The Pôtoň Theatre from Bátovce, together with the partner organizations Company B. Valiente from Norway, Tjarnarbio from Iceland and Kultur-Traverse from Liechtenstein, is implementing a project supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Financial Mechanism entitled ” Resurrection of Miracle: Development of New Model of Art Festival in Slovak Countryside”.

Project code: CLT02023

Support program: Entrepreneurship in the field of culture, cultural heritage and cultural cooperation

Project implementation date: July 2020 – March 2024

Grant amount awarded: EUR 200,000

All projects are co-financed by the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 15%.

If you are interested in learning more about programs and projects funded by the EEA and Norway Grants in Slovakia, visit www.eeagrants.sk.

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Resurrection of a Miracle is a unique project aimed at developing audiences, supporting the creation and presentation of contemporary art and building partnerships at the local, national and international levels. The aim of the organizer and partners is to promote values ​​such as creativity, artistic freedom and regional, international and intercultural cooperation through the project. At the same time, the project has the ambition to draw attention to current burning social or environmental topics through art.

The project contains a series of activities leading to the implementation of a unique model of an international site-specific art festival, which will be located in Slovak countryside – on hiking trails.

As part of the project, the Pôtoň Theatre and Cultural Center will offer Slovak and foreign artists a special program of artistic residencies, the output of which will be the creation of new site-specific works, inspired by the local environment. The works of art created during the residencies will be untraditionally placed on the hiking trails as part of the future festival – thus creating a unique route to contemporary art. An important part of the project will be the international conference for creative work with the audience, a series of workshops and activities for local communities, or public presentations of works of art in the work-in-progress stage.

The planned realization of the festival is in July 2023. Subsequently, the outputs of the project will be presented together with the documentary material in the partner countries – in Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland. The project is expected to end in March 2024

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The project Resurrection of Miracle: Development of a new model of art festival in the Slovak countryside consists of a series of activities leading to the audience development and the capacity building of cultural actors. The intention of the project is to create the concept of a new model of an artistic multi-genre site-specific festival and its subsequent implementation in the summer of 2023.

Three foreign partner organizations from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are cooperating on the project.

 

Project activities

 

Opening conference of the project

The Pôtoň Theatre organized the opening conference for the international project Resurrection of a Miracle: Development of a New Festival Model in the Slovak Countryside. The opening conference took place in the premises of the Pôtoň Theatre in Bátovce on July 25, 2021 from 16:00. The conference included presentations and lectures from foreign and Slovak artists, cultural operators (Michal Ditte, Iveta Ditte Jurčová, Monika Škojcová – Pôtoň, Marcelino Martin Valiente – Company B. Valiente, Elmar Gangl, Martina Morger – Kultur-Traverse, Fridrik Fridrikson – Tjarnarbio). Audhild Nydal Enger – Chargé d’affaires of the Norwegian Embassy in Bratislava, Natália Milanová – Minister of Culture of the Slovak Republic and Jana Dacková – Head of the Program Administration Department of the EEA and Norway Grants Department spoke in a video recording. As part of the opening conference, there was a special opening of Juraj Poliak’s art installation – The Absence of a Miracle Exhausts us. The evening ended with a concert by Ivana Mer and Nina Rosa.

 

The Kick-off Meeting with partners

The Kick-off Meeting of partners took place between 25th July 2021 and 1st August 2021. It was attended by artists and cultural operators from Slovakia, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland who were invited to participate in the project. The initial meeting of the partners was a decisive moment for the implementation of the project, during which all partners had the opportunity to meet at the same time in one place and work together on the creation of a new festival model that they are preparing together. The majority of activities focused on strategic planning and organization. The meeting took place in the cultural center Pôtoň in Batovce. Later the meeting moved to Banská Bela village, where it focused on the development of ideas and concepts of works of art and discussions on the possibilities of mutual cooperation. During the 7 days of the meeting, members of the management team and invited artists or managers had the opportunity to visit the locations for the implementation of the festival, which were selected by Pôton´s project team members. In total, all participants covered almost 60 km of the future festival route. The artists had the opportunity to explore the landscape of the region where the festival will take place and to document the locations that are interesting to them.

 

International conference Trends in Creative Work with the Audience

On April 7th, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., we held an online international conference focused on audience development topics. The guests of the conference and speakers were experts in the field of art, management of cultural organizations or cultural and artistic projects from four countries – Slovakia, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.

In the first part of the conference, the guests presented concrete examples of good practice from cultural or artistic projects that communicate with the viewer and/or community in an innovative way in the given country. The second part of the conference brought a discussion on topics related to working with the public in critical times. The discussion was moderated by Laco Oravec.

