FIRST EURO GRANTS PROMOTING JEWISH CULTURE ANNOUNCED IN LONDON AND PARIS
Artists and playwrights from 12 countries receive awards
LONDON—(1 February 2002) The European Association for Jewish Culture announces the winners in its new programme of grants designed to promote Jewish creativity in the visual and performing arts, media and publishing.
The Association is an independent grant-awarding body established by JPR/ Institute for Jewish Policy Research in London and the Alliance Israélite Universelle (AIU) in Paris. It seeks to enhance Jewish life by fostering and supporting artistic creativity and achievement, assisting scholarly research and encouraging access to Jewish culture in an increasingly integrated Europe.
The grants range from €3,000 to €10,000 and have been awarded to artists and projects in 12 countries across Europe, following a lengthy review by independent professional experts. The countries include Belgium, Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
More than 30 grants have been awarded for new works in the following areas:
Performing arts: new plays and works of choreography dealing with the Jewish experience (14 grants);
Visual arts: exhibitions of new works in painting, sculpture, photography, installations and video art reflecting the Jewish experience (13 grants);
Media and publishing: grants to European Jewish periodicals for new and translated articles, essays and short stories (6 grants).
European Association for Jewish Culture/ Grants Awards 2002/ p 2
In the performing arts category, awards include:
Mario Piazza of Palermo, Italy for ‘Ghetto’ a full-length ballet for 25 dancers, to be performed by the National Opera & Ballet in Sofia, Bulgaria, as well as the Teatro Piccolo in Milan;
Ari Rosenzweig of Copenhagen, Denmark for ‘Jingele o Maidele’, a new choreography on the theme of struggle for territory or space, to be performed at the Dansescenen in Copenhagen, and on tour in Denmark;
Atar Hadari of London for ‘The Jewish Piano’, which charts three generations of a family business, to be performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
Among the visual artists receiving awards are
Mira Zelechower-Aleksiun of Wroclaw, Poland for ‘Heritage: Echoes, Traces, Memories’, a series of acrylic paintings exploring lost and rediscovered Jewish culture, to be shown at the Centre for Theatre & Practice in Gardziennice, Poland and in Wroclaw;
László Egyed of Budapest, Hungary for ‘Song of Songs Today’, a series of charcoal on paper drawings, exploring the visible and invisible in contemporary Jewish life in Budapest;
Anita Frank and Pauline Prior of Amsterdam, Netherlands, for ‘Beeldzuilen’, a photographic study of Amsterdam Jewry to be exhibited at the Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam.
La Lettre Sépharade (The Sephardi Newsletter), a quarterly published in Aix-en-Provence, France; featuring a special issue on Sephardi life in France;
Rassegna Mensile di Israel (Jewish Monthly Review), published in Rome, for a special issue on the Jewish experience in post-Communist Europe, 1990-2000;
Midrasz (Midrash), a monthly Warsaw publication, for a special issue on the Jewish cultural revival in Poland since 1985.
NOTE: A complete list of grant recipients is included with this news release Background
The establishment of the European Association for European Culture (EAJC) is a joint venture of one of Britain’s newest Jewish institutions, the London-based JPR/ Institute for Jewish Policy Research, a think-tank launched in 1996—together with one of France’s oldest ones, the Alliance Israélite Universelle (AIU), founded in Paris in 1860. A unique Anglo-French creation, the EAJC was facilitated by the birth of a single European currency and a grant awarded by the European Commission Culture 2000 programme.
European Association for Jewish Culture/ Grants Awards 2002/ p 3
Re-emergence of Central European Jewry
Following its launch in May 2001, news of the grant-giving foundation has generated much interest—particularly in Central Europe—that has been welcomed by the Association’s directors. ‘It’s significant that the number of grants going to Hungary (6) is matched only by awards in France and the UK’, said Lena Stanley-Clamp, Director of the London office of the EAJC. ‘What this tells us is that Budapest has re-emerged as a major center of Jewish cultural life. Being able to support the Jewish cultural re-awakening across the European continent is extremely rewarding’, said Stanley-Clamp.
Jewish identity, artistic talent
Moreover, said Jean-Jacques Wahl, Secretary of the EAJC in Paris, ‘the fact that artists emerged from a broad range of countries—from Denmark, to Italy, Spain, Slovakia and Hungary as well as France and the UK—is a clear indication that throughout Europe people are choosing to give expression to issues of Jewish identity through the creative process.’
Selected from scores of applications, the 33 grants ‘demonstrate that it’s possible to recruit a new generation of artists and cultural producers from among European Jews, said EAJC Treasurer Barry Kosmin. ‘These grants represent an investment in creative talent.’
Mirrors the New Europe
The European Association for Jewish Culture awards reflect a cross-cultural phenomenon that transcends national borders. At least three of the artistic projects—Miranda Lopatkin’s ‘Re-generations’, Mario Piazza’s ‘Ghetto’, and Anna Lentsch’s ‘Lieux réels, lieux mythiques’—will be shown in European countries other than where they originated. International cultural exchanges are a main feature of the awards in the publication category.
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