|NAPA - Norwegian Association for Performing Arts|
The Norwegian Association for Performing Arts (NAPA) is a state-subsidized network organization for the performing arts sector in Norway. It has its national office in Oslo. NAPA's main vision is “to promote the artistic expression of dance and theatre, and to stimulate access and increased interest for dance and theatre amongst all audiences“
NAPA is a dynamic national competence centre, supporting the performing arts nationally as well as internationally with main focus on the independent field. The organization offers service and information to its members, to the local and national government and to the civil societies. One of our core activities is local, national and international advocacy work with main focus on of the independent performing arts field.
NAPA is also the distributer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel fund supporting artistic exchange within the performing arts, as well as coordinating international exchange projects.
The Norwegian Association for Performing Arts is a national network organization to which performing arts companies, producers and constellations can apply for membership. The organization applies for all expressions, dance, theatre, modern opera, performance, cross-over and puppetry. At the moment the organization has 90 members. All members have their own promotional space on the NAPA website www.danseogteatersentrum.no
NAPA is the key shareholder of "The National Touring Network for the Performing Arts" (NTNPA) and Black Box Theatre in Oslo.
The Norwegian Association for Performing Arts has defined these core aims for the period 2009-2014:
The Norwegian Association for Performing Arts’ aims are activated through four main activities
1. Network Organization
NAPA was established in 1977 today has 90 members. The members consist of performing arts companies, producers and constellations.
In addition to having their own space on NAPAs web site, NAPA works to raise awareness about its members through information and advocacy. NAPA offers guidance to its members on management issues.
NAPA also works with the connection between indepentant companies and institutions in relation to legislation and different models for co-producing performances. The building of networks on both a national and international level, and connecting artists it one of the activities that is rapidly growing.
2. Information and Media
NAPA is now constructing a national digital archive. The history, present day and the future will be collected in a database accessible online. The indepentent performing arts field has been poorly handled in relation to preserving its history and influence on the society throughout the last 30 years. Material and stories are now being collected so that the importance of these struggelling and innovative artists will not be forgotten.
Together with The Association for Norwegian Theatres and Orchestras (the institutions) NAPA is publishing an online news service about the performing arts in Norway. www.scenekunst.no provides information and news following established journalistic standards.
3. Political advocacy and the performing arts
NAPA contributes actively to political lobbying regarding policymaking, infrastructure and public funding of the arts. The ongoing dialogue with the members network is the key tool in the communication with governments on both a local and national level.
4. International relations
Norwegian artists are increasingly receiving international attention and more and more artists have their audiences on the international arena, festivals and venues.
NAPA is working to strengthen the ability to operate professional and within stabile frameworks also on the international arena. We work closely with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Norwegian Arts Council to establish conditions that handle the demand for Norwegian art. NAPA also engage in international networks to ensure an ongoing flow of communication and information.
The Norwegian Association for Performing Arts (NAPA)
Storgata 10 B
T. +47 23 10 09 80
F. +47 23 10 09 91