Intercult was founded in 1996 by Chris Torch who has worked both as an actor and theatre director. The organisation has produced many cultural projects in various shapes and sizes. In 1998 Intercult contributed to the European Capital of Culture in Stockholm with the project Landscape X. In the project performers from the X-countries, or the formerly Yugoslavian countries, were presented to the Swedish public. During the years 2004-2010 Intercult lead a series of projects under the title SEAS. SEAS connected cultural operators in harbor cities around Europe. In 2008 Intercult established ERC, European Resource center for Culture and in 2009 Intercult started Europe Direct Intercult, a part of a network of Europe Direct Offices for information about the EU and Europe. Intercult is one of 17 Europe Direct Offices in Sweden. See a list of our previous projects here.
The ideas that motivate Intercult’s activity are that intercultural competence is essential in our continuously changing world, and that intercultural competence is gained and developed through co-operation, exchange of ideas and encounters between people across cultural and geographical borders.
Chris Torch, Founder and initiator of Intercult.
Chris Torch Ida Burén Chrissie Faniadis
Eldina Efendic ✜
Edward Buffalo Bromberg
Dragan Klaic ✜
Charly Wassberg Borbos
Lars Jonasson Rinman
Anders T Carlsson
Ann- Marie Myrstrand
Jonas Andersson Jordcirkus
Länsteatrarna i Sverige
Magdalena Z. Duda
Monica Fundin Pourshahidi
Per Eric Asplund
Raymond Peroti Riksteatern River//Cities Platform Saadia Hussain
SmartBe & Julek Jurowicz
Staffan Waldemar Holm
Stockholms Läns Landsting
Ulrika Skoog Holmgaard
1993 SARAJEVO – tales of a city
Our first transnational co-production, framed by the siege of Sarajevo, written by Goran Stefanovski, with a multi-ethnic ensemble from ex-Yugoslavia, Belgium, Sweden and Spain. On Tour: Belgium, UK, Sweden, Denmark, Germany
1993 & 1994 Re:ORIENT Festival
The first two festivals were initiated by Intercult, supported by Riksteatern and SIDA. After that, Ozan Sunar and his colleagues developed and fine-tuned the concept, making it their own and one of Sweden’s most important intercultural units.
a multilingual co-production with Theatre of Nationalities/Skopje On Tour: Macedonia, Sweden, Germany
1996 Re:MAP EUROPE (co-produced with Copenhagen ’96)
a series of co-productions and guest performances on the theme of migration Denmark, Sweden
1997-1998 LANDSCAPE X (co-produced with Stockholm ‘98)
A three-part series of events and co-productions throughout the year, with EURALIEN at the former National Archives building, written by Groan Stefanovski, production design Sören Brunes.
1999 ALBANIAN TRACES
a series of debates, discussions and co-productions concerning the Albanian diaspora. EU funded.
2000 HOTEL EUROPA
a major co-production involving artists from 13 countries. Text & Structure: Goran Stefanovski. Production Design Sören Brunes. Executive Producer Chris Torch. Co-production and On Tour: Bonner Bienallen, Avignon Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Bologna 2000, Intercult
2002 – 2006 SEAS: Baltikum/Adriatico & Second Wave (North and South)
A series of cultural actions and wandering festivals throughout Europe, from two seas and in 13 different harbour cities. EU funded x 2.
a children’s performance by Mamadou Sene (Senegal/Sweden), written by Mia Törnqvist, directed by Edward Buffalo Bromberg, based on Mamadou’s life story. Over 75 performances.
2006-2007 VIT SAND, VIT SNÖ
A mixed blood touring performance with Åsa Simma, Mamadou Sene and Nils Personne, for mixed audiences. Over 65 performances.
A co-production with Teater Tribunalen, written and directed by Mia Törnqvist, with an ensemble including among others Lotta Tejle and Jakob Tham. Performed only in Stockholm.
A series of lectures, workshops and performance with the high point The House of Bernarda Alba, by Garcia Lorca, driected by Roberto Ciulli (Theater an der Ruhr) with an ensemble of Iran’s finest actresses.
A co-production with the Beograd theatre Atelier 212, written by Bilijana Srbljanovic, directed by Aleksandar Popovski. In Serbian, English and Swedish, with Etienne Glaser and Åsa Simma.
