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Werkplaats Walter

Focus: improvisation, ethnic and folk music, 20-25.05.2022 in Brussels

The Goethe-Institut and Bozar together with Werkplaats Walter in Belgium and the Amman Jazz Festival in Jordan start a music residency programme in 2021/2022 and are looking for six motivated emerging professional musicians from both the Arab World and Europe to meet, exchange ideas and perform in Brussels (Belgium) from 20.05. to 25.05.2022. The concept of the residency programme is to focus on free improvisation, experimentation, real live exchange of musical ideas. It aims at bringing together musicians not necessarily knowing each other and giving them the opportunity to perform, improvise, experiment and search for common grounds together.
The residency programme consists in a cycle of three residencies all taking place in Brussels. This open call deals with the second residency focusing on improvisation, ethnic and folk music and taking place from 20.05. to 25.05.2022. The last residency in fall 2022 will focus on a larger ensemble with possibility of participation of the artists of the first two residencies. The open call for the third residency will be published by early summer 2022.

Each residency will result in a concert at the Centre for Fine Arts Brussels. The residency will provide a mentorship programme according to the needs and expectations of the selected artists. 

Please note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this residency programme could be postponed if necessary.

Deadline for the application is 10 February 2022 at 6:00 pm (CET). Apply online:

Eligibility criteria :

- Applicants should be emerging musicians with professional experience from the Arab World or from Europe.
- Applicants must have international attempt and are open to absorb new artistic directions and ideas.
- Applicants should be max. 40 years old ( 1981 or younger).
- Applicants must have the nationality of a state of the League of Arab States or an EU member state. Applicants from an EU pre-accession country or the United Kingdom will be taken into consideration as well.
- Applicants must currently reside within a state of the League of Arab States or an EU member state. Applicants residing within an EU pre-accession country or the United Kingdom will be taken into consideration as well.
- Applicants must have a passport with min. 6 months validity from the day of arrival  and fulfil all requirements to obtain a Schengen visa.
- Applicants must have basic communication skills in English.
- Applicants must accept to participate in the open jam at Werkplaats Walter during the residency and in an improvisation concert at the Centre for Fine Arts Brussels that will be recorded and streamed live.
- Applicants must be fully available for the residency programme and cannot take any other commitments during that period of time.

Please note that gender and geographical balance will be taken into account as selection criteria.
Practicalities for the residency:

- Dates of the residency : 20 - 25 May 2022. Arrival on 19 May or latest 20 May before10:00 am and departure on 26 May 2022.
- Location : Brussels (Belgium) – The residency will take place at Werkplaats Walter.
- Budget : Each artist in residency will receive a per diem for accommodation, food expenses, local transportation in Brussels and from/to the airport or train station. The per diem will be payable for each overnight stay between date of departure and date of return. The organisers will cover the travel costs and possible expenses linked to the visa procedure. Bozar will provide the musicians a gross fee of 400,00 € per person for their participation in the public improvisation concert. 

Practicalities for the application :

- Deadline for the submission of the application is 10 February 2022 at 6:00 pm (Brussels time).
- It is required to fill in our application form in English

Selection Committee and deadlines: 

The submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by a jury consisting of representatives of the participating partner organisations.

Please note that selected artists will get a reply by the end of February 2022. 

The European Project HALAQAT is implemented by the Goethe-Institut in collaboration with Bozar - Centre for Fine Arts Brussels. HALAQAT is co-funded by the European Commission (under the designation: EU-LAS CULTURE), the Goethe-Institut and Bozar.

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