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Festivals and COVID-19

Festivals and COVID-19

9 April 2020

Moving, modifying or cancelling? That is the choice many festivals that would take place in the coming months have come to face, as a result of the measures to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. We spoke to the organisers of two festivals supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL about the decision they made, the alternative they developed and about the future.
From 1 to 5 April 2020, Plokta festival would have fully focused on issues of online identity, privacy, desire, technological progress and social happiness. Founder and director Jurian Strik and his team spent a lot of time developing the festival's multidisciplinary programme, in which films are the binding factor. 'That Plokta needed to be postponed was a slowly growing realisation,' he says. 'But when measures were announced that would initially apply until 1 April, but as it's turned out will take much longer, it was clear to me. 1 April was the starting date of the festival. Although some people were still optimistic, we felt it was too much of a gamble as an organisation and we decided to move Plokta. ”

Director Ton van Gool also postponed his festival. STRP, the Eindhoven festival around the relationship between man, experimental technology, society and the future, would've also taken place in the first week of April. Ton van Gool: 'On 12 March, immediately after the Prime Minister's press conference, we decided to move STRP. We had set up a corona team internally a week earlier, a team that collected all the information and thought about safety, measures and possible consequences in advance. We had to decide quickly because we were three weeks away from the start of STRP Festival and a large team of freelancers was working for us. In Brabant we had seen the enormous impact of the virus earlier in than in the rest of the Netherlands. Because of this, we were able to make a clear decision quickly.'

But moving a festival is easier said than done. Organisationally, substantively, financially and mentally, such a decision has a big impact. Ton van Gool: 'Following our decision, all the people involved, i.e. artists, staff and relations, were informed and after that we sent out a press release. A day later we started to draw up an action plan and we quickly regrouped and focused our gaze forward.

Jurian Strik mainly dealt with the situation in a constructive manner. 'We have a problem and we are going to fix it, was my reasoning. We immediately focused on what was still possible. Fortunately, the funds that support Plokta and our partners were very benevolent. A number of acts and locations also agreed to be moved, for which I am very grateful.
Ton van Gool explains how he took action with the 'corona team': 'We focused on three things: How can we work safely and efficiently in the coming period, what are the financial, substantive and organisational consequences, and what does our plan B look like? It was immediately clear that we would no longer be meeting live at the office. Everyone installed Teams so that we could have discussions and plan everyone's activities effectively. Initially we spent some time looking at how we could make discussions effective, but also at how we could be social and compassionate from a distance. Nobody doubted the correctness of the decision, but of course there was a lot of disappointment, frustration, powerlessness and sometimes anger, and we also had to find a way for that.'

online programme
STRP Festival's Plan B focused on both the short and the long term, up to summer and starting summer, respectively. 'Within a few days we knew that we could and wanted to offer an online programme until the summer. The main question was: What (in our opinion)works online and what doesn't work?', says Ton van Gool. 'Switching energy was very difficult: the high and positive adrenaline level of three weeks before the festival gave way to hard work on damage control, quickly scaling down the organisation and uncertainty about the near future. That is why it was nice to set up the online festival simultaneously. We did that with enthusiasm and it also gave renewed energy. It offered the opportunity to still have contact with our audience and provided a fresh look at the future, in which more possibilities unfolded besides 'physical' programming.'
For Plokta online programming was developed as well. Jurian Strik: 'Doing nothing would have been very skimpy. And in the development phase we had already wondered whether Plokta could be more than a festival. I was able to fall back on an idea we had already played with, namely a TV channel. Still, it was a gamble to develop alternative programming. Would the makers feel like doing that? And was the audience asking for that? Via a chain mail and social media, we called for films to be submitted that we could show on our channel from 1 to 5 April. I had modest expectations; I would have been very happy with 18 entries, but we received 48. Organisationally we were able to take good care of it. Technically, the implementation was manageable and everyone in the team was able to contribute.'

