International Exchange and Project Development


Rural Nations Scotland CIC are partners on the The Reclaim the Future Nomadic Carnivals Project which is part funded by Creative Europe. 


The Hebridean element of the project begins in January 2018 with local community carnival workshop programmes leading up to the Stornoway Carnival in August and a smaller Carnival event in Tarbert, Isle of Harris.

Brigitte Mournier's Eve vs Lucy, The Other Darwin Nightmare by Compagnie des mers du Nord, Dunkerque, France will be reinvented for Hebridean audiences within an outdoor carnival setting.




Reclaim The Future - Nomadic Carnival  Project


Turning our backs on death and welcoming life; let’s enter the carnival. Painting masks. painted eyes, put the fear aside and turn reality upside down for a while.

You are waking up, but today you are not putting on your regular suit, your new golden shoes are made for walking. You will be someone else: a man, a woman, a little child, an old folk, a blooming fox; magical, charming or monstrous. Gathering in the central square, the town breathes a different air, all your friends are there: long term, long lasting, acquaintances and neighbours you have never met before. You go together to the shore of an offbeat reality, music is bouncing around, confetti dancing on the wind, the sun is not the only one to shine anymore, colours are painting a different landscape in the streets of everyday life. The parade flies off the handle, all the preparation work has now its own life. This is happening. This is a part of reality fulfilled by magic and imagination. Sometimes the parade stops and voices rise up telling stories from the streets, from other lands, other dreams towards a shared moment.

This moment has been long prepared for. The artists who have planned the dramaturgy have been working together through workshops and talks. The costumes, the masks, the props and the puppets have been built in workshops welcoming local people. The pieces presented are rehearsed by artists from different countries who did not know each other before, these artists have also designed performances together with local people, and present them during the carnival days.



Carnivals are the celebration of diversity as well as a space where you can escape reality for a while and build your own narrative. This is creative carthasis and metamorphosis in a simple context.
Everyone can be in.


Carnival brings people to come together
Carnival is a common ground for blended seeds to grow
Carnival is the space for voicing your dreams
Carnival brings the past to the present
Carnival is a door to a shared future



Project Description

Our partnership joins the forces of cultural initiatives in the outskirts of Europe, gathered together by our common interest to connect art to civil society and local communities.

The carnival concept unifies Riga in Latvia, Riddarhyttan in Sweden, Stornoway in Outer Hebrides, Scotland UK, Dunkerque in France, Rome in Italy and Porto and Evora in Portugal all opened to merging into this heritage diverse cultural impulse.

Six carnivals will happen from January of 2017 to July of 2018 put together by partner theatre companies and local communities. International cooperation on production, technical and artistic horizons will be undertaken together with research programs and the making of a web documentary.

The carnival will last for two days in each country which all artistic outcomes (the parade, the international invited shows and the local shows) all presented to the audience along with conferences and talks programmed by the researchers teams. The web documentary team is also present during the carnivals in each country.

The final event in Brussels is an emanation from the six events. An artistic committee composed of the six heads of national committees will design the content of the final event, helped in its realisation by the six project managers and the 6 job shadowers who went through the process. In Brussels two associate partners, La Maison de la Création and Dabel Record will be organising a welcoming parade.

The project partners :-

Teatermaskinen, Riddarhyttan,  Sweden (Lead Partner)

Dirty Deal Teatro - Riga, Latvia

Visoes Uteis, Porto, Portugal

Compagnie des mers du Nord, Dunkerque, France

Rural Natison Scotland CIC, Stornoway, Scotland



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