 

Artistic residencies

The program of special artist residencies runs from July 2021 to June 2023. The goal of the specialized residencies is to create new artworks and productions that will be created specifically for the Into the Miracles festival. At least ten pre-selected artists or artistic groups will participate in the residencies. Each residency stay usually lasts 2 to 4 weeks. Potoň supports the creation of so-called shared residencies, during which the artists involved in the project work on their works in parallel. Most residential stays take place directly in the Pôtoň Theater building in Bátovce. The Pôtoň Theater provides selected artists with more than 1,500 m² of workspace and complete sound, light and projection equipment. The theater building also provides accommodation. Some residencies take place near the location where the final works will be presented.

 

Workshops and Work-in-progress presentations

Artist residencies are short-term cultural exchanges between artists and local people. They allow artists to develop a deeper understanding of their host environment and create opportunities for local people to understand and interact with artists from different backgrounds or nationalities. To encourage interaction and exchange between artists and local residents, each residency includes a workshop for the local community. In addition, a public presentation of work-in-progress takes place during each residency.

 

Creation of works of art for the future festival

Around 15 works of art and productions will be presented at the festival. Artists will explore the route of the future festival and choose locations that will inspire them and where they will finally present their works. The assignment for individual artists is brief and clear: the works must be site specific and should reflect the common theme of the festival – miracles.

More than twenty artists from Slovakia, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland are participating in the artistic process. Art educational institutions will also be involved in the project, whose students will create works that will be placed on the festival route. The list of all participating artists and groups will be published soon.

 

Norwegian-Slovak theatre co-production

One of the performative productions created for the future site-specific festival is a Norwegian-Slovak theatre co-production. An international performance called The Call from the Terrace is planned to be premiered as the opening performance of the festival. The team of creators consists of Norwegian theatre director Marcelin Martin Valiente, choreographer and dancer Gunhild Bjørnsgaard, video artist Jozef Eduard Masarik, dramaturg Katarína Marková and author of the visual concept Iveta Ditte Jurčová. 5 performers collaborate on the co-production: Ľubomír Bukový, Edita Antalová, Filip Jekkel, Magdaléna Skerenčáková and Mira Školová. The performance will be created for the space of the abandoned building of the former restaurant Terasa, which is located in the spa park in Dudince. The rehearsal process of creating the performance is divided into two phases – the first part in May 2022 and the second part in August 2022. The public presentation of the performance will take place on August 9th, 2022 in the spa park Dudince.

 

Festival Into the Miracles

Into the Miracles Festival will be an international multi-genre site-specific festival that will take place on July 1st till July 4th , 2023.

It will be an exceptional 4-day long event that will place at least fifteen artistic productions on a 60-kilometer long tourist route that connects the villages of Dudince – Hontianske Tesáre – Sebechleby – Beluj – Baďan – Jabloňovce – Pečenice – Bátovce. Future spectators of the festival will become pedestrians who walk dozens of kilometers for a unique experience.

The theme of the festival is miracles. The goal is to demonstrate positive values through connecting art, nature, movement and community cooperation. The festival should be a manifesto for humanity.

 

Essence of Miracles

Into the Miracles festival will be documented by professional documentarists. The goal will be to create a visual material that can later be presented in partner countries. Photos and videos will focus on capturing the essence of the festival.

The Essence of Miracles is the final part of the project, which consists of:

– 3 project presentations in partner countries

– 1 final conference in Slovakia

The aim of these activities will be to enable artists and cultural workers in all participating countries to acquire know-how and inspire them to develop similar projects. These activities will also disseminate information about the results of the project.

Essence of Miracles activities will run from August 2023 to March 2024.

03/08/2022

Pôtoň Theatre is preparing a co-production site-specific performance “Call from the Terrace” in cooperation with the Norwegian Company B. Valiente. The work in progress presentation will take place on August 8, 2022 at 10:00 p.m. in the premises of the former spa terrace in Dudincie. The official premiere will be part of the unique international festival Into the Miracles on July 1, 2023.
The project’s Norwegian partner organization – Company B. Valiente – chose the former spa terrace in Dudinci for the realization of its new work, which is currently in a dilapidated and devastated state, despite the fact that for several decades it was a meeting center for guests as well as local residents of the spa town on southwest of Slovakia.

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On July 8, 2022, our current resident Karin Ospelt from Liechtenstein will have her mini-concert in our new Art Park.
Karin is a singer, songwriter and visual artist. As a musician and singer, she collaborates on the projects AEIOU (Danceable Synth Pop), Chaos Ark (Neo Soul) and Pioneer Plant (Jazz). In addition to the concert, you will also be able to see the essence of her upcoming work, which will have its first premiere at the Into the Miracles International Festival in 2023 in the churches of Beluj.

