30 April 2020 to 03 May 2020

Please note that this is a preliminary version of the programme. The final version will follow soon.

You can already have a look at the artistic programme of the meeting on our partner Vårscenefest's website.

Wednesday, 29 April

Pre-meeting trip
Ahead of IETM Tromsø, you are invited to join us on our pre-meeting trip to Blåisvatnet. Learn more.

Thursday, 30 April

The first session on Thursday will begin at 13:00.

Lavvo Life
A series of conversations between Elle Sofe Sara and other first nation artists from Norway, Canada and Australia.

Associate members meetings
For IETM’s associate members only.
Advisory Committee meeting
For IETM’s Advisory Committee members only.

Artistic Walk #1: Arts and wellbeing
A walk to Raadstua Teaterhus, the main venue for the independent performing arts community in Tromsø, followed by a conversation on the history of arts and health in Norway.

From Russia With Love
Participants share their experience of the IETM Caravan in Yekaterinburg which took place in December 2019.

Multilingual and trans-national performing art in a border-crossing world
How can we create performances when the artists on stage don’t have the same language or cultural references?

Artistic programme unveiled
After a presentation of the meeting’s artistic programme, we will talk about the inherent tension between being representative and selective when programming.

General Assembly
The General Assembly is an opportunity to discuss and influence IETM's achievements, challenges, strategies, projects and future developments.

Who’s there?
A session to introduce our new members, give advice to newcomers, connect faces to names, and an opportunity to ask questions about IETM. Everybody is welcome!

Opening keynote: The idea that grew bigger than the performance, the performance that grew bigger than the idea
In this keynote speech Amund Sjølie Sveen will tell the story of a performance that uses provocative and sometimes fascistic strategies to engage its audience, insisting that it’s not a performance at all, but in fact a political movement. 

Welcome reception
Meet old friends and get acquainted to new as we gather to celebrate the start of IETM Tromso over nibbles and drinks. Vegan and gluten free options will be provided.

People’s Kitchen 
People's Kitchen has created social meeting points where the participants can discuss and learn more about food waste and at the same time cook and eat food that would otherwise have been wasted.

Friday, 1 May

Advisors Corner
Meet the members of the IETM Advisory Committee in this cosy corner of the daytime meeting space and ask everything you always wanted to know about our network, its activities, strategies, governance, membership and more.

Blood Club
How can we use performance as a place to destabilise the normative identity categories? This artistic intervention is a dive into the minefields of genetics and culture.

Changing Utopias
We invite you to an open and interactive debate, where we will look into the relation between discourse and activism by holding a mirror up to our biased practices.

Dramaturgy of Activism
Is art, as a contribution to the world, inherently activistic or is art just the handcraft for a certain form of protest? 

Meet the Artists
Dive into discussions about creative processes and aesthetics by joining the round table discussions for a collective interview with the local artists, some of which have been part of the artistic programme.

IETM info cell
Half an hour of valuable information on IETM’s  recent and upcoming policy and advocacy work, as well as an introduction to the next IETM meetings’ partners.

Newsround
A series of short (max 3 min) presentations of projects under development from our members and local participants – some of whom are still looking for partners. Apply now.

Lavvo Life
A series of conversations between Elle Sofe Sara and other first nation artists from Norway, Canada and Australia.

Changing the world one youth at a time
Can art be a catalyst for change in young audience and participants? How do programmers work with young audiences and how can festivals include all youngsters?

Who is freedom of speech for?
Countries like the Nordics, promote freedom of speech as an untouchable principle but at the same time, many voices are still silenced in these very same countries. Who is freedom of speech really for?

Artists at Risk
From political engagement to self-censorship, what are the strategies to live as an artist in context where authorities, such as the state, religious movements, corporations or media, are accused of blatantly endangering artistic freedom?

Intersectional activism
Intersectionnality has become a paradigm of discrimination analysis, but it struggles to be a leading principle for fighting discrimination. How can we address racism, genderism, classism and ableism at once?

Advocating for the arts
While politics itself is radically changing, how can we deal with the shift of cultural policies and funding schemes? How may a legal framework be achieved for a fair and sustainable support to the arts?

People’s Kitchen 
People's Kitchen has created social meeting points where the participants can discuss and learn more about food waste and at the same time cook and eat food that would otherwise have been wasted.

Saturday, 2 May

Advisors Corner
Meet the members of the IETM Advisory Committee in this cosy corner of the daytime meeting space and ask everything you always wanted to know about our network, its activities, strategies, governance, membership and more.

Rewiring the network (for the twenties)
This session, the first step in a longer trajectory to reset our future agenda, will discuss how we can evolve our network to fit the political and societal changes of the twenties

Meet the artists
Dive into discussions about creative processes and aesthetics by joining the round table discussions for a collective interview with the local artists, some of which have been part of the artistic programme.

Newsround
A series of short (max 3 min) presentations of projects under development from our members and local participants – some of whom are still looking for partners. Apply now.

Lavvo Life
A series of conversations between Elle Sofe Sara and other first nation artists from Norway, Canada and Australia.

Open Forum
Following the theme of the meeting, Arts and Activism, this session will tentatively wrap up the talks of the previous days and offer space and time to dig deeper and open up to other ideas.

Immersive creative processes
This session will link the theme of the meeting to the practices of immersive, participatory performances.

AREA focus group
This focus group on rural areas continues the discussions started in previous IETM meetings since Autumn 2017.

Sound and music theatre
A regular fixture since 2010, this session gives delegates an insight into what’s happening in the world of music theatre and sonic arts around Europe. 

Activism through material practice: Cultivating costume with microbial cellulose
Ingvild Fossheim will share her experience of designing costumes with cellulose-producing microbes as an example and reference point of eco-scenography and circular economy.

Talks and listens 
An interactive discussion in which IETM members get to express their views on the role of art in society and the strategies that will help our sector survive and thrive. 

People’s Kitchen 
People's Kitchen has created social meeting points where the participants can discuss and learn more about food waste and at the same time cook and eat food that would otherwise have been wasted.

Closing party
A celebration to mark the close of what we hope has been a stimulating and refreshing plenary meeting in Tromsø.

Sunday, 3 May

Farewell brunch

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