CURRENT INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS
ACT : Art, Climate, Transition (ACT) is a European cooperation project on hope.
Yet: ours is an age of climate breakdown, mass extinction and loss of biodiversity. Ours is an Europe of increasing populist and nationalist tendencies. These realities are not separated, but closely interconnected.
We step into this field and connect the arts to what we see as the most urgent agenda today: act, towards a just transition. ACT emerges from the cultural operators of Imagine2020, raising awareness on the climate crisis, and presenting the arts as a strong designer of possible futures. Now it is a just transition which is urgently needed: a transition that is based on our ethical awareness and ecological understanding of interaction between species, humans and their political and natural environments.
This agenda defines our cooperation and its focus on transnational mobility and capacity building. Consequently values of openness, learning and solidarity are embedded in the choice of our artists, the structure of our program and the ways we engage our audiences.
We engage with artists:
• exploring new and emerging constellations (incurable curious);
• exploring in-depth processes (conscious developers);
• challenging political and social status quo (political propellers).
We develop and realize:
• formats for across Europe (circulating and rooting)
• programs providing the expression of otherness (spaces and means).
• commissioned works and coproductions which critically address the social and political
We reach out to audiences with:
• a consistent and content-full slow marketing;
• tangible products and debates which inspire to act;
• agenda setting events connecting the arts to two international summits.
ACT is a project on hope. The hope we’re interested in is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities, ones that invite or demand that we act.
ArtsAdmin – London – UK
Bunker – Ljubljana – Slovenia
Culturgest – Lisbon – Portugal
COAL – Paris – France
Domino – Zagreb – Croatia
Kaai Theater – Brussels – Belgium
Kampnagel – Hamburg – Germany
Lokomotiva – Skopje – Macedonia
NTIL- Riga – Latvia
Theater Rotterdam – Rotterdam – Netherlands
The project’s time frams: September 2019 – August 2023
Create to Connect -> Create to Impact (CtC -> CtI) is a continuation of the Create to Connect (CtC) project which started in 2013 as a joint effort of ten European cultural organizations (and three associate partners) to create powerful and long-lasting connections of artists, cultural operators, researchers and audience; seeking new production models for engaging the audience in new, innovative ways; and creating together new public arenas through dialogue and participation.
trans-making is a transdisciplinary approach / intersectoral dialogue with different fields of the humanities and social sciences on the one hand, and stakeholders in the art and creative fields on the other. trans-making connects more than 20 partners from different European and Non-European countries (China, Morocco, Egipt, Cuba, Chile …).
RESHAPE is a research and development project that brings together arts organisations from the Europe and the South Mediterranean to jointly create innovative organisational models and reflect on concrete answers to crucial challenges related to the production, distribution and presentation of contemporary art practices.
From 2012 onwards, the Drugajanje festival is part of the network entitled Festivals in Transition. Thirteen of its partners are involved in the project URBAN HEAT, which is a project supported by Creative Europe, enabling artists to engage with the invisible communities within cities. The four year project supports artists to develop and create daring and extraordinary work that connects with the world outside the arts by addressing urgent political and social issues, and by working with audiences and communities affected by those issues. The Slovene artist taking part in the project is director Mare Bulc.
Bunker is a member of the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts IETM. In 2008, Ljubljana hosted IETM meeting: Rehearsing Freedom.
PAST INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS
Imagine 2020 (2.0) is a project of 10 EU based arts organisations, funded by Creative Europe, with a focus on raising awareness in the cultural field and in a broader civil society context around the issues of the socio-ecological crisis that we are currently facing. It funds artistic commissions, research and development and promotes the sharing of resources, ideas, knowledge and debate across the various topics under the umbrella of art and ecology.
Imagine 2020 (2.0) developped from the Imagine 2020 Network, which researched new ways of producing and presenting exciting artworks with minimal environmental impact, and shares its learning in order to get the European cultural sector as a whole to include climate change concerns in their everyday working practice.
Create to Connect is a joint effort of 13 European cultural and research organizations to create powerful and long-lasting connections of artists, cultural operators, researchers and audience. The partners’ organizations have made commitment to several years researching and finding new approaches to educate the audience as well as the production models that will engage the audience in new innovative ways and trying to create new public arenas together with the audience, whether it be physically, through dialogue or participation. The project runs from 1st September 2013 to 31st August 2018, its coordinator is Bunker, Ljubljana.
Balkan Express is a network where cultural experts and integrated socially engaged practices join forces to mobilize the cultural sector in the Balkans, Central and Eastern Europe as well as beyond, to encourage the exchange and collaboration and, finally, to develop sincere supporting relations between culture and society.
Meeting Flanders – Balkan Express, junij 2017 – video
Projekt 3C 4 Incubators – Culture, Creative and Clusters for Incubators (3C 4 Incubators) represents a continuation of the Sostenuto project. 3C 4 intents to contribute to the promotion of cultural and creative sector as a factor of territorial development and economic and social innovation. The project runs from September 2013 to January 2015 and is supported by European Regional Development Fund.
The project Sostenuto aims at reinforcing the competitiveness and the capacities of economic and social innovation from the cultural and creative sector in the Med space by accompanying its transformation towards new economic and social models.
IDENTITY.MOVE! offers a transnational platform for theoretical and artistic research in the field of contemporary dance and related performing arts focusing on the ‘Eastern Belt’ of Europe.
In the project Sites of Imagination (2007), an international multidisciplinary group of choreographers, theatre artists, architects and theoreticans together were exploring the Mediterranean city and created a multi-image artistic creation on the theme of the relation between body and city. Slovenia was represented by Mala Kline with the performance DÉBUT – In Memory of Coming.
The Lionhearted will ignite and support the international breakthrough of emerging European contemporary performing artists through creating a platform of 20 arts organizations. Bunker, Ljubljana (with a rich history of supporting emerging artists) chose 20 arts organizations from Europe – with special attention to the outskirts of Europe – that have experience in supporting emerging artists and fostering arts cooperation beyond borders.
Emerging artists are not defined merely as young, but we will create an antipode to the current arts system that either perpetually supports the big, recognized names or young, cheap, inexperienced, precarious artists, shoving them into the arena and spitting them out if they do not instantly succeed. We will support artists that have proven successful but have not had a major international breakthrough yet and for whom programmers believe could have meaningful impact also to audiences outside their national context.
All member organizations will host or tour emerging artists and with the support of the platform not only enable “the move” across borders, but also the back-up: besides covered expenses (fee, travel, subsistence) also promotion, audience building and positioning in a bigger picture – the Liohearted.