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For the first time ever, four New York-based European cultural institutes – the Goethe-Institut New York, the Czech Centre New York, Istituto Italiano di Cultura and the French Institute/ Alliance Française – have been awarded major support from the European Union’s (EU) Culture 2000 Fund for a multilateral project that will bring to New York a wide array of vibrant, innovative performing artists from across Europe.

Entitled “The European Dreams Festival: Imagining the Future”, the project is conceived as a city-wide festival of dance, theater and music as well as related film, multi-media and visual arts installations. MultiArts Projects & Productions (MAPP), an international production and management company based in NYC, serves as Executive Producer.

Culture 2000 is a seven-year program (2000-2006), managed by the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, that provides grants to cultural cooperation projects in all artistic and cultural fields, with an objective to promote a common cultural area characterized by cultural diversity and shared cultural heritage. It seeks to encourage cultural creation and mobility, access to culture for all, dissemination of art and culture and intercultural dialogue. Project selections are made on the basis of opinions from a panel of independent experts. The selection process is extremely competitive: only 1-6 projects annually have been awarded outside the EU, a testament to the quality of The European Dreams concept and application.

This generous award not only provides direct support for artists from the four countries to participate in the Festival but also provides money to support the marketing of the full festival. A broad consortium of European cultural institutes is now spearheading this initiative, along with more than 25 preeminent New York City presenters, theaters, music clubs, universities and libraries.

Over six weeks, September – October 2006, The European Dreams Festival will bring to New York City the leading creative voices, cutting-edge artistic visions, and diverse cultural forms that personify Europe today. Culturally specific works will be featured, as will cutting-edge, cross-cultural and cross-border works that illustrate the cross-pollination effect of the union of states. With performances, screenings, exhibits and conferences throughout the boroughs, thousands of New Yorkers will have an extraordinary opportunity to see and hear the current aspirations, dreams and apprehensions of the new European citizenry living through a time of disappearing borders and expanding cultural diversity.

Dozens of dance, music, theater, multimedia performances, film, video, new media and visual arts events, will draw audiences from across the city’s neighborhoods and from surrounding suburban communities. From the family-friendly programs of New Victory Theater to the global dance and music shows of the World Music Institute, the Off Broadway theatre productions of New York Theater Workshop and the experimental, avant-garde programs of The Kitchen, each NYC organization will present European artists suited to their mission. The humanities programs will include forums on the effect of current European political changes on the cultural field both within Europe and globally, and how artists are working and thinking in this interconnected, transnational Europe; discussions about new networks for artistic exchange and collaboration that have formed over the past decade; and meetings and exchanges between European and New York City artists and arts administrators. A preliminary list of participating organizations follows.

In addition to the significant funds provided by the Culture 2000 Fund, each participating consulate, cultural institute and New York City venue is committed to bringing its own resources to the table to realize this ambitious Festival. The European Cultural Executive Committee and General Cultural Forum for the Festival include a current membership of 13 European countries: AUSTRIA; CZECH REPUBLIC; ESTONIA; FINLAND; FRANCE; GERMANY; HUNGARY; ITALY; THE NETHERLANDS; SLOVAKIA; SLOVENIA; SPAIN; AND SWITZERLAND.

Press contacts:
Mr. Stefan Hüsgen
Goethe-Institut New York

Mr. Christopher Matthews
Delegation of the European Commission, New York

New York City Venues & Organizations/Neighborhoods for « European Dreams »
(Current as of July 1, 2005)
Arts at St. Ann’s, DUMBO/Brooklyn
BAM Café, Ft. Greene/Brooklyn
Bowery Poetry Club, Lower East Side/Manhattan
Bronx Museum, South Bronx
City Center “Fall for Dance,” Midtown/Manhattan
Dance Theater Workshop, Chelsea/Manhattan
Dancing in the Streets, Citywide
Danspace Project, East Village/Manhattan
Florence Gould Hall, Midtown/Manhattan
Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, Bronx
Joe’s Pub, East Village/Manhattan
Joyce Theater, Chelsea/Manhattan
The Kitchen, Chelsea/Manhattan
Knitting Factory, Lower Manhattan
La Mama, East Village/Manhattan
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Movement Research, Citywide
New Victory Theater, Midtown/Manhattan
New York Theater Workshop, East Village/ Manhattan
Pace University, Lower Manhattan
Performance Space 122, East Village/ Manhattan
Skirball Center at New York University, Greenwich Village/Manhattan
Symphony Space, Upper West Side/Manhattan
Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Lower Manhattan
World Music Institute, Citywide

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