What does it mean to be ‘international’? Models of touring and exporting are common in the cultural field, but what if we thought differently about ways to cross borders?
PARI! (Parcours d’Accompagnement et de Réflexion sur l’International) is On the Move’s flagship international mentoring programme. It supports artists and organisations to think on a deeper level about what it means to be ‘international’, while meeting the environmental, ethical and social concerns of international work. Participants range from established organisations looking to make a strategic shift, to new or independent players who have the potential to develop but lack access to information, resources and connections.
With individual and collective sessions spread over the course of several months, participants receive tailored support in areas from strategic development to communications.
The first pilot edition, initiated by the French Ministry of Culture, took place in 2018. The 2019 programme, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and Institut français, involved 26 companies and organisations across France in fields of theatre, music, dance and the visual arts. The next edition will run from September 2020 to June 2021 and involve 12 dance, theatre and music companies or collectives.
While PARI! is our largest programme, we facilitate and/or contribute to similar mentoring schemes at a regional level in France (with La Collaborative) and in other countries.