Liechtenstein is one of the smallest countries in the world and most people connect it to its former status as a tax haven when they think about this small speck of earth in Europe. We spoke with Professor Dr. Rainer Vollkommer, the director of the Liechtenstein State Museum about what it is like to direct a cultural institution with a regional focus in a country that many regard as provincial.
Inspiring demonstrations and fringe programmes offer the latest industry technologies and trends
Five hundred brands and companies from 15 countries and regions are taking part in this year’s Prolight + Sound Shanghai, taking place from 10 – 13 October at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China.
The show is organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and INTEX Shanghai Co Ltd and the exhibitors are representing Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, the UK and the US.
The 9th Performing Arts Market in Seoul (PAMS) will take place from 7th to 11th October 2013 at the Sejong Center and the National Theater Company of Korea. PAMS is annually presented by the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS), with support from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, in the Republic of Korea to encourage communication, exchange, and creative cooperation between its participants.
PAMS provides a variety of stimulating programs to more than 1,500 participants, with its Showcases, Booth Exhibition, LIP(Looking for International Partners) Pitch Session, Focus Session and Networking meetings (Round table, Speed Dating, PAMS Night). Being cross contemporary, continental, and rejoicing in cultural differences, PAMS promotes a creative collaboration network and distribution of deep ideas.
The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the European Festivals Association (EFA), and LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore are delighted to announce the launch of Serving Artists Serves the Public: Programming Arts Festivals in Asia and Europe.
This e-publication talks about the opportunities and challenges of programming arts festivals in Asia and Europe, through a compilation of 13 articles written by renowned contributors. They include Ms Robyn ARCHER, the multi-faceted Australian artist; Mr Hugo DE GREEF, theatre director and Advisor to the Minister of Culture for the Flemish Community; Ms Kathrin DEVENTER, Secretary General of EFA; Ms Katelijn VERSTRAETE, Director, Arts & Creative Industries (East Asia), British Council; and Ms Audrey WONG, Singapore’s first Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) for its arts community. Their articles are a useful reflection on the social role of local and international festivals, as well as the need for capacity building among young festival managers.
This project is a follow-up to the Atelier for Young Festival Managers held in May 2011 in Singapore.
Despite the uncertain economy in the world today, the mood was decidedly upbeat at the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference in New York City, held over a five day period in mid January. The giant conference, whose title and theme was “Imagine,” attracted some 3500 registrants and a record number of 370 exhibitors, representing artists and performing groups in virtually every performing artistic discipline. Exhibitor booths were spread out over three floors of the conference site, the New York Hilton Hotel. In addiiton to the formal program attendees were treated to well over a thousand showcase performances. Two day-long pre-conference programs with sessions on such topics as economic realities, board orientation and youth and family programs, also were offered.
The fifth Atelier for Young Festival Managers (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 14-21 October 2012), initiated by the European Festivals Association (EFA) and hosted by the Ljubljana Festival, brought together 32 participants from 21 countries and seven renowned festival managers from all over the world. The Atelier LJUBLJANA 2012 was kicked off with an inspiring keynote speech by Australian festival director Robyn Archer and a greeting by Zoran Jankovi, Mayor of the City of Ljubljana; it was concluded with an exclusive lecture by festival icon Gerard Mortier and a welcome address by Dr. Danilo Trk, President of the Republic of Slovenia. Throughout the 7-day training programme, a diversity of working formats allowed for thought-provoking exchanges and establishing sustainable ties for the future.
In his address at the Atelier closing ceremony at the Ljubljana City Hall on 20 October, President Dr. Danilo Trk – the first Head of State to participate in the Atelier’s history – underlined his support of the Atelier and the importance of such an international initiative both for the Slovenian capital and the entire country.
Fourth showcase of world class theatre and dance from Scotland capitalises on international platform at the world's largest arts festival
The Made in Scotland showcase was once again hugely successful, with 12 companies receiving financial support from the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund to bring their work to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. There were six award wins, interest from a wide range of international bookers and all 12 shows were critically acclaimed with every one of the 12 shows receiving four star and many five star reviews.