Iceland, 1p.m. UK, 2p.m. CET, 3p.m. EET on Friday 13th October. The webinar, entitled “How to take over the world (or at least develop an international strategic plan)”, will be hosted by Victor Mayot (Luxembourg) and Bek Berger (Latvia) and will tackle the basics of creating an International Development Plan. Join us to get guidance through the mist of international development and bust myths about working over borders. Sign up here before Thursday 12th October. 

There will be a series of six webinars tackling different aspects of international production and mobility hosted by the GLEN partners. Information on these events can be found on their websites and through social media.

The Project partners led by Kanuti Gildi SAAL have received network funding from the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture to establish GLEN – Great Little European Network.