CESTA’s 11th Arts Festival of International, Interdisciplinary Collaborations
August 2006

It is said that fear is the strongest emotion. Perhaps this is its only universal characteristic, and it is a curious one. As something which stimulates every living organism similarly fear carries infinite responses, often strong opposites: arrogance and timidity, empowerment and immobilization, desecration and reverence. Such polarities lend themselves easily to exploitation experienced with alarming regularity in the politicization of otherwise existential, subjectively defined, and potentially manageable fears.

For Sense of Fear, CESTA invites artists from all disciplines to collaborate in creating works which explore, perceive and define fear – the personal and collective – towards discovering where fantasy meets phobia, when a chance to be challenged becomes an opportunity to be oppressed, why selfhood and society are strengthened or compromised.

CESTA’s festival themes and parameters of cross-national interdisciplinary collaborations represent the center’s commitment to improving communication through creative expression. We base our selection of artists on a review of applications resulting from our annual open call. Applicants request CESTA to connect them with one or more collaboration partners or apply as a pre-formed collaboration group*. For Sense of Fear all final festival collaboration groups must be:

  • Cross-national: more than one nationality
  • Interdisciplinary: more than one artistic medium
  • Collaborative: conceptualizing and creating interdependent artistic work

AND must contain work created exclusively for Sense of Fear.

*_If you are applying as a group which already fits the above parameters, you may qualify to apply as a pre-formed collaboration group. Details for applying as a pre-formed collaboration group are on the application form_.

Festival Application Deadline: December 2, 2005 (postmarked)

On-site collaborations in progress:
August 1-24
Meet the Artists – presentations of participants’ past work:
August 13-20
Seminars, workshops and educational programs on the festival
August 13-20
Final presentations of the collaboration groups:
August 25-27
Daily reviews of the presentations:
August 26-28
Festival closing forum:
August 28

For an Application Form or more information, please visit our website or contact:

Novakova 387, Tabor 39001, Czech Republic
tel: +420-381-258-004
email: cesta@mbox.vol.cz