Over the last six months, 12 European and international networks of theatre and performing arts have come together to collaborate towards a shared goal of establishing a creative dialogue process within the sector and with policymakers and jointly curate an ambitious programme for the Forum on 11-13 November 2020.
An innovative online platform has been created in cooperation with the artist collective CyberRäuber. Guests of the ETF will be able to meet, discuss, exchange views in a state-of-the-art virtual space representing the Staatsschauspiel Dresden theatre. Also in the virtual host city of Dresden, the coinciding online offer of the Fast Forward - European Festival for Young Stage Directions will be available for all to watch for free.
Topics to be discussed over the three days include international collaboration, working conditions, environmental sustainability in the sector, accessibility and diversity and European theatre as a public space. It will contribute to the long-term goal of the formulation of a cultural policy strategic agenda for the sector.
The programme of the European Theatre Forum’s first edition will aim to:
- strengthen the European theatre sector through international networking and policy dialogue;
- address the issues and implications of the Covid-19 pandemic for European performing arts;
- connect the European theatre scenes and the German national theatre scene.
Note that the majority of the programme will be broadcast live on the European Theatre Forum website. Theatre and performing arts professionals are invited to watch the programme live from anywhere in the world. All sessions will be in English with live captioning.