Vas

Vas

Slovenja - Foto: Stane Jersic

Slovenja - Foto: Stane Jersic

Karlovac

Karlovac

Krapina Zagorje

Varazdin

Varazdin

Steiermark - Foto: Steiermark Tourismus

Steiermark - Foto: Steiermark Tourismus

Kärnten - Foto: Kärnten Tourismus

Kärnten - Foto: Kärnten Tourismus

Burgenland - Foto: Burgenland Tourismus

Burgenland - Foto: Burgenland Tourismus

Burgenland - Foto: Burgenland Tourismus

Burgenland - Foto: Burgenland Tourismus

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Founding photo - Foto: LPD/Just

Primorje-Gorski kotar - Foto:pgz.hr

Primorje-Gorski kotar - Foto:pgz.hr

Primorje-Gorski kotar - Foto:pgz.hr

Koprivnica Križevci

Koprivnica Križevci

Koprivnica Križevci

 

Improcon – 4th Congress of Free Improvised Music, Art & Thoughts, 10-14 August 2018 – Veliki Tabor Castle, Desinić, Croatia

Improcon – Congress of Free Improvised Music, Art & Thoughts is scheduled this year between 10-14 August and – for the second time already – it will take place at the Veliki Tabor Castle in Desinć in Croatian region of Zagorje. Last year, in 2017, the appealing location of the medieval castle, on top of Hum Košnički, proved to be incredibly convenient, exciting and inspiring and will therefore again host more than 85 participants from 17 countries. The complete list of participants is available here: http://improcongress.org/festivals/improcon-2018/

Improcon is an international congress of workshops where the participating musicians, performers, dancers, poets, visual artists, theorists, producers and publishers connect, scheme new ideas and strategies for ad hoc performances and also long-term projects. Last year’s attendance resulted in more than 15 international ensembles that have cooperated – or are still cooperating – for short tours, residencies, collaborative recordings and festivals. It’s also worth noting that this year the Austrian division of Improcon took place in Graz, Austria, for the first time. Between 24-27 May 2018 numerous theoreticians, debaters and music improvisers examined the relation between music and language.

Participants at Improcon have music improvisation in common although they come from different music genres and other fields of contemporary art. There will be seven salons, the castle atrium and a chapel at their disposal, together with the possibility to explore locations in castle’s surroundings. The core intention of the congress is to create most of the contents on the spot and are then simultaneously presented to the visitors in the evening hours.

Two events are foreseen in advance this year: on Saturday, 11 August at 21.00 hrs a music documentary film Heartful of Music / Srečišče glasbe (Slovenia / 2017 / 53 min, English, Slovene) by Tea Grahek, filmmaker and film editor, will be premiered. Film is intimate and documentary-style story about Improcon 2017, improvised music and vision of free-thinking.

Cultural activist, radio host, publicist and concert organiser Miha Zadnikar will be questioning “genres”, what they actually do in music and other fields of contemporary art, and also where from – beside industry’s “demand” – does desire for limitations come from. The lecture entitled Improvisation in era of restoration is scheduled for Sunday, 12 August 2018 at 19.00 hrs.
Improcon is open for the public, organisers greet every visitor who is interested in happenings at Veliki Tabor Castle in the second week of August.

Improcon organisation and logistics: Nenad Borovčak (GOKUL, Zabok), Mitja Hlupić (Klub Metulj – Youth Association Društvo Bistrica ob Sotli), Nataša Serec and László Juhász (KUD Mreža, Ljubljana); partner support Markus Krispel (Šopron Shuffle – Trans European Music Meeting, Vienna) and Eva Ursprung (Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus, Graz).

Kindly supported by:
Veliki Tabor Castle, Košnički Hum 1, 49 216 Desinić, Croatia http://veliki-tabor.hr/si https://www.facebook.com/improcon/ http://improcongress.org

Podravina Postcards 2018

Organized by the association “A Better Tomorrow” the meeting “Podravina Postcards 2018” will take place in Koprivnica Križevci County (CRO) respectively in Graz/Styria (AUT) from July 29th until August 1st 2018.
The meeting is dedicated to the exchange of experiences between associations for persons with disabilities from the territory of the Alps-Adriatic-Alliance. In Koprivnica-Križevci County on the first day the participants will learn about the traditional manners of fishing and fish-cuisine at Lake Miholjanec and get the chance to participate in various sporting activities and social games. A workshop on sculptures made of clay will be offered on the second day rounded up by a visit of the cultural festival “Picokijada” and a rafting tour on the river Drava. The third day will be dedicated to a visit of the “MOSAIK” rehabilitation center in Graz/Styria (AUT) in order to learn about their excellence concerning the employment of people with disabilities. For more information click http://udruga-bolje-sutra.hr/contact/

25th International Youth Folklore Dance Festival

If you happen to visit Carinthia/AUT between the 11th and the 14th of July 2018, you shouldn´t miss this year´s International Youth Folklore Dance Festival! Youth folklore groups from the Alp-Adriatic area and as far as India, Paraguay and Kazakhstan will give performances in Spittal an der Drau (July 11th), Seeboden am Millstätter See (July 12th), Gmünd (July 13th) and Millstatt (July 14th).

For more detailed information please click this link

Styria-Artist-in-Residence (St.A.i.R.)

From now on until August 10th 2018 international artists as well as art theorists of all fields have the possibility to apply for an Artist in Residence-scholarship given by the Austrian region Steiermark/Styria. For a more detailed description of the program please click the link http://www.kultur.steiermark.at/cms/beitrag/12585137/137513632/ where you will also find the announcement with detailed information in English.

AAA-Steering Committee approves 33 new projects

The Steering Committee has met for its first meeting in 2018 on May 3rd at the seat of the presiding region Varaždin County (Croatia). The attendants were welcomed by County Prefect Radimir Čačić, who presides over the Alps-Adriatic-Council (political body of the AAA) in 2018 and 2019.
In the course of the meeting 33 new projects were approved. Among them are three for which a funding from the EU-programs “Creative Europe”, “LEADER” and “Erasmus+” will be applied for as well. The implementation costs for five other projects which already were approved by the EU-programs “Creative Europe” and “Erasmus+” were supported as well. The financial applications were handed in by the Thematic Coordination Points (TCPs) on Art and Culture, Energy and Environment, Equal Opportunities, Disaster Prevention, Higher Education, Inclusion, Healthcare, Lifelong Learning, Rural Development and Ethnic Heritage, Sports and Tourism.
Since its start in 2013 the AAA has therefore supported a total of 210 new project initiatives so far.
The upcoming autumn meeting of the Steering Committee will be focused on finalizing a new joint strategy for the AAA, therefore there is going to be no call for new financial applications.
The next call for new project applications is planned to be opened in spring 2019.