The Landjuweel is an initiative of OPENDOEK vzw and provides all amateur theater groups in Flanders and Brussels an opportunity to have their production evaluated based on certain quality criteria.
The Landjuweel consists of two phases:
- The evaluation
- The Landjuweel festival
The Landjuweel will be organized for the 83rd time and will take place from Wednesday October 30th to Sunday November 3rd in Brussels.
OPENDOEK pursues following objectives by organizing the Landjuweel:
2.1. Evaluating a large number of productions which applied for the festival, based on certain quality criteria.
2.2. Organizing the Landjuweel festival with the following ingredients:
- Programming a range of diverse and qualitative performances, including youth productions, selected from the longlist of
- Organizing festival activities including workshops, meetings, free podiums, …
The Landjuweel intends to give a certain standing to the amateur theatre within the cultural sector, the society and the media. It strives for a strong urban embedding in, and cooperation with the host city.
We try to key into what is hot and happening in the host city, by collaborating with policy staff, cultural services, (social) artistic organizations, but also prominent and interesting individuals. Collaboration possibilities between projects and organizations are encouraged.
2.3. The Landjuweelfestival focuses on encounters and dialogue between the audience, the participants and the professionals. No winner is proclaimed for the Landjuweel.
2.4. The Landjuweelfestival wants to attract a divers and extensive audience that attends as many performances as possible and participates in the peripheral activities. The audience visits qualitative performances, meets participating groups, experts, other spectators and can exchange opinions and enrich themselves theatrically.
3. Evaluation visit
3.1. Evaluation request
3.1.1. All amateur theatre productions, including youth productions, played in Flanders or Brussels between the 22nd of May 2019 and the 20th of May 2019 are eligible to participate in the evaluation phase. Youth productions are restricted to productions with exclusively young people from 13 up to and including 25 years (i.e. target audience JongDOEK).
3.1.2. There are no restrictions in terms of genre, playing time, language use, number of actors, professional or other supervisors / directors, location, or organizational structure of the participating group. Also, membership of OPENDOEK is not a condition. Groups interested in joining and the services provided can find all information on www.opendoek.be.
3.1.3. If an interested theater group wishes to request an evaluation visit, this must be done no later than one month before the premiere via the application form on the site. The Landjuweel secretariat will send a confirmation of receipt in response. If a request is sent in late, OPENDOEK vzw cannot guarantee that the evaluation visit will take place.
3.1.4. The theatre group applying for the Landjuweel Festival will receive an answer from the Landjuweel secretariat as soon as possible, with the date of the evaluation visit, the names of the (two) selectors and the request to reserve free tickets for the selectors. In the case of a youth performance, the two selectors can be accompanied by one delegate from the JongDOEK youth organization.
3.1.5. In the event of a positive assessment, the theatre group provides a DVD recording of the performance and photos of the scenography as soon as possible. If that cannot be delivered, it may prohibit a selection for the festival. The DVD recording must be of good quality in terms of image and sound.
3.2. Purpose of the evaluation visit
The purpose of the evaluation visit is to evaluate the production of the performing theater group on its artistic merits. It is important that the evaluation visit takes place in an open atmosphere. That is why the request has to come from the theatre group themselves and an informal discussion with the selectors is possible after the performance. Afterwards, the theatre group receives an evaluation report. However, the selectors do not function as coaches who further guide the production.
3.3. Course of the evaluation visit
3.3.1. Two selectors attend a performance. In exceptional cases, the two selectors each attend the performance on a different date. The selectors are appointed by the Landjuweel Committee and have a professional theatre training or acquired equivalent competences. In case of a youth performance, the two selectors can be accompanied by one delegate from the JongDOEK, the youth division of OPENDOEK.
3.3.2. The selectors make themselves known at the entrance upon arrival.
3.3.3. After the performance, the selectors will be available for an informal discussion, without any obligation towards the theatre group. The group, or person responsible, takes the initiative for this conversation. The selectors do not give an assessment during that interview.
3.4. Written report and assessment
One month after the visit, at the latest, the theatre group receives a written report from the selectors via the Landjuweel secretariat. That report contains a well-argued and substantiated analysis of the performance and finally the assessment. The quality prevails in the assessment. Quality can be expressed in, among other things, originality, homogeneity, social relevance, craftsmanship and creativity. This assessment rates the production as eligible or not eligible for selection for the Landjuweelfestival. The theatre groups with a positively assessed production are invited to apply.
4. Nomination and Longlist
If the performance was judged as 'eligible for selection for the Landjuweelfestival', the theatre group will be asked whether or not they want to apply.
Applying means that the group commits to:
- be available for the entire period of the Landjuweel Festival (from 30/10 to 3/11/2019 in Brussels)
- attend the other performances and after-talks with a delegation from the theatre group.
After receiving the requested DVD recording, the photos of the scene, an estimated budget and other requested information, OPENDOEK places every eligible production on the longlist
The following information is requested for application:
- A realistic budget of the possible reprisal of the performance during the festival (see 6.2.1)
- Name, function, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the person responsible who acts as contact person for the
- The performance text, the program and DVD recording of the performance (see 3.1.5).
- Pictures of the scenography (high resolution, minimum 300 dpi is required, in terms of usability for printing)
- All copyright details of the played theatre text (author, translator, editor, ….) and music used in the performance, so the theatre
group can guarantee compliance with all copyright obligations. The condition is that the group also correctly dealt
with copyright obligations during the original series of their performance.
- Confirmation that the group is available during the days when the Landjuweel takes place.
The selection committee, consisting of four professionals and five amateurs, determines how many and which productions from the longlist are selected for the 83rd Landjuweel festival. The selection committee bases its selection on both the evaluation report and the DVD recording. The announcement of the selection is done via e-mail in the first half of June 2019.
6. The Landjuweelfestival
6.1. Dates and locations
The festival takes place in Brussels from 30/10 to 03/11/2019.
6.2.1. Regular productions: The theatre groups who resume their selected production within the framework of the Landjuweel receive a fair return cost +travel costs based on a realistic budget that the theatre group must submit to the Landjuweelfestival Committee along with their application.
OPENDOEK vzw pays the copyright for the performances of the Landjuweelfestival
6.2.2. Youth productions: The theater groups selected with a youth production receive - instead of the above-mentioned reimbursement of the recovery costs and the relocation allowance - a stay of five days (with overnight stays) in Brussels and follow workshops, performances, follow-ups and other activities together, with - as icing on the cake - the reprise of their performance.
7. In exceptional cases, the organization may deviate from the regulations.
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