Performing Arts Central Europe – Visegrad Countries Focus (PACE.V4) is a project of a continuous co-operation of Visegrad performing artistic and cultural organizations. This network was established in 2012 in order to develop a common presentation and research strategy with the goals to strengthen the coherence of the Visegrad group countries, to foster its visibility at the international cultural scene, to promote current performing arts sector of the Visegrad countries and the brand “Visegrad” in general and to enhance international contacts and co-operation of Visegrad artists and stakeholders on the international level. The strategy is applied as in priority international events such as the biggest world performing arts markets or important international theatre/dance/music festivals, so within the Visegrad region in form of specialized events (conferences, meetings, workshops, presentations, networking program).
“One way or the other, one thing is certain: For the first time in history, we have a real opportunity to fill the great political vacuum that appeared in Central Europe after the collapse of the Hapsburg Empire with something genuinely meaningful. We have an opportunity to transform Central Europe from what has been a mainly historical and spiritual phenomenon into a political phenomenon. We have an opportunity to take this wreath of European states – so recently colonized by the Soviet Union and now attempting to build a relationship with the nations of the Soviet Union based on equality – and fashion it into a special body. Then we can approach the richer nations of Western Europe, not as poor failures or helpless, recently amnestied prisoners, but as countries that can make a genuine contribution. What we have to offer are spiritual and moral impulses, courageous peace initiatives, underexploited creative potential, and the special ethos created by our freshly won freedom. We can offer the inspiration to consider swift and daring solutions.”
Václav Havel: Speech in the Polish Parliament, Warszawa, 25 January 1990