Besides the enthusiasm of the participants, Jurian Strik was also surprised by the interest of the audience. 'The responses we received were very positive. People watched Plotka TV on several days, for several hours. The combination of films, an atypical selection, was very much appreciated. We showed films from different genres, both new and old. I also think that our extensive preparation paid off here. We spent a lot of time thinking about the programming of the festival. But in this open call, the curatorial view had to be switched off, there was not enough time for that. We were surprised that all but one of the entries fit very well within the theme; we could also conclude from this that the profile we outlined had been understood.'

Ton van Gool also has a positive view. On 2 April, STRP started the live stream 'STRP Scenario #6' and on 3 April, the audience was able to participate in a four-hour audio live stream that was produced together with Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee. Six artists / musicians made special compositions for this radio broadcast. Analysing the range, he can conclude the following: 'The online programming shows that we have a larger (national and international) reach than with offline programming. We now reached participants from 33 countries, something that has never happened before with offline programming. For two lengthy live productions, we scored above average on the socials. The engagement was high, and a wide audience has been actively involved in the content we have shared.'

Ton van Gool sees online programming mainly as added value. 'It is a very good and interesting addition to the physical festival but can never completely replace it. What is possible is to develop a programme that is 100% geared to online use. For such an online programme, you develop a different concept, a different form in which you adjust the moderation and perhaps opt for a different length, and in which you use more custom-made videos.' Ton van Gool is currently examining which parts of the programme may still be presented later this year. The 'STRP Scenarios' will be partly realised online and partly offered physically as part of the STRP annual programme. The music and performance programme is cancelled.

Jurian Strik sees online programming as an intermediate step that has been taken with the use of minimal resources. 'As for the audience, followers and contacts that it yields, it will not achieve the form that was intended for the festival. But the fact that we have done this gives a good feeling we are taking with us into the puzzle that we still have to piece together for the new edition. '

response Creative Industries Fund NL
'The Fund wants to continue thinking with festivals about the future,' says director of the Creative Industries Fund NL, Syb Groeneveld. 'It is great to see that many festivals show so much resilience in this crisis and are so occupied with the future. Right away on 12 March, the Creative Industries Fund NL introduced a grace policy for the festivals we support that were affected by COVID-19. We are now in dialogue with all of them about how we look at all the substantive, organizational and financial changes to the festival and if possible, how we can offer continuity for the organization. That is quite a challenge in which, as a fund with the limited resources we have, we will endeavour to minimise the negative impact of COVID-19.'

Read more about the Creative Industries Fund NL's measures regarding the COVID-19 outbreak here.

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Open Call Building Talent

10 September 2020

The Creative Industries Fund NL is looking for young professionals in the architectural discipline who would like to participate in a collaborative programme with architectural offices. The aim of the Fund is to strengthen the connection of recently graduated architects, urban designers, garden and landscape architects and interior architects with the work field, and to offer room for artistic exchange in the context of current social issues.
By means of this open call, the Creative Industries Fund NL is offering starting designers the opportunity to work with established offices on a topical social theme. The programme involves a three-month work period in 2021, during which the designer will work directly with a senior architect to explore a specific subject in greater depth. There are 12 places available at various offices that work across the full breadth of the architectural discipline.

You can subscribe to one of the following profiles:

Profile 1 • developing sustainable, affordable and usable building techniques (Maathuis / JoustraReid)
Profile 2 • modernization plan for the energy-efficient houses on the Waterwerk in Rotterdam (Linea architecten)
Profile 3 • meaning of materialization, dimensional systems and detail in current and future building culture (Studio VVKH)

Urban design and Spatial planning
Profile 4 • new core values for Amsterdam as a socially sustainable city
(BURA urbanism)
Profile 5 • healthy urbanization (PosadMaxwan)
Profile 6 • 3 challenges for the city of the future (Rademacher de Vries Architecten).

