Paris quick off meeting


The second quick of meeting happened in Paris in April 2017, 22-23, hosted by Transplanisphère at Cité des Sciences

The schedule of the meeting allowed the partners to go deeper in the program and the tasks related to Polart Circle, with the experience of 4 months of activities


Monday 22

The project / quick overview • Erasmus+ Key words • The partners • The 3 year agenda • The activities • Focus on the Moocs • Focus on the Multiplier Events • Focus on the Web platform and communication strategy

Tuesday 23

Budget issues • what is funded? • how to read the eform? • how the money is spread? • what reporting? • Video shootings: presentation of the organizations involved • Visit of the Cité des Sciences museum  


4 partners participated to the meeting


Zagreb quick off meeting

The first quick of meeting happened in Zagreb in Dec. 2016, 1-4, hosted by Public Open University

The schedule of the meeting allowed the partners to go deeper in the program and the tasks related to Polart Circle.


Energizer • The project / quick overview • Erasmus+ Key words • The partners • The 3 year agenda • The activities • Budget issues: what is funded? how to read the eform? how the money is spread? what reporting?


Focus on the Moocs • Focus on the Multiplier Events • Focus on the Web platform and communication strategy • Video shootings for the trailer  


6 partners participated to the meeting


Teatermaskinen (Riddarhyttan, Sweden)

Teatermaskinen is an artistic and educational platform which has existed since 1998. We are simultaneously a production and touring company working with thematically based performances, projects and processes. We are working outside of the village of Riddarhyttan in the rural area of the former mining district of Bergslagen.

Here we have built a venue that serves as an international workspace for arts and culture and which is also hosting the Machine School.

In the Machine school, run together with Ålsta folkhögskola and in collaboration with ABF Västra Västmanland, we work with emerging artists on national level and with socially disadvantaged groups locally and regionally.

This work is guided and developed with the help of professors from two of the Swedish Universities.
Teatermaskinen have for the moment 20 members. We have a staff of 6,25 full time workers shared on 10 persons. For the moment we have 14 students on mid- and long-term courses.

Additionally we train approximately 20 persons per season in small scale courses and study circles.


The Culture Reservation

The Culture Reservation is concept that works like a shield towards the dominance of the commercial powers.
Teatermaskinen is the common organisation that makes this try.

The Reservation is located in Riddarhyttan, in the municipality of Skinnskatteberg, in Bergslagen, in the County of Västmanland,
in the Nordic countries, in Europe, in the last outpost of the Northern Taiga Belt,
Thus, on the Red Earth, that has connected cultures for thousands of years.

In different places, where cultures have been threated, reservations have been created, so that the memory of the non-dominant culture can remain.
In Sweden, there are no reservations like this, but around the world, there are municipalities and regions that holds reservations.

The Culture Reservation exists as a living organism that mutates and grows in the flows created by the cultural meetings, looking for a new future to live in, to have it good.


RJIET(Red earth institute for experimental theory)
RJIET is the research platform of the Culture Reservation. Here we gather thinkers from different positions and from different fields to discuss and develop new theories. We also host the Room for theory where we discuss texts and try out other methods to create spaces of dialogue. Also in the productions, researchers from RJIET are active with knowledge, questions and materials that feed into the production process.


Temporary Monad – to create a scenic room for a common universe
Temporary Monad is a surface of co-production that has never existed before. It emanates from the intention of understanding the relations between indigenous cultures and the different perceptions of the world. How does the connections look like? Can we create a temporary monad that happens in the meeting between perceptions of the world? What can we understand by working together? What can the audience tell when it meets representations that happens on the side of the idea structures of the major society.

