Oamk-led consortium from 10 European countries awarded Creative Europe funding to support innovation in the theatre sector

Published: 15 June 2022 at 09:15 :: Press Releases

Creative Europe has awarded a 1.79 million Euro grant to a new project lead by the Oulu University of Applied Sciences titled: Culture Testbeds for Interactivity, Performance and Technology (ACuTe). With a total budget of 3 million Euro, this project will be delivered via a strong partnership of 14 leading theatres, universities and creative arts organizations from 10 different European countries. The Oamk Department of Media and Performing Arts will act as the lead coordinator.

Starting in July 2022 and lasting four years, ACuTe is a trend setting, large-scale European innovation project aiming to revolutionize the way theatre and performing arts are produced and performed with emerging technology and forms of cultural collaboration and competence development. With an interdisciplinary approach integrating digital technology and co-creation methodologies, a new type of ‘culture testbed’ will be created. These testbeds will lead to the testing and tangible prototyping of new technologies within performing arts productions under three themes: 1. new dramaturgies, 2. stage design and 3. audience engagement – innovations on how we tell stories on stage, how they are produced, and the way audiences interact and engage with them.

The project will offer a new level of integration across dozens of institutions to introduce emerging technologies among performing arts institutions and create a more robust, long-term methodology for integrating technologies in public performances and sharing this work across Europe. 

The 14 project consortium members include seven theatres (Théâtre de Liège, Belgium; Norwegian Theatre, Norway; Slovene National Theatre, Slovenia; Marin Sorescu National Theatre, Romania; Schauspielhas Graz, and the Landestheater Linz, Austria; and De Toneelmakerij, Netherlands), three cultural institutions (Ars Electronica, Austria; Azkuna Zentroa, Spain; and Europe’s first Academy for Digitality and Theatre, Germany), three universities (Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia; Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands; and Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland) as well as the European theatre network organization - European Theatre Convention (ETC). 

Oamk will act as the lead institution and coordinate the numerous innovation and performance activities planned over the course of the project. “This project is important from the perspective of strategic development in the Department of Media and Performing Arts. Digitalization is seen as a key part of innovation and new ways of working and learning in the cultural sector. At the same time, the AcuTe project is a significant addition to developments leading up to the Oulu2026 European Capital of Culture project and will intensify our cooperation with the Oulu2026 organization and the Oulu Cultural Foundation in the coming years”, says Riitta Tötterström, director of Oamk Department of Media and Performing Arts. 

More information:

he ACuTe project coordinator Blair Stevenson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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