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The lexicon of Almost Summer, a Feminist Futures Festival

apap – advancing performing arts project is an international network of 11 cultural organisations from all over Europe. The network exists since 2000. Funded by different EU cultural programmes, apap has managed to collaborate continuously on supporting a high number of artists as well as developing new formats according to changing artistic practices and needs throughout the years. The project apap – FEMINIST FUTURES (2020-2024) has even more ambitious aims: to initiate powerful social change through art. The main goal of the project is to address inequality in the contemporary performing arts, using the body of thought consolidated by the term ‘intersectional feminism’ to find concrete structural answers and raise public awareness.

A beguinage is a residential complex, usually surrounded by walls or fences, where beguines (pious women who were not monastics, but who took a vow of chastity and devoted themselves to a religious life) lived together in separate houses. The first beguinages appeared in the 12th century. The beguinage functioned as a community for these women, where they held prayer services together and led a religious life. Beguinages were often founded with the support of local authorities or church institutions and offered beguines protection and support in exchange for their religious devotion.

Ecofeminism is a philosophical and political approach that highlights the interconnectedness between the oppression of women and the destruction of nature. It focuses on the analysis of power structures that promote both gender inequality and environmental degradation, and advocates for social justice and environmental sustainability. Ecofeminism emphasises a care ethic based on values of cooperation, connectedness, and respect for life in all its forms. This approach contrasts with a culture based on domination, competition, and exploitation.

Feminism is a social and political movement that seeks equal rights, opportunities, and treatment for people regardless of their gender. It focuses on fighting gender inequality and discrimination against women, and promoting gender equality in various aspects of life, such as politics, economics, education, and social interactions.

Resonance is a concept used by German sociologist Hartmut Rosa in his work on social theory and modernity. In his approach, resonance describes the relationship between individuals and the world around them. It revolves around the idea of a deep, positive, and harmonious connection between a person and their activities, relationships, and environment. This happens when an individual feels fully engaged and experiences a sense of fulfilment.

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