Liberty EU gives emerging artists aged 30 and under the opportunity to make incredible art that explores and celebrates the notion of freedom. Over the next 3 years, and through innovative and ambitious creative experiences delivered across Europe, this work will be shared with young people and diverse communities.
The unprecedented global crisis surrounding the outbreak of the coronavirus presents communities across Europe with a new and momentous challenge to overcome. As the continent emerges from lockdown, the notions of freedom and liberty are in the spotlight as Europe experiences restrictions on travel and physical distancing to stay safe. During this time, Liberty EU and its 12 partners commit to continuing to explore ambitious and creative experiences for people, and to advocate for culture and creativity as a way to help respond to and understand the situation.
First, Liberty EU’s priority is to keep audiences, artists and creators safe. The initial programme of activity, which was due to start in May, has been postponed with live events to return later in the year when it is safe to do so.
Liberty EU partners continue to provide commissioning opportunities for young artists to profile their artwork in these uncertain times. Whilst Liberty EU awaits reduced travel and physical restrictions, young artists are working with partners behind the scenes to continue the creative process and connect to creators in other countries through online methods until planned activity is possible again.
Liberty EU activity will return in August. These activities promise to activate curiosities and provide a range of creative experiences to bring people together in safe spaces open for all to take part online or, in the future, through live events that respect physical distancing measures put forward by its partner countries.
The partnership is still looking ahead and is driven by the belief that culture has a power to bring diverse communities together. In particular, the voice of young people as creators and active participants is integral to Liberty EU and our partners will continue to ensure they are represented throughout this work. Liberty EU looks forward to providing welcoming and safe events locally and online for all to take part.
ArtReach (UK), Altonale GmbH (Germany), Museo dei Bambini (Italy), CESIE (Italy), Teatrul National Radu Stanca Sibiu (Romania), Aalborg Karneval (Denmark), Center E8, for promoting lifestyles (Serbia), CNC Danse (Nathalie Cornille Company) (France), Pionirski dom – Center za kulturo mladiih (Slovenia), Den Selvejende Institution Swinging Europe (Denmark), Trafo House of Contemporary Arts (Hungary), European Educational Exchanges – Youth for Understanding (Belgium)
The Liberty EU project is made possible through funding from Creative Europe and is an exciting new international arts programme which explores and celebrates freedom through creative integration. The focus will be on young artists and young people’s perceptions of the future of Europe and culminate in a season of work from across Europe being showcased in Leicester in 2022. LIBERTY will run from September 2019 until December 2022 across ten European countries, culminating in a major pan-European Liberty festival running from May to October 2022. The Liberty festival will feature a focussed programme of events in Leicester with all 12 partners delivering programming, much of which will be streamed and digitally shared.