“Cultural activities have undergone a shift from production to or for audiences to creation with audiences.”

(The Art of With, Charles Leadbeater, 2009)

The Be SpectACTive! Project was created in December 2014. It is a large-scale European cooperation project co-funded by the EU’s Creative Europe Programme focusing on the field of performing arts, where it endeavours to foster audience involvement in creative processes by means of artistic production and other participative activities.

December 2018 saw the beginning of the second edition of this internationally acclaimed project. Pursuing the project’s two lines of focus (production and research),itcontinues to support audience engagement and experimentation in the European context by means of the following project outputs:

  • creation of 15 new theatre and dance works in international collaboration;
  • creation of 50 local engaged audience groups, who will participate in dramaturgical and management activities (over the upcoming 4 years, their 1 500 members will select more than 350 works);
  • creation of 4 European community projects – site-specific projects that will join communities across 8 European locations in an artistic co-production;
  • 4 years of the European Audience Day – a community event connecting audiences across Facebook;
  • research evaluating the efficacy of engagement activities;
  • 4 international conferences focused on publishing the research results;
  • meetings and many other networking activities.

The Be SpectACTive! Partner network joins 19 organisations across 18 cities and 15 European countries: Kilowatt Festival (IT) – project leader –  Artemrede (PT), Bakelit Multi Art Center (HU), brut (AT), BUDA (BE), CdAT – Café de las Artes Teatro (ES), Domino (HR),  Dublin Theatre Festival (IE), Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival (SE), SKCNS – Institution Student Cultural Centre of Novi Sad (RS), International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra (SK), Plesni Teater Ljubljana (SI), Occitanie en scène (FR), Tanec Praha (CZ), Teatrul National Radu Stanca Sibiu (RO). The project research is conducted by:  Fondazione Fitzcarraldo (IT), Universitat de Barcelona (ES), Université de Montpellier (FR) a CNRS (FR).

For more information about the project, please visit: http://www.bespectactive.eu