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A residency program for performing arts

ISLAND CONNECT is a collaborative program between five performing arts organisations, working with residencies located on (or associated with) European islands of different countries. They are united in this project by a common interest in contributing to the creation and consolidation of performing arts, with an important ambition to support the artists in their personal and professional development.

    ISLAND CONNECT will develop new forms of retreats and artistic residencies through testing and trying. The specific aims and common interests of our collaboration are:


    • To provide physical space for artists (and cultural managers) to research and reflect in calm and serene surroundings.
    • To provide the right environment for artists to learn from each other and better understand how partnerships can support them.
    • To help raise management/leadership skills for artists (and cultural managers).
    • To help artists develop their personal and artistic identity.
    • To focus on health and sustainability (physical body, mental stability, personal development) in the artistic environment by giving artists possibilities of getting away from stress and overwork.
    • To keep a focus on environmental issues/perma culture/sustainability by going back to nature and living in authentic places.
    • To connect artists with and enrich small local communities by facilitating talks with artists and meeting platforms for arts.

    Open Call for Residency Applications 2020

    Within the framework of the international exchange program ISLAND CONNECT, the network partners are launching this call for projects. The program of crossed residencies is aimed at artists and companies from the five partner countries or regions. Hence artists eligible to apply should be based in Denmark, Croatia, Ireland, Greece or the Balearic Islands (Spain). Artists should apply to go to a country other than the one they are based in.

    The residencies will take place in the five islands at different times throughout 2020. See the details of each residency centre for further details. The length of the residencies will be two weeks. The country you are based in will cover travel expenses to the residency. The host country will cover accommodation expenses for up to 4 people. Per diems are not included.

    This program will be complemented in 2020 by a 5-day Capacity Building Workshop in Rijeka (Croatia), from May 18th to 23rd. A person responsible for artistic direction or management from each selected company will be invited to join the workshop. The program will be an intensive work on the vision of the company, business plan, communication, networking, pitching, planning, and scheduling, among other issues. The aim is to provide the companies some tools for helping the development, creativity and sustainability of their artistic projects. This programme is based on Susanne Danig’s work (BIRCA). Attendance at the Capacity Building Workshop is a mandatory part of the residency program.

    Company Profiles and Dates

    To read more about the companies involved, and the dates of residencies available, please select a company below.

    BIRCA - Bækkelund International Residency Center for Artists (Bornholm, Denmark)

    The centre BIRCA is located on the Danish island of Bornholm. BIRCA has different farmhouse buildings that have been renovated and modernised in order to provide optimal working and lodging facilities for national and international residencies.

    The farmhouse buildings are situated in the middle of 3,31 hectares of land, beautiful fields with a small stretch of forest nearby. There are two big rehearsal studios and an atelier apartment with a first floor dormitory/studio in the stable building. BIRCA is looking for residencies interested in working in the rural surroundings and investigating nature and the local setting, it can be within any genre of performance art.


    The residencies at BIRCA will take place between May 3rd to 17th & August 30th to September 14th. (September period includes work in progress showings at Bornholm Culture Week).

    The residency at BIRCA includes the following items:

      • Free use of the white room (160 m2) or black (130 m2) for two weeks.
      • Accommodation with 3 rooms and place for 4-6 people.
      • Access to kitchen, common areas, washing machine, internet, and 3 hectares of countryside in nature.
      • Transport to/from the airport or port and assistance in the first purchases.
      • Opportunity to present a work in progress and show local audiences the work, followed by a feedback session.

    For further info about the space visit the website:





    This project is supported by The Danish Arts Foundation.


    C.IN.E., Centre d'Investigació Escènica de Sineu (Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain)

    The Performing Arts Research Centre C.IN.E., located in the small village of Sineu (Majorca, Spain), is a recovered old cinema. Nowadays it hosts a creation space. The core program of the centre, the Residencies Program, is aimed at companies, creators, collectives or performing arts researchers for the development of creative residences, especially those working on new languages and circus.

     The C.IN.E. provides the physical space and support to the residents. The C.IN.E. also organizes the Ciclop Festival in mid-September, a small-scale visual theatre and new languages festival in the village.


    The residencies at C.IN.E. will take place between June 22th – July 5th and July 6th – July 19th.

    The residency at C.IN.E. includes the following items:

    • Free use of the main space (Sala Gran) of the C.IN.E. and Sala Caldera in case of need.
    • Accommodation at a house in Sineu, 5 minutes away from C.IN.E, up to 4 people, with all facilities.
    • Opportunity to open the work in progress with a public or small group, if needed.
    • Logistics and diffusion offered by the centre.

    For further info about the space visit the website:

    DOMINO (Zagreb, Croatia — residency on the island of Ugljan)

    Domino is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation based in Zagreb, Croatia. We organize programs that focus on minority human rights (LGBTQ), ecological issues and general socio-political issues on the independent cultural scene which we perceive as a space for developing critical social consciousness in the public and media space. We produce and present a range of artists working in performance art, theater and dance, enticing and promoting independent, experimental and research artistic authorship in the local artistic landscape and internationally. We are part of several local and international networks with members from over 50 countries. Our key programs are Queer Zagreb, Sounded bodies and Perforations festival.


