SLATE: Black. Arts. World.

SLATE: Black. Arts. World. is a new transnational partnership that will promote the visibility and mobility of Black* artists and professionals across Europe, opening-up new potentials in programming, audience development, digitisation and cultural exchange.

This partnership’s programme will feature intra-European training and opportunities for Black artists, public events, and the commissioning of new Black work – all culminating in a European tour of an existing production that explores Black European Identity.

In committing to two years of research, development and delivery, Slate will enable the European performing arts sector to begin to build a truly diverse and inclusive network to urgently address the barriers that currently exclude Black audiences and artists from participating in arts and culture and identifying with the European image.


Eclipse Theatre Company
Eclipse is the foremost Black-led national touring company in the UK, at the vanguard of delivering diverse programming in theatre, film and radio across the country.
It is our mission to use the Black British experience to create new work to enrich the stories shared with theatre audiences nationwide, and to diversify those audiences.

Slate: Black. Arts. World. is a project based on the experiences of a smaller experiment born in the North of England, designed to aid the long-term career sustainability of Black artists in Eclipse’s locale by working on a local, national and international level. This initial period, funded by Arts Council England, was the catalyst for investigating development provision for Black artists across the continent.

Theater De Meervaart
Based in Amsterdam, Theater De Meervaart is driven by the continuous ambition to make all residents of Amsterdam New-West shareholders in its activities. In addition to paying attention to the actual reality, space is also given to dreams, fears, desires and imagination. By focusing on cultural participation, cultural education and presentation of the performing arts, we facilitate cultural acquaintance, discussion and reflection. We want to be the home of New-West where mutual respect, curiosity and the breaking down of cultural thresholds are central.

ICK Amsterdam has an essential part in the above ambitions as one of the 4 resident companies of Theater De Meervaart focusing on dance and dance development.

Teatro GRIOT

Based in Lisbon, Teatro GRIOT is a company of actors that explore themes around building and questioning the multiplicities of emerging contemporary European identity, and how it reflects on speech and theatrical aesthetics. The company investigates and deepens concepts related with the existing tension between collective and individual memory, collective and individual imaginary. It operates in those memory cracks that allows forgotten perspectives of history to gain visibility.

The company has taken to the stage texts by Wole Soyinka, Pepetela, Breyten Breytenbach, William Shakespeare, Lynn Nottage, Aeschylus, Al Berto and Jean Genet, directed by Rogério de Carvalho, Nuno M. Cardoso, Guilherme Mendonça, Bruno Bravo, António Pires, João Fiadeiro and Zia Soares. 

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Join the Amsterdam.Lab. open program

Join the Amsterdam.Lab. open program (from Monday 9 till Saturday 14 September @ fringefestival) as part of the SLATE: Black. Arts. World., a transnational European partnership aimed to promote black artists and professionals in programming, audience development, digitisation and cultural exchange.

This programme features intra-European training and opportunities, public events and the commissioning of new black work – all culminating in a European tour of an existing production that explores black European identity.

More information and participation:
Priscilla Macintosh, priscilla@studiomacintosh.nl


Monday 9 September 2019
14.00 - 15.30
Meet at Bijlmer Parktheater (meet director Ernestine Comvalius)
17.40 - 19.00
Meet at Bijlmer Parktheater: Walking tour in Southeast with Creative Producer Sharon Amritpersad

Tuesday 10 September 2019
10.30 - 11.30
Meet at Meervaart theater (meet director Yassine Boussaid)
12.15 - 13.30
Body dance workshop at ICK (DSDM method ICK dans Amsterdam)
14.30 - 16.00
Art Talk at ICK: philosophy from a non western perspective

Wednesday 11 September 2019
16.00 - 18.00
Speeddate/ netwerking at “Tolhuistuin”, creative hub and performance center: creatives meet the organizations

Thursday 12 September 2019
09.30 - 10.00
Talk at Compagnie Theater with director Clayde Menso
10.00 - 13.00
Powerclass workshop at Compagnie Theater with Astrid Elburg

Friday 13 September 2019
10.00 - 12.30
Masterclass producing at ICK (curating, programming and producing). Curatorial decision making and our responsibilities as cultural producers by Saundra Williams.

Saturday 14 September 2019
19:45 - 20:15
21:00 - 21:30
Slate Black Arts World performing at Fringe at ICK

ICK: Meer en Vaart 290, 1068 LE Amsterdam
Meervaart: Meer en Vaart 300, 1068 LE Amsterdam
Compagnie Theater: Kloveniersburgwal 50, 1012 CX Amsterdam
Tolhuistuin: IJpromenade 2, 1031 KT Amsterdam
Bijlmer Parktheater: Anton de Komplein 240, 1102 DR Amsterdam