International Festivalcampus

Location: Ruhr area

Time frame: 2012 - 2018

In cooperation with: Ruhrtriennale and changing international Art Academies

© Campustriennale / Volker Beushausen

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Ruhrtriennale is the international arts festival hosted by the Ruhr metropolitan area. The venues of the Ruhrtriennale are the region’s outstanding industrial monuments which are transformed each year into spectacular sites for music, fine art, theater, dance, and performance. This year's art and theater students from across Europe are once again invited to come to the Ruhr region to attend seminars and workshops as part of Ruhrtriennale’s Summer School program "International Festivalcampus" (former "Campustriennale"). For the "International Festivalcampus", students from the arts and humanities leave their traditional academic context of training and bring their ideas and skills into discussions and projects.

Through the inspiring atmosphere of the festival they collect visual experiences, speak about what they have seen and exchange ideas across disciplinary boundaries. They are offered insights into artistic practice and the opportunity to enter into a vibrant discussion — not only with one another and the Ruhtriennale team but most importantly with the artists from around the world participating in the festival.

For the first time in 2018 there will be a new format of artist workshops: artists of the festival not only discuss, but also conceive and implement their own workshop in cooperation with the university teachers. These scenic projects are a unique possibility for the students to become familiar with internationally rennowned artists and to extend their networks in the professional theatre- and art scene.

The Campustriennale 2015-2017 consisted of three parts: College, Masterclass und Exhibition

At the College the festival became a place to meet for students from Germany and Europe. They took part in seminars and workshops, attended Ruhrtriennale productions and met artists and facilitators for background discussions. They discussed, celebrated and discovered the Ruhr region and exchanged their own views about theatre, art and music. Dialogue about aesthetic, cultural and political issues was central. Diverse disciplines came together, different generations, nationalities, cultures and ideas. With this programme the Ruhrtriennale seeked to foster interdisciplinary exchange between prospective artists, academics and theatremakers and to contribute to the emergence of an international network of emerging artists.

The Masterclass enabled groups of young artists to realize their own creative visions as part of the festival. They developed performances inspired by the year’s festival theme supported by celebrated international artists. These were then presented in two long evenings of theatre.

As part of the Exhibition project empty display shops became art rooms. Young artists had shows there in the different cities with their own installations. This "art parcours" could be visited throughout the festival duration.


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