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New cooperation in CICONIA-Project of cross border cultural cooperation in Rostock

The CICONIA-Project is going to work in a new close cooperation with the culture association KARO gAG, a non-profit stock company. The association name KARO means Culture Shares for Rostock.

Four cultural associations from the city of Rostock founded this stock company in 2009. Those were the art school of Rostock, the media art school called institute of new media, the art cinema Li.Wu.
and the local citizen radio called Lohro. These four cultural institutions are shareholders of cooperation, which organize several cultural and educational activities. 

Together they had bought a former GDR school building in style of the block flat houses for reconstruction and installation of a modern art and media center of culture. This media art center is called FRIEDA 23, named after the street name Friedrichstraße 23, the address of this school building. The trademark FRIEDA 23 may be established in local and regional cultural contexts.  With the stock company, the institutions want to go public and ask for support from the citizens of Rostock for the reconstruction project and the installation of the art and media school. This model has proven to be successful in the past. The association KARO gAG is now the owner of this school building and is going to build several performance places and a new cinema hall there.

Students of the media art school create movies and animation productions, the teachers of the institute work with children, adults and school classes. The art school also offers classes in fine arts. In the recent years this two art schools have created several interdisciplinary art projects together, often in cooperation with other cultural institutions of the city of Rostock. 

In addition to the four cultural institutions there will be tenants from other cultural players in this new art center. One of new partners and tenants in this school building is a company that supports new and young music groups and bands.

In cooperation with the KARO association we’re able to add new performing places and new groups in CICONIA-Project. Especially the media art groups are planning to cooperate with the theatre and performing art groups, to create new and interdisciplinary art projects, for example a combination of animation, performing and spoken word theatre.  

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The media art school has a close connection to the University of Theatre and Music in Rostock and has collaborated in many projects with drama school students or students of music.

The University of Theatre and Music also may be also an associated partner of the cooperation between association KARO gAG and CICONIA-Project so it would be able to participate from the project of cross border cultural cooperation.

The cooperation agreement between CUBUS as a partner of CICONIA-Project and KARO was developed in last month of 2013 and was signed in the end of December 2013. The working fields of cooperation are fixed in the contract of cooperation:

  • Installation of a network of performing, theatre and media art groups
  • Installation of a network of other art groups
  • Installation of a network of music groups and international connections of music groups
  • International offering of the performing and film places of FRIEDA 23
  • Cooperation with University of Theatre and music of Rostock

The cooperation is going to start workings in the beginning of 2014.