01 November 2018 to 04 November 2018

You can find the artistic programme here. Tickets will be available for purchase soon.

Please note that this is a preliminary version of the programme and is subject to change. 

Confirmed speakers:

Robert Menasse, Writer, Founder of the European Democracy Lab, Austria
Prof. Ulrike Guérot, Danube University Krems, Founder of the European Democracy Lab, Germany
Fabio Tolledi, ITI Vice-President for Europe Executive Council and Executive Board member, University of Salento, Italy
Prof. Bettina Reitz, University of Television and Film Munich, Germany
Liwaa Yazji, Independent film and theatre maker, Syria,
Niccolo Milanese, European Alternatives, Italy
Marijana Rimanic, Pogon, Croatia
Matt Fenton, Contact Theatre, UK
Goran Tomka, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Fabian Lettow, Co-Founder of kainkollektiv, Germany
Sara Bigdeli Shamloo, Co-Founder on 9T Antiope, Iran / France
Ramzi Maqdisi, Cinematographer, Palestine,
Olivia Furber, Ivo Theatre, UK
Victor Leclère, La Magnanerie, France
Aniko Racz, SinArts, Hungary
Vicens Mayans, Agente 129, Spain
Nicolas Bertrand, Independent, France
Janina Benduski, Chairwoman of the German Association for Independent Performing Arts, Germany
Ines Marie Schneider and Felix Gantner, University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, Germany
Annika Lewis, Kassandra Production, Denmark
Cristine Fentz, Secret Hotel, Denmark
Katja Sonnemann, Independent, Germany
Maximilian Dorner, Cultural Department of Munich City Council
Lorenz Seib, Artistic Director Grenzgänger Festival, Germany


Acting Europe - Opening Dialogue / Thursday 1 November 4 - 5 pm
In their opening keynote Austrian author Robert Menasse (The Capital, 2017) and Ulrike Guérot, (Danube University Krems), dream of a united Europe without national borders but with real civic participation, based on the rule of civic equality and redistributing the decentralised power to the smaller regional centers.

They call me an artist - Keynote / Friday 2 November 12:30 - 1:30pm
How can artists make a statement about their society, if their teams are not as diverse as society is? How to stop casting or programming migrant artists only to represent their backgrounds? Artists want to be artists in their own rights. A dialogue showing both sides of the coin - a German and a Libanese perspective

A Vision for the Future - Keynote / Saturday 3 November 12:30 - 1:30pm
Whether European artists and professionals struggle against or play along, Eurocentrism and the imbalance of resources are undoubtedly influencing artistic production and shaping the dissemination networks. Can Europe be part of the world without  considering its values and aesthetic as universal? Can differences become meeting grounds instead of barriers and contribute to building a common discourse?

What's in our power
Can art do anything that goes beyond the realms of symbolic subversiveness? Can culture and art influence the (re)construction of national and supranational identities? How can cultures of diverse national and macro-regional communities be directly represented on and off stage?

Here’s looking at you - theatrical exchange under the shadow of postcolonial relationships
There are hierarchies and discrepancies in the current programming, touring, market and subsidy system that increasingly favour the wealthy and privileged. What has European performing arts sector got to learn from non-European methods, topics, structures?

The gender of the future
Still, most theatre directors in municipal theatres are male. Women are questioning the system, which has proven to be quite resistant. Independent initiatives, like the Magdalena Festival have to reinvent themselves for their battle has been running for three decades and lots is left to do. How does the female quest for more power meet the movement for gender equality for LGBTQI?

Mind the gap: audience, governance and policies
Nowadays, "audiences" are also "creators" of the present world. Under what conditions can cultural organisations bring more efficient, bottom-up approaches in their governance and to cultural policy-making? How can it lead to new inclusive practices or new forms of participatory hegemony?

Territories in transition
In face of globalisation, countries, regions, cities and rural areas see their values and identities erode and their internal economic, social, political and cultural resources brutally subjected to powers beyond their control. What role do arts play in this landscape of development and change?

International producing organisations: ending competition soon?
Is there a new producers‘ policy in the art sector? Producing organizations combine forces, share knowledge and create coalitions on national and international levels. Led by three organisations from France, Hungary and Spain, IETM producing member organisations are invited to share their successful cooperations and explain their business models and structures.

Connected centers
Building up the inspirational discussion in IETM Porto, this workshop will offer a participative process aimed at investigating different cooperation models for more progressive and balanced collaboration.

Walk the Line
How can artists establish lasting alliances across borders despite unstable working conditions? How can they develop appropriate aesthetical means to respond to increasing restrictions in their countries?

Hands across the water
A discussion followed by a World Café works on the role and the effect of international cultural management in its many aspects as well as on the future of the profession.

I would prefer not to… Re-Creating Europe
Based on Melville's text Bartleby, the Scrivener : A story of Wall Street,  the performance I would prefer not to asks us "to stop playing in the system, but still think" (Žižek) and calls for individual self-questioning, breakthroughs, liberation and tearing actions.

Info session by the Mobility Info Points and On the Move
This open info session will introduce the Mobility Info Points: contact points in several European countries offering advice and/or information on administrative aspects related to the mobility of artists and cultural professionals (visa, work contracts, taxation, social protection etc.).

Rural forum
The preparation of the Satellite meeting in Wales (13-16 September) sparked the idea to form a subnetwork within IETM to address the specific reality of performing and working in rural and remote areas.

Mapping the European Landscape of independent performing arts
The newly founded European Association of Independent Performing Arts (EAIPA) presents its new comparative study based on current research in ten European countries. Speakers will present the analyses of their country’s funding systems, the social situation of freelance artists and the influence of civic initiatives, resulting in an outline for further research and next actions as well as providing the basis for discussion with the participants.

The European Republic under Construction - Artistic intervention
From balconies in theatres all over Europe, artists and citizens will proclaim the European Republic, discuss and pave the way for the emancipatory claim of citizens equality beyond the nation state.

All about yourself in 5 min
How to market one's work? A practical training to learn from the cinema pitching practices.

Get a better failure
We invited “Old Boys” and “Experienced Girls”, each of them a long-term expert in her/his own field, to share their most enriching experiences, to tell of the failures they went through before making the grade and to answer your questions.

Meet the artists
Dive into discussions about creative processes and aesthetics by interviewing collectively local artists, some of which have been part of the artistic programme.

Mentor Room
Mentor Room is an intense two-hour session that offers participants an opportunity to learn from each other's knowledge and experience.

Four pre-selected EU funded projects will be presented for 20 minutes maximum each.

A series of short (max 3 min) presentations of current projects from participants as well as a space for our new members to introduce themselves and their organisations. Apply now.