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With this call, 6 European residency institutions are looking for companies of established performing artists of 2-5 people based in Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Norway, and Spain. The programme targets applicants who can relate to or who is willing to explore the themes diversity and inclusion under the overall focus European Identities today.

We offer an opportunity for your company to develop a project idea and artistic vision through 3 paid residencies – 1 local and 2 internationals.

The programme is conscious on sustainability and will prioritize slow travel where possible.

Please note: The countries, dates and venues are fixed in advance, so there are some practical conditions for participation.

About Moving Identities

Moving Identities creates a more sustainable, diverse and including platform for European Identities in the performing arts. The programme is created with support from Creative Europe by venues from Hammerfest, Copenhagen, Narva, Tallinn, Dresden, Hasselt, and Barcelona. We offer a European network of residencies and experts who wish to open a new world for performing artists to play within. The focus is European identities today, and the dream is to connect with performing artists, venues, and experts across borders in an eco-friendly way.

In between and during residencies, we offer mentorship from our expert partners in topics of diversity, LGBTQIA+ representation, sustainability, and touring, and we will help you develop your career internationally.

Practical details and conditions

The Moving Identities residency programme:

Is for companies of 2-5 established performing artists with a strong artistic vision and/or practice related to the theme European Identity today

Is open to all artistic approaches within the performing arts (research based, artistic activism, production, social engagement etc.)

Pays 4.000 euro per artist for a total of 6 weeks + per diems

Values international and cultural exchange

Will cover travel and insurance expenses and coordinate these together with you

Offers mentorships from experts in diversity, LGBTQIA+ representation, sustainability, and touring

Connects you to a hosting artist in each city to help you network with local artists and organisations

Plans a local event at the end of each residency, where you can share your work in a suitable way

Is committed to slow travel where possible

Is open to learn and work together with you to develop practices to become more inclusive and sustainable

Includes a total of six weeks of residency time on specific dates in three specific venues. See dates and places below.

Residency dates

Please note: You must be able to join all three residencies on these specific dates.

If you are a company of performing artists from one of the eligible countries, and you would like to join but are not available at the specific dates, you will get a new chance next year with a new round of residencies. Keep updated on our Instagram and newsletter to see when the next opportunity will open.

If you are not able to go yourselves but know someone who might be interested, feel free to share it with them!


Which language is used in this programme? 

The administrative language is English, but you can submit your resumé and project idea in any of the local languages – Norwegian, Danish, Estonian, German, Belgian, Castillan or Catalan. When you travel to the other countries, we have to communicate in English, but you can develop your project in any language.  

Where can I learn more about the venues? 

You can find descriptions of the venues here. 

How do you interpret ‘European Identity today’ and the themes identity, and inclusion?

We are interested in promoting artists with diverse backgrounds and artistic performance productions that explore these themes. The artistic interpretation is up to you.  

Which nationalities can apply? 

All nationalities can apply, but you must have current residency in one of the included countries: Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Norway or Spain. This includes every artist in your company. One or more of you can’t reside in other countries on the time of your application. 

What is meant by a ‘company of established performing artists’? 

You are eligible to apply if you are an already established group of 2-5 performing artists, OR if you are a group of performing artists forming a company for the purpose of this programme. You don’t have to have worked together in the past, but you all have to have experience as a professional performing artist. 

What if we don’t have a company name?

Then you write a project name, made up for this specific project.

Further questions?

If you have any questions or doubts regarding the residencies or your application, you can reach out to your local venue or project leader.

Under Residencies, you can find information on the venues in the different cities and get to know the places and contexts a bit better and get information on accessibility and physical facilities etc.

Each venue will host an online 1-hour session, where artists interested in applying can ask questions and get more information.

Time, date and link to the online info sessions is right here.

About the application form

We are very curious about who you are as artists and as people. We need to know if you are willing and able to participate on the given conditions, and we want to understand your needs. Therefore, please answer all the questions in the attached application.

We know it is a lot of questions, but we will guide you through it step-by-step. If you have questions or doubts along the way, we are here to help you.

The purpose is not to rule out or disqualify anyone, but simply to ensure the best matchmaking between artists and venues.

Some of the questions are very practical in nature – what is your experience, what technical requirements do you have, what do you need from us? etc. Some of the questions might take a bit longer, where we ask you to reflect on the topics of identity, diversity and sustainability in your own artistic practice, your career ambitions and what you hope to gain from this programme. The programme language is English, but you are allowed to submit project ideas and cv in your own language.

Have the following material ready before applying:

  1. A resumé in .PDF
  2. A .PDF or a link to a video (YouTube, Dropbox, or the like) in which you explain your artistic vision, and the project or research that you would like to work on and develop in this programme. In case you choose a .PDF, 1 – 2 pages are maximum. In case you link to a video, 2 – 6 minutes is maximum.

You can submit the material in English or a local language.

Open call 2023 is now closed

Application deadline: May 8th, 2023, 23:59 GMT+2. Please be aware that your application needs to be filled out at its fullest and submitted before it’s confirmed. 

We are aware of our own blind spots and limitations, and we are open to listen to you and understand how we can help you. Our goal is to expand and deepen our community across borders. We hope you want to apply to the programme, and we look forward to getting to know you.

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