Interior architecture
Profile 7 • working environments of the future (Hollandse Nieuwe)
Profile 8 • redevelopment of Fort Kudelstaart (Serge Schoemaker Architects)

Garden and Landscape Architecture
Profile 9 • research into a robust water system in combination with circular agriculture on the higher sandy soils (H+N+S)
Profile 10 • green housing in the Netherlands and new ecologies based on energy production (Studio Hartzema)

Profile 11 • Maison Circulaire (Jacques & André, Bruno Vermeersch)
Profile 12 • a socially engaged design approach to reduce energy needs in the Mariahoeve neighbourhood (Vanschagen Architecten)

Here you can find more extensive details about the profiles with information about the office and the proposed assignment.

collaboration programme
The programme is designed as a part-time work period of 3 months in the first half of 2021. We expect a weekly commitment from both the young professional and the office, so that a research project can be started or experiments can be carried out in a constructive and substantive way. During the entire work period, the upcoming talent will be supervised by a senior designer at the office for at least one day a week, and will also be provided with a physical work station. For this period, the architectural talent will receive a grant of € 5,200, based on two days a week for a period of three months.

The precise content and start of the collaboration programme can be agreed in consultation with the architectural office, after selection by the Fund, and recorded in a collaboration agreement. In addition, we expect the limitations of the COVID-19 measures to be taken into account in the design and implementation of the programme.

Designers can respond until Wednesday 28 October 2020.
Read more about the open call here.

Creative Industries Fund NL presents new talent in Talent Tours

10 September 2020

Every year, emerging design talents active in the fields of design, architecture and digital culture are given the opportunity to develop themselves optimally in artistic and professional terms, thanks to a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL. The 2020 crop of talents has now been visualized in one-minute film portraits. These portraits can be seen from 18 September to 22 November in the 'Talent Tours' exhibition at MU, Strijp-S Eindhoven.
Talent Tours provides insight into the thinking and practice of 39 emerging design talents, each of whom is concerned with topical social themes. What are their motives, their doubts and ambitions, and what values do they put first in their work? Angelique Spaninks, chair of the Talent Development grant programme advisory committee: 'Talent does not live in a vacuum; it relates to the world, allows itself to be inspired and rebels, finds its own focus and knows how to translate and express it. This is the only way to make a professional contribution to the field, and for a young maker to create a meaningful position for themselves in the work field.'

Social designer and bio-artist Kuang-Yi Ku, for example, outlines oppressive future scenarios in which he confronts the public with the question of what is still acceptable when it comes to the influence of medical science on our lives. Marwan Magroun made a photo series and film in which he wants to refute the stigma that rests on fathers with a migrant background. And Milou Voorwinden is conducting research into 3D weaving: a technique that can bring about a considerable increase in sustainability in the fashion industry.

Talent Tours presents
Alvin Arthur, Anna Fink, Arvand Pourabbasi, Chiara Dorbolò, Cream on Chrome, Gilles de Brock, Giorgio Toppin, Jing He, Juliette Lizotte, Kasia Nowak, Kuang-Yi Ku, Lieselot Elzinga, Marco Federico Cagnoni, Mark Henning, Marwan Magroun, Maxime Benvenuto, Millonaliu, Milou Voorwinden, Minji Choi, Mirte van Laarhoven, Nadine Botha, Nastia Cistakova, Nikola Knezevic, Ottonie von Roeder, paradyme, Post Neon, Rosita Kær, Sae Honda, Saïd Kinos, Seokyung Kim, Sissel Marie Tonn, Suk Go, Telemagic, Tereza Ruller, Thor ter Kulve, Tijs Gilde, Tomo Kihara, Ward Goes en Yavez Anthonio.

practical information exhibition
Title: Talent Tours. Presentation of talent by the Creative Industries Fund NL
Date: 18 September to 22 November 2020
Times: Monday-Friday 10.00-18.00, Saturday 11.00-17.00, and Sunday 13.00-17.00.
Location: MU, Torenallee 40-06 (Strijp-S) 5617 BD Eindhoven

events during Dutch Design Week
During Dutch Design Week, the exhibition will be given an extra layer: the talents will present themselves to the public in an unexpected way. The programme, which includes performances, lectures, workshops and talks, will follow shortly.

