The European project Erasmus+ Scene Network will culminate in Valencia with the Erasmus Scene European Festival 2018
The European theatre project Erasmus+ Scene Network, led by the University of Valencia General Foundation, culminates in the month of May in Valencia with the organisation of the Erasmus Scene European Festival at La Nau Cultural Centre. The partners from the three locations (Marburg, Padua and Valencia) will meet to put the finishing touch to a year of networking in Europe.
With the upcoming festival in May, the coordinating team in Valencia travelled to Padua (Italy) to work on the project, a network programme comprised of the University of Padua (Italy), Dramarasmus e. V. Marburg (Germany) and the University of Valencia Erasmus Scene (Valencia, Spain), which is the European headquarters for the project.
“At the meeting with the partners in Padua, the University of Valencia General Foundation, coordinator of the project, analysed the status of the project in all its areas: the budget, legal matters, dissemination, social media and management tools for the incorporation of participants. In addition, lines of actions were established within the communication plan. These sessions served to evaluate the execution of the project at an internal level and put forth proposals to improve some aspects”, stated the manager, Cristóbal Suria.
Likewise, the meeting in Italy enabled the group to “share ideas on the implementation of upcoming projects, such as the App to be developed under the coordination of the partner in Marburg”, he announced.
The directors of the CRIT Theatre Company, also a partner in the programme in Valencia, added that in Padua they were able to “coordinate the theatre and artistic project which will be divided for the creation of three shows presented at the Erasmus Scene European Festival held in May in Valencia. They were also able to coordinate teaching areas and make preparations for the arrival of new students”.
These new students will participate with six refugees who, for the first time, will act in an Erasmus Scene performance with the collaboration of the University and CEAR Valencia (Spanish Commission for Refugees). Starting this month, UV students and Erasmus students who have been selected will take part in a theatre training workshop. This year’s Erasmus Scene will finalise their training with a play to be performed in different places. This will include ‘The Small Europes’ tour, which will visit several locations in Valencia.
So, thanks to the Erasmus+ Scene Network, the Erasmus Scene group will be even more diverse. The group was previously made up of Erasmus students and UV students, but now refugees and immigrants will also take part. All will learn languages using theatre as a vehicle of exchange. This will be extended to the locations in Germany and Italy.
The highest score
Erasmus+ Scene Network was the project that received the highest score out of all the submissions in the 2016 Spanish call. Its uniqueness lies in the opportunity to foster international exchange through the performing arts and the ability to export the Erasmus Scene model to other countries where it has already been implemented.
This project involves meetings with the partners: the University of Marburg, the University of Padua and the University of Valencia Erasmus Scene. The first meeting was held in June in Germany, where the project was presented; in October it took place in Padua with the Italian partners, advancing the tasks of operation and management; and in May 2018, Valencia will be the venue for the closing ceremony with the Erasmus Scene European Festival.