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

01 - 02.10.2020

IETM Multi-location in Istanbul (online)

Given current travel and gathering restrictions, the local Plenary meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, will be hosted entirely online by our member Theatre Cooperative. Please find below the introduction by the local host, as well as the local programme and practical information of the local meeting.


Introduction by the local host

Founded in June 2019, Theatre Cooperative is an Istanbul based social cooperative representing private theatres in the professional field. With its unique organisational structure, it is the first of its kind in Turkey. Its main objectives are developing economically beneficial projects for its partners; collaborating with relevant authorities for legislative amendments; becoming an information and consultation center for Turkey’s theatre sector; and ensuring the national and international dissemination of theatre art.

Currently, Theatre Cooperative has 60 partners, and its Board of Directors consists of 5 theatre professionals: Iraz Yöntem (President), Yeşim Özsoy (Vice President), Ersin Umut Güler (Board Member), Mert Fırat (Board Member), and Muharrem Uğurlu (Board Member). During the COVID-19 pandemic, Theatre Cooperative has actively contributed to the resilience of theatre in Turkey by conducting negotiations with the Republic of Turkey Ministry Of Culture and Tourism, and developing a fundraising project.

We are happy to be part of the hosts of IETM Multi-location 2020 and invite you to join our online session on Friday 2 October from 11:30-13:30 CEST to discuss What Matters Now for the performing arts.

Register now



The following online programme of the local meeting in Istanbul prepared by the local host is complementary to the online participation in the main IETM online programme (marked as working sessions on the page), to which all the locations of the Multi-location Plenary will simultaneously connect on 1 and 2 October.

To connect to the online sessions below, please click on the title of the session and you'll be redirected to the session page, where the link to connect is displayed.

CEST: Central European Summer Time (local time in Istanbul)

Thursday, 1 October

15:45 CEST

Main IETM online programme:

What matters now? Plenary discussion
The theme of the Multi-location Plenary Meeting will allow us to speak out on what truly matters in the different context in which we now evolve. A series of short addresses from speakers with versatile backgrounds will trigger live and online, local and international discussions.

Venue: Online

Friday, 2 October

11:00 CEST

Main IETM online programme:

IETM Pitchorama
This brand new session will showcase a series of 6 projects pitched by IETM members in 5-minute videos before leaving room for questions and feedback from participants.

Venue: Online

13:30 CEST

What Matters Now?: Building a Culture of Resilience in Performing Arts
In times of uncertainty and change, it is essential to discuss the ways to build a culture of resilience and emphasize the significance of solidarity. Due to the pandemic, the performing arts organizations in Turkey and the rest of the world have come to a standstill. Perhaps, it is the perfect time to ask: “What Matters Now?” This webinar aims to focus on the best practices in relation to resilience in Asian, Middle Eastern and Eastern European countries, which are in similar situations to Turkey. We will discuss the resilience of performing arts organizations, theatre managers, and the healing effect of performing arts on society during a post-traumatic period.

The programme will be in English but there will be simultaneous interpretation in Turkish.

Yeşim Özsoy, Theatre Cooperative Vice President, Turkey

Hanane Hajj Ali, Culture Resource, Lebanon
Kalina Wagenstein, Art Office Foundation, Bulgaria
Mike van Graan, African Cultural Policy, South Africa
Mikhail Durnenkov, Lubimovka Festival, Russia
Arundhati Ghosh, India Foundation for the Arts, India

Venue: Online

15:00 CEST

Main IETM online programme:

IETM info cell
An hour of valuable information on IETM: overview of the current and upcoming activities and projects, update on the recent and forthcoming policy and advocacy work, and introduction to the different working groups of IETM.

Venue: Online

For any question regarding the online local meeting in Istanbul, please get in touch directly with Ayşe Devecioğlu at



It is our aim to make IETM meetings as accessible as possible. However, it may not be possible to offer services at every location and, therefore, we recommend that you check the accessibility conditions of the location of your interest.

In order to meet the needs as much as possible, we collect your access requirements when you create your account and register for the meeting. Regarding speech-to-text captioning, we can only guarantee captions for the IETM online programme.

If you have any questions regarding the overall accessibility of the online local meeting in Istanbul, you are welcome to write to our Production Officer at



For any question regarding the online local meeting in Istanbul, please get in touch directly with Ayşe Devecioğlu at

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