About the ExploreZ Festival
We live in completely different countries and societies, but does this mean that we have less or more freedom? Is freedom for myself different from freedom for all of us?
From 22 – 30 September ZID Theater organises the international cross-over Festival ExploreZ for the third time, in Amsterdam. Makers, city residents and international guests together create a programme of theatre, dance, music and video at locations all over town. ‘The New Freedom’ is the leading theme of the festival, with special emphasis on the cross-over between art disciplines and their impact on society. Four productions will be especially created for this festival, in a collaboration between local residents and the guests from abroad: Teatr Brama (Poland), Pod Teatar (Serbia), Omma Studio Theatre (Greece) and Dar Amsterdam (Morocco).
The events take place in theatres such as ZID Theater, Theater de Meervaart, and Podium Mozaiek, but also at outdoor locations such as the Rembrandt Park, in the Stadsdeel West and Nieuw-West neighbourhoods, and at locations such as debate centre Pakhuis de Zwijger and in branches of the Public Library Amsterdam.
Explorez is an event of Caravan Next – a large-scale Social Community Theatre collaborative project connecting professional artists with communities and local citizens. From September 2015 till February 2019 a huge network of European theatre organisations and cultural institutions creates Social Community Theatre events in 16 different European countries. The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Read more about Caravan Next on www.caravanext.eu
The first, or pilot version of ExploreZ was held in Amsterdam from 10 to 13 March 2016. Four days of performances and workshops on various locations. Read the programme brochure here.
The second ExploreZ took place from 12 to 18 December 2016, also in Amsterdam. A full programme of performances, workshops, and conferences was presented at Theater de Meervaart, Podium Mozaiek, the Central Public Library, debate centre Pakhuis de Zwijger, Westside, ZID Theater, and at outdoor locations in Amsterdam West and Nieuw-West. Read the full programme brochure here.
A short video impression of ExploreZ 2 is available here.
From 25 September to 1 October 2017, a third edition of the festival, a special On Tour version for Serbia, was organised in collaboration with main partners BITEF (Belgrade International Theatre Festival) Polyphony Festival and POD Teatar.
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