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

Banner displaying "New International in the Performing Arts (NIPA): Bridging local and global" in white on a pink background

The New International in the Performing Arts (NIPA)


Bridging local and global

Working internationally is vitally important for performing arts professionals. However, the need to rethink the modus operandi of international work and to reinstate its legitimacy has never been more acute than in face of climate change and other global challenges.

New International in the Performing Arts (NIPA): Bridging local and global is the fruit of IETM’s 2022-2024 Creative Europe Network project. The core aim of NIPA is to stimulate innovation of cross-border collaboration models in the performing arts. We envision a new state of play, where fair, inclusive and equal collaborations, based on environmentally sustainable practices, become mainstream, and where local realities deepened by global perspectives are at heart.

A translocal approach

For NIPA, a translocal approach in the performing arts means encouraging and enabling members and the sector at large to (re)connect with the localities they belong to - through learning, reflecting, undertaking concrete actions - and convey their local narratives to an international conversation. 

Practically, this means that there will be more opportunities and space for IETM members and professionals from the wider performing arts sector to learn about each others’ local challenges and approaches to global issues. It also means that performing art professionals from different parts of the world will be proactively encouraged to articulate and share their unique, local understanding of the main values NIPA conveys: inclusivity, fairness and environmental  sustainability.

Three years, three strands

The NIPA project will be structured around three strands, each getting a specific focus in one of the three years of the project: 

  • Inclusivity, Equality & Fairness (2022);  

  • Green Transition (2023); 

  • The New International in the performing arts (2024). 

As two first themes are more specific and are closely interconnected, we will tackle them together in 2024 – under the umbrella of the New International theme, analysing the lessons learned in the two first years and furthering the design of a vision on how to achieve a better sustainability and inclusivity of the trans-border performing arts ecosystems. 

From reflection to action

The project will put in place various tools to empower members to acquire new skills and develop collective strategies of working internationally in a new way. As a network, we have an ambition to shift from reflection to action in these three years. This means using the knowledge we acquired through the previous and ongoing projects – Performing arts in (a world in) Transition, Perform Europe, Rewiring the Network, SHIFT – for creating collective strategies for members to bring change in their local realities. 

We will continue bringing new voices to the network, learning, inspiring each other and renewing our approaches to global challenges. We will critically look at our own practices, as a network and as a sector, and work on positive solutions. We will also inspire policy-makers and funders to modernise their policies and programmes to make our performing arts ecosystem more sustainable, inclusive and fair.

Informality, curiosity and meeting each other in real life will continue to be our guiding values.

You can find the complete overview of the activities planned as part of NIPA on this page.

NIPA is funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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