Platform Talent
Besides at MU, the 39 film portraits can also be seen on Talent Platform. This online platform provides an overview of all the talents who have been supported by the Talent Development Grant Programme since 2013. The platform can be followed at

Online Get a Grant event

9 September 2020

When can you apply for a grant, how does it work and what do you need to be aware of? The Creative Industries Fund NL and Mondriaan Fund are jointly organizing an online information session on grant possibilities for artists and designers who have already graduated or are close to graduation. Register and participate in the online interview at the beginning of October. Details will be announced as soon as possible.
The Get a Grant Event gives an overview of what the Creative Industries Fund NL and Mondriaan Fund can offer young creative professionals. Are you looking for funding for your project or practice? Staff from the two funds will tell you about the subsidy possibilities. In addition the granted artist Maaike Knibbe and granted illustrator Kalle Wolters of Studio Knetterijs will talk about their experiences in submitting an application and answer questions from the public. Afterwards you can ask the speakers specific questions.

Due to the measures surrounding the corona pandemic, this edition is organized online. The employees of both funds, the speakers and the moderator will be together in one place for an interview.

get a grant events
Since 2015, the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund have jointly organized three to four joint Get a Grant events a year. Meetings to inform (just) starting artists and designers, students and alumni about the subsidy possibilities of both funds.

This meeting is organized online due to measures around corona.

date: will be announced soon
registration: link will follow soon
session language: English
participation: free

During Get a Grant Amsterdam this January Teodora Stojković (TeYosh) told the audience more about applying for the Talentdevelopment grant.

35 Talent Development grants awarded

9 September 2020

Every year, the Creative Industries Fund NL offers emerging design talent the free space to focus on artistic and professional growth. The 2021 group was recently determined by the selection committee. There were 35 grants available.
After a pre-selection from 198 portfolios in the first round of the Talent Development grant programme, and four scout nights during which 40 young makers presented themselves to a jury, the selection committee evaluated 59 development plans in the second round. The committee, consisting of Angelique Spaninks (chair), Paulien Bremmer, Lotte van Laatum, Harriët Mbonjani, Hellen van Rees, Yassine Salihine, Tim Terpstra, Simone Trum, Gerben Willers and Tim Prins, selected 35 plans from this group. These applicants will each receive € 24,000 and, as a result, will have the opportunity to develop their artistic practice further in the coming year, both artistically and professionally. In the evaluation, the committee paid attention to the artistic quality of the development plan, the plans for professionalization and presentation, and finally the development potential of the applicants.

general impression
The submitted proposals showed a wide diversity in disciplines, topics and themes. In addition, a number of common themes could be distinguished in the plans. Many applicants question (social) structures and systems, such as economy, democracy and migration, and identity, sexuality and inclusiveness are also recurring themes, as is the relationship between public and private and our dealings with nature. Applicants are also regularly engaged in the investigation of sensory experiences, with technology, machine learning and data, while many people concentrate on material research, and the revaluation of crafts and local focus is also common.

Although it is positive that young makers are taking up topical social challenges, the committee stresses the importance of relating to this carefully as a designer or maker and ensuring that major terms such as sustainability, circularity, inclusiveness, diversity and multiperspectivity do not become umbrella terms and are therefore not sufficiently explained and covered. If a designer or maker is engaged in one of these areas, it is also important, for example, that their involvement in the theme is reflected in their own working methods, and that their own position, collaboration partners and the public are looked at critically.

The advisory committee has opted for applicants who have shown that they are ambitious, and at the same time have a realistic picture of what they can achieve in a year. The committee also appreciates applicants who are looking outside their own network for new collaborations and opportunities. The committee expects the selected makers to continue to work on their artistic and professional development in their own unique way in the coming year. The following 35 designers and makers have been selected:

Lesia Topolnyk
Jean-François Gauthier
JeanPaul Paula
Wesley Mapes
Luuc Sonke
Sophia Bulgakova
Stefano Murgia
Sydney Rahimtoola
Frances Rompas
Andrius Arutiunian
Thom Bindels
Gabriel Fontana
Renee Mes
Irakli Sabekia
Asefeh Tayebani
Louis Braddock Clarke
Khalid Amakran
Cleo Tsw
Moriz Oberberger
Sherida Kuffour
Vera van de Seyp
Funs Janssen
Josse Pyl
Fransje Gimbrere
Fana Richters
Don Kwaning
Philipp Kolmann
Audrey Large
Mirjam Debet
Marlou Breuls
Bodil Ouedraogo
Inez Naomi
Johanna Seelemann
Seok-hyeon Yoon

