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VIE Festival was founded in 2005 with the goal of crossing the contemporary world, of intercepting new identities and subjectivities which stand out in the field of live performance. It takes place yearly every October.
The project spring from the ten-year lucky experience of Le vie dei festival that, from 1994 to 2004, has hosted some of the most interesting proposals of Italian and international summer festivals. Mixing languages and genres, showing foreign great theatrical experiences without forgetting the important Italian experimental theatre scene, Le vie dei festival proposed the works of several artists (Carmelo Bene, Thierry Salmon, Lev Dodin, Peter Brook, Maguy Marin, Joseph Chaikin, Philip Glass, Robert Wilson e Peter Stein …).
VIE Festival focuses on the contemporary creation, wants to give to the look the responsibility of finding, of searching where the strength of the new is hiding today, the artists who are able to explore the areas of contact between the performing arts, the expressive areas where leaving the theatre interacting with dance, music, visual arts and cinema. The idea of modernity is combined immediately with that of complexity, something that is in constant motion and fast in its indefiniteness. The artistic research acts vertically, digging in depth. It does not indicate solutions, but rather raises some doubts. It is inclined to the “uncertain”.
At the base of the research for new languages there is always an urgent reflection on the contemporary world, a need for new contents. The festival aims to offer a wide range of artists who will confront themselves with a plurality of spaces, aiming at showing layers of artwork, poetry and looks which arouse the curiosity and urgencies, including the less codified.
The plurality of languages will involve different audiences, aiming at erasing the prejudice on that contemporary is equivalent to incomprehensible and elitist. The Festival also stands out as a place of production or co-production of original works that will be created on purpose and then will enter the international circuit. Among the numerous guests of VIE past editions, there are Romeo Castellucci, Lev Dodin, Jan Fabre, Alain Platel, Marco Martinelli/ Ermanna Montanari, Motus, Mathilde Monnier, Joseph Nadj, Alvis Hermanis, Pascal Rambert, Rimini Protokoll, Virgilio Sieni, Thomas Ostermeier, Meg Stuart, Nelson Valente and Krzysztof Warlikowski.


Can artistic practices work as tools to expand the cultural kaleidoscope of our times? Can the arts weave communities together to inhabit public spaces while creating common and collective narratives?
Which strategies should be used to embody intercultural theories in the form of concrete actions?

Atlas of Transitions. New Geographies for a Cross-Cultural Europe is one of the 15 “large-scale projects” chosen by the 2017 Creative Europe programme – the call for proposals organised by the European Commission to reward cultural sectors that operate on a transnational level and promote the circulation of artistic works with a broader audience. Through the use of various artistic practices, Atlas of Transitions looks into the potentiality arising from contemporary migratory phenomena and works towards finding new ways of perceiving public spaces and cohabitation between European citizens and newcomers. Using a range of means, the project opens the path to promoting interchanging geographies involving a dialogue with the other, based on reciprocity and interaction.
Atlas of Transitions is a three-year international project (2017-2020) promoted by theatres, contemporary arts centres, cultural organisations and Universities from 7 European countries: Italy, Albania, Belgium, Poland, France, Greece and Sweden.

Alongside the artistic programme, Atlas of Transitions sustains the foundation of a European University Network, coordinated by the Department of Sociology and Economics Law of the University of Bologna. At the crossroads between academic research and creative production, a theoretical and empirical action will analyse processes in which knowledge is being co-created, the progress of joint narratives and the techniques used to generate intercultural meeting spaces.


Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione – Project leader | Bologna, Italy
Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna | Italy
A.T.K. – Albanian Theatre Association | Elbasan, Albania
Backa Theatre/Göteborgs Stadsteater | Gothenburg, Sweden
Cantieri Meticci | Bologna, Italy
Le Channel Scène Nationale | Calais, France
Motus Terrae | Elefsina, Greece
Théâtre de Liège | Belgium
Powszechny Theater | Warsaw, Poland
Tjeter Vizion NGO | Elbasan, Albania
Studio Emad Eddin Foundation – Associated partner | Sweden / Arab world