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Akrai Residency


Akrai is an international multidisciplinary arts residency program on the island of Sicily, with a strong emphasis on interaction with the local community and collaboration among peers. Akrai’s mission is to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals an opportunity to develop new work in a stimulating environment. Akrai seeks to offer a platform for a better understanding of the rich and complex heritage of Sicily—with its layers of history and tradition and multifaceted contemporary issues—by facilitating a cultural exchange between the local community and artists from across the world. At the local level, Akrai aims to forge new connections between the surrounding community and the contemporary arts, encouraging community members to become active participants in the cultural dialogue.

Every year Akrai Residency issues an international call to artists, designers, musicians, poets, writers, dancers, theater actors and directors, and chefs. Akrai offers residencies to international creative professionals who have been active in their respective fields for at least 3 years. The sole criterion for selection is artistic excellence.

Participants are hosted in private apartments throughout an historical center of a small town in the region, all within walking distance of the studio space. Each resident has a private bedroom in shared facilities. Dinner is communal and provides a time for conversation and exchange. Invited participants are responsible for their projects materials, breakfast and lunch (which can be cooked in the apartments), and any other incidental expenses.

Residents share a large communal studio. Here participants can work on individual projects and also collaborate and organize public events such as readings, performances, exhibitions, plays, concerts, and discussions. Residents can choose to work in their apartments if they prefer. Chefs will be able to meet and work with locals and learn of the Sicilian cuisine, and will have access to a kitchen. The communal studio is conceived as an incubator, laboratory, and meeting place of creative minds.


Sicily: Italy

Akrai Residency takes place in the beautiful Baroque town of Palazzolo Acreide. A small town on Hybleans Mountains in the eastern part of Sicily, Palazzolo founded in 664 BC by the Siracusans with the name of Akrai (Greek) or Acrae (Latin). Situated 43 km from Siracusa, and at 700 meters from the sea level, Palazzolo Acreide has one the best-preserved ancient Greek theaters in Europe. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Palazzolo is one-hour drive from Catania’s international airport, and two hours drive to Mount Etna, the biggest active volcano in Europe.

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