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ARTIST FROM LIECHTENSTEIN COMES TO US SOON

Karin Ospelt, a Liechtenstein visual artist, singer and musician, arrives on July 13 for her artistic residency. During 10 days she will work on the creation of her work for her chosen location from the festival route. She will also prepare a mini-concert, a workshop for the local community and a public presentation of the work.

 

23/05/2022

REHEARSAL PROCESS FOR NORWEGIAN-SLOVAK CO-PRODUCTION CONTINUES IN DUDINCE

The international performance The Call from the Terrace will be created for the abandoned building of the former Terrace restaurant, which is located in the spa park in Dudince. From today, the rehearsal process of creating a performance is already moving directly to this location. The international artistic team will be working here until May 29. After a few months break, the whole team will return here to complete the work to its final form. The public presentation, the preview of the performance, will be given in the spa park on August 9, 2022. Later, it will be one of the productions that will open the international festival Into the Miracles, on July 1, 2023.

 

14/05/2022

WE BEGIN REHEARSAL PROCESS FOR NORWEGIAN-SLOVAK CO-PRODUCTION

From tomorrow, May 15, 2022, the first phase of the rehearsal process for the Norwegian-Slovak co-production begins. The international performance called The Call from the Terrace is planned to be presented as the opening performance of the festival. The team consists of french theatre director Marcelino Martin Valiente, norwegian choreographer and dancer Gunhild Bjørnsgaard, video artist Jozef Eduard Masarik, playwright Katarína Marková and author of the art concept Iveta Ditte Jurčová. Five performers collaborate on the co-production: Ľubomír Bukový, Edita Antalová, Filip Jekkel, Magdaléna Skerenčáková and Mira Školová. Artists start their residence right at the Pôtoň Theatre. In a week they will move to Dudince.

 

07/04/2022

THE ONLINE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IS SUCCESSFULLY ORGANIZED

Thank you to everyone involved.

In the course of two weeks, we would like to publish a record of lectures and discussions, as well as written lectures.

 

06/04/2022

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE HAPPENS TOMORROW

The conference Trends in Creative Work with the Audience starts tomorrow, April 7, 2022 at 10:00. The conference will take place on the online Zoom platform and interested parties must register here: https://forms.office.com/r/vhzRRhpbtT.

Please register today the latest. As it is an international conference, it will be conducted in English without simultaneous translation.

 

02/03/2022

CHANGE OF THE DATE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE TRENDS IN CREATIVE WORK WITH A VIEWER

Due to the outbreak of war in Ukraine, we agreed with the project partners to postpone the online international conference a month later. We would like to create space so that we can at least partly reflect the current situation during the conference.

The conference will take place on Thursday, April 7, 2022 from 10:00 to 13:00 online. It will be held in English. You can find out more about the conference on our social networks.

 

01/03/2022

ICELANDIC ARTISTS ARE FLYING HOME

Over the weekend, we ended a month-long residency of Icelandic artists working in progress with a presentation of the artwork that was created, which will be officially presented as part of the international event Into the Miracles in 2023.

The authors Hallveig Kristín Eiríksdóttir and Arnar Geir Gústafsson presented a mind map of their work and the process of its implementation. In addition, they organized a discussion for the audience associated with a workshop on the topics of artistic freedom.

 

20/02/2022

INVITATION FROM ICELANDIC ARTISTS

The workshop and work in progress presentation of Icelandic artists entitled “A being being!” will take place at the Pôtoň Theatre on February 26 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The workshop will focus on spatial perception. In addition, it will address the issue of freedom. Viewers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

After the workshop, the Pôtoň Theater and the visiting artists will invite you to visit the premises of the theater and the studio in which the concept of the prepared work was created. We will discuss the very creative process of creating a new work, which will be presented at the site-specific festival Into the Miracles in 2023.

 

01/02/2022

ICELANDIC ARTISTS IN BÁTOVCE

The first artist residency of the international project Resurrection of a Miracle has started in Bátovce. We are hosting two artists from Iceland – Arnar Geir Gústafsson and Hallveig Kristín Eiríksdóttir, who are preparing a series of new works for next year’s Into the Miracles festival.

You can learn more about our artists here.

