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First Europe Residency, ‘Opera Hackathons’ on Archaeological Heritage of Lepenski Vir, Serbia (Serbia, Italy and Hungary)

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First Europe is calling for applications from artists from Serbia, Hungary and Italy who are engaged in the topics of nature, tradition, history of humanity and cultural heritage for a residency in Serbia in spring 2024.

The project First Europe aims to bring prehistoric society closer to contemporary audiences by placing the unique European archaeological heritage of Lepenski Vir, Serbia, in a new context. The project will connect past and present, and the artistic creation will focus on: re-imagination of human impact on the environment; rituals, as they are a feature of all known human societies; and Lepenski Vir’s cultural heritage, characterised by unique stone sculptures and architecture.

These topics will serve as the basis for ‘Opera Hackathons’; a new creation framework methodology for live performances. The selected artists will join the Test Residency to work with the artistic leadership and core artists of the project on an intensive artistic creation that will be presented as a live performance at the end of the residency.

The residency will take place in spring 2024. Rehearsals and testing in Lepenski Vir, Serbia, will take place 3–13 May and pre-premiere and recording in Lepenski Vir will take place 7–10 July. This will be followed by a tour with three performances: Novi Sad, Serbia (12 July), Lecce, Italy (15 July) and Kapolcs, Hungary (22–23 July).

Applicants must be legal residents in Serbia, Hungary or Italy, be over 18 years old, be able to easily communicate in English, and have vocal artistic work in improvisation. Experience engaging with local communities through participatory and/or co-creative methods is desirable, but not mandatory.

An honorarium of 1,500 EUR is provided for the selected artists.


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