Tandem > Call for Applications for VAHA: Building Common Ground for Spaces of Public Discussion & Dialogue

VAHA (meaning “oasis” in Turkish) is a two-year programme made with and for the empowered voices of independent arts and culture spaces, advocating for public discussion and dialogue in cities across Turkey, Europe, and their neighbouring countries.

Bringing together the diversity of hybrid spaces and contextual responses to the crises of democracy the regions are currently facing, VAHA explores the power of learning from local practices to develop tailor-made support for platforms of free expression and cultural programming. Exchange on alternative approaches and transformative economies, as well as international solidarity and outreach are at the core of VAHA’s activities. With this approach, VAHA hopes to provide a framework that allows local venues to form a socially prominent ecosystem of interconnected oases, growing as fertile landscapes for open dialogue.

VAHA will connect and enable up to 50 independent arts and culture spaces and organisations for public programming to shape 16 local hubs interconnected within an international solidarity network. Each hub partnership convenes up to three existing spaces, established in one of the selected cities across Turkey (Ankara, Diyarbakır, Eskişehir, İstanbul, Antalya, Mersin), or set in another area of Europe and its neighbouring countries.

Eight selected hubs from Turkey and eight hubs from other countries will develop collective actions over the period October 2020 – July 2022. Alongside many other forms of support and exchange, VAHA will offer each local hub: pilot activation funding of 5000 EUR to experiment with new formats of collaboration, learning mobility grants of 1000 EUR to foster knowledge and practice exchange among participants, and regional/international collaboration grants varying between 10,000 to 25,000 EUR to scale-up pilot actions within more large-scale geography through collaborations with other hubs.

Representatives of spaces and organisations that offer public cultural programming, which are based in one of the Council of Europe member states, Belarus, Kosovo and Middle East & North Africa (MENA) countries, are invited to form local hubs and apply together. For Turkey, the call for application is by-invitation-only in this pilot round of VAHA.

Deadline: 21 September 2020

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