Festival of Regions: Normality
In 2009 the Festival of Regions will be oriented toward the southern edge of the city of Linz, along the Traun River, with a focus on the satellite town of Auwiesen and the residential complexes of Solar City. From Allende Square to Lunar Square, beyond the inner urban orientation toward concentration, commercial use and entertainment, and at a certain safe distance from the cultural spectacles propagated on all sides, the Festival of Regions is interested in the factual or imagined state of normality in urban life and in seeking out its cultural expression.
The Festival of Regions has been taking place biennially since 1993 at changing locations in the Austrian federal state of Upper Austria and, during this period, has developed into a contemporary focal event for current, site-specific art and culture. At the intersection of art and everyday life, the Festival’s projects draw people and places into a critical engagement with social, political and artistic questions.
The Festival of Regions is inviting project proposals from the areas of site-specific art and culture, art in public space, everyday culture, art education, performance and participatory practices for the 2007 festival program.
Who can make a project proposal?
Anyone with an idea on the theme: individual artists or artists collaborating in a team, individuals working in the area of culture and society, scientists, initiatives, associations, NGOs or working groups.
Who will select the projects?
The board and director of the Festival of Regions will make a preliminary selection with the support of an independent international program advisory board. Within this preliminary selection, the festival director will design a program. A decision will be made without the possibility of recourse to legal action. Direct invitations and commissions will round off the program.
Who is organizing the Festival of Regions?
An independent association called the Festival of Regions in cooperation with Linz 2009 – European Capital Of Culture with support mainly from the State of Upper Austria, the Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, the city of Linz and individual financial sponsors.
The association’s board is composed of Susanne Blaimschein, curator and exhibition organizer, Gabriele Heidecker, architecture communicator and cultural worker, Dagmar Höss, artist, curator and art communicator, Eva Immervoll, managing director of the KUPF Cultural Platform Upper Austria and cultural worker, and Gerald Priewasser, artist and designer.
Festival director: Martin Fritz
What should the project proposal include?
- Project description
- A concise description of the project in no more than 500 characters
- A visualisation, script or other presentation of the project and its realization that is as vivid as possible
- Place of realization or spatial-situational requirements
- Presentation of the project’s authors and initiators
- Organizational framework
- Timetable for project development and realization
- Financial plan
- Project director including address, telephone number and e-mail address
The project proposal can be submitted in either English or German and should be a maximum of seven pages long.
The Festival of Regions cannot accept any responsibility for the documents submitted. The rejection of a proposal does not give the authors of the project any claim on the Festival of Regions or any other persons acting on behalf of the Festival.
The project proposal can be sent by mail (Din A4) or by e-mail in the preferred format of a Word or a PDF file up to 2 MB. Additional materials cannot be taken into account.
Event dates: May – June 2009
Festival of Regions
phone: +43(0)7234 85 2 85
fax: +43(0)7234 85 2 85-4