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CAL festival

Art on the front line

June 20 & 21, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht

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During midsummer’s weekend, 20 - 21 June 2013, CAL Utrecht will look back on seven years of activities in and around Utrecht, and will look forward to consider the future of community arts worldwide. In preparation for this concluding symposium and festival, CAL Utrecht invited several international partners to take part in five collaborative projects. All will feature prominently during the event itself. Sign in here.

Day 1

The focus of the first day is on artists who work in conflict zones, often at great personal risk, attempting to achieve reconciliation and reconstruction through the medium of art. What motivates them? What is special about the art they create in this exceptional setting? What can we say about western artists who believe that they, as neutral observers, can help to secure peace in former war zones? What contribution do they make, and what is their reward? Sign in here.

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Day 2

Today we shift focus to examine the strength of community arts here in the Netherlands, doing so with the help of our international guests. We repeat many of yesterday’s activities, sometimes with a different emphasis. We add further questions to those addressed on Day 1: how can artists who are used to difficult and dangerous circumstances adapt their work to the less rigorous conditions in the Netherlands? How do Dutch community artists view their own work in this context? What have the two groups to offer each other? Sign in here.

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The afternoon session offers a wide range of activities. Some are very accessible, inviting delegates to watch a performance or perhaps take part. Others are more academic in nature, encouraging deeper thought and discussion. The choice is yours. All ‘routes’ are concerned with the same question: what contribution can art make in (former) conflict zones? What prompts artists who have not had the same traumatic experiences to work in the conflict zones?

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