Brief biography

Originally from Luxembourg, I have also lived, studied and worked in France and Germany for over 18 years. I have always been inspired to explore vibrant city life, develop multicultural collaborations and transborder working.

Fascinated by observing social manners, living intercultural practices and crossing borders, I stay curious and passionate about exploring the arts and the world beyond.

In 2016, I embarked on the adventure of the European Diploma of Cultural Project Management. My research was focussed on alternative methods of learning in a context of mobility for artists and cultural workers. The project I was keen to develop had the title “The art of learning by unlearning. A rotary creative residence programme in the Greater Region.” As a result, it profoundly changed my personal and professional perspective.

At long last, my desire to develop an artist-in-residence programme had fallen on a nourishing ground. I am convinced that mobility of people is crucial to evolve; it is fundamental in enhanceing multilevel learning processes and developing new ideas and new perspectives.

Since autumn 2017, I evolve as an independent cultural operator. I am active in raising funds for performing art and film projects of “Canopée Produktion”, a non for profit association I set up in 2015. I manage the executive production of the projects.

Living in a community house, I also coordinate short-term guest housing for international artists and am currently setting up a micro artist-in-residence programme. The programme is a member of the International Network of Micro-Residence. It will host its first artist in January 2018. Further information is available here: https://canopee-asbl.com/residence/

At the core of my practice is bringing together people from different socio-cultural and professional backgrounds. Further activities like web editing, translating, engaging with local initiatives and connecting cultural operators are also a part of my practice.

Background

In 2004, Tessy Fritz graduated in Sociology with a focus on International Relations at Université Marc Bloch in Strasbourg, France.

In 2007, Tessy graduated in Social Sciences with a focus on Comparative analysis of structures (Vergleichende Strukturanalyse) at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany.

During her studies, Tessy has worked as a freelance bilingual translator, interpreter and intercultural mediator for youth exchanges in professional education and life-long training between France and Germany.

From 2007 to 2017, Tessy joined the National Cultural Agency in Luxembourg. During her time at this non for profit organisation funded jointly by the Ministry of Culture, the City Hall of Luxembourg and the European Commission, Tessy was a Project Coordinator in national and european projects for the online transborder cultural portal between Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium and France. She successfully developed and promoted the national and cross-border media and cooperation network.

During 2011 to 2013, Tessy was also involved in the development and implementation of the national portal for culture. From 2013 to 2017, she was the Senior Editor of this national online platform.

Her professional practice has been embedded within the political and the creative disciplines, which have developed her capacity to act as a mediator between different spheres and to think in interdisciplinary terms.