Travel is one of the ways that humans have established over time to relate to different civilizations. Journey belongs to our traditions, it depicts an open and fascinating concept that is linked to our popular traditions, to the paths of fairy tales, to the archetypes that bring us to a constant longing for the unknown. The title Magic Carpets refers to 1001 Arabian Nights fairy-tale story about the magic or flying, carpet – a ‘fantastic device’ for traveling across the world in the twinkling of an eye. The creativity and imagination of Scheherazade’s used in story-telling to intrigue and to involve her husband becomes here a convincing metaphor of the power of culture to change the mistrust and confrontation into intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding, respect and even love.
At this specific moment in the world when histories are being rewritten to serve new ideologies and interests and nationalism is on the rise again, we want to strengthen our sense of belonging to an open-eyed and multicultural Europe by:– making personal stories visible and audible through visual and interdisciplinary art practices;– broadening worldviews of emerging artists through cultural nomadism and socially responsible approach, fostering their skills to work internationally and developing new audiences through inclusive methods and co-creation and communication as well as digital technologies. More than 50 artistic and cultural interventions in different European and neighboring cities will become those ‘magic carpets’, guaranteeing us shared memories and thus the sense of belonging to a unified story of renewed ability to listen to each other, which we desperately lack today.
Magic Carpets is a platform uniting 13 European partners and intended for traveling emerging artists to work in socially engaged and responsible art field (visual art, public art, community art, exhibitions, performances, documentary theatre, online art, etc) to research and to implement new productions together with local artists and local communities with aims:
– to enlarge a mutual understanding between the local population and ‘strangers’ (‘others’) through innovative ways of story-telling and co-creation;
– to boost the skills of emerging artists to work ‘outside the institution’ and research deeper into the sociocultural context of the host city or ‘unknown land’;
– to increase the visibility of emerging talents through transnational mobility of artists and artworks and through the broad visibility of partners’ international profile;
– to trigger intercultural and interfaith dialogue, and facilitate the integration of displaced people and refugees;
– to develop new and deepen existing contacts with various audiences and target groups in many European cities and countries through the inclusive cultural programme and extensive use of information, communication, digital technologies, and innovative approaches;
– to ensure the visibility of European values and different cultures;
– to guarantee the European quality of the project and the legacy of the partnership as well as the branding strategy beyond the project period.
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