LET’S CREATE A
CRAZY COZY
NEIGHBOURHOOD
CALLED EUROPE.

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WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?_01

For years, the organizations that work on the Creative Embassies have been setting up projects in their hometowns to make our homes as fun, cozy, inspiring, and relevant as possible.

It hurts to see so much talent disappearing. They leave their hometowns for the capitals, like London, Zagreb and Amsterdam. It comes at the expense of the livability of our hometown.

With the Creative Embassies we want to take a radical turn to make an international hub of Leeuwarden towards comparable small, but unbelievably interesting European cities.

By purely connecting B-cities, or underdog cities if you will, and by avoiding the status quo, we’ll be creating a new kind of network. By connecting cities that are usually facing the brain drain by themselves, we are joining forces. That way, we’ll be going from brain drain to brain gain.

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WHAT WE ARE_02

Think of an Embassy. Your Embassy. On the other side of the world, in a country you’ve never visited before. When you step inside, you see signs, flags, paintings, and other things that remind you of home.

The Creative Embassies is somewhat the same thing, but we are creating embassies of art scenes of different cities in Europe. That way, we can connect artists and cultural organizations with each other. But we can take it one step further.

In the first year, back in 2018, we discovered that Leeuwarden and Rijeka, the first two cities that had a Creative Embassy of their own were facing exactly the same challenges and problems. The only difference was the way their inhabitants were dealing with those challenges. With the Creative Embassies, we not only exchange artists (who are experts in reflecting on society) but we are able to exchange the different ways of working towards those different challenges.

The Creative Embassies connects artists and cultural organizations and hosts Artist in Residencies within the ever-growing network to provoke new collaborations. By having a physical space with the title of “Creative Embassy of…” local artists with international ambitions have easy access to the embassy and will be connected to the complete network of the Creative Embassies which, at the moment, exists of multiple organizations in Salford, Rijeka, and Leeuwarden and has the ambition to connect two new cities every two years from 2022 onward.

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WHERE WE ARE_03

Currently, we have embassies in Leeuwarden (the Netherlands), Rijeka (Croatia), and Salford (UK).

WHO ARE OUR PARTNERSHIPS?_04

Stichting Asteriks
(Ambassador of Leeuwarden)

Asteriks is a small, independent music venue based in Leeuwarden. It all started ten years ago in an old abandoned prison. In the meantime, Asteriks was at the cradle of festivals including Welcome to the Village, Explore the North, and many other movements. The Creative Embassies is one of them.

Walk the Plank
(Ambassador of Salford)

Walk the Plank will fill the position of ‘Creative Embassies’ in Salford. Walk the Plank is an art- and cultural organization with its headquarters and fabrication workshops at Cobden Works in Salford, Greater Manchester.  One of the UK’s leading outdoor arts organizations, the company produces work in public space: festivals, civic celebrations, and parades through which several diverse communities are linked.

Mo Hartera

Since its closing in 2005, the Hartera paper factory and its connecting streets became marginalised in the eyes of both citizens and the local municipality. ‘The Local Council of Hartera’ is a fictional council which started the ‘Kvartera’ project over the summer of 2020, gathering 14 local organisations and over 2000 visitors around starting, sharing and funnelling ideas focused on a participative revitalisation of the Hartera zone – through 5 forms of open parliamentary sessions and over 60 communal, urban, green, cultural and sport actions.

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WHERE WE ARE_03

Currently, we have embassies in Leeuwarden (the Netherlands), Rijeka (Croatia), and Salford (UK).

WHO ARE OUR PARTNERSHIPS?_04

Stichting Asteriks
(Ambassador of Leeuwarden)

Asteriks is a small, independent music venue based in Leeuwarden. It all started ten years ago in an old abandoned prison. In the meantime, Asteriks was at the cradle of festivals including Welcome to the Village, Explore the North, and many other movements. The Creative Embassies is one of them.

Walk the Plank
(Ambassador of Salford)

Walk the Plank will fill the position of ‘Creative Embassies’ in Salford. Walk the Plank is an art- and cultural organization with its headquarters and fabrication workshops at Cobden Works in Salford, Greater Manchester.  One of the UK’s leading outdoor arts organizations, the company produces work in public space: festivals, civic celebrations, and parades through which several diverse communities are linked.

Rirock
(Ambassador of Rijeka)

korte bio Rirock…

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HOW DOES IT WORK?_05

With the Creative Embassies, we are not only exchanging artists and cultural organizations (within the domain of Pop Culture), we are also able to the focus on the different ways of working of these artists and organizations who are tackling the massive problem of the brain drain. After all: in an embassy, the norms and values of the represented country are leading. How does the rebellious Rijkea tackle this issue? What could Leeuwarden learn from them? And the other way around: What could artists from Rijeka learn from the professional and well-organized field in Leeuwarden?

By developing a European network that purely consists of underdog cities, we can help towards discarding the idea that it is necessary to moveto your capital to open the doors towards the rest of the world for you. And to take it a step further: we’ll be able to turn it around. Want to get to know Europe? Make sure you’re in one of our towns.

Just like in the “real” Embassies, the ambassadors are never not in contact with each other. Always looking for new connections, new collaborations. Because of this intense way of connecting with each other, we know each other really well. It’s easy to connect artists and it’s easy to find similarities and differences.

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More specifically:

  1. Embassies are always in contact with each other to look for possible connections.
  2. From the embassies, we’ll send an open call, once every couple of months for artists to respond to
  3. The embassies choose one, or a couple of artists or organizations to join the exchange
  4. The artist will be connected through the embassies to the artist on the other side and to their art scene and together, they’ll work on a collaborative project.
  5. The Embassy will be the stage of the final presentation of the collaborative work. This Could be an exhibition, performance, etc.
  6. Connections are made, and we’ll be starting the process all over again.

Okay. To wrap up: Are you an artist, or a small, independent cultural organization and are you interested in such a collaboration? We would love you to hear from you.

GET IN TOUCH WITH US

Congrats! You made it to the end of the website. If you like to get in touch with the Creative Embassies (Wytse & Thillie), this is how you can reach us:

App or chat with us: +31 654698340
Email us: flessenpost@wyld.nl
But! We also like postcards of course: Zwettestraat 30a, 8912 AV Leeuwarden