 

20/12/2021

SAVE THE DATE: INTERNATIONAL SITE-SPECIFIC FESTIVAL INTO THE MIRACLES

The multi-genre international site-specific festival Into the Miracles will take place from 1st July to 4th July 2023. The festival already has a chosen route that measures more than 60 kilometers and connects the villages of Dudince – Hontianske Tesáre – Sebechleby – Beluj – Baďan – Jabloňovce – Pečenice – Bátovce through hiking trails, which our future spectators – walkers should overcome to experience an unconventional artistic adventure. We will bring you more information about the festival in the coming months.

 

15/11/2021

MEETINGS WITH PARTNERS

In recent weeks, we have had several important meetings and interviews with our local partners. We were discussing the organization of the festival and the construction of tent towns with the mayors of the town of Dudince and the villages of Sebechleby, Baďan and Bátovce. We are happy that they are interested in cooperation with us and want to bring something new to the region. On the other hand, we regret that we are severely constrained by the current pandemic situation in the meetings.

 

25/10/2021

WE ARE WORKING HARD TO DEVELOP NEW MODEL OF FESTIVAL IN SLOVAK COUNTRYSIDE

The work on our project is significantly marked by the current pandemic situation. A working group of cultural managers, artists and experts in PR, fundraising and marketing regularly communicates with each other using online tools, but personal meetings in creative work are extremely important. At the end of October, we managed to organize a work meeting in Bátovce, where at least part of the organizational team met. We are working hard to bring contemporary art to the Slovak countryside in the summer of 2022 and to connect it unusually with tourism, discovery of local beauties, but also with current topics that we want to communicate with the public. It is a challenging but beautiful work which, we believe, will bring interesting results.

 

01/10/2021

SAVE THE DATE: THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE „TRENDS IN CREATIVE WORK WITH AUDIENCE“

The Pôtoň Theater organizes an international online conference focused on creative work with the audience. The online conference will take place on March 9, 2022 and will feature six experts from Slovakia, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland, who will present innovative cultural and artistic projects implemented in the mentioned countries. The conference is intended mainly for artists, cultural operators and students of art and cultural programs.

We will publish more information about the conference at the beginning of the year 2022.

 

08/09/2021

COME ON A HIKE WITH US

Days from 21st till 23d September we reserved for another test tour along the trail of next year’s international festival MIRACLES. You can be with us and pass sixty kilometers in three days.

If you want to experience it with us and give us feedback on the difficulty of the chosen route from Dudince through Hontianske Tesáre, Šipice, Sebechleby, Beluj, Baďan, Jabloňovce and Pečenice to Bátovce, write us a message at divadlo@poton.sk.

 

15/08/2021

THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITIES OF THE PROJECT ARE BEHIND US

At the end of July, we carried out several important activities of the Resurrection of Miracle project. Kick-off Meeting with our partners took place from 25th July to 1st August 2021. It was attended by artists and cultural operators from Slovakia, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland, who were invited to participate in the project. The introductory meeting focused on discussions towards the idea of ​​the festival, strategic planning, risk prevention and the delegation of tasks in the project. Together with partners and artists, we walked almost the entire 60-kilometer route chosen for the festival. The participating artists explored with us the relief of the landscape and interesting locations in the region, where they would later place their works of art. For the last three days, we moved to Banská Belá, where we spent the first shared artist residency in isolation, focused on the development of ideas and concepts of works of art and discussions on the possibilities of mutual cooperation.

 

28/07/2021

WE TALKED ABOUT THE PROJECT WITH THE PUBLIC

On Sunday, July 25, we held an opening conference, at which we presented the visions, aims and goals of the project, its ideological starting points. We also introduced the audience to all involved organizations and foreign artists who are involved in the project. The opening conference was attended by artists and cultural operators from Slovakia and partner countries, mayors and representatives of surrounding municipalities and the general public.

 

17/07/2021

THE GREAT KICK-OFF MEETING IS COMING

Introductory meeting of partners for the international project Resurrection of a Miracle: The development of a new model of the festival in the Slovak countryside will take place from 25.7.2021 to 1.8.2021. It will be attended by almost 20 artists and cultural operators from Slovakia, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland. The meeting will focus on strategic planning and organizational meetings towards a joint project. At the same time, together with our partners, we will walk a trail of almost the entire 60-kilometer route on which we will place our festival. At the end of the meeting, there will be a shared artistic residence in Vila Bela in Banská Belá.

 

01/07/2021

60 KILOMETRE LONG ROUTE FOR MIRACLES FESTIVAL

In recent days and weeks, we have been intensively visiting the surrounding region. We walked long kilometers of hiking trails, we also walked off the hiking paths. We met with mayors from the surrounding villages. We managed to compile a route for our future festival, which will be almost 60 kilometers long. We will release the information about the route to the public at the opening conference for the project, which will take place on July 25 at 16:00.

