Trans Europe Halles
Stanica has been a proud member of Trans Europe Halles since 2004, one of the most active cultural networks in Europe; it provides a stimulating platform for exchange, support and co-operation between its members. The network brings together about 50 multidisciplinary cultural centres in more than 20 countries. TEH runs and coordinates several bilateral and multilateral cultural projects. Thanks to this Stanica is on the map of tours for some top bands (e.g. coming to us from A38 in Budapest, WUK in Vienna…), in touch with professional art scene all around the Europe - to both host in Slovakia and send Slovaks abroad. Examples of bigger common projects in TEH include the setting up of an Artists-in-Residency Exchange programme and Changing Room, a mobility project for cultural operators.
Apart from projects and joint activities,the network invests a lot of time and resources into the biannual TEH Meetings - the one in May 2009 was hosted in Žilina by Stanica. Trans Europe Halles’ projects, activities and meetings deal with topics such as intercultural exchange, sociopolitical themes and current global issues.The network also collaborates with several cultural organisations and networks and is actively involved in the discussions around European cultural policy.
At the moment, two of the main focuses of Trans Europe Halles are mobility and professional development. Trans Europe Halles is dedicated to enhancing and increasing the mobility of cultural operators; from young volunteers to mid-career and leaders. Thanks to Changing Room project we have hosted Lucija Smodiš from Pekarna in Maribor in April 2009 and more members of our team traveled abroad for their professional exchanges.
The new project, Engine Room Europe supported by EC in 2011 will focus even more on mobility of artists and cultural workers for the next three years. The long-term aim of Trans Europe Halles’ activities linked to mobility and professional development is to perfect both a staff exchange programme and a workshop-model that can be offered as training or consultancy to cultural centres both within and outside the network.
The activities are part of the Engine Room Europe (Living Underground), a project initiated by the network of independent cultural centers Trans Europe Halles.
There are two more members of TEH from Slovakia - Tabačka Kulturfabrik in Košice (from 2009) and A4 -Zero Space in Bratislava (from 2010). And Antena - the network for independent Slovak culture is the friend organisation of TEH.
Find out more about Trans Europe Halles and its activities at www.teh.net We would also like to thank the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic for their support of our membership in TEH as well financial contribution to our travel and other costs related with network’s meetings.