In the project, we gather young artists : dancers, choreographers, directors from different parts of the world and work together based on our own experiences, myths, life. We start from the movement, the body, the room and let everything take place. It is an investigation built on practical work and physical understanding. It is a project based on perceptions of the world where ways of expression other than the written language forms the basis for understanding the world. How can a world like this be represented here and now? The project is based on a series of workshops in the Culture Reservation where we explore the roomly relations between objects, bodies, stories, myths, maps. Together we create a space for this work and we continuously welcome the audience and researchers in order to deepen and strengthen the work. Along the road, we expand the production group and invite artists we think can add new elements to the working process.
During the summer season we merge room and movement into a living, installation based workshop which is in constant change.
Truth Motherfucker – a project on telling the truth
We have met young people ttrhough workshops all over Sweden for over 15 years. And what we can say is: the kids are not alright. Self-inflicted injuries, bulimia, anorexia, eating disorders, drug abuse, criminality, apathy are all symptoms that has been revealed during these meetings. But what is the real problem?
What can we see and experience if we together with the carriers of these experiences tell these stories from stage? Can we see anything that is common? Can we find the Truth?

9 partners

The Public Open University Zagreb – POUZ (Croatia)

The Public Open University Zagreb (POUZ) is the largest, non-profit institution for adult education and culture in the Republic of Croatia. Its tradition goes far back to the year 1907. when Open University was established as University extension. The purpose of university extension lectures, designed for the common people, is to spread the knowledge of science and culture among all those who could not or were not allowed to attend university extension lectures, as well as for those who are academically educated.
Its mission to meet the need for adult education (including young adults) has been continuing for over 100 years. The founder of the POUZ is the city of Zagreb, i.e. municipal authorities.
Nowadays it has 300 educational programs, 12,000 students per year, 64 employees and 500 part-time job professors and trainers. It offers a broad spectrum of educational programs – starting from elementary and secondary school programs, continuing to higher education, as well as trainings, including vocational training and retraining. POUZ is mostly oriented to vocational adult education for labour market (employees and unemployed persons), art courses (art workshops, music programmes, dances, photographies and new medias, galleries, etc.). In POUZ there are also programmes for children and youth (creative workshops etc.). Since 2010, POUZ has a part of its courses and programmes in a model of distant learnig, using Moodle platform and other e-learning tools.

Target Audience

POUZ is producing educational and cultural programs for all age groups (from preschool kids, schools children, youth to adults and seniors), specially targeting to those with less opportunities (youth in threat of social inclusion – pour, early drop out from schools, Roma, unemployed and Deaf people).

The team

POUZ has 64 employed staff, most of them are programme menagers and teachers (43) and others are administrative and supportive staff. The Department for Culture and publishing has 11 employes (1 head of department, 4 programe menagers that are leading programs and projects in dance, theater, music, visual arts, photography and new media, 3 librarians, 1 book editor, 1 desktop publisher and 1 administrative person). Sandra Banić Naumovski as the Head of the Department and dance artist (teacher and choreographer) will be involved in the project as artist and researcher. Vlasta Rešetić Nezirović as administrative staff will be in charge of the project administration, Renata Hleb (accountant specialized for EU project) will be in charge of all the payments and prepare project reports on behalf of POUZ as the co-organizer. Davor Rogić, associated video artist, will be in charge of video shooting for the project purposes (Moocs).

The learners

In it’s programs, The Department for Culture has around 500 students all age groups a year (from preschool children to seniors). Those are the students that are regulary signed in in a whole year programs in the Arts (VET programmes) or they are attending monthly hobby programmes. For Polart Circle, we will address more specifically the youth groups we work with.


POUZ is the member of the European Network for adult education in Danubean region – DANET

Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre – LMTA (Vilnius, Lithuania)

Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA) – is a university type state National institution of higher education, which trains highly qualified professionals in theatre, dance, music and films/multimedia arts. The Academy operates on the basis of two faculties, namely, the Faculty of Music and the Faculty of Theatre and Film (FTF). The FTF is comprised of Departments of Performance and Directing, Film and Television, Art History and Theory, and Dance and Movement; as well as Art Management Division and the following subdivisions: Training Theatre (School Theatre), and Training Film and TV Studio. FTF delivers study programmes of the first and second cycle (BA and MA) and doctoral studies of art in the area of theatre and film.

