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VARP—Performing Arts

Visegrad Artist Residency Program—Performing Arts was launched in 2011 in coop­er­a­tion with Truc Sphérique, Žilina. VARP—Performing Arts pro­vides oppor­tu­ni­ties to host per­form­ing artists or com­pa­nies from and in all V4 mem­ber states and to sup­port con­certed work of tal­ented artists to cre­ate a plat­form for infor­ma­tion exchange and to sup­port the con­tem­po­rary the­atre and dance in Central Europe.

The pro­gram aim at sup­port­ing inno­va­tion, exper­i­ment and cre­ativ­ity in the per­form­ing arts—new drama, con­tem­po­rary dance, new cir­cus, phys­i­cal the­atre, visual the­ater, alter­na­tive the­ater, per­for­mance art. The pro­gram is not suit­able for stone the­aters, already devel­oped per­for­mances, or the­ater fes­ti­vals. The pro­gram sup­ports exchanges and con­tributes toward more inten­sive col­lab­o­ra­tion among free­lance artists and per­form­ing arts insti­tu­tions in V4 countries.

Selection cri­te­ria:

  • pro­fes­sional and inno­v­a­tive approach in the per­form­ing arts as demon­strated in the appli­ca­tion form and port­fo­lio (attached doc­u­men­ta­tion of pre­vi­ous work/projects)
  • appli­cants must be cit­i­zens of V4 coun­tries who are at least 18 years old
  • appli­cants can be both indi­vid­ual artists or artis­tic groups (mem­bers of a group shall be from the same country)

Additional con­di­tions:

  • Each appli­cant may be granted sup­port only once in each V4 mem­ber state other than the applicant’s cit­i­zen­ship and res­i­dence;
  • Each appli­cant may be granted sup­port only once per cal­en­dar year;
  • Residencies are intended as 3-month projects with a min­i­mum 2-week stay at given host institution
  • All applicant’s pre­vi­ous projects sup­ported by the Fund must be fin­ished and closed at the time of applying;
  • The finan­cial sup­port is given to both the artists and the host insti­tu­tions in the fol­low­ing format:
    • €4,000 for indi­vid­ual res­i­dency (1–2 artists): €1,500 for the host institution/€2,500 for the artist(s);
    • 8,000 for group res­i­dency (3 artists and more): €2,500 for the host institution/€5,500 for the artis­tic group.

Compulsory enclo­sures to the application:

  • Copy of the applicant’s ID (copy of IDs of each appli­cant if apply­ing as infor­mal group)
  • Documentation of the applicant’s pre­vi­ous work—port­fo­lio (upload­able in the on-line appli­ca­tion form) + reviews, where pos­si­ble (also uploadable)
  • Original let­ter of accep­tance from the host orga­ni­za­tion (copies, faxes or scans can­not be accepted); the let­ter must be on a let­ter­head paper and must include the fol­low­ing information:
    • name of the artist
    • title of the project
    • planned dates of the project
    • date and sig­na­ture of the statu­tory representative
  • Copies of ID doc­u­ments of the host orga­ni­za­tion; such documents:
    • must include the name of the statu­tory representative
    • must include the reg­is­tered seat of the organization
    • must include ID num­ber of the orga­ni­za­tion (e.g. tax ID number)
    • can­not be older than 3 months

All com­pul­sory enclo­sures (except for the reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ments and/or a copy of ID) must be in English. All doc­u­ments must be deliv­ered to the Fund along with the appli­ca­tion form in a sin­gle pack­age; doc­u­ments sent sep­a­rately can­not be accepted.


11:59:59 a.m. on October 1, 2014; signed appli­ca­tion print­outs and the com­pul­sory enclo­sures need to be post­marked with the dead­line date (or deliv­ered per­son­ally to the Fund on the dead­line date between 8.30–16.30). Documents sent after this date can­not be accepted.

Contact per­son: Dana Pekaríková, Program Manager

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