PACE.V4 (Performing Arts Central Europe – Visegrad Countries Focus)

Performing Arts Central Europe – Visegrad Countries Focus (PACE.V4) is a pilot project of joint presentation of the four Visegrad countries at major international events, such as the biggest world performing arts markets or important international theatre/dance/music festivals. The aim of the project is long-term cooperation on joint presentations of the contemporary theatre, dance and music of the Visegrad countries. The project also seeks to identify cultural-historical overlaps or differences that exist in the contemporary Czech, Slovak, Polish and Hungarian performing arts, with theatre as the focal point. The goal of the project is to increase the visibility of the Visegrad group countries on the international scene. The project was supported under the grant programme of the International Visegrad Fund The project was implemented by following institutions: Arts and Theatre Institute, Prague;, (coordinator) Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Warsaw, Poland; Theatre Institute, Bratislava, Slovakia; Hungarian Theatre Museum and Institute, Budapest, Hungary; For more information visit:


CZECH DANCE / THEATRE / LITERATURE / MUSIC / CONTEMPORARY ART GUIDE – A New Way to Navigate the Czech Arts As part of its mission to promote Czech arts abroad, the Arts and Theatre Institute published a series of guides to Czech dance, theatre, music, literature and contemporary art. Each guide offers a brief historical background to its given field, information on current projects, portraits of top artists, important figures and arts bodies in the field, an extensive up-to-date directory of artists, institutions, schools, organisations and companies and other useful information on the current Czech arts scene. In each guide you’ll find: a short history of the field information on current events and highlights a directory of people, institutions, schools, organisations, and artistic bodies events and festivals awards additional useful information and links Czech Dance GuideJana Návratová (editor)The Czech Dance Guide presents profiles of Czech dance companies, personalities, venues, schools and other subjects who operate in the field of contemporary and classical dance. The publication also contains a short historical overview of Czech professional dance. Czech Theatre GuideMartina Černá (editor)This English-language guide to the Czech theatre is a handbook that provides clear and easy orientation in the goings on in Czech theatre. The publication is divided into two parts. The introductory texts offer a brief excursion into the contexts of individual areas of theatre life (funding, the theatre network, festivals, historical context, etc.), the second part contains a directory of Czech theatres, theatre organisations, festivals, venues, schools, periodicals and publishers. The publication is intended for both professionals and lay people with an interest in Czech theatre. Czech Music GuideLenka Dohnalová (editor)The Czech Music Guide presents an up-to-date panorama of Czech music life with a short historical overview for everyone with an interest, whether layperson or professional, in understanding Czech music culture and its milieu. Contents: About the Czech Republic, A Short History of Music, Contemporary Music Life, Current Culture Policy, Music Institutions, The Music Education System, Archives, Science and Research Centres, Journals, Information Centres, Regional Panorama, Links. Czech Literature GuideViktor Debnár (editor)The Czech Literature Guide presents a panorama of the contemporary life of Czech literature with a short historical overview. It is designed for anyone with an interest, whether layperson or professional, in Czech literary culture and its milieu. Czech Contemporary Art Guide Lucie Ševčíková, Eva Žáková (eds.) Printed versions of the guides can be purchased from the e-shop of the Arts and Theatre Institute Electronic versions of the guides can be downloaded here:

Travelogue 2: Future steps

The culture sector, local, regional, national and European policy makers have to find adequate answers to ever-changing practices in transnational cultural exchange: export, import, various forms of cooperation, mobility of people and artworks. Better monitoring and measuring of mobility is crucial and reliable statistics and data collection are key to developing future culture mobility policies, both on EU Member States level and on EU level. A sustainable long-term mapping instrument should be developed and implemented across the EU in order to monitor cross-border artistic mobility, highlight existing imbalances and explore cultural policies’ impact on international mobility flows. In 2009-2011 – in the context of SPACE – a first Travelogue Prototype that links very diverse national datasets about international touring was developed. This tool functioned as a leverage to raise awareness with national governments about the necessity of improving and coordinating data collections and as a starting point for capacity building within ministries and institutions. With this goal in mind, we organised workshops, seminars and conferences, we developed technical guidelines & documentation and provided one-on-one technical support. More info can be found on  Building on the foundations of Travelogue 1, Travelogue 2 wants to further develop this sustainable monitoring instrument that can feed national and European cultural policies.  SO 1: Travelogue 2 analyses international mobility in the performing arts, with special attention to asymmetries and factors stimulating or hindering high quality mobility. SO 2: Travelogue 2 raises political awareness about the necessity of well-coordinated data collection to feed cultural policy and assist in building up the technical capacity to do so. This combination is key to filling up the gaps in current data collection on European performing arts mobility. ...