Cinemas are closed – Long live cinemas!

Once celebrated as the technical novelty of the time and until today subject to permanent technical change, cinema in the 21st century is inseparably entertwined with a nostalgic charme. CONNECTING CINEMAS LOUNGE is an experimental format transferring the traditional idea of cultural salons into a digital format and thus emphasizing this ambiguous role cinema has played throughout history.

Discussions, psychological approaches, various creative endeavors, and different perspectives circle the essence of a socially relevant theme, enticing international audiences into contemplation about the significance of cinema as a place for critical reflection and dialogue and therefore emphasize the importance of culture for society – especially in times of change.

CONNECTING CINEMAS LOUNGES was created within the context of a pilot project funded by the Europe MEDIA program CONNECTING CINEMAS IN RURAL AREAS and initiated by Neue Kammerspiele und Public Art Lab and in cooperation with our international partners Fortress of Culture Šibenik (Croatia), Cinema Amza Pellea (Romania), Cinema Star (Greece) in cooperator with Creative Tech Labs M2C (Germany), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences Nethetlands) und KEA European Affairs.

Each of our cinema partners will host one of the lounges, focussing on a different subject, the exact dates being announced shortly.

CONNECTING CINEMAS LOUNGES:

MAY: “Dont stand so close to me
Neue Kammerspiele Kleinmachnow in Germany

JULY: “Tomorrow never dies
Fortress of Culture Šibenik in Croatia

AUGUST: tba.
Cinestar/Veria in Greece

SEPTEMBER: “Superheroes
Amza Pellea in Romania

CONNECTING CINEMAS IN RURAL AREAS is as pilot project funded by the Europe MEDIA program of the European Commission to bring the idea of European cinemas a step further by connecting the audiences and cinemas in rural regions Europewide.

The project aims at emphasizing the role of the space cinema as a cultural hub in rural areas and and establishing a networked infrastructure to share digital and cross border events. Neue Kammerspiele and Public Art Lab Berlin initiated and applied for the call and were selected along with their partners Fortress of Culture Sibenik  Croatia, Cinema Amza Pellea | Romania, Cinema Star | Greece und in cooperation with Creative Tech Labs M2C Bremen | Germany Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences | Netherlands und KEA European Affairs | Belgium.

Still compromised by the grip of lockdown policies as well as travel bans this project had to take a decisively different turn, and creative energies were forced into the digital world in order to find solutions to stand their grounds as cinemas and cultural hubs beyond the screen as well as fulfilling the aim of the project. With the curatorial strands of CONNECT | ENGAGE | ENTERTAIN, a series of digital events for international audiences focusses on the significance of cinema as a place for critical reflection and dialogue and therefore emphasize the importance of culture for society – especially in times of change – as well as the strength of an International and creative network

On The Way to My Cinema

ON THE WAY TO MY CINEMA is a participatory Europe-wide cinema campaign of the changing multiple perspectives of our daily life during a walk to our favourite cinema in these pandemic times.