Press office eXplore dance festival:
4Culture Association, organizer of eXplore dance festival – Bucharest International Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival, co-organizer of the European multi-annual cooperation projects Jardin d’Europe and Life Long Burning, founder of the independent dance and contemporary art space WASP – Working Art Space and Production, raises the alarm concerning the sistematical manner in which some of the most important public cultural institutions in Romania – the Ministry of Culture, the Bucharest City Hall – choose to disregard contemporary art in Romania.
Important contemporary art events (festivals, platforms and biennals) that enjoy an international recognition, multi-annual European cooperation projects that placed and maintained, during the last few years, Romania on the cultural map of Europe, new spaces opened by the independent cultural sector, find themselves severely affected and threatened to disappear due to the lack of a national cultural strategy for contemporary art and its related fields.
Romanian contemporary dance is going through a very difficult period; the scarce funding that is available for projects, independent organizations and the only institution dedicated to contemporary dance – National Dance Centre Bucharest – currently risking to be closed down, affects the entire activity of a cultural sector that finds itself in a moment of maximum national and international visibility and recognition, and that benefits from a ever increasing audience, which is socially involved and has a highly analytical spirit.
Despite the constant efforts of the non-governmental sector from independent artist and the wide audience to initiate a dialogue regarding the restructuring of the cultural sector and the support for contemporary art, we must openly admit that the on-going disregard with which we are being treated has become a serious attack against our fundamental right in regard to access to culture.
Contemporary art is alive, constantly changing and conected to the social and political issues of the community, and can no longer be ignored in Romania.
In this context, the 8th edition of eXplore dance festival – a unique event in Romania, will stand under the sign of a protest against the position of the current political class and the government, against the systematic attempts to eliminate contemporary dance and art from the Romanian cultural scene, and against their attempt to qualify contemporary dance as a sub-field of ballet.
We publicly request the Romanian Government, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Finance, to initiate a public debate concerning the role of contemporary art in today’s Romania, to reorganize the cultural funding system, to support research and analysis of new art forms, their part and relevance for society.
4 CULTURE Association
Director eXplore dance festival
eXplore dance festival #8 is organized with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union, the City Hall – Sector 1, Goethe Institut, The Austrian Cultural Forum, the Embassy of the Netherlands
A cultural project funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund
eXplore dance festival #8 is organized WITHOUT THE SUPPORT of the Ministry of Culture, the Bucharest City Hall, the National Dance Center Bucharest
*This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.