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The Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic announces the 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space

Article I
Venue and Date

1/ The 12th Prague Quadrennial (further as “PQ 2011”) will take place in Prague,
Czech Republic in 2011.

2/ The specific date and venue for the PQ 2011 will be determined and announced by the Director of the PQ before the end of 2009.

Article II
Artistic Content

1/ The 12th edition of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space is an international event whose aim is to present contemporary work of theatre designers from all over the world, in all genres of performance – drama, dance, opera, experimental theatre, media and other performance genres. PQ 2011 will present work in the field of stage, costume, lighting, and sound design as well as in theatre architecture, new media, puppet design, etc. PQ 2011 further aims to map contemporary trends and innovative work in the field of performance, and present it to theatre professionals, students and wider audiences.

2/ The artistic concept for the PQ 2011 is described in the Concept of the PQ 2011. This document together with the Statute creates the principal documents for the PQ 2011.

3/ PQ 2011 has been divided into the following sections:

a/ Section of Countries and Regions
b/ Architecture Section
c/ Student Section
All sections are of a competitive nature.

4/ The PQ 2011 will include live program and accompanying exhibitions and projects.

Article III
Executive Bodies

1/ The Ministry of Culture has commissioned the Arts and Theatre Institute (located at
Celetná 17, Prague 1) as Organizer of the PQ 2011. The Director of the Arts and Theatre Institute, or the person appointed by them, is the Director of the Prague Quadrennial.

2/ The Ministry of Culture appoints the PQ Council based on the nomination of the appropriate advisory institutions.

3/ The PQ Council approves the fundamental documents of the PQ 2011 (Concept, Statute), supervises the preparations of the PQ 2011, and addresses the basic organizational and artistic issues of the PQ. The PQ Council will meet according to necessity, at least once a year, and will be chaired by the Deputy Minister of Culture.

4/ The Minister of Culture appoints the General Commissioner of the PQ 2011 at the recommendation of the PQ Council.

5/ The Director of the PQ, together with the General Commissioner and PQ Council, is responsible for the running of all of the aspects the exhibition.

6/ The Director of the PQ is responsible for the organization of the entire PQ 2011, appoints the  Organizational Team of the PQ 2011 and is the representative of the PQ in the Czech Republic and abroad.

7/ The General Commissioner of the PQ 2011 is the main guarantor of the Concept of the PQ and its accompanying activities. He will further act, together with the Director of the PQ, as a representative of the PQ abroad.

8/ This Statute is valid as of the date of signature by the Minister of Culture.

Article IV
Participation

1/ Individual countries and regions are invited to participate in the PQ 2011 by the official Call for Participation document, distributed by the Organizer of the PQ in cooperation with the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic at least two years before the beginning of the PQ 2011.

2/ Each country or region participating in the PQ 2011 will appoint its own curator who will send the obligatory application for the individual sections to the Organizer of the PQ, within the determined terms.

3/ The curator coordinates the representation of his/her country/ region in the individual sections, and negotiates all matters concerning the participation with the Organizer of the PQ and the General Commissioner.

4/ The participating country or region shall cover the expenses of its curator in Prague, including his or her travel expenses.

5/ Each registered country or region has artistic freedom in their creation of the exhibit, within the framework of the ideas in the Concept of the PQ 2011.

6/ The Curator must announce the theme of his/her country or region’s exhibit that will be displayed in the Section of Countries and Regions and in the Architecture Section to the Organizer of the PQ, before the end of June 2010.

7/ The General Commissioner and the PQ Council reserve the right to refuse the participation of those exhibition works which may offend another country, nationality, religion, sex or race.

Article V
Organizational Conditions

1/ The Organizer of the PQ sets the rules and distributes information about the organization and realization of the PQ 2011 (eg. transport, installation, insurance etc.) in the Circulars that are distributed to all curators of participating countries and regions. The rules in the Circulars are obligatory for all participating countries and regions in all sections. All conditions of cooperation will be specified in the Agreement between the Organizer of the PQ and the participating country or region.

2/ The exhibitors must respect the architectural design and layout of the exhibit, as defined by the Organizer of the PQ. The Organizer of the PQ will allocate the exhibition area to the registered participants, with primary consideration to the Concept of the PQ and to the overall spatial requests of the exhibitors. The Organizer of the PQ will communicate the fees for the floor space to each of the individual countries and regions before the end of December, 2010. Unpaid fees for the exhibit space, as outlined in the terms defined by the Organizer of the PQ, may result in the loss of the right to exhibit during the PQ 2011.

3/ The Organizer of the PQ will publish the PQ 2011 catalog, to which the curators are obliged to supply required materials before the predetermined deadline. The Organizer of the PQ will communicate the deadline before the end of June 2010.

Article VI
International Jury

1/ All works exhibited at the PQ 2011 in the individual sections will be judged and assessed by an international jury.

2/ The PQ Council will appoint the international jury, in consulation with the Organizer of the PQ. 

Article VII
Awards

1/ The following awards are given out by the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic at the recommendation of the international jury:

a/ Golden Triga for the Best Exposition (according to the Concept of the PQ 2011);
b/ Gold Medal for the Best Stage Design;
c/ Gold Medal for the Best Theatre Costume;
d/ Gold Medal for the Best Realization of a Production;
e/ Gold Medal for the Best Work in Theatre Architecture and Performance Space;
f/ Gold Medal for the Best Use of Theatre Technology;
g/ Gold Medal for the Best Exposition in the Student Section;
h/ Gold Medal for the Most Promising Talent in the Student Section;
i/ Gold Medal for the Best Curatorial Concept of an Exposition.

The Jury may decide to not award one or more of these awards.

2/ The Jury may award a Special Jury Award (one or more), or, in cooperation with other international organizations, may decide to present an award on behalf of that organization, for any work presented in the PQ 2011, both in the competitive section and accompanying projects.

Details regarding the financial awards that are part of the main awards, will be announced before the end of June 2010.


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