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Moving Bars

With our partners from Berlin, the wonderful team of “Tanztangente”, we are working on a dance project in the juvenile prison of Berlin this month. Three days a week, six hours a day.

Sitting next to an inmate he points at the space where we are rehearsing, “This is heaven” he says and than he points in the direction where the cells are, “That is hell”.

We are working towards a performance early October, after ten intensive sessions of rehearsals. Also we hope to be able to give them a certificate, not for their danceskills but for their employabilityskills. For many of them it might be the first time that they are so committed to forfill a task. Impressive to see the focus, concentration and collaboration of these young offenders and so nice to work with inspired people like Nadja and Dani from the Tanztangente Company.

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Friday, June 19, 2015 in Theatre Artemis, Den Bosch

The Dutch Team of the Partners in Crime Prevention Learning Partnership (EU Erasmus Programme, Grundtvig), has the honor to invite you for a day about artists working with prisoners; the why, the how and the value of art, ending in the opening of the exhibition ‘The 7 Capital Sins’. Artworks by prisoners from 6 countries inspired by the painting of Jeroen Bosch in the Jeroen Bosch House.

During the past two-and-a half years, 7 organisations of artists working with prisoner, from 6 countries met, exchanged and learned from each other, from the policies of the prisons they visited, the prisoners and the excellent speakers that addressed them during the meetings.

Just as important; some key questions kept recurring in the discussions:

– What is necessary to effectuate a turning point in someone’s life

– The Value of Art

– Why you want Art for prisoners and how do you make that possible

– How do we show this value to the world?

– Where to find funding for prison art projects now that it doesn’t come from inside anymore?

During this seminar we will address these issues, with the help of outstanding key-note speakers and we hope, with your input.

You will have the chance to meet artists working with prisoners and other under-privileged people from Portugal (PELE, Greece (2nd Avlona Gymnasium & Lyceum Classes in the Avlona Prison for Young Offenders), Ireland (Irish Prison Service), Northern Ireland, UK (Educational Shakespeare ), Poland (Plockie Centrum Edukacyjne) and the three partners in the Netherlands: Young in Prison ( ), Changes&Chances ( ) and art teachers of Vught Prison, the last three forming the organization team of this seminar.

We are proud to present you speakers, such as:

Fiona Curran, Director of Arts of the Koestler Trust

The Koestler Trust is the UK’s best-known prison arts charity. The Trust works across the UK with hundreds of prisons and secure hospitals, immigration centres, secure children’s homes and probation offices, encouraging people to get involved in the arts, share their work and learn through achievements. The annual Koestler Awards receive over 7,000 entries a year, across visual arts and crafts, performance, design and writing. The Trust also aims to help change perceptions of ex-offenders by letting the public see the diversity and quality of the work through exhibitions, events and publications.

Thijs Lijster , co-author of the study ‘The Value of Culture’, researcher/coordinator at the

Research Centre Arts in Society at Groningen University

The research ‘The Value of Culture, is a research into the measurable and the immeasurable. It has been summarised into an ‘Immodest and mean booklet’. Immodest is the sense that you can read about:

-Why culture gives meaning to human existence

-Why culture is the fundament of a society

-Why culture is therefore an extremely useful and fundamental policy domain

Esther Overweter and Jan Molmans are Chair of the Board of Forensic Treatment Centre Teylingereind (Youth Detention) and Director of Exodus, a foundation for Rehabilitation. In a time of ever decreasing state funding for educational programmes for these institutions, they chose to keep artistic programmes available for the people in their charge. Why and how do they do that?

We are looking forward to sharing this day with you

The Partners in Crime Prevention Team NL

Registration Fee € 17,50, students € 10,-, both including lunch. Students can also pay by helping at the registration desk, doing bar service, etc. You can register on: , leaving your name, the name of your organisation, and your e-mail address.

Download the program


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Good news from Germany, we were selected to participate in an international exchange project Tandem in which we work with TanzTangente from Berlin.

The project “Moving Bars” will realise a dance project in a Berlin prison in which we will combine the skills and knowledge of both partners. The specific expertise of C&C – implementing arts in society especially for those people at the egde of society – will add an extra layer to the work of TanzTangente. The new expertice on dance will give C&C more tools and another discipline to involve in their work with underprivileged people. We see the project “Moving Bars” as a great opportunity to set up a prison-art-network in Germany.


Tandem – Cultural Managers Exchange

We were selected for a great and inspiring meeting in Rotterdam from 26-11-2014 – 30-11-2014

TANDEM–Community & Participation cultural managers exchange. Tandem aims at establishing long-term partnerships between cultural organizations working in the field of community arts, voluntary or amateur arts and (non-formal) arts education. The program focuses on citizens’ inclusion and active participation in local arts & culture and community life. It is for cultural managers from the Netherlands and its neighbouring regions/countries: Germany, Belgium and UK. The program engages participants in an intensive one-year, transnational collaboration process, which includes the realisation of a joint interdisciplinary pilot project that is linked to their cultural expertise and their community.

TANDEM Partner Forum

International monitoring seminar Validation of non-formal and informal learning.

International monitoring seminar Validation of non-formal and informal learning. October 27 and 28 Koln, Germany

By our National Agency Erasmus+ we were invited for the meeting in Koln on validation of outcomes of non-formal and informal learning. An inspiring meeting on a subject that is very high on our agenda. With participants from Germany, Ireland, Finland and the Netherlands we found out that there are beautiful ideas, aproaches and initiatives and a lot of work to be done. We also got the impression that with our approach and concrete ideas we are at least one step ahead of many other organisations.

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PICP meeting in Porto

From September 18 – 20  the third meeting of the PICP project in Porto took place.

On the program a prisonvisit, discussions on social bunds, a visit to the “Casa da Musica” and a showcase of community art projects in Porto.

And the winner is…

On Friday September 12 we received the international price of the Dutch “Festival van het leren”. A price supported by Unesco for the best International Project: the PEETA project (Personal Effectiveness and Employability skills Through the Arts) in which we played an important role and for our efforts to keep the arts on the agenda within the prison system.

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Europarliament member Agnes Jongerius congratulates Ed Santman with the price.