Artistic and cultural expressions

Film

Film-related events in The Cultural Schoolbag (TCS) can take on many forms. The most common ones are film showings with a film professional who promotes the genre, critical projects pertaining to film language and media culture and film workshops where students learn about film production. The films can be short or long, fiction or documentary. The promoter may be someone who helped produce the film, someone with special qualifications for addressing the film’s theme within a context or with a different kind of expertise on film as an art form.

The session can be held in a classroom, assembly hall or in collaboration with the nearest cinema. As a result, the number of students may vary from a handful to several hundred.

During a film workshop, students are invited to learn about and participate in the creation of a film. Under professional guidance, the students learn about the different possibilities for filming, animation, manuscript work, clips, lighting, etc. 

If a proposal is defined as ‘film’, this usually means that those who consider the proposal are film experts. You can define your proposal as more than one discipline if you believe it covers several fields.

There are no specific requirements regarding technique, format or method for film in TCS.

TCS often works together with the Skolekino programme and Bygdekinoen

The rates for film-related events organised as part of TCS are regulated through a framework agreement between the musicians’ union CREO and the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS)

Other costs include film rental rates for showings at schools. These rates are currently under negotiation. When a film is shown at a cinema, TCS collaborates with the cinema regarding agreements with producers and distributors.


Cultural heritage

In The Cultural Schoolbag (TCS), ‘cultural heritage’ covers various disciplines and topics. It can refer to the art of storytelling, traditional handicrafts and cultural heritage management, as well as humanities disciplines like museology, history and ethnology.

It also covers social science fields like social anthropology, sociology and human geography. Immaterial and material cultural heritage fall within the same category in TCS.

TCS productions related to cultural heritage can take the form of a guided tour, workshop, performance, lecture, guided walk and more. They can take place at the school, outdoors at a heritage site, at a museum or other arena. An arrangement can be organised for up to two or three classes or only a few students. Most lectures and presentations last between 45 and 90 minutes, while a workshop can be longer, usually from 90 minutes to five hours.  

Cultural heritage events organised on the municipal level often last an entire day. This usually involves the students traveling by bus and spending the day at a museum or heritage site. Of all cultural heritage arrangements organised as part of TCS, 79% are on the municipal level.   

There are various contributors to cultural heritage events in TCS, including museums (as arenas, content producers and promoters) and non-profit organisations (such as the TCS system, Kulturtanken and volunteer organisations on local, regional and national levels). Freelancers also often offer various types of content.

If a proposal is defined as ‘cultural heritage’, this usually means that those who consider the proposal are experts in this field. You can define your proposal as more than one discipline if you believe it covers several fields.

The rates for cultural heritage events organised as part of TCS are regulated through a framework agreement between CREO and KS (link).

TCS productions that use works, objects or other materials protected by copyright law must clear the rights of these to ensure that the copyright holders receive compensation in accordance with agreements. This pertains to both immaterial and material cultural heritage.  


Literature

Literature-related events as part of The Cultural Schoolbag (TCS) can have various origins, ranging from a book or authorship to illustrations, picture books and graphic novels. It can also involve fictional, non-fictional and unpublished literary texts – or a combination of these.  

Students are introduced to literature in TCS in various ways: visits by authors, presentations, writing workshops or through other types of arrangements. The activities usually take place in the classroom with the entire class or groups of students. A literary production often lasts between 45 and 90 minutes, while a workshop usually lasts longer.

The Norwegian Writers’ Center is a membership organisation for writers. It also serves as an expertise centre for literary productions and as an arena for the establishment, coordination and presentation of such productions. Every year, calls are published for the development of new productions that promote literature to children and young people

If a proposal is defined as ‘literature’, this usually means that those who consider the proposal are literary experts. You can define your proposal as more than one discipline if you believe it covers several fields.

The rates for literary events organised as part of TCS are regulated through a framework agreement between CREO and KS.

TCS productions that use work, objects or other materials protected by copyright law require that the copyright holders receive compensation in accordance with agreements.