Also Academy is presenting courses, studies and workshops for young adults, who are not involved in professional arts activity. In LMTA there is also a Centre of Development of Qualification and Career, which is organizing various seminars for the teachers in life long learning activities. Since 2008 Center is providing distance learning courses using Moodle enviroment.
Art Center inside of Academy organises concerts, performances and different projects for social excluded, vulnerable, youth groups. The educational program is held in the regions of Lithuania as well.

Founded in 1933, the Academy currently numbers over 940 students.
LMTA is committed to building creative, artistic and research partnerships with local and international institutions, and offering a variety of services to community:
– artistic production events (concerts, theatre and dance performances, film screenings and various festivals),
– non-formal education for children and adults (children music school, Small theatre academy, lifelong learning, professional development and distant learning courses, open workshops, seminars and lectures),
– community projects (clinica musicalis, discussion club „Dialogue Factory“, cinema club Šoblės klubas, „Academy on the move“).

The Academy is committed to promoting the international quality of studies and equality of its activities and aims to create opportunities for individual artistic development, to extend creative, artistic and research partnerships with international institutions and promote sustainable internationalization strategy through diversification of activities and extended cooperation.

Diversification of international activities includes a roadmap for actions where international and global projects are prioritized if lead to transformation of LMTA culture, better services, capability and added value; outputs produced by cooperation projects improve the way LMTA moves towards the desired level of internationalization. Portfolio of EU and non-EU cooperation projects 2014-2020 includes internationalization of study curricula, LMTA community, and services to society (lifelong learning, virtual/distance).

LMTA coordinated a number of high-quality EU project: Erasmus IPs Erasmus Conducting Course, Session of European Chamber Music Academy; interdisciplinary Erasmus IP We make an Opera; projects in film IP Summer Video Studio, EU Media training project Summer Media Studio. LMTA participates in number of projects coordinated by partner institutions in music performance, ethnomusicology, interdisciplinary projects, curriculum modernization, virtual learning and digitalization of resources (Harmos, Variazioni, Foremi).

LMTA Career and Competences Centre is responsible for qualification development, e-learning/distance learning and student career development. Aims of the centre are focused on development of life-long learning activities and qualities in LMTA, including development of e-learning possibilities for studies and professional development. Since 2014 centre expanded its activity span to include informal adult education.

The LMTA Faculty of Theatre and Cinema organizes festivals, which are also used as a platform for cultural entrepreneurship skills development. It is worth to mention International Student Festival of Contemporary Dance SHOCK ACADEMIA, multidisciplinary festival Slushku festival and Shoble film festival which has been initiated by dance, drama, film and management students of the LMTA. Those created platforms were not only for young dance, drama, film students to present their performances to the audience, but also for other students working on the implementation of the festival to understand how cultural events are managed and apply their theoretical knowledge in practice.

ExQuorum (Evora, Portugal)

ExQuorum is an artistic structure, founded in Évora in 2000, dedicate to its own performative creations, assuming an evident approach to social intervention, memory and geopolitical fields, in intimacy with Alentejo´s regional heritage and reality.

Based on public interrogation processes, ExQuorum intends to establish (local and international) dramaturgical and artistic interventions, encouraging active citizenship (working with students, amateur actors, youth groups from other local institutions), based on intergenerational researches (involving older people, namely by collecting their memories), through theatre creation dynamics, inspired all the time by different disciplinary sources – such as economics, politics, sociological areas.

Since 2006, ExQuorum works continuously on cultural programming and artistic production, having been responsible per example for “Encontro de Ani+ 2007” (international meeting of investigation projects), “Like a paddler adrift” performance tourney (Aveiro/ Évora/ Paris/ Kraków, with Theatre Young Creators Portuguese 2008 and 2009 distinctions), “30 and something in a the slow death camp” (initiative about Tarrafal, with Lusophony Creations award, developed between Portugal and Cape Verde, in 2009), “War/Crisis 2011-2012” (local programme to share, record and recreate memories of colonial Portuguese war); ExQuorum has also taken part in International Conference to Oral Tradition (Ourense/Spain 2010 and Évora 2012) and was partner in europen projects such as “Sifnos Crisis” (supported in 2013 by Youth in Action) and “World Crisis Theatre” 2012-2014 (supported by Programme Culture).

