We have been talking about it for years. With Perform Europe, the European Commission has given the performing arts a chance to reimagine the way we tour our work in a more sustainable and inclusive way, to put environmental concerns at the centre of international touring and to celebrate artistic excellence.
Perform Europe is our joint innovative and highly-anticipated project which will support experiments to find more sustainable ways for international – physical and digital – touring of performing arts works in all Creative Europe countries. The aim? To collectively test and design a future European support scheme for cross-border touring and digital distribution of the performing arts.
Over 18 months, Perform Europe will explore and test sustainable touring practices – on artistic, human, social, economic and ecological levels. It will also promote the digital world as an exciting domain for experimentation in the performing arts. We will seek to reach out to diverse groups of performing arts professionals and audiences, who usually do not take part in or benefit from international touring of the performing arts. And we will strive to achieve a balanced representation of various players.
What is happening between the start of 2021 and summer 2022? In a nutshell:
- Research on the needs of the sector (where we are now),
- Launch of the Perform Europe Digital Platform and call for applications,
- Networking and creation of touring partnerships on the Digital Platform,
- Awarding of grants to selected partnerships,
- Touring – both physical and virtual,
- And finally, release of conclusions on how such a support scheme can become part of Creative Europe 2021-2027.
Discover all the details and ways to get involved on the Perform Europe website.
Perform Europe is funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. IETM is the lead partner of the Perform Europe Consortium, composed of The European Festival Association (EFA), Circostrada, EDN - European Dancehouse Network, and IDEA Consult.