Festival of Regions 2005

vrijeme: 14.05.2004. - 06.06.2004.
mjesto: Austrija
organizator: Festival of Regions 2005
Law, order and other systems of regulation are integral components of societies and thus their cultures. As unambiguously established normative systems or as temporary social conventions subject to continual change, they shape everyday life, politics and culture. Laws, usages, customs, moral precepts and artistic canons may be constantly put into question, but their existence is an undisputed part of living together. Universal human conventions as well as local or regional peculiarities are revealed in them. From local rituals and formulas for greeting up to catalogues of human rights, present-day law-and-order policies and aesthetic categories present a complex spectrum in which cultural practices are embedded along with the most inconspicuous routines of everyday life. Utopian potentials are also often based on ideas of order just as much as they oppose them. They give rise to controversial debates, theoretical discourses, artistic strategies and cultural dynamics. The transdisciplinary practice of the Festival of Regions thus provides an ideal framework for questioning these concepts. The Festival of Regions is interested in projects in art, science, everyday culture, politics and related cultural areas which are concerned with the present-day significance and forms of laws and social orders in their respective social environments and is inviting interested individuals, groups, cultural initiatives, associations and institutions to submit proposals for projects. International participation, interdisciplinary co-operation and proposals for collaboration are expressly desired. Special emphasis is put on projects which demonstrate a direct connection with specific local situations or which will be realized in direct communication and/or with the participation of the general public. A well-balanced representation of projects from women and men is aimed at. In line with the theme, one of the regions of focus for the Festival of Regions 2005 has been defined as the region of Böhmerwald near the borders of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. This region is characterized by new structures and changes in the most recent past. One or several additional focal regions will be decided upon based on the results of the proposals submitted. Cultural initiatives are expressly invited to make a submission with project proposals outside their immediate area of work. The Festival of Regions is one of the largest contemporary festivals of culture in Austria. It has been taking place every two years since 1993 at decentralized venues in the federal state of Upper Austria with its capital, Linz. At the interface between art and everyday life, the festivals projects involve the general public in the discussion of social, political and artistic questions. Outside the centres the Festival of Regions connects contemporary cultural work and forms of art with local traditions, histories and their peculiarities. Who can make a project proposal? Anyone with an idea on the theme: individual artists or artists collaborating in a team, laypersons and professionals, individuals working in the area of culture and society, initiatives, associations or municipalities, no matter whether they are from Upper Austria or not. Who will select the projects? The board of trustees and the director of the Festival of Regions with the support of an independent advisory council. The decision will be made whilst excluding recourse to legal action. How will projects come about? The initiators of selected projects will be invited to make their ideas more concrete and to present the financial planning in more detail. The collaboration between the projects initiator and the Festival of Regions will be laid down in a contract which specifies the mutual rights and obligations. As a rule, the development and realization of the project will be the responsibility of the projects initiator. The Festival of Regions will assist this development in an advisory capacity; it will provide resources and will guarantee a major part of the advertising. Where can I get advice? A detailed presentation of the Festival of Regions and its individual projects can be found at www.fdr.at. All potential project initiators who have an idea or a local starting-point and are looking for a means of artistic implementation should contact the festival team, which will be glad to give advice. This applies also to project authors who have an idea adaptable to a region and are looking for production partners. What should the project proposal include? The project s idea Description of this idea, its realization and the planned timetable for realization Demonstration of the connection with the festival s theme Presentation of the project s authors and initiators A concise short-description of the project (1.000 characters) Organizational framework The projects initiators, e.g. association, organization, etc. Timetable for project development and realization Project director including address, telephone number and e-mail address Place of realization or presentation insofar as this is already known Rough financial plan What expenditure will be incurred (artists fees, costs of materials, rents, social security levies, advertising costs, etc.? What income can be expected (admission, sales and other proceeds, contributions from municipalities and sponsors, etc.? What amount (difference between income and expenditure) is the Festival of Regions expected to contribute? The project proposal can be submitted in either English or German. Miscellaneous The Festival of Regions cannot accept any responsibility for the documents submitted. The rejection of a proposal does not give the authors of the project any claim on the Festival of Regions or any other persons acting on behalf of the Festival. In particular, the Festival is not liable for any expenditure which the authors of projects have incurred with a view to their potential participation in the Festival. Submission The project proposal should be sent by mail in 12 copies (Din A4) or by e-mail in the preferred format of a PDF file up to 2 MB and should be a maximum of seven pages long. Additional materials cannot be taken into account. Festival of Regions, Marktplatz 12, A-4100 Ottensheim or office@fdr.at Tel: +43(0)7234 85 2 85, Fax: +43(0)7234 85 2 85-4, www.fdr.at Deadline for submissions: Sunday, 6 June 2004 Duration of Festival: from the end of June to the beginning of July 2005 Who is organizing the Festival of Regions? An independent association called the Festival of Regions with support mainly from the State of Upper Austria, the arts section of the Federal Chancellor s Office of the Republic of Austria, the city of Linz and individual financial sponsors. The association s board of trustees is composed of Uli Böker, the mayor of Ottensheim and cultural worker, Claudia Hutterer, cultural communicator, Karin Rumpfhuber, music journalist and advertising writer, Doris Weichselbaumer, economist at the Kepler University of Linz, Josef Ecker, cultural director for the state of Upper Austria, Siegbert Janko, cultural director for the city of Linz, and Christine Schöpf, from Austrian Radio in Upper Austria. Festival director: Martin Fritz More: Festival of Regions Geordnete Verhältnisse | Ordered States