Year

2018

Summary

Magic Carpets is a platform uniting fifteen European cultural organisations that create opportunities for emerging artists to travel, make work with local communities, and engage in cultural activism.

Lead Partner

Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania

Co-Partner(s)
  • EVA International, Limerick (Ireland)
  • Open Space Innsbruck (Austria)
  • LAB 852.d.o.o (Croatia)
  • Prague Biennale (Czech Republic)
  • Trempolino (France)
  • Tblisi Photo Festival (Georgia)
  • Centre for Contemporary Art – Tblisi (Georgia)
  • KUNSTrePUBLIC – ZK/U (Germany)
  • Latitudo SRL (Itlay)
  • New Theatre Institute of Latvia (Latvia)
  • Ideias Emergentes (Portugal)
  • META Cultural Foundation (Romania)
  • Nora Kulturno Naselje (Serbia)
  • Folkstone Fringe (UK)
  • Jam Factory Art Centre (Ukraine)
Funding Strand

European Platforms

Community Grant

€500,000

Description

Magic Carpets (2018 - 2021) is a platform uniting fifteen European cultural organisations that create opportunities for emerging artists to embark on journeys to unknown lands and to create, together with local artists and local communities, new works that highlight local specificities and compensate for the shortage of story-telling existing in modern society by enhancing cultural accessibility, cultural activism and participation.

In November, 2020, Irish partner EVA, launched Dhá Theanga, a new platform of multi-language audio responses which have been developed in response to the 39th EVA International exhibition programme as part of the MagiC Carpets Platform co-funded by Creative Europe. 

Dhá Theanga is part of EVA's Better Words initiative which empowers new forms of access and engagement with contemporary art in a bid to overcome some of the access barriers surrounding language that can often limit broader engagement with contemporary art.

The Dhá Theanga project engaged with local multi-linguists in Limerick to explore a creative mediation of the exhibition programme that resulted in audio responses in the languages of Nigerian Pidgin English, Catalan, Polish and Irish. The project sought to expand EVA's reach to language communities other than English and show the creative language abilities within the local Limerick community. Find out more and listen to the pieces here

Testimonial from Irish Partner

‘The Magic Carpets programme fostered collaboration with a diverse range of cultural partners from across Europe, creating opportunities for artists to develop their artistic practice in new contexts and encouraging greater curatorial visibility for their work. Alongside the artistic benefits of the programme, the network has also helped us develop our capacities as an organisation, especially in terms of how we produce artists’ work locally and connect with our local communities in new ways.’ Matt Packer, Director & CEO, EVA.

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