After nine international artists and art exchange programmes since 1990, »Transfer« was redesigned in early 2015 and its scope will be widened mainly in terms of content.
“Transfer“ for visual arts was thus turned into a whole bunch of “Transfers” for different genres such as art, theatre and dance.
The focus is genre and topic-specific as well as interdisciplinary exchange programmes with varying international hotspots, with which partnerships of two years will be developed.
Thus, intensive processes of work and dialogue between different international partners on the one hand and relevant actors and institutions in the cities of the KULTURsekretariat on the other are created. The aim of the concrete joint project work and the long-term discursive exchange lies in the networking of different scenes and above all in sustainability.
In autumn 2015, an advisory board, including the Goethe Institute and the NRW Ministry of Culture, as well as journalists and curators, made two recommendations: Thus, the first regional »Transfer International« has started for now with the Netherlands and Belgium and the focus of this multilateral exchange until at least the end of 2017 will be on two of the NRW KULTURsekretariat's main topics »Digital Culture« and »Intercultural affairs/diversity«.
An important programme pillar of the »Transfer« is project funding. After two calls at the end of 2015 and 2016, further tenders for the allocation of funds are planned for 2017.
A further programme focus results from the integration of the “International Visitors Programme” in cooperation with the relevant partner institutions.
Following two visitor groups in 2016, further thematic trips are planned for 2017 to intensify international exchange and to increase the degree of networking.
Two meetings of experts in Amsterdam and Brussels with relevant players of the culture scenes of three countries and regions in autumn 2016 were well received and will be continued.