MagiC Carpets

It is a platform co-funded by the Creative Europe programme and led by the Kaunas Biennale, which we have been part of since 2022. Its key objective is to develop activities that engage emerging talents (curators and artists) through a residency programme focusing on the inclusion of local communities and work in public spaces.

MagiC Carpets brings together 16 cultural organisations from the EU and candidate countries. During the three-year project (2022-2025), participating organisations will carry out more than 120 artist residencies, creating an extensive European network for emerging artists and curators.

Participation in the project is also an opportunity to expand the competencies of socially engaged, local artists, who will collaborate with artists from other countries selected through the partnership. The diversity of the organisations involved in the platform offers the possibility to learn about other unique cultures, but also about issues and challenges from across Europe, and to initiate transdisciplinary activities that reinforce the values of democracy, inclusion, social awareness and equality.

Residents will be invited to work with local communities and will be tasked with uniting a selected group through an art project. In some cases, the artists will have the opportunity to present their project at events with the audience, such as a festival, meeting or exhibition.

In 2022, we hosted three artists: Arnis Aleinikovas, Davide D’angelo / URKA and Mariia Yakymenko. In the coming year, artists creating in Wrocław will be: Laura Adel, Stanca Soare and Teresa Stillebacher.

Read more about the people we work with in the “participants” section.

“MagiC Carpets” Platform is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Led by Kaunas Biennial (Litwa/Lithuania) consists of: Diyalog Derneği (Istanbul / Turcja), Folkestone Fringe (Folkestone / UK), IDEIAS EMERGENTES – Produção Cultural, CRL (Porto (Guimarães) / Portugalia), Jam Factory Art Centre (Lviv / Ukraina), Lab852 d.o.o. za promidžbu (Zagreb / Chorwacja), Latitudo Srl (Rome / Włochy), META Cultural Foundation (Bucharest (Slon) / Rumunia), New Theatre Institute of Latvia (Riga / Łotwa), Novo Kulturno Naselje (Novi Sad / Serbia), OPENART, Örebro Kommun (Örebro / Szwecja), Openspace.Innsbruck (Innsbruck / Austria), SA Tartu 2024 (Tartu / Estonia), Tbilisi International Photo Festival (Tbilisi / Gruzja), Trempo (Nantes / Francja), Wrocławski Instytut Kultury (Wrocław/ Polska).

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