This episode we will look at the Aspirant scheme, a recruitment initiative by Kulturrådet that aims to counteract structural discrimination by improving access to jobs within the cultural sector. It is a program from which we have benefited ourselves, yet we also have an intrinsic problem with. We want to start an open discussion about this, to figure out what to do next regarding the issue of immigrant workers in the cultural sector in Norway.
What is an aspirant?
Why do we need this scheme?
And how does this programme work?
This is the first episode of a series talking about the Kulturrådet program ‘Aspirantordningen’ in which Ida Uvaas calls and interview Eli Solberg, senior advisor in Kulturrådet. Solberg is also in charge of the Aspirant programme.
Nikhil Vettukattil interviews Shahrzad Malekian, who recently joined Tenthaus as an aspirant. Later on, Mechu Rapela, director of Tenthaus and Malekian converse about Rapela’s experience as Aspirant in 2017-2018 at Tenthaus, and together they share their thoughts about the program.
Tatiana Lozano and Rodrigo Ghattas also converse about this aspirant scheme. Rodrigos shares his experiences as an aspirant for UKS Tatiana and mentions the support group on Facebook: Verdensrommet, a closed group for non-European professional artists based in Norway. While Tatiana adds to the conversations with her expectations for her new at Entrée in Bergen.