International network
for contemporary
performing arts

Réseau international
pour les arts du spectacle

Rete internazionale
per le arti performative


Internationales Netzwerk
für zeitgenössische
darstellende Künste

Международная сеть современного 

Red internacional
para las artes escénicas

Internationaal netwerk
voor hedendaagse

თანამედროვე საშემსრულებლო
საერთაშორისო ქსელი

Rede internacional
para as artes performativas

الشبكة الدولية
لفنون الأداء

í sviðslistum

Xarxa internacional
d'arts escèniques

Rhwydwaith rhyngwladol
ar gyfer celfyddydau
perfformio cyfoes

Rrjeti ndërkombëtar
për artet skenike

Διεθνές δίκτυο
για σύγχρονες
παραστατικές τέχνες

Međunarodna mreža 
za savremene 
scenske umjetnosti

Mezinárodní síť 
pro současné 
divadelní umění

International netværk
for kontemporær

Internasionale netwerk
vir kontemporêre
uitvoerende kunste

თანამედროვე საშემსრულებლო
საერთაშორისო ქსელი

Nemzetközi hálózat
a kortárs


líonra idirnáisiúnta
na taibhealaíona

Starptautiskais tīkls
skatuves mākslai

Netwerk internazzjonali
għall-arti performattivi

Międzynarodowa sieć
na rzecz współczesnych sztuk

Internationellt nätverk
för samtida

Međunarodna mreža
savremenih izvođačkih

Международна мрежа
за съвременни
сценични изкуства

Rrjet ndërkombëtar
për arte skenike

Міжнародная сетка
перфарматыўных мастацтваў

Međunarodna mreža
za suvremene
izvedbene umjetnosti


kaasaegsete etenduskunstide

현대 공연 예술을 위한 국제 네트워크

Tarptautinis tinklas
scenos menai

Интернационална мрежа
за современа
изведувачка уметност

شبکۀ بین المللی
برای هنرهای نمایشی معاصر

Rețeaua internațională
pentru artele spectacolului

Medzinárodná sieť
pre súčasné
scénické umenie

gösteri sanatları için
uluslararası iletişim ağı

Buddy System

The IETM Buddy System gives all IETM members the opportunity to sign up for the programme and enhance their networking experience during the meeting.

What is the IETM Buddy System? 

The IETM Buddy System is a membership and networking activity put in place during IETM meetings, created to help new members become acquainted with the network and facilitate their involvement.

This edition of the Buddy System will allow all IETM members who recently joined the network, who consider themselves still new to IETM activities or have not been to a physical IETM meeting for a long time to be paired with a buddy. At the same time, our more experienced IETM members will have the chance to become a buddy and share their connections and insights with one or more newcomers*. 

Buddies have the responsibility and joy of including newcomers in the meeting, sharing knowledge about our network, introducing them to fellow members and empowering newcomers to gain meaningful connections and experiences. Equally, buddies have the opportunity to make new connections and learn about the background, focus and experience of a new IETM member and fellow professional.

*Read more below about what it means to be a ‘newcomer’.

‘Signing up for the Buddy System really made a difference to my first IETM plenary experience. The buddies I was matched with were welcoming and friendly when I arrived, were generous with their contacts, networks and colleagues to consult with about making the most of the Plenary and breakout sessions. Best of all, we became friends and continued to stay in touch and exchange ideas. I would highly recommend it.’

- Julia Handelman-Smith, Jasmin Vardimon Company

‘IETM gatherings are all about meeting new people - when you're a new IETM attendee it can be a bit daunting, and when you've been going for years, you gravitate towards the people you already know. Buddies help with that! Being a buddy for new attendees means you can connect with people you might not otherwise come across. Having a seasoned IETM buddy can help you feel a part of the community more quickly.’

- Lian Bell, Artist & Arts Manager

Can I be paired up with a buddy?

Would you like to make new connections with other IETM members and discover more about our network? Sign up to request a buddy if you are a:

  • ‘New’ IETM member: you recently joined IETM, consider yourself still new to the network and its activities or have not attended a physical IETM meeting for a long time;
  • Delegate selected by an IETM Associate Member;
  • Non-member participant based in Bulgaria.
Can I become a buddy?

Is IETM Sofia not your first IETM-rodeo? Do you think you can be a great guide for a fellow professional in navigating IETM’s activities? Sign up to be a buddy if you are keen to:

  • Add new members to your contacts from the IETM network;
  • Contribute to increasing the engagement of IETM members;
  • Get to know new professionals and expand your network;
How to sign up for the Buddy System?

You must be registered for IETM Sofia Plenary Meeting to participate in the Buddy System, which you can do via this link.

After registering, you can sign up for the system through the online form below, where you will be asked if you are participating to receive a buddy or if you would like to become one.

Sign up for the Buddy System

The deadline to sign up is set for 15 May 2024 at 17:00 CEST.

All participants who sign up for the IETM Sofia Buddy System will be contacted two weeks before the meeting with information about their final buddy pairing.

If you have any question about the Buddy System, you can contact Margherita Petti, IETM Membership Manager, at