Arts and cultural activities, Communities

Bridging Cities


Who is behind this?

Tom Kortbeek

KunstLAB Arnhem


Who is joining forces?

Sarajevo War Theatre

Bosnia and Herzegovina



Sarajevo Mind Map project

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

“Bridging Cities” is an interdisciplinary project that will be produced between Sarajevo and Arnhem,aimed at local and international audience. The main goal is to create an intermedia urban performance, based on non-linear storytelling theatre play.The stories from both cities will be gathered among different generations of inhabitants and they will be intertwined.The journey through urban landscape will be guided by the HearUsHere application.We aim to put a bridge over time,space and cultures.

Where will your idea take place?

Arnhem, the Netherlands and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Why does Europe need your idea?

Both Arnhem and Sarajevo went through the turmoil of the wars and post-war transformations in the XXth century.We are interested in the community experience of identity, ethnic, economic changes and division of urban space. Involving different generations of citizens of both cities in a project, we would like to initiate an intercultural dialogue, get a variety of perspectives on the importance of national and European identity,post-war transformation and its impact on communities and its space.

What is your impact?

The main goal is to create an interactive urban performances in Arnhem and Sarajevo based on map-based phone application.The urban space of both cities will serve as the stage and the citizens as the key actors and co-creators as the scenario will be build on the personal narratives. This way we aim to encourage citizens participation and reflection on local environment, create a bridging experience between communities open to intercultural dialogue and address important social and urban issues.

How do you get there?

1) Creating an urban theatre performance:
a.Documenting the stories through interviews with communities of both cities;
b.based on the gathered testimonies creating a scenario where we will mix the stories from Sarajevo and Arnhem;
c.using the storytelling platform HearUsHere creating a map-based application that enables inscribing audio recordings into specific locations;
d.launching the performance in both cities:the audience will be guided by an audio application.
2) An important part of the project is to share our knowledge/results through conferences and other events.
3) Location- and object-based storytelling workshop.The results will be shared between working groups in both cities via the web conference platform.
4)Direct exchange for two workshop participants (one from each city).

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

We invite citizens of all generations from Arnhem and Sarajevo to interviews, story-telling sessions, lectures and discussion on past and ongoing identity and political-system transformations in both cities. The finished project will stay available online to everyone free of charge. We will launch the performance with the international festival in Sarajevo and with theatre in Arnhem.
For the workshops we invite all people over 18 years old. The groups will count to 15 people in both cities.

What makes your idea stand apart?

Bridging Cities is not the first community and international project nor the first interdisciplinary theatre play. And it is also not the first play that will move the stage outside the blackbox-theatre,into the urban space. But what Bridging Cities will do first, is combining all those aspects together. Our project will contribute in the research of interdisciplinary art-projects with a strong sense for the community identity and cross-European dialogue.

€ 20000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 47050,-

Total budget

Major expenses

-the implementation of PR plan:we start promotion of the project in spring 2016 via a variety of medias (tv, radio, newspapers) and social platforms (Facebook, twitter, etc.); desiging and printing posters, flayers, catalogs for both cities; -the research and workshops in Sarajevo and Arnhem; (travel, accommodation) -production of the performance (salary for experts) -launching the project in both cities (travel and accommodation) -documenting and running the application online; free of charge;



Idea created on March 2, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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