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- International/Cultural relations
The GrAFiTi Asbl is a non-profit organization that draws it's members from students and artistically engaged people of the Greater Region and beyond. The focus of our associations structure, as well as our actions lies on the four main cities of Luxembourg, Metz, Trier and Saarbrücken.
The associations budget is comprised in general of project-related fundraising, that covers our projects from our yearly theatre festival to our Erasmus+ project "Play Europe", amongst some other activities like workshops or cultural conferences and meet-ups. There is some small overhead for website and comms that we try to keep as small as possible. The festival as our main endeavour has an average budget of some 40.000€ a year, paid for almost in full by fundraising.
For funding of our projects, we work with the main cultural institutions of the Greater Regions, this being the ministries of culture of Saarland, Rheinland-Pfalz, Luxembourg and Grand-Est, the city network of QuattroPole, several university-related and other cultural funds. Some private sponsors have also funded our projects in the past. Ca. 70% of our budget stem from public funds.
For the last 2 1/2 years, we have undertaken an Erasmus+ Project with 5 partners from all over Europe, comprising 6 project implementations in 5 countries. Our theatre festival meanwhile has been our yearly flag-ship project since 2010. Our next project will be the "TAG Festival - Théâtre d'Automne de GrAFiTi", which is set to take place October 22-25. In the past, there have been other smaller ventures, like the organization of a cultural conference with FairTrade groups, several workshops revolving around theatre, as well as travels to our partners from all over Europe, such as Cambridge, Crakow, Córdoba, Marseille and others.
Perhaps our most important parnter in realizing our projects and our mission is the QuattroPole e.V. city network of Luxembourg, Metz, Trier and Saarbrücken. The ministries of culture of the Greater Region have also contributed in the shape of the Espace culturel de la Grande Region. Since our festival switches location between the above mentioned four cities each year, there are numerous changing partners on a regional and local level.
The GrAFiTi Asbl has as it's mission the cultural exchange of young people, especially students across national borders, mainly in the Greater Region of Germany, France and Luxembourg. Through various cultural and artistic format, mainly a yearly international festival of theatre, we aim to connect students from the Greater Region and Europe with one another and give them a represenatitive platform to express themselves and their European identity on stage or in other artistic ways. The main edition in pursuit of this mission is our yearly festival of student theatre.
The GrAFiTi festival is a student initiative and considers itself a participatory forum for students‘ cultural expression at the universities of the Greater Region. The annual festival is organised cross-border in alternation and offers student ensembles a representative stage. GrAFiTi’s goal is to enhance the dialogue and exchange in this unique cultural space and to promote european citizenship in a playful manner.
- GrAFiTi - student theatre festival of the Greater Region (annually since 2010, in Metz, Trier, Luxembourg and Saarbrücken)
- "Play Europe" - Erasmus+ project in association with the European Union and 5 partners from different European cities (Luxembourg, Saarbrücken, Marseille, Córdoba, Crakow), set to end in early 2021
Everyone working for and with GrAFiTi and our projects shares a love for connecting in some way, shape or form, with other people from different countries and cultural backgrounds. We have a well-established network of contact between students and young people, that exceeds even the Greater Region. Our efforts of organizing cultural and theatrical projects in Luxembourg and the Greater Region brings many young people to Luxembourg and other parts of the region. We thus encourage getting to know other countries, that are often right around the corner, we promote the learning and understanding of different cultural, countries and languages, and we provide some experience and knowledge in the frame-work of theatre, arts and culture, as well as the managing of related projects.
We feel that broadening our horizon, seeking and maintaining contact with organizations and people who share our values and our goals can only help us in our mission. We hope to mutually benefit from the connection to the ALF Network and its protagonists, visitors and projects.