Join the European Theatre Talks 2024 at Festival d'Avignon

A dialogue at the intersection of sustainability, new technologies and policy

01 July 2024

The European Theatre Convention is delighted to organise two high-profile events in the heart of the Festival d'Avignon on Monday 01 July 2024, to meet and exchange with other international theatre makers.

13:00 - 14:00 ETC Networking Lunch Reception
14:30 - 16:30 European Theatre Talks

European Theatre Talks

The Roadmap to Cutting-Edge, Net-Zero Theatre by 2030

Can you put on spectacular shows and wow audiences with AI, holographic projects and VR -- and still fulfil sustainable requirements of the European Green Deal and the Opole Recommendations?

This edition of the European Theatre Talks explores themes at the intersection of sustainability, new technologies, cultural policy and freedom of expression, at the heart of the Festival d'Avignon, to officially launch the ETC Theatre Green Book, the one reference tool for all theatres to become green across all their work, whether digital, large-scale, on their building, or in their logistics.

Features interventions from:

  • Georg Häusler, European Commission (EU)
  • Cláudia Belchior, Centro Cultural de Belém (Portugal)
  • András Dömötör, Director (Hungary)
  • Paddy Dillon, Renew Culture / Theatre Green Book (UK) 
  • Lisa Burger, Renew Culture / Theatre Green Book (UK)
  • Paulien Geerlings, De Toneelmakerij (The Netherlands)
  • Emmanuelle Lejeune, STAGES (EU)
  • Florence Minder, Venedig Meer (Belgium)
  • Johann Otten, Deutsches Theater Berlin (Germany)
  • Jonathan Thonon, Théâtre de Liège (Belgium)
  • Heidi Wiley, European Theatre Convention (EU) 
  • + more speakers to be announced

Moderated by: Emily Gonneau, Causa 

The event will be attended by renowned European artists, policymakers, theatre professionals, and media representatives.

ETC Networking Lunch Reception

Join ETC’s reception before the European Theatre Talks to meet international theatre makers – working on everything from cutting-edge digital performances to socially-charged, sustainable theatre – for informal networking and a drink.

The invited guests are drawn from ETC Member Theatres; partners in EU-funded, large-scale sustainable theatre projects (ACuTe, STAGES, PROSPERO and Future Laboratory); and emerging theatre-makers taking part in ETC’s European Theatre Academy.

Practical information

ETC Networking Lunch Reception
Monday 01 July 2024, 13:00 - 14:00 CET
Cloitre Saint-Louis

European Theatre Talks
Monday 01 July 2024, 14:30 - 16:30 CET
Salle Colloque, Cloitre Saint-Louis


Festival d'Avignon - Cloitre Saint-Louis
20 Rue du Portail Boquier
84000 Avignon, France


Admission is on a first-come-first-served basis and registration is required (please note there is limited capacity). 

Watch the full recording of the European Theatre Talks 2024:

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European Theatre Talks : le développement durable à l’horizon 2030

Maison des Professionels

Festival d'Avignon 2024

See the European Theatre Talks in the Maison des Professionels - Festival d'Avignon 2024 programme.

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European Theatre Talks : le développement durable à l’horizon 2030

Est-il possible d’épater le public grâce à l’IA et autres nouvelles technologies, tout en respectant les exigences du Pacte vert européen et des Recommandations d’Opole ? Cette édition des European Theatre Talks explore des thèmes à l’intersection du développement durable et la transition numérique, ainsi que de la démocratie, de la collaboration internationale et du rôle du théâtre. L’évènement de cette année lancera le très attendu « ETC Theatre Green Book » – l’outil de référence permettant aux théâtres d’atteindre des émissions nettes nulles d’ici 2030. Des directeur·ice·s artistiques de renom partageront leurs expériences avec Georg Häusler, directeur de la Culture, de la Créativité et du Sport de la Commission européenne, et des expert·e·s en matière de développement durable, Renew Culture.

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For any questions or further inquiries, please contact ETC Project & Network Manager Laura Gardes:

Photo: European Theatre Talks 2024 at Festival d'Avignon © Pascal Gely

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