IETM Tromsø Plenary Meeting 2020

30 April 2020 to 03 May 2020


The scene for IETM´s 2020 Spring Plenary will be Tromsø, one of Norway's most northern cities, situated above the Arctic Circle.

The theme of the meeting is Activism -  fitting for an area now in the midst of global attention due to the region's natural resources and strategic location.  The fate of the melting Northern ice cap is a hot political topic, and a new set of challenging power dynamics between different nations has entered the stage.

What is the place of the performing arts in facing the developments which are literally changing the face of our planet?   

The Tromsø meeting will discuss, digest and discover the role of activism in our art form, the relation between art and politics, and art as protest. What differs artistic activism from regular activism? Does it have any impact? Are we preaching to the converted? Can the performing arts change minds and bring people together despite the compelling divergence of opinions? If artistic work gets political, are there aesthetic compromises to be made?

IETM Tromsø will take place in a vast and sparsely populated region, where independent local artists deal with poor infrastructure, high costs and lack of support, yet are resourceful, rooted in their local culture and work in close proximity with their communities. 

Their work and those of other Norwegian artists will be highlighted in the meeting ́s artistic programme curated by the Vårscenefest festival, in collaboration with various local partners. 

And it wouldn’t be an IETM plenary without a great space for networking, exchange of ideas and informal conversations among international peers.  

Both members and non-members are welcome to attend IETM Tromsø. Registration will be open soon.