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.
The first "Transfer International" took place from 2016 to 2017 on a regional level with the Netherlands and Belgium and the thematic focus was on the two main topics of the NRW KULTURsekretariat: "Digital Culture" and "Intercultural affairs/diversity".
This multilateral exchange as a result of several tenders was dedicated to the sponsoring of topic-specific projects. A further programme focus was on the integration of the "International Visitors Programme" in cooperation with the relevant partner institutions. Several thematic trips ensured that international exchange was intensified and the degree of networking increased. Moreover, two expert meetings in Amsterdam and Brussels with relevant actors from the culture scenes of the three countries and regions were well received.
From 2018 onwards, organisation and development of the next "Transfer International" will be advanced together with the Goethe Institute. The focus will be on Greece – and thus also the goal to further strengthen solidarity in Europe by means of the connecting role of art and culture in a society increasingly characterised by migration.
One focus will therefore be on the artistic work with refugees. Digitisation will also be in the foreground. Arts and culture institutions in the member cities of the NRWKS will be involved to an even greater extent than with the last "Transfer". Linking up with the "International Visitors Programme" is also planned once again.