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"The City Ghettos of Today" project came to Antwerp  and started on 26th of January, on the 8th of February there was a final performance in the museum of Flemish heritage ‘het MAS’.
Antwerp is a city of ‘super-diversity’. With new migrants arriving daily, many of the city’s neighbourhoods have become “welcome districts” for these groups.  These areas have also attracted young Belgian families and cultural organisations, largely due to the affordability of local housing and the cosmopolitan appeal of such diverse urban neighbourhoods. "UNDER SAIL" used the stories and experiences of newcomers and inhabitants of these districts to examine the concept of ghettos. 

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Number of participants of the project events in Antwerp:
Direct number of participants: 112

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THE CITY GHETTOS OF TODAY IN ANTWERP
27th of January – 8th February 2015

INSTALLATION, SEMINAR AND WORKSHOPS GUIDED BY INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS

UNDER SAIL
The crowning installation in the collaborative European project The City Ghettos of Today, “Under Sail” was a cross-disciplinary event that incorporates artistic workshops, a multimedia installation, a seminar and a performance in Antwerp.

 

1. Seminar: Breeding grounds. New citizenship and art forms in urban diversity
When: 3th of February h: 10.00 am-5.00 pm
Where: University of Antwerp
Cost: 15 EURO – inculding lunch and coffe

Diversity in urban areas presents specific challenges and opportunities, particularly in the arenas of social integration, solidarity and culture. Are top-down policies in these domains better equipped to facilitate social harmony in these areas or is a bottom-up approach more conducive to congruous living amidst diversity?

This seminar was provided a platform for a dialogue between the artists, cultural practitioners and researchers as well as a group discussion which were discussing the myriad dynamics of working with an din a diverse society.
Diversity in urban areas presents specific challenges and opportunities, particularly in the arenas of social integration, solidarity and culture. Are top-down policies in these domains better equipped to facilitate social harmony in these areas or is a bottom-up approach more conducive to congruous living amidst diversity?

 

2. Artistic workshops: “Under Sail”
When: 28th of January – 6th of February
Calendar of meetings:
Tue 27 January 18u – 22u
Wed 28 January 14u -17u & 19u -22u
Thu 29 January 14u -17u & 19u -22u
Fri 30 January 14u -17u & 19u -22u
Sat 31 January 10u – 17u
Sun 1 February 10u – 17u
Mon 2 February 14u -17u & 19u -22u
Tue 3 February Seminar
Wed 4 February 14u -17u &19u -22u
Thu 5 February 14u -17u &19u -22u
Fri 6 February 14u -17u &19u -22u
Sat 7 February 14u – 22u – 20u performance Under Sail in MAS
Sun February 14u -18u – 16u performance Under Sail in MAS
Where: Matterhorn, Albrecht Rodenbachstraat 21, Borgerhout

kunstZ was hosted The City Ghettos of Today’s residency in Antwerp. kunstZ is a community art organisation focused on employing, engaging and training Antwerp’s minorty groups in order to facilitate their professional insertion into the city‘s cultural landscape. The organisation produces performances in collaboration with their minority partners and is equally a platform for employment in Antwerp and Flanders. kunstZ also runs a theatre-training program for immigrants and foreign-speaking newcomers, the students of which will participate in The City Ghettos of Today project.

‘Under Sail‘
‘I’ll promise you calm seas, auspicious gales, and sail so expeditious, that shall catch your royal fleet far off… “.

While the other cities focused on specific characters from “The Tempest” (Caliban’s voices, Prosperos’ veils, Miranda gazes upon the sea, The island is full of noises, Uninhabited island, The Caliban’s cave) the Antwerp residency will explore the notion of “homecoming”, focusing specifically on the return voyage of The Tempest’s island habitants back home.

The artistic team and the students of the kunstZ Academy will look forward into the future… What are the needs and dreams of this mixed company? How do they keep the ship sailing? How does the crew cooperate to balance the ship on rough seas?

Workshops led by the artistic team of the project:
Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna) direction and dramaturgy
Greet Vissers (kunstZ, Antwerp) direction and dramaturgy
Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), direction
Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paris), actors training and dramaturgy
Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), playwright
Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), video artist
Alejandro Olarte (University of Arts of Helsinki – Center for Music and Technology), music and sound design

3. Theater performance/ audiovisual installation “Under Sail”
Artistic workshops presentation.
When: 7th of February 8 p.m. and 8th of February 4 p.m.
Where: MAS /  www.mas.be/Museum_MAS_EN

The performance took place on the 8th floor of the museum MAS, with a view on the city and the port. The students of the kunstZ academy were presented the results of the workshops in a multidisciplinary installation. On the 7th of February the installation was opened for public throughout the day. In the evening there was a performance based on the workshops. “Under Sail” was performed second time on the 8th of February.

The installation and the performance were created by the City Ghettos of Today’s workshop participants in collaboration with the project’s international artistic team.

 

The registration for the workshops and performance is strongly suggested.

For information and registration please contact:
kunstZ: 03 344 27 88– info@kunstz.be

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Coordinator:
Reindert Swaegers, reindert.swaegers@kunstz.be
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Research person
Elise Schillebeeckx (University Antwerp)
elise.schillebeeckx@uantwerpen.be

 

Project team:
Greet Vissers: artistic coordination, vissers.greet@gmail.com

Eline Van Hoye: coordination, eline.vanhoye@kunstz.be

Freija Bosman: production, freija.bosman@kunstz.be