Almost Summer / Feminist Futures Festival is part of apap – advancing performing arts project, an international network of 11 European cultural organisations. apap – FEMINIST FUTURES is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and aims for an ambitious undertaking: initiate powerful social changes through art. The main goal of the project is to address inequality in the contemporary performing arts and raise public awareness.
From 29 June to 9 July, the festival and open school – subtitled ‘Feminist Futures’ – will zoom in on an intersectional approach to feminism, in which all forms of discrimination are related to each other.
The concept of intersectionality has profoundly influenced the practices of a number of artists, just as it has influenced our work at BUDA and the European network of which we are a member: apap – Feminist Futures.First of all, we question ourselves, since there are many topics up for discussion: the conventions and activities of our institution; the frameworks and support plans we draw up around art; the needs of the artists and their creative work; the processes of precarious artists or discriminated groups. This is an attempt to make our work fit into a fairer and more durable system, accessible and decentralised. But also to renew ourselves bit by bit, because the problem is much wider in scope than our own position.
The creative work shown at this festival is full of fire, desires, subversion, and celebration. The Feminist School aims to transcend the current political polarisation as well as to reassess issues regarding identity politics. No pre-chewed answers but defiant thoughts, respecting everyone’s history and sensitivities. We have – as the artist and feminist Carolee Schneemann aptly said – “high expectations of great moments that we have to experience together.”
More Feminist Futures? Discover the programme of Theatre Festival Boulevard in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands!