Unpack the Arts is a European project that provides residencies for cultural journalists in the context of twelve major festivals programming contemporary circus.

Unpack the Arts is a European project funded with support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. The project leader is Circuscentrum (Flemish information center for circus in Gent) and the project partners are nine European circus organisations, among them CircusInfo Finland.

The goal of the project is to facilitate the circulation of knowledge and experience, to develop the critical discourses of its participants, and to further the role of the media within the circus arts and contemporary society. Cultural journalists, critics and chief editors from any form of media were asked to apply for the project recidences in four open calls. The 12 recidensies have taken place on circus festivals from August 2012 to February 2014. Altogether 120 journalists from all over Europe will participate in the project.

At the end of their residency, each participant in the Unpack the Arts project delivers an article of 2,000 words. These articles are published both on the native language and as an English translation on the Unpack The Arts site.

CircusInfo Finland hosted the Unpack the Arts Helsinki residency in context of Cirko contemporary circus festival in May 2013. The articles from the Helsinki residency can are also found on the site  unpackthearts.eu/articles





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