EUtropia on tour across Europe

24.10.2012 | A story travels across Europe and is newly told with every step: With this basic idea the project EUtropia started in summer 2011. After exciting activities in August and September 2012 it's now time for the next-to-last leg.

Sziget might be the biggest music festival in Europe: Maybe there's less daily visitors than at Rock am Ring, but the festival on the Danube Island lasts for eight days and offers a wide program on five main and many other smaller stages.

On August 7th, 30 young artists from eight European countries performed on on the main stage at A38 tent. Their production had been created right before, during a one week residency in the mountain village FelsÅ‘örs. The narrative of EUtropia, which takes the myth of the tower of babel as a metaphorical for current crises, was presented in a new form, adapted to the festival stage – with success: the huge tent filled with more and more people during the performance, in the end thousands applauded enthusiastically.

The EUtropia journey began in August 2011 in the small town Silkeborg/ Denmark. An international group of ten young artists created the basic story there, which was presented at venues like the Arkadas Theater Cologne in April and the Fabbrica Europa Festival at Florence in May. Each rendition included some of the old hands as well as new members from the host country.

After a workshop with the subject “Improvisation” in Lille/ France, now the second-to-last step is coming up: From the December 6th to 14th, EUtropia will be guest in Larisa/ Greece – and will thus arrive in the hometown of Costas Lamproulis, artistic director of the overall project. After that it will be time to take a breath for the great final: In April 2013 the big final EUtropia event will take place in Utrecht. Participants of every leg will perform together in the framework of the celebrations for the 300th anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht.

EUtropia is coordinated by jfc Medienzentrum and funded by the EU CULTURE Programme and, for the german part of the project, the Northrhine-Westfalian Youth Ministry (MFKJKS NRW).

EUtropia live in Budapest:

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