“[The ECF R&D] grant turned out to be a multiplier, as after receiving it we were able to obtain two other grants. So where our invitation to participate in the Idea Camp was exciting and overwhelming, to be accepted for a grant was liberating and empowering.”

Gerry Proctor of EngageLiverpool was in Amsterdam to part take in the Public Space meetup series in June. The 2015 ECF R&D grantee spoke about the ‘Liverpool Air Project’ and ensuing ‘VENT! Liverpool Air Quality Festival’ which took place in Spring 2016. We took this opportunity to catch up with Gerry on his many projects. Read more in this featured people.

Photo of Gerry Proctor in Amsterdam by Nicola Mullenger. 

On the occasion of the closing night of the ECF supported exhibition and project A Lighthouse for Lampedusa on 8 September, BOZAR Brussels will screen the two films: Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) by Gianfranco Rossi and the documentary Lampedusa Mirrors by Tandem Shaml participant Micaela Casalboni, followed by a Q&A with Casalboni.

As part of World Refugee Day, BOZAR, the Goethe-Institut Brüssel, the Italian Cultural Institute and ECF put on the A Lighthouse for Lampedusa exhibition with German artist Thomas Kilpper building a lighthouse on the roof of BOZAR. After Brussels, the lighthouse will be erected in the Dresden Kunsthaus in Germany.

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"Lampedusa Mirrors is a path, along which 'Us' meets 'Them' and the word 'Stranger' has new meanings thanks to theatre and the unexpected. A path narrated in episodes as a journal thanks to Il Girovago (Edizioni Nuova S1), collecting and telling stories on the border between travelling, art and interculture." -Micaela Cassaboni and Giulia Franzaresi in Lampedusa Mirrors: Journal of a Project (2014-15).

Lampedusa Mirrors is a theatre coproduction between Eclosion d’artistes (Tunis) and Teatro dell’Argine (Bologna) that was conceived in the framework of our Tandem Shaml. In 2015, young theatre makers from Tunisia and Italy developed a gripping performance which reflects on life at the island of Lampedusa as a symbolic site of the ongoing migration crisis. Read the journal.