Music

Music-related events in The Cultural Schoolbag (TCS) various widely in terms of genre and means of expression. TCS encompasses everything from folk music and classical music to hiphop and rock music and from orchestras to solo performers.  

Musical arrangements in TCS aim to inspire new experiences that can leave an impact and open ears and minds to completely new sounds. Music is a major part of the culture and everyday life of children and youth, so the TCS programme aims to communicate and introduce the vast expressive and cultural range that exists.

In additional to school visits by musicians to perform a concert, hold a workshop or organise activities that involve student participation, students are also invited to other arenas, such as concert halls and festivals. This provides students with a variety of musical experiences, from productions at the school in safe and familiar settings to visits to major venues to enjoy opera performances, symphony orchestras or well-known performers. 

Most concert performances at schools last 45 minutes. Workshops and visits to venues outside of schools vary in length, depending on the type of performance.  

The rates for musical events organised as part of TCS are regulated through a framework agreement between CREO and KS (link).

TCS productions that use work, objects or other materials protected by copyright law require that the copyright holders receive compensation in accordance with agreements.


Performing arts

In The Cultural Schoolbag (TCS), performing arts covers a wide range of theatrical expression and genres that includes theatre, dance, opera and contemporary circus and involves students as participating subjects to varying degrees and in different areas.

At one end of the scale, there is the traditional performance, characterised by a distinct difference between stage and venue, performer and audience. At the other end, there are forms that involve students being creative co-creators in a physical sense. A theatrical performance as part of TCS can be dimensioned for several hundred students – or only a handful. A performance often lasts between 45 and 90 minutes, while a workshop usually lasts longer. 
 
If a proposal is defined as ‘performing arts’, this usually means that those who consider the proposal are experts in performing arts. You can define your proposal as more than one discipline if you believe it covers several fields.

The rates for musical events organised as part of TCS are regulated through a framework agreement between CREO and KS (link). 
 
TCS productions that use work, objects or other materials protected by copyright law require that the copyright holders receive compensation in accordance with agreements.

The Norwegian Network for Performing Arts provides funding for the production and promotion of the performing arts for children and young people. The support scheme SPENN funds both new productions and adaptations or continuations of existing productions for touring purposes. Applications can be submitted to have existing productions added to the network’s repertoire. An art committee assesses the performance for its artistic and communication qualities. All regional councils are members of the network and receive compensation for part of the costs of TCS performances selected from the network’s repertoire. These performances make up around 40% of the performing arts productions organised as part of TCS.


Visual arts

In The Cultural Schoolbag (TCS), visual arts covers the disciplines of fine arts, handicrafts, design and architecture. There are no specific requirements regarding technique, format or method.

A TCS production can therefore pertain to painting, photography, handicrafts, drawing or graphics. Other disciplines include sculpture, video/film/documentary, installations, models and city-specific and relational expressions, as well as sound art, performance, Internet-based art, street art, graffiti, comics, picture books, artists’ books and the use of outdoor and public spaces. The art can be object-based or take the form of actions, events and situations.

The display format, for example, may be an exhibition, guided class tour, workshop or presentation. It can take place in a gallery, on stage, in a gymnasium, schoolyard or classroom. It can involve several hundred or only a few students at a time.

No two TCS productions are the same. A guided tour or presentation can last 45 minutes, while a workshop can be longer. There are numerous examples of productions that last several days, though these often require special agreements with the school and its teachers.

If a proposal is defined in the portal as ‘visual arts’, this usually means that a producer with expertise in the visual arts will consider the proposal for his or her region. You can define your proposal as more than one discipline if it covers several fields.   

The rates for musical events organised as part of TCS are regulated through a framework agreement between CREO and KS .
TCS productions that use work, objects or other materials protected by copyright law require that the copyright holders receive compensation in accordance with agreements such as the national agreement on reimbursement for exhibits or similar reimbursement through the Norwegian Visual Artists Copyright Society (BONO) .