    The residencies on Ugljan will take place between May 24th-June 7th, 2020 and in September 2020.

    The residency on Ugljan includes the following items:

    • Free use of working space (Dom na žalu) in Preko (Island of Ugljan) for two weeks. 33sq feet, suitable for theatre, dance and performance art works. Not suitable for circus artists.
    • Accommodation and place for 2 to 3 people in a private apartment with 2 rooms, kitchen, toilet, 10 minutes walk from the working space and the beach.
    • Opportunity to present a work in progress to local audience, if needed.

    For more information on Domino visit

    ENTROPIA (Athens, Greece - residency on the island of Naxos)
    Non-profit company that presents and produces theatre, live art, interdisciplinary and multimedia performances, promoting the creative dialogue amongst different art disciplines and the exchanges between Greece and the contemporary international Performing Arts scene. The company has initiated and been involved in various projects examining current socio-political issues and the urban environment.

    We’re particularly interested in Projects exploring current socio-political issues, site- & human-specificity of the island’s environment, and interdisciplinary approaches.


    The residencies on Naxos will take place between October 5th and 18th.

    The residency on Naxos includes the following items:

    Possible venues for 2020 residency:

    •  Municipal Theater [housed in Naxos Town Hall, stage is 6.5 x 8 m with foreground, adequate lighting and sound equipment, wooden floor suitable for physical work, wireless network, microphone installations wireless and wired, projector, portable computer].
    • The 3-storey high former school of Ursulines in Naxos town with multiple rooms of various capacities (1.500m2 in total).

    Hosting characteristics:

    Simple accommodation in a house/residence (appr. 87 sq.m.) a few km from Naxos capital town (Toumbakades), with 2 rooms with 2 single beds each, 1 room with 2 double-decker single beds and 1 single bed in the hall. Plus bathrooms, kitchen with the basic facilities, common areas, a working space inside of about 50 sq.m. and a yard outside.

    • Transport to/from the residence to the working space.
    • Opportunity to present a work in progress to local audiences.
    • For 2020 we’re able to host 2 groups of up to 3 people each max.
    • Travel expenses aren’t covered by ENTROPIA for the Greek participant in the CBW in Rijeka.

    For further information about ENTROPIA visit:

    Irish Aerial Creation Centre (Limerick, Ireland)

    The Irish Aerial Creation Centre (IACC) is located in Limerick, Ireland. The IACC is a place for people to unlock their creativity. It is Ireland’s first purpose-fitted space for aerial dance and home to Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company, the founders. Managed by Chantal McCormick, the centre has over 700 square meters of space dedicated to nurturing artists and the community. The centre can accommodate all forms of aerial, but also acrobatics and dance. Priority may be given to aerial artists.


    The residency will take place at IACC for two weeks between August 4th and 31st. This residency also includes an invitation to attend the Spraoi Fest in Waterford (August 2nd, 3rd and 4th). The Spraoi Festival provides accommodation and support to the company during the festival, so the companies willing to attend the festival will be prioritised.

    The residency at IACC includes the following items:

    • Free use of space for two weeks. 7.5sq feet and 9m high, suitable for aerial, and other circus and dance works.
    • Accommodation and place for 2 or 3 people (at the University of Limerick, 10 minutes walk from the space)
    • Access to kitchen, common areas, washing machine, etc.
    • Opportunity to present a work-in-progress and show local audiences the work, followed by a feedback talk.

    For further info about the space visit the website:

    This project is funded by The Arts Council.


    Application Requirements


    • Be a performing artist based in Denmark, Croatia, Ireland, Greece or the Balearic Islands*.
    • Choose a country, other than the one you’re based in, to apply for their residency.
    • If you wish to apply to go to more than one country, please make multiple applications.
    • Be available for the dates specified by the country you’re applying to.
    • Be willing and able to send one member of your company to the Capacity Building Workshop.

    *Balearic companies will be able to apply in February when a new call will be launched. Contact C.IN.E. Sineu for further details.


    Island Connect aims to be an inclusive project, open to participants of all ages, abilities, genders, sexualities, and national origins. Not all of our venues are completely accessible, but we will endeavour to meet peoples’ needs wherever we can.

    Applications are now closed.

    Dear Friends

    Thank you for your interest in the Island Connect project! The project is growing every year and we hope to receive European funding for it next year, to expand even more. We had over 100 applications for residencies this year, and unfortunately, we only had 8 places to give.


    Sophie Mage
    Joker’s Dinner/Rebekka Sofie Bohse Meyer


    Soundspiels collective (Nicole Hewitt, Ivan Slipcevic, Vida Guzmic)
    Lightbulb company (Dora Popic, Lucija Buzancic)


    Elaine McCague (Loosysmokes)


    Polina Kremasta / Creo Dance Company


    Gràcia Moragues & Mateu Canyelles (Cia. Manipulats)

    No crecerán las lechugas Company


    We hope that we can support even more of you in the future, and please keep an eye out in 2021 for our next call. Follow us on Facebook to keep uptodate.

    The Island Connect team