The Perform Europe Opening Event is divided into two parts: a Plenary Opening open to anyone with a view to introducing the Perform Europe project, followed by our ‘Imagine the Future’ Talks with a limited capacity of 80 participants.

Important: The times below are in Central European Time (CET). Please make sure to convert them in your local time.


Plenary Opening: Setting the Stage for Perform Europe

Time: 14:00 - 15:00 CET

Open to anyone upon registration, the Plenary Opening will introduce the project’s guiding values and vision and the opportunities it will provide for performing arts professionals from all backgrounds and horizons in all the Creative Europe countries.

14:05 CET

Welcome and introduction

Welcoming participants and introduction to the Opening Event.

Tundé Adefioye, Lecturer, Essayist, Workshop Facilitator and Dramaturg, Belgium

14:15 CET

Introductory notes by the European Commission

Perform Europe from an EU perspective and its importance in the current European performing arts touring landscape.

Barbara Gessler, Head of Unit Creative Europe, Directorate General for Education and Culture, European Commission, Belgium

14:25 CET

Keynote on transnational performing arts circulation

The Keynote will trigger our thinking with some personal reflections on the needs and visions of transnational performing arts circulation from the point of view of an artist.

Eleanor Bauer, Dancer, Choreographer and Performer, Sweden

14:50 CET

Perform Europe’s trajectory: step-by-step introduction by the Perform Europe partners

Partners of Perform Europe will give an in-depth overview of the project’s 18-month trajectory, its research phase, digital platform, touring opportunities, policy recommendations and more.

Ása Richardsdóttir, IETM, Belgium
Joris Janssens, IDEA Consult, Belgium
Kathrin Deventer, EFA, Belgium
Pia Krämer, EDN, Belgium
Stéphane Segreto-Aguilar, Circostrada, France
Elena Polivtseva, IETM, Belgium

15:00 CET

Q&A with participants and closing remarks

To conclude the Plenary Opening Event, we will open the floor for questions, summarise what has been discussed and introduce the upcoming ‘Imagine the Future’ Talks.


‘Imagine the Future’ Talks

Time: 15:15-17:00 CET / Maximum capacity: 80 participants

Following the Plenary Opening, the 'Imagine the Future' Talks will offer a few expert points of view on various aspects related to the distribution of the performing arts. This session will also invite 80 sector representatives and policy-makers to envisage some elements for a future support scheme for the distribution of the performing arts in Europe. We will ensure diversity of perspectives, experiences, expertise and opinions around the table.

Applications for the ‘Imagine the Future’ Talks closed on 22 January. Should you have missed the deadline to apply, you'll be able to follow the livestream of the first half of the Talks on Perform Europe’s Facebook page.

15:40 CET

Introduction and conversations

After welcoming the participants, we will hold conversations outlining the context in which performing arts distribution is happening today.

  1. Working conditions and distribution of the performing arts with Anita Debaere, Pearle*, Director, Belgium
  2. Cultural mobility in Europe: gaps and disbalances with Marie Fol, On the Move, President, Belgium

Kathrin Deventer, EFA, Belgium
Elena Polivtseva, IETM, Belgium

16:05 CET

Thematic insights

  1. Access for disabled artists to the touring landscape in Europe with Ben Evans, British Council, Head of Arts and Disability (Project: Europe Beyond Access), UK
  2. Digital distribution with Karen Toftegaard, CEO, WILDTOPIA, Denmark
  3. Rural touring with Ralph Lister, Take Art, Chief Executive (Project: SPARSE - Supporting and Promoting Arts in Rural Settlements of Europe), UK



In break-out rooms, participants will discuss how touring can be made more sustainable and inclusive, and what opportunities and solutions digital innovations offer in this regard.


Wrap-up moment and Looking ahead