2007-2008 NYA PJÄSER, NYA VÄRLDAR
A festival and a competetition for new plays by new Swedes on migration themes.
2008 HOME NOT HOME
The European Year of Intercultural Dialogue co-commissioned a major Flagship in each Member State. This was Sweden’s contribution, Intercult designed, partnering with Riksteatern, Riksutställningar and Re:Orient.
2009-2011 FAST FORWARD
A series of workshops, residencies and lectures in Sweden, Macedonia and Serbia. Video art, dance and performance across borders. Curator: Corina Oprea.
2009-2010 TRIUMF OCH TRAGEDI
A co-production with the Swedish Royal Opera, written by poet Daniel Boyacioglu, commissioned by Intercult.
2009-2010 GLORIOUS DEATH
A co-production both for SEAS and as a touring production, written by Mia Törnqvist, conceived and directed by Dritero Kasapi, starring countertenor Nuri Harun Ates.
2007-2010 Black/North SEAS (including Istanbul 2010) and SEAS X
A continuation of SEAS I, turning the axis to explore the Black Sea and North Sea regions. 12 harbour cities, 13 commissions, 75 artists and technicians, including BADco (Croatia), Hotel Pro Forma (Denmark), SKART (Serbia) and SIGNA (Denmark).
2011-2012 CORNERS: Research & Development (with Umeå 2014)
The first phase in CORNERS long term development. Four Xpeditions (North. Caucasus, Balkans, East) and the first small steps to co-production.
2011-2013 CULTURE FOR WATERFRONTS
Culture For Waterfronts inspired the use of culture in the development of urban waterfronts, by developing and sharing knowledge. It was a learning partnership to facilitate a cross-sectorial exchange on best practices and expertise. With RIVER//CITIES Platform.
2012 ACCESS EUROPA – ongoing
A network of swedish cultural institutions, organizations and public authorities who share information about pertnershipping, financing and connecting to the EU programs.
2014-2015 RIVERS OF OPPORTUNITIES
This Learning Partnership brought together 10 European organisations to share knowledge on practising culture in public places as a way of engaging audiences in new environments, specifically on urban waterfronts/ river banks across Europe. With R//C Platform.
2013-2015 PARC – Performing Arts Training Center
Intercult supported our Palestinan partner Al-Harah Theater and the PARC (Performing Arts Training Center) project – a professional school for performing arts on the West Bank, the first of its kind in Palestina.
2013-2018 CORNERS – turning Europe inside out
A platform for artists and audiences, designed and driven by cultural organisations at the edges of Europe. CORNERS creates opportunities for artists and researchers to produce multidisciplinary contemporary artistic work. Enabling exchange across geographical, political and economic divisions, at the edges of Europe.
Comedia Network (2002-2005)
Nordic Forum for Interculture (2007-10)
Platform for Intercultural Europe (2009-13)
European Museum Forum (2010-13)
Culture Action Europe (2005 – ongoing)
River//Cities (2005 – ongoing)
CORNERS of Europe (2011 – ongoing)
Riksteatern Stockholms län (2012 – ongoing
)Re|Publik (2016 – ongoing)
- Kulturell och etnisk mångfald på teatrar i Stockholms län, 2003-2004
- Studiebesök från Ukraina och Georgien, 2013
- Kulturens betydelse i stadsplanering –på uppdrag av Haninge kommun, 2013-2014
- EUNIC Summer Academy (Stockholm), 2014
- Brokering Migrants Cultural Participation, 2014-2015. An investigation on participation and
cultural access in the times of migration. Done together with 6 partners from all over Europe, a
study for the EU.
- Matera 2019/European Capital of Culture, 2014-2015. Matera, Italy was named Cultural Capital in the fall of 2014. The Bid team worked throughout the year before. Chris Torch was a member of the Artistic Leadership team.
- Young Curator Art Operator Network (Swedish Institute/Creative Force), 2015-2016
- Rijeka 2020/European Capital of Culture. Program Director (Chris Torch), 2015 – ongoing
- Audience Development & Engagement study for DGEAC/EU, 2015-2016 – ongoing