September 2022 – June 2024
ULYSSES European Odyssey (UEO) is an epic project from 2022-2024 across 18 cities in 16 countries, producing artistic responses in public spaces to social and cultural themes identified in the 18 episodes of James Joyce’s Ulysses. At the same time, a cycle of 18 public symposia will be held in each city to produce 309 questions (Ulysses, Ep. 17) towards creating a new arts and society manifesto for Europe. The project also has 30 artist residencies which will contribute to a new book, Europe-Ulysses, alongside 18 new writing commissions, one writer from each city.
'I am now writing a book based on the wanderings of Ulysses. The (Homer) Odyssey, that is to say, serves me as a ground plan… It is an epic of two races and at the same time the cycle of the human body as well as a little story of a day…
It is also a sort of encyclopedia.'
JAMES JOYCE on Ulysses
In awarding its grant to the 18 City Partners, Creative Europe wrote:
‘The need to rediscover Joyce’s “Ulysses” as a European masterpiece with a powerful contemporary message is especially well outlined. The project excellently addresses the cross-cutting issues of social inclusion, diversity and gender equality through the series of the actions primarily dedicated to these topics. The detailed concept of the project can be assessed as likely to trigger change and innovation given the large transnational actions covered by the consistent dramaturgy related to the European cultural heritage and masterpieces of European literary works.’
In addition to our role as Lead Partner of the consortium, Brave New World Productions is also co-producing two of the urban artistic events: Μεταμόρφωση / Metamorfosea in Eleusis (as part of the Eleusis European Capital of Culture 2023 program) and a Turkish exhibition in Leeuwarden (as part of Noorderlicht).
For more information, you can also visit the UYSSES European Odyssey website:
During the first consortium meeting in Trieste - the first time all partners met as the project was developed during the Corona epidemic.
Back row: L - R: Sean Doran & Liam Browne (Arts Over Borders IE), Jarkko Halunen (Lumo Light Festival FI), Electra Karatza (Onassis Stegi GR), James Joyce, Steven Sander (Rimini Protokoll DE), Rasa Antanavičiūtė ( Vilnius Museum LT), Myles Quinn (gethan&myes FR), Kees van der girls (Noorderlicht NL), Virginia Vassilakou (Chorus GR), Maté Gáspár (Budapest Brand HU), Maja Ries (Blaagaard Teater DK), Mariana Brandão (Arena Ensemble PT ), Ben Schlepper-Connolly (Museum of Literary Ireland IE)
Front row: LR: Riccardo Cepach (Museo Joyce Trieste IT), Andreea Iacob (Act.Create.Enjoy RO), Claudia Woolgar (Brave New World Productions NL), Yannis Pappas (Chorus GR), Marco Martin (Arena Ensemble PT), Gethan Dick (gethan & myes FR).
(photo taken in the Museo Joyce, Trieste and our Turkish partner was present online)
Ulysses Cover: National Library of Ireland
The consortium of partners from 18 cities is made up of a range of established and emerging organisations, including three museums, three theatre organisations, a citizen environmental project, a light festival, two government agencies for culture and tourism, a photography festival and independent artists and curators in the field of visual arts. and performing arts and film. The lead partners for the project are the Brave New World Producties and Arts Over Borders in Ireland.
Stichting Brave New World Producties (NL) (Lead Partner)
1 Arts Over Borders (IE) (Lead Artistic Partner)
2 ONASSIS Stegi (EL)
3 Comune di Trieste (IT)
4 Vilniaus miesto muziejus (LT)
5 Xwhy / Agency of Understanding (LT)
6 Budapest Brand nZrt (HU)
7 Collectif ildi ! eldi (FR)
8 Rimini Protokoll (DE)
9 San Sebastian (ES )
10 Blaagard Teater (DK)
11 Gulen Guler (TR)
11 Asociatia Create.Act.Enjoy (RO)
12 Teatrul National Lucian Blaga din Cluj-Napoca (RO) 13 Stichting Fotografie Noorderlicht (NL)
14 Chorus Non-Profit Civil Partnership (EL)
16 Oulun Kaupunki (FI)
17 Arena Ensemble (PT)
18 Museum of Literature Ireland (IE)