 

15/06/2021

OPEN CALL: NORWEGIAN-SLOVAK THEATRE CO-PRODUCTION

The Pôtoň Theatre announces an open call for performers, video artists and costume designers for the upcoming Norwegian-Slovak co-production, which will premiere in the summer of 2022.

Deadline for applications: 15.7.2021

More information here: https://www.poton.sk/…/open-call-resurrection-of-miracle/

 

08/06/2021

OPENING CONFERENCE ON THE INTERNATIONAL PROJECT RESURRECTION OF THE MIRACLE

The Pôtoň Theare organizes the opening conference of the project Resurrection of Miracle, on which it cooperates with partners from Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland. The opening conference will take place in Pôtoň Theatre in Bátovce on 25 July 2021 from 16:00. The accompanying program will include a special opening of Juraj Poliak’s art installation and a concert by Ivana Mer & Nina Rosa.

The accompanying program of the opening conference is carried out within the project Center of Arts and Creativity, which is supported from public funds by the Slovak Arts Council.

 

01/05/2021

PROJECT CONTRACT IS SIGNED

At the end of April 2021, we signed the project contract for the Resurrection of Miracle project with the Ministry of Investment, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic, which manages grants from the EEA and Norway. Our project was supported within the program “Entrepreneurship in Culture, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Cooperation”.

There is nothing stopping us now from rolling up our sleeves and getting to work.

 

12/03/2021

THE LINE BATOVCE – OSLO – REYKJAVÍK – VADUZ IS NOW OPEN

The preparation of international project Resurrection of Miracles has begun with an online call with all the international partners. A very pleasant meeting, which however brought more questions than answers for now. Especially considering unceasing pandemic in Europe and in particular in Slovakia, where the majority of the project activities is supposed to happen. The project team will be facing many challenges.

 

01/03/2021

PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS FOR THE PROJECT RESURRECTION OF THE MIRACLE ARE SIGNED

A major international project must also have large – fifty page long – partnership agreements. Together with the Icelandic Tjarnarbíó, the Liechtenstein Kultur-Traverse and the Norwegian Company B. Valiente, we are officially starting to work intensively on a new project.

Pôtoň (SK)
Monika Škojcová, project manager
E-mail: skojcova@poton.sk

Company B. Valiente (NOR)
Gunhild Bjornsgaard, general manager
E-mail: gun.bj@online.no

Tjarnarbíó (ISL)
Sindri Þór Sigríðarson, manager
E-mail: sindri@tjarnarbio.is

Kulture – Traverse (LIE)
Elmar Gangl, president
E-mail: info@kultur-traverse.com

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF THE PROJECT

The Pôtoň Theatre from Bátovce, together with the partner organizations Company B. Valiente from Norway, Tjarnarbio from Iceland and Kultur-Traverse from Liechtenstein, is implementing a project supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Financial Mechanism entitled ”Resurrection of Miracle: Development of New Model of Art Festival in Slovak Countryside”.
Project code: CLT02023
Support program: Entrepreneurship in the field of culture, cultural heritage and cultural cooperation
Project implementation date: July 2020 – March 2024
Grant amount awarded: EUR 200,000
The project is co-financed by the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 15%.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT
Pôtoň received a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Financial Mechanism in the amount of EUR 200,000. The project is aimed at audience development, supporting the creation and presentation of contemporary art and building partnerships at local, national and international levels. The aim of the organizer and partners is to promote values such as creativity, artistic freedom and regional, international and intercultural cooperation through the project. At the same time, the project has the ambition to draw attention to current pressing social or environmental issues through art.
The project includes a series of activities leading to the realization of a unique model of an international artistic site-specific festival, which will be placed in the nature of the Slovak countryside – on tourist routes.

INFORMATION ON FINANCIAL SUPPORT
The EEA and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.
There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics.
The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. For the period 2014-2021, the EEA and Norway Grants amount to €2.8 billion.
• The priorities for this period are:
• Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness
• Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction
• Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy
• Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights
• Justice and Home Affairs
Eligibility for the Grants mirror the criteria set for the EU Cohesion Fund aimed at member countries where the Gross National Income (GNI) per inhabitant is less than 90% of the EU average.
The EEA and Norway Grants scheme consists of two financial mechanisms. The EEA Grants are jointly financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, whose contributions are based on their GDP. Norway Grants are financed solely by Norway.
All projects are co-financed by the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 15%.
If you are interested in learning more about programs and projects funded by the EEA and Norway Grants in Slovakia, visit www.eeagrants.sk. You can also visit a Facebook fanpage Granty EHP a Nórska na Slovensku.

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