Vilnius – European Capital of Culture 2009 in partnership with the Vilnius Academy of Arts and the Lithuanian Radio and Television are proud to announce an open call for participation in the first ever Art-o-thlon.

Art-o-thlon is a multiplatform set of creative and academic events scheduled for July-August in Vilnius, Lithuania and is envisioned as one of the preeminent projects of the European School of Arts as part of the Vilnius – European Capital of Culture 2009 programme.


The purpose of this call is to invite young artists from all across Europe to come to Vilnius to participate in celebration of the arts. The format of this event is reminiscent of the Olympiad – teams of artists will be competing with other teams for the top prize – however, the spirit of comradeship, embracement of cultural diversity and the joy of unobstructed creativity in an open public framework are the key goals of the programme.

This is an open call for young creative souls embracing limelight as a legitimate medium of artistic expression akin to canvas or bronze. We are looking for energetic communicative and not camera shy young artists working in all media and able to create or to perform within the framework of the weekly primetime TV shows broadcasted live on the Lithuanian National Television. The pre-selected artists will be called for an interview (all costs paid by the organisers) upon which the final list of the contestants will be made. Selected candidates will have a chance to participate in a seven-week-long (July-August, 2009) marathon of arts throughout the Vilnius city as well as on a television stage. We envision a friendly competition among 4 teams each consisting of 4 artists, which for the best part of the week will be actively engaged in a thematic creative work developed under the umbrella of Studi-o-thlon, additionally once a week the teams will create live on stage, where tea! m of art critics and historians will air their opinion and the members of the audience as well as wide public will have a chance to vote for their favourites. Art-o-thlon is meant not only as a high-pace fun and energetic environment but also as a publicity boost for the emerging artists serving as a first step in wider recognition.


Academic aspect of the Art-o-thlon will unfold within the framework of Edu-thlon and will take place as a sequence of weekly lectures conducted by the prominent researchers in the field of contemporary arts and culture. Student participants will be entitled to accrue a certain number of academic credits from the Vilnius Academy of Arts.


Lodgings as well as travel to and from Vilnius will be fully provided by the organizers of the event. Participants will be living in the student quarters of the Vilnius Academy of Arts. As a cultural and non-profitable event, Art-o-thlon oversees a rather modest pool of prizes and limited material resources for the art projects.

APPLICATION: Please follow the online instructions for filling out the submission form and uploading your portfolio.


Application submission deadline: April 12th (Midnight [24:00 GMT]), 2009
Prospective interview days: May 14th-16th, 2009
Art-o-thlon-TV Show, Studi-o-thlon and Edu-thlon: July-August, 2009


Vilnius – European Capital of Culture 2009,
Vilnius Academy of Arts
Maironio st. 6
Vilnius, Lithuania
Contact: Ms. Kornelija Cesonyte

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