01 October 2020 to 02 October 2020

IETM Multi-location in Utrecht

The local Plenary meeting in Utrecht, the Netherlands, will be organised by our member HKU - University of The Arts Utrecht. Please find below the introduction by the local host, as well as the local programme and practical information to help you plan your stay in Utrecht.

Given current travel and event restrictions, the meeting will focus on gathering mainly the Dutch performing arts community. We encourage participants based outside of the Netherlands to choose another location.


Introduction by the local host

In 2012 theatre scholar Dragan Klaic wrote Resetting the Stage, a critical survey on the state of the public theatre. Little seems to have changed since. The public theatre is still suffering under changing patterns of cultural consumption and Covid-19 could be the nail in the coffin. 

Meanwhile in this Summer of Discontent a number of open letters were published in the Dutch media, calling out the disparity and inequality of power structures and established funding infrastructures in the Dutch cultural sector. So where do we go from here? Did the public theatre have its merits? Could Covid-19 have a catalysing effect in accelerating innovation and new practices?

The IETM local Plenary meeting in Utrecht will circle around old habits and new fair practice codes, working towards concrete action plans. A search for the regeneration of solidarity, transparency, trust, sustainability and inclusion. The programme comprises five mission statements about current approaches and a plenary discussion and brainstorm-session.

How to act on the Fair Practice Code (an existing initiative from the Dutch cultural sector, now being broadly adopted by policy-makers in local and national government)? How to distribute government budgets? Well, maybe we need to start by resetting the stage…

With contributions by Dutch artists, activists and practitioners engaged in challenging and changing the existing systems and structures.

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Note that the local meeting in Utrecht has a limited capacity of 35 participants. Lunch will be provided to participants.



The on-site programme of the local meeting in Utrecht prepared by the local hosts will include the collective participation in the main IETM online programme (marked as working sessions on the page) on Thursday 1 October only.

Participants in the local meeting in Utrecht are therefore encouraged to follow the IETM online programme individually on Friday 2 October, after joining the physical local meeting in Utrecht on Thursday.

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

Thursday, 1 October

12:30 CEST

Walk In & Coffee with Dutch IETM members and guests

Venue: Werkspoorkathedraal

13:00 CEST

Welcome Words

Moderator : Tarik Yousif, head of HKU Current Programs, The Netherlands

Venue: Werkspoorkathedraal

13:45 CEST
Start working session: creating action plans on values
On site working session with five groups, along five values of the Fair Practice Code: trust, transparency, solidarity, sustainability and inclusion. Each group will work out a real business case, resulting in a concrete action plan. Each action plan should include a connection to the international networks.

How to come to an inclusive curriculum, based on decolonized educational sources? (moderator: Rachel Feuchtwang)

How to come to solidary relationships between arts institutions and independent artists? (moderator: Albert Meijer)

How to come to a lifelong sustainable development for individual arts professionals? (moderator: Tarik Yousif)

How to come to less bureaucratic and juridical application-and-review procedures in arts and education? (moderator: Maritska Witte)

How to come to a culture-of-trust in academies and workfield? (moderator: Caspar Nieuwenhuis)

Venue: Werkspoorkathedraal

14:00 CEST


Venue: Werkspoorkathedraal

15:45 CEST

Collective participation in IETM's 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: Werkspoorkathedraal (and online)

16:00 CEST


Venue: Werkspoorkathedraal

16:30 CEST
Feedback loop: Roulette, changing groups and action plans on values
17:00 CEST

Conclusion plenary

Moderator: Tarik Yousif, head of HKU Current Programs, The Netherlands

Venue: Werkspoorkathedraal


Closure programme

Venue: Werkspoorkathedraal

Friday, 2 October

11:00 CEST

IETM online programme:

IETM Pitchorama
This brand new session will showcase a series of 6 projects pitched by IETM members in 3-minute videos before leaving room for questions and feedback from participants.

Venue: Online

15:00 CEST

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 local programme of the meeting in Utrecht, please get in touch directly with Annelie Princ at [email protected].


Covid-19 regulations

Given current travel and event restrictions, the meeting will focus on gathering mainly the Dutch performing arts community. We encourage participants based outside of the Netherlands to choose another location




Tractieweg 41
3534 AP Utrecht

More information about the accessibility of the venue will be provided soon.



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 main IETM online programme (marked as working sessions on the page).

If you have any questions regarding the overall accessibility of the local meeting in Utrecht, you are welcome to write to our Production Officer at [email protected].



Most hotels in Utrecht have reopened so you should be able to book your stay via the usual booking platforms. 


Eating out                 

Pre-booking is mandatory if you wish to eat at a restaurant. For updated information about safety measures when eating out please check Visit Utrecht’s website here.



For any question regarding the local meeting in Utrecht, please get in touch directly with Annelie Princ at [email protected].

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