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Cooperative Projects

Activities held in member cities are promoted independent of the Kultursekretariat's programme structure as so-called “Cooperative Projects”

The NRW KULTURsekretariat is a cooperative venture that in particular funds and devises inter-municipal and networked projects. For example, initiatives that generate artistic synergies between cities are motivated and supported in times of problematic (cultural) municipal budgets. In addition to the genre-related and interdisciplinary programmes from theatre to art, from the promotion of reading skills to cultural education, the “cooperated projects” have therefore existed for years.

Regardless of the genre, they subsidise highly promising events and projects that are planned and supported jointly by at least two member cities or their institutions. Applications that indicate the respective share of the partners can be made all year round. In order to satisfy the increasing demand for this line of funding, the funds are once again being increased over 2013 levels. How a lasting and growing network which now forms an independent funding priority can arise from a project initiated and supported in this way, is proven by the successful series “Soundtrips NRW”.

17 “cooperated projects” were funded in 20 cities last year. The number is expected to be just as big for 2014. Applicants include the young Dortmund theatre label Sir Gabriel Dellmann with “The Great Democracy Show – it's unbelievable”. Cooperation partners are Dortmund’s Theater im Depot, the Theater Rottstr5 in Bochum and the studiobühneköln in Cologne. The Düsseldorf theatre Kontra-Punkt stages its musical theatre experiment “Der kleine Häwelmann” (The Little Squeaky Wheel) in April 2014, with the city of Düsseldorf, Theater Aachen and the orchestra of the city of Duisburg participating as cooperating partners. Also sponsored is Bochum’s renowned “FIDENA – Figurentheater der Nationen” (Puppet Theatre of Nations), which in 2014 will take place in Bochum, Dortmund, Essen and other cities from 15 to 25 May. To mark the occasion, a symposium supported by the “International Visitors Programme” of the Kultursekretariat will deal with the interculturality of puppet theatre.

rechts: © Lisa Frieling
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