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NOISS (Norway–Iceland–Slovakia): New Musics for New Audiences is an audience development, capacity building and transnational mobility project promoting the values of creativity, artistic freedom and collaboration in contemporary music. Through developing a collaborative approach to the production of innovative forms of music and sonic art, we want to create a community of change-makers able to respond to key critical, social and political challenges that our countries are now facing.

The project activities consist of a jointly curated programme of artistic performances and new collaborations presented at the NEXT Festival of advanced music in Bratislava and in Spissky Hrhov, Oslo and Reykjavik, a public discourse programme linking music with relevant social and cultural topics, and activities supporting capacity building of the project partners and audience development in contemporary music.

Through the project artists and cultural entrepreneurs will adopt radical approaches to audience development: turning “audiences” into “engaged citizens”, “active participants”, and thus into change-makers. Collectively they will embark on the process of making and producing art through new forms and new methods of cultural exchange. Consequently, we will collaboratively produce, present and distribute new innovative music by connecting people from different cultures, crossing geographical and mental borders, but also challenging audience expectations. We will create a new audience development strategy, provide new opportunities for artists and skills for cultural organisations and as a result, activate and engage the next generation of citizens. We put a special emphasis on gender equality and participation of minorities in culture.

The project aims to target primarily young adults, students, artists and people around the non-governmental sector (workers, supporters, volunteers) who tend to be active members of society open for positive change-making and people who spread good values in society. Furthermore, we try to involve also participants and audiences from different social and age groups and regions. This project should create an interest in the respective partner countries’ culture among wide public on long term, and lead to future cooperation between organisations and individuals from the partner countries.

Project aims:
– to establish a platform for further cooperation of curators, artists and cultural organisations active in the field of contemporary and experimental music and sonic art from NO, IS and SK
– to interconnect the scenes and promote current creative tendencies in the field in all the countries
– to support bilateral artistic exchange, initiate collaborative production and circulation of new artworks between the partner countries
– to point to the current topics of social importance and produce outcomes that will benefit the broad public in understanding common cultural identity among the differences between the partner countries
– to strengthen the organisational capacity of the project leader and partners
– to attract and develop primarily young audience interested in artistic innovation in music from the respective countries

Co-organisers of the project are organisations from Slovakia (A4 – Space for Contemporary Culture / Bratislava, EQO / Spišský Hrhov), Antalova Music from Oslo / Norway and RASK Collective from Reykjavik / Iceland.

Partnership agreements: Antalova Music, RASK

Contract concluded on the basis of a public procurement.

NOISS project partners contact:

Contact person: Michaela Antal Myhr
Antalova Music
Grefsenveien 58, 482 Oslo, Norway

Contact person: Sóley Sigurjónsdóttir
Listfélagið RASK
Bárugata 38, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

EEA Grants

The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.

There are two overall objectives: reduction of  economic and social disparities in Europe, and to  strengthen bilateral relations between the donor  countries and 15 EU countries in Central and  Southern Europe and the Baltics.

The three donor countries cooperate closely  with the EU through the Agreement on the  European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have  provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant  schemes between 1994 and 2014. For the period  2014-2021, the EEA Grants amount to €1.55  billion. The priorities for this period are:

#1 Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness
#2 Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and  Poverty Reduction
#3 Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy
#4 Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights
#5 Justice and Home Affairs

The EEA Grants are jointly financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, whose contributions  are based on their GDP.

Eligibility for the Grants mirror the criteria set for the EU Cohesion Fund aimed at member  countries where the Gross National Income  (GNI) per inhabitant is less than 90% of the EU  average.

All projects are co-financed by the State Budget  of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 15%.


The project benefits from a € 192 300 grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norwaz through the EEA Grants. The project has been co-financed from the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of € 28 845. The aim of the project is to support audience development, capacity building and transnational mobility promoting the values of creativity, artistic freedom and collaboration in contemporary avantgarde music.



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