MAGIC CARPETS is a four-year international cooperation program for the promotion of emerging artists in all art-fields, with a focus on diverse local communities as well as non-art and public spaces. The project is supported within the framework of “Creative Europe Program” of the European Commission and enables artists to spend time and engage trough their work abroad all over Europe. The primary goal of this Artist-in-Residence program is to establish a platform for the exchange of talent. The artists invited for the residenciees are involved in the cultural life of the respective host city through numerous partner institutions. Their ideas and expertise enable a synthesis of local and global perspectives on reality. The resulting works of art become a vehicle of encounter and exchange to drive current discourses.
The Magic Carpets project involves a total of 15 cultural and art institutions from EU member states and EU accession candidates. Austria has been represented in the project by the initiative “openspace.innsbruck – Verein zur Förderung der Alltagskultur” since 2018.
The international partner institutions are: EVA International (Limerick, Ireland), Folkestone Fringe (Folkestone, Great Britain), Ideias Emergentes – Imerge (Porto, Portugal), LAB 852 (Zagreb, Croatia), Latitudo S.r.l. (Rome, Italy), META Cultural Foundation (Bucharest, Romania), New Theatre Institute of Latvia (Riga, Latvia), Novo KulturnoNaselje (Novi Sad, Serbia), Prague Biennale (Prague, Czech Republic), Tbilisi Photo Festival (Tbilisi, Georgia), KUNSTrePUBLIKe. V. / ZK/U (Berlin, Germany), Jam Factory Art Center (Lviv, Ukraine), Trempolino (Nantes, France), Kaunas Biennale (Kaunas, Lithuania), openspace.innsbruck (Innsbruck, Austria).