In summary, until the beginning of 2014, ExQuorum produced/created 27 performances (most of them with original, portuguese or bilingual, texts), involving long creation processes in relationship with several local institutions, promoted more than 60 workshops and 20 artistic residences, streamlined or participated in 15 festivals, welcomed more the 30 other creators.

During these years, ExQuorum´s activities were supported by several entities, such as Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Eugénio de Almeida Foundation, Institute Mediterranean, Spain Embassy, Acto – Dramatic Art Institute, National Centre for Culture/ Portuguese Institute for Youth, Municipality of Évora, D.G.Artes – the public funding for arts, IEFP – the public institute for employment, working in an intimate relationship with different institutions such as Cricoteka (Kraków), Washington, Malta and Cape Verdean Universities, Centre for Art History, Centre for the Studies in Letters and Theatre Department from University of Évora, Senior University of Évora, Portuguese Cultural Centres in Praia and Mindelo (Cape Verde), CEAI, CENDREV, Cercidiana, Red Cross, Cáritas, among many others.

Nowadays, ExQuorum is strongly dedicated to social intervention and inclusion projects. This is made through art processes with several (local and international) entities. It’s also being focus on international artistic cooperation : for example, ExQ is namely being partner in “Tadeusz Kantor´s Centenary International Conference 2015” with University of Évora/Colecção B, with Polish Embassy in Portugal support.

Hugo Miguel Coelho has been in charge, during the last years, for ExQuorum´s Artistic and Executive Production Direction, working also as trainer/facilitator with different target groups. He holds a Master in Directing/Dramaturgy, has a post-graduation in Contemporary Creative Writing and a degree in Theatre Studies at University of Évora, studing also in Institut del Teatre in Barcelona. Is artistic director and performer at “coisasdocorpo”, a creative cluster.

Ana Silveira Ferreira has been, during the last few years, ExQuorum´s Bord Director, being responsible for their international projects management, working also as trainer and researcher. She holds a Master in Philosophy/Aesthetics by FCSH – Universidade Nova de Lisboa and is graduated in Theatre Studies by University of Évora. She conducts a living-researching project, named “π – Projecto de Investigação”, based on Marcel Proust´s biggest novel contents, as insipiration to a research-creation-pedagogical programme.

Joana Cavaco has collaborated, during this last year, with ExQuorum in pedagogical in social intervention projects. She holds a Master in “Child and Arts” and a degree in Theatre from the University of Évora, attending the Erasmus program at Institut del Teatre in Barcelona. In this area context, made monitoring of physical activities and artistic expressions, with children and young people.

Cittadinnanzativa / ACN Active citizenship network (Rome, Italy)

Active Citizenship Network is a European network of more than 100 citizens organizations that work in 30 European countries. It was created in November 2001 and promoted by Cittadinanzattiva.

Cittadinanzattiva is an Italian non-profit organization founded in 1978. Its main objectives are the promotion of civic participation and the protection of citizens’ rights in Italy and Europe.

The mission of Active Citizenship Network (ACN) is twofold:
• To contribute to the development of a European Active Citizenship
• To promote the participation of citizens’ organizations in European and national public policies.

In 2007 ACN was presented the Civil Society Award by the European Economic and Social Committee for its work in promoting citizens participation in Europe.

ACN has a specific expertise in analyzing civic activism and the existing processes of citizen participation, the expectations of citizens’ organizations regarding their involvement in policy-making, as well as the obstacles to this involvement, at the EU level and in different Member States. Its main objective is to use this information to make policy proposals aimed at improving citizens’ participation. Its strategy is to promote the point of view of European citizens in all policy areas.
Over the years, ACN has coordinated various EU projects (funded by the DG Education and Culture, DG Social Affairs, DG Sanco), most of them specifically regarding citizens protection.

