Black/North SEAS was a European cultural platform that connected two very different European regions – The Black Sea and the North Sea. SEAS created 20 new cross-disciplinary artistic works that were inspired by intercultural exchange between artists from the two regions and the political, environmental and social realities facing Europe’s coastal communities. In the format of a traveling festival the artworks were presented in urban and unconventional spaces in 17 towns and cities, including the conference series CityScape on arts and re-urbanisation. SEAS was initiated by Intercult and realized with 7 co-organisers and 70 artists, with support by the EU Culture Programme 2007-2013.
After three and a half years, 17 separate towns and cities (actually 21 if you include each of the places on SEAS X), 20 commissioned works and nearly 80,000 audience and participants, the Black/North SEAS “arts adventure” came to an end on 30 November 2010.
The evaluation of SEAS is designed by Lidia Varbanova to offer practical and strategic insight and guidance for people who are, or are thinking of, engaging in transnational collaboration in Europe.
It presents an external evaluation with reflections on key issues by Dragan Klaic, 26 recommendations for future projects, spin offs, lessons learned and reflections by the SEAS management team on partnership, funding, concept and artistic process. The documentation includes SEAS research, productions, events, artists and organisations, films and audio. SEAS Dock is funded by Arts Council England.
Many members of the SEAS network will be involved in future projects, and especially in the “daughter of SEAS” CORNERS (Four Corners of Europe) which will make use of the SEAS dating methodology to generate new works that will tour in Europe beyond the frame created by the Baltic, Black, North and Mediterranean Seas.
Black/North SEAS was organised by Intercult in collaboration with the co-organisers KIT (Københavns Internationale Teater), BADco., Hotel Pro Forma, Sfumato Theatre Laboratory, Arts Council England and Tromsø kommune, and with generous support by the EU Culture Programme 2007-2013.
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