LUST arrangerar ett seminarium med syfte att inspirera till diskussion om vilken roll en festival har och kan ha på teaterfältet. Seminariet arrangeras i samarbete med Teaterinfo Finland (TINFO) och Hangö teaterträff för att bidra till diskussionen om festivalens framtid. Seminariet hålls måndagen 26.9 kl. 15-18 i Komedi-salen på Sjötullsgatan 33 i Kronohagen. Förhandsanmälan till är uppskattat med tanke på kaffeåtgång.

Seminariet inleds med en föreläsning av Martin Fritz med rubriken Regional Specifity in Global Times – A Challenge och följs upp med kommentarer från festivalfältet. På seminariet reserveras gott om tid för öppen diskussion.

Regional Specificity in Global Times – A Challenge

Cultural producers everywhere are faced with the same challenge: How to balance out regional, local or communal specifities with an increasingly international – even global – cultural landscape? How should producers, festivals, curators and artists address specific local needs and how can they integrate local expression, local knowledge and local participants in programs with international reach and ambition? How do we navigate between these – sometimes false – dichotomies? Martin Fritz will address these issues with examples from the Festival of Regions, a biennial for site-specifc art and culture in rural Austria, which he directed from 2004 to 2009.

Martin Fritz is a Vienna-based curator, writer and consultant specialised in Site Specific Art, Institutional Critique and Institutional Practice, Project Management and Cultural Policy. Starting with independent projects in theatre, visual arts and film after having studied law in Vienna from 1981 to 1986, Martin Fritz has worked in the field of contemporary art production in Vienna and New York as well as Germany and other countries. Among his many assignments he has worked as Director of Operations for the re-opening of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centre (today: MoMA PS1) in New York, and he served as General Co-ordinator of Manifesta 4 – European Biennial of Contemporary Art in Frankfurt am Main. He was also the Managing Director of In Between ‒ The Art Project of EXPO 2000 in Hanover. His curatorial work includes art projects for the Hospital in Meran / Merano, Italy, art projects for the university in Klagenfurt, Austria and Beziehungsarbeit – Kunst und Institution, a large scale exhibition on Institutional Critique and more for the Künstlerhaus in Vienna. From 2001 to 2007 he was a member of the Board of the International Foundation Manifesta. From 2004 to 2009 he was the Director of the Festival of Regions, a biennial for site-specific art and culture in rural regions in the Austrian province of Upper Austria. (