World Cultures Connect January Newsletter 2017
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Pacific Artists Green Room at the Festival of Pacific Arts Guam 2016.


Wishing you all a very prosperous and creatively rich year ahead! We look forward to celebrating your ideas, achievements, and pursuits through 2017.

Talking of celebration, festivals are a vital and brilliant way to showcase the abundance of vibrant cultural heritage of our nations and bring people together from all walks of life. On World Cultures Connect you can find many fantastic festival offerings from around the world such as Cascadoo CNVI by ROOTS Foundation (Trinidad & Tobago), Edinburgh International FestivalEdinburgh International Book Festival and Edinburgh Art Festival (Scotland, UK), Sauti za Busara Music Festival (Tanzania), China Shanghai International Arts Festival (Shanghai), Amis Music Festival (Taiwan), AHA! International Theatre Festival For Children (India), Festival Les Instants Vidéo (France), Dak’art Contemporary Art Biennial (Senegal), Storymoja Festival (Kenya), Superwoman Arts Festival, Blantyre Arts Festival and Lake of Stars Music Festival (Malawi).

On the topic of festivals, our good friend and Culture Works Connections partner for the Pacific region, Letila Mitchell of the Pacific Arts Alliance and Rako International has produced a valuable guide on how to kick start your festival career for the WCC Resources section. Whether you’ve not considered festivals before, are just embarking on them, or are well versed, maybe there are tips and inspiration for you here so do check out the guide.

Find some of the latest
opportunities listed on WCC as well as our featured profile highlight below.


nodoCCS are an experimental and generative platform for the arts based in Caracas, Venezuela.

They seek to deepen collectively in the artistic processes to generate new models of research practice, and aim to collaborate with open art spaces and artists that are engaged locally and inscribed within an international framework.

Connect on WCC!


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Kickstart your festival career! This new toolkit has been developed for World Cultures Connect by cultural producer, consultant, and artistic director of Rako International, Letila Mitchell, to provide some start up points for artists that want to mobilise internationally with a focus on international festivals.

The international festival circuit is an exciting but challenging place with a lot of competition for slots. The key is being prepared, starting small and building a strong, sustainable network. There are a lot of resources, best practice models and tool kits out there to provide you with a guide to get where you want to be and this tool kit can be your first step to kick start your own research and international plan.

Read the toolkit now!

Do you have an idea for a topic you’d like to see covered? Get in touch with us via email today at


Each summer, The Watermill Center invites over 80 artists from over thirty countries to live and work together for four-to-five weeks during a collaborative and immersive experience led by the founder Robert Wilson. The magnificent eight-and-a-half acre site provides an unparalleled platform for collaboration, innovation and creation. The application deadline for next Summer is 20 January 2017. Details on WCC.
Call For Choreographers: Siobhan Davies Studios Young Feedback Forum
Siobhan Davies Studios are looking for talented 16-25 year old choreographers with works of a maximum length of 10 minutes to be shown at the Young Artists Feedback Forum - a space for young artists to show their work in-progress to an audience in a supportive environment and receive constructive feedback. Apply by 25 January.
Make the most of next year by developing your artistic/research project in Buenos Aires in a creative atmosphere within a professional team. ´acePIRAR Artist-in-Residence International Program aims to support all kind of contemporary artistic practices (including performance and curatorial proposals) through research and production residencies, promoting exchange, debate, experimentation and collaborative work within a Latin American cultural capital. Apply by 31 January 2017.
How can we tackle the challenges of climate change from the cultural sphere? This Prize encourages projects that offer imaginative solutions to one of the biggest global problems of the 21st century. It includes 20,000 euros to develop the winning proposal to be exhibited in 2017, which should be educative, promote citizen-led innovation or explore links between art, science, humanities & technology. Apply by 31 January 2017.
Hank Nelson Prize for Writing on Papua New Guinea
Honouring the memory of the late Pacific historian Hank Nelson and his commitment to Papua New Guinea a new prize will be awarded every two years, for the best piece of writing on any topic relating to Papua New Guinea’s past or present by writers and researchers from Papua New Guinea. Submissions for the prize should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length. The first deadline for submissions is 1 February 2017.
JV Open Week 2017
An exciting opportunity to participate in a week intensive in the home of internationally renowned Jasmin Vardimon Company. Participants will explore and gain an insight to the working practices, repertoire and creative methodology of Jasmin Vardimon Company. The week will include a daily technique and/or body conditioning class, repertory and creative sessions in dance and theatre practices. Closing date 12 February. More details available on WCC.
Waruna Alahakoon
Deputy Director of Education (Drama and Theatre/Aesthetics) at Ministry Of Education, Sri Lanka.
Actor based in Houston.
Charles Levison
Fine artist and filmmaker from Blantyre.
Vlado Franjevic
Fine artist and writer working at Liechtenstein National Museum.
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