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Bibu and ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering - the most important meeting place in the world 2022 – Leave no one behind

The performances selected for Bibu - the Swedish Performing Arts Biennial for Children and Youth - and the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2022 - consists of two parts: one part with Swedish performances and one part with international performances.

For the international part, the Board of Directors will welcome innovative international applications that are visioned, produced and creatively led by Indigenous Performing Artists of all abilities.

Bibu and ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2022 acknowledges Indigenous peoples of the past, present and future worldwide as the custodians, inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures, worldviews and relations to land and environments. The Indigenous peoples have retained social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live. Despite their cultural differences, indigenous peoples from around the world share common problems related to the protection of their rights as distinct peoples.

Indigenous peoples live in all regions of the world and own, occupy or use some 22% of global land area. Numbering at least 370-500 million, indigenous peoples represent the greater part of the world’s cultural diversity and have created and speak the major share of the world’s almost 7000 languages. Source: https://en.unesco.org/indigenous-peoples

In an effort to create a linking network between the world's indigenous cultures, Bibu and the AAG 2022 aims to enhance international visibility for indigenous people.

We want to create an international platform thus drawing attention to the breadth of contemporary Indigenous performances — with works spanning from theater, dance, storytelling/storysong and multidisciplinary performance art with a combination of both cultural and contemporary artistic expressions.

Bibu and the AAG 2022 wants to engage with Indigenous communities locally, nationally and globally to celebrate Indigenous arts and culture.

We invite applications of performances coming from or being produced by and with Indigenous Peoples of all abilities and being directed towards an audience of children, youth and families of all abilities.

Indigenous performance means:

  • Creatively controlled by Indigenous peoples.
  • Produced by an Indigenous organisation or independent Indigenous producer.
  • If the work is a collaboration between Indigenous/non-Indigenous artists, then 50% creative control needs to rest in the Indigenous collaborator.
  • If the work is produced by a non-Indigenous company, then the work must be creatively controlled by Indigenous artists and/or company.
  • If the work presents or deals with traditional Indigenous story, knowledge and/or customs then compliance with Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property Laws must be evidenced. This also applies to works presented by Indigenous artists and/or companies.
  • Works that present sacred or traditional knowledge must comply with protocols that evidence permissions given by appropriate Lore/Law Keepers, Elders and Community Leaders for the artist/company to present cultural material.

The international performances will be selected by an international jury consisting of six artists and leaders from a global representation of Indigenous Peoples. 

Read more about the members here: https://bibu.se/en/internationella-radet-2022

If you would like to suggest a productions for Bibu 2022, submissions are only accepted through the fill in the form below. Applications must be submitted no later than October 1st 2021.

Please, send questions about applications to Niclas Malmcrona, niclas@bibu.se 

Do not send any photos, documents, technical information etc by mail. 

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