diversity and inclusiveness
Within the Talent Development grant programme, applications are submitted by an extremely diverse group of designers and makers. Approximately half of those selected in this round have the Dutch nationality. Of the other half, many applicants came to the Netherlands for their studies and then built up their own practice here. Due to the relatively large number of non-Dutch applicants, influences from non-Western cultures are visible in a number of portfolios. In recent years, the Fund has also made extra efforts to reach and support talented applicants with a bicultural identity, migration background and/or who have been trained outside art education. These groups are often less able to find their way to the Fund, even though they sustain relevant practices. From the Research & Remix project, in which four young, talented makers were given the opportunity by the Fund to work on a new work under the supervision of Metro54, there has been a transfer to the Talent Development grant programme. Like last year, the Fund also organized scout nights in collaboration with Marian Duff, Meryem Slimani, Jess Oberlin and Saïd Belhadj. In this way, we are able to appeal to a culturally diverse group with different experiences and backgrounds and to activate them.

discipline distribution
The 35 positively evaluated applications can be categorized into the following sub-disciplines, although many practices transcend the boundaries of these disciplines:

• 1 grant awarded per sub-discipline: illustration, interaction design, textiles, typography, digital storytelling, landscape architecture, interior design and urban design
• 2 grants awarded per sub-discipline: animation, bio design, scenography and art-science
• 3 grants awarded per sub-discipline: product design and audiovisual
• 4 grants awarded per sub-discipline: fashion and social design
• 5 grants awarded per sub-discipline: graphic design

In recent years, the Fund has made an effort to also reach emerging design talent from the architectural discipline, because the number of applications within the Talent Development grant programme from this discipline is lagging behind. This time, three grants were awarded within this discipline. In order to strengthen the link with the field of architecture and in particular to give starting architects, urban designers, garden and landscape architects and interior architects the opportunity to develop their talent, the Fund has taken the initiative for the Open Call Building Talent. This open call gives them the opportunity to work with established bureaus on a current social issue. The deadline for the Open Call Building Talent is Wednesday 28 October 2020.

The talent development grant can be applied for once a year. The closing date for next year is expected to be known at the end of 2020. Keep an eye on our website and newsletter for the date.


First projects selected Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration

9 September 2020

The Fund works since 15 July 2020 with a Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration (TPIS) to support project applications that focus on international collaboration. This procedure is open to applications as an alternative to the Internationalization grant programme and the Vouchers procedure for Presentations Abroad put on hold by the Fund because of COVID-19.
By means of this accessible procedure, the Creative Industries Fund NL is supporting projects that provide a substantive contribution to the development, profiling and reinforcement of the international position of the contemporary Dutch creative industry. The project application focuses on new forms of international collaboration in response to a specific question or assignment abroad. The applicant is a Dutch design party working with one or more international partners.Applications are processed in order of receipt.

So far, 20 project applications have been received. Submitted proposals will be evaluated against the following criteria:
1. Artistic quality of the project and maker;
2. Planned approach and the degree to which the proposal is realistic;
3. Tenor of the collaboration and sustainable relationship; and
4. Relevance of the project for the Dutch creative industry.

The first selected projects are: with Q&Q (Qliza)
serVies with Smogware
affect lab with The Neighbours' Gaze
Richard Vijgen with Worlds of Networks | Centre Pompidou | Wifi Tapestry
Jason Hansma with Soft Cuts
WE MAKE CARPETS with Barn Raising (photo above)
Richard Vijgen with Worlds of Networks | Centre Pompidou | Wifi Tapestry

Within the implementation of a project, new or existing collaborations may be supported up to a maximum of € 20,000. The grant can be used for hours spent on desk research and online calls/meetings and the development costs of a non-physical result such as a video, publication, online workshop and website, but also for the development costs of a physical result such as a presentation or installation. Costs of travel and accommodation can only be applied for if there is a positive travel advice for the country (green or yellow) from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the time of application. A maximum of € 1,500 of the requested subsidy amount can be reserved for travel and accommodation costs.

Decision-making will take place within 6 weeks of submission.

affect lab with The Neighbours' Gaze

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