As an official member of the “civil dialogue group”, ACN cooperates and has a regular dialogue with the European Commission as a relevant partner and expert in order to discuss all matters relating to the Europe for Citizens programme, including “Remembrance” and “Democratic and civic engagement”, and to its implementation. For more information:

ODC Ensemble (Athens, Greece)

ODC Ensemble is a registered non-profit company based in Athens. It’s a cross-cultural and constantly evolving team of outstanding performers, dancers, musicians and visual artists with a core of Greek, German and French artists.

VYRSODEPSEIO – An innovative cultural space in Athens

ODC Ensemble is based at their own venue, Vyrsodepseio, the biggest tannery of the Balkans in the 19th century (approximately 2,000 sq.). The company transformed it into a multi-stage, versatile space for contemporary performing art, in the post-industrial undeveloped area of Votanikos, in the center of Athens. Its aim is to create a bridge between art and activism. We receive artists in residencies, workshops, master classes, seminars, mobility and educational programs in order to create learning opportunities for students and young artists internationally.

Vyrsodepseio is an evolving grassroots project of synergies and co-operations supporting the growth of innovative, hybrid art, an experiment on how to produce art in “difficult times”. It is a virtual platform of networking between artists, activists, youth groups, students and international organizations. It offers them a space for rehearsing, organizing workshops, and presenting their works.

The company launched a network of young volunteers, artists and activists in different disciplines (theater, music, dance, fine arts, film/video, literature, architecture…) in an exchange towards creating new aesthetics. Recently, Vyrsodepseio launched an art residency program receiving young artists from all over the world. Vyrsodepseio is one of the few cultural organizations accredited in the EVS program (European Voluntary Service) which receives and sends European volunteers to participate in the work of a cultural center in Europe. Vyrsodepseio itself welcomes 3/4 interns per year and volunteers from abroad or Greece to assist the theater and be a part of the team.


Site-specific performances/theatre/dance, artists in residency, new dramaturgy, live music, seminars and educational programs such as dramaturgy workshop, performance workshop, visual arts/exhibitions, community and activist projects, media, music and dance festival…

Target Audience: The Vyrsodepseio draws an audience interested in art and politics, independent of age or nation, and brings them together in common creation and dialogue. The involvement of local communities and volunteers, especially youth groups, is essential to our artistic work. Mixing professionals and amateurs on stage and including communities in the process (more than 20 young people joined the company on stage) is a way to target new audiences, empower them in political and social action by raising consciousness for the community, and to educate people with different expertise and background in common creation.

Learners: Our learners are students, volunteers, drama, dramaturgy and dance students as well as interested amateurs, through workshops, voluntary programs and performances. We constantly extend our network inside and outside of the country to involve participants in creative action which is beneficial to the community, fostering political empowerment and growth of the arts,


Network: ODC Ensemble Company and Vyrsodepseio Art Space are members of the IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts), the ITI (International Theater Institute). Vyrsodepseio is a full member of the Trans Europe Halles Network, which brings together over 50 independent cultural centers all over Europe. The company’s work has been presented internationally at the Edinburgh Festival 1997 and 2002 (UK), the Princeton University (U.S.A.), the Opera House of Cairo (Egypt), LaMaMa Theatre (U.S.A.), the Inauguration Ceremony of the Library of Alexandria (Egypt), etc. and has been funded by the Arts Council, (UK), the Goethe Institute and run under the auspices of the UNITED NATIONS.

The team: Greek theater director Elli Papakonstantinou‘ is the founder of the ODC Ensemble and founder and artistic director of the art space “Vyrsodepseio”. She has developed several educational structures throughout the years, such as platforms – workshops, festivals, networks, youth programs etc. Danai Giannakopoulou will be working in the administration of the project and as a “manager” on the set while filming the Moocs.
Georgia Demestiha will engage as the program and production manager, Katja Ehrhardt will be involved in the creative planning of the project and think tank, and be responsible for dissemination, audience development and international relations.