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First Europe: Open Call for Vocal Artists for Opera Hackathons (Serbia, Hungary, Italy)

Small collection of rough earthenware pots and shells at an archaeological dig site.

The First Europe project aims to promote and celebrate European archaeological heritage with a special focus on the fascinating archaeological site of Lepenski Vir in Serbia, which formed one of the oldest settlements in Europe. First Europe will bring prehistoric society closer to contemporary audiences by placing this unique European archaeological heritage in a new context – using it as the basis for a series of ‘Opera Hackathons’, a new creation framework methodology for live performances. A core narrative will be developed during a residency programme, held between 11-22 July 2023, in Lepenski Vir, Serbia.

This open call therefore seeks two vocal artists or singers who are experienced with improvisation, and who are engaged in the topics of nature, tradition, history of humanity and cultural heritage to join the project. These artists will attend the residency in Serbia, and after participate in test performances in Lepenski Vir, as well as hackathons and performances elsewhere in Serbia, Italy, and Hungary in autumn 2024.


  • Applicants (18+) that are legal residents in the countries within the Creative Europe framework.
  • Artist individuals who have experience as vocal artists/singers.
  • Must be able to easily communicate in English.
  • Experience engaging with local communities through participatory and/or co-creative methods is desirable, but not mandatory.
  • Knowledge of musical notation is desirable but not mandatory.
  • Using electronic devices such as loopers, effect processors, and electronic DIY devices with voice is advantageous, but not mandatory.

First Europe will provide selected artists an honorarium of 8000 EUR for attending all events during the project.


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