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Poetic Invasion of the Cities (PIC)


// About the Projekt PIC //

POETIC INVASION OF THE CITIES (PIC) is a project that is being realised together with the Teatrul National Radu Stanca (RO), the Veregra Street Festival (IT) und Open Street aisbl (BE) under the management of the city Montegranaro. PIC uses the qualities of professional street arts to go innovative ways in production, accessibility and reception. As a multi-disciplinary project PIC includes all kinds of art and interprets them in new ways. New forms of open air art are staged in unusual settings.

The project will take place within the next three years and includes several types of actions:


The shows are accessible for anyone interested and take place in different places in the participating cities. The participating festivals show a separate PIC programme. Furthermore, there will be a European showcase festival for performing arts.


A professional network of the participating festivals and local institutions initiate interventions in public space. The inclusion of the audience and unusual settings are part of the project.


Promotion of the digital approach in the sector. The audience can actively participate in a voting via QR Codes on the PIC website in order to enable one of the groups to participate in a festival of another European country.


Within the context of interdisciplinary workshops, techniques of urban performing art are taught and, following the European idea, international cooperation is promoted. 


We are very happy to be a part of the PIC programme with LA STRADA. Before the festival in 2018, there had already been two workshops with international teachers. Exclusively for the project we had invited artists to Bremen that performed in special, rarely used places. At the next edition of LA STRADA, you will once again be invited to vote for your favourite artist, using the QR codes. You can find them next to the artists in the programme brochure and on the website. All participating artists will also be listed here in due time. You can also vote by clicking on this link: www.poeticinvasion.eu/bremen/ 

The winning groups will be invited to one of the participating festivals  in the following year. Thus, you can contribute to the spreading of exceptional street arts that will be watched by more and more people in Europe. 

// These were the workshops of 2019 //

#1 Empathic Vibrations

Workshop for musicians

From 05 to 09 February 2019 a workshop on Balkan Gypsy music will be taking place at the Schaulust in Bremen. For five days, musicians of the Romanian band Mahala Rai Banda (www.mahalaraibanda.ro) will be exploring the roots, structure and functions of this kind of music with the participants. In a hands-on approach, the participants will then have the opportunity to try out Balkan Gypsy music themselves, they will make music and improvise. On the last day, there will be a small in-house concert. 

A rare opportunity to learn about this kind of music in Germany. 


The most important information at a glance:


05 – 09 Feb 2019

5 – 9 p.m. 


Schaulust Bremen 

Beim Handelsmuseum 9

28195 Bremen


Mahala Rai Banda




Who can participate?

The workshop addresses anyone with basic knowledge in making music and the ability to play at least one instrument. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a professional musician, music student or amateur, as long as you meet the demands above and are open to and curious about Balkan Gypsy music. You are welcome to bring your own instruments.

The contents of the workshop will be adjusted to the level of the participants.


Workshop instructors:

Mahala Rai Banda is a Romanian band founded in 2004 by Aurel Ionita. They play a mixture of traditional popular music and Balkan-influenced club music. The band is especially known for blending traditional pieces with modern sounds, thereby creating unusual arrangements. Mahala Rai Banda tours nationally and internationally.


#2 Taraf Urban

Workshop for musicians and performing artists 

From 26 to 29 March 2019 a musical and performing workshop ending with a presentation in public space will be taking place at the theaterkontor Bremen. Participants will be divided into musicians / singers and performers, each working with one artist. The groups will be reunited at certain intervals. The focus of this workshop is mainly on developing one’s own creativity as well as improvising. 


The most important information at a glance:


26 – 29 March 2019

Performers: 2 – 6 p.m. 

Musicians / singers: 5 – 9 p.m. 


Schildstr. 21

28203 Bremen


Vlaicu Golcea & Jordi L. Vidal

Number of participants:

Min 8, max 20 per group




Who can participate?

Minimum age is 18 years for this workshop.

Musicians / singers: Anyone can participate who is engaged in some kind of musical activity, either professionally or as an amateur, and has at least basic knowledge of it. You’re welcome to bring your own instruments. 

Performers: Anyone can participate who is engaged in some kind of performing art (dancers, actors / actresses, circus artists, clowns, etc.) and who is interested in dance and physical theatre. 

For registrations please contact info@lastrada-bremen.de


Workshop instructors:

Vlaicu Golcea is a Romanian composer. As a crossover artist, he’s dealing in various types and styles of art. He dedicates himself mainly to composing music for theatre and film, multimedia installations and performances. He has published more than 30 tracks and has played numerous concerts all over Europe. In 2009, he won the renowned Romanian price UNITER for theatre music.



Jordi L. Vidal is an artist living in Belgium with experience in multi disciplinary work. He works with various forms of movement, influenced by ballet, contemporary dance and choreography as well as dramatic techniques such as physical theatre. In addition to numerous collaborations, Jordi has also been teaching dance and physical theatre for 30 years. 


Registrations will be accepted as long as there are still places vacant.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.




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