There’s a pattern in European Theatre. Brilliant artists from non-dominant backgrounds emerge and are championed by certain theatres, directors, and collectives.

But institutions change, and, over time, this exemplary work is left behind. The reliance on a ‘dominant’ canon disadvantages everyone – particularly young artists and audiences as they try to find their voice.

The Young Europe IV Festival, hosted by Slovene National Theatre (SNG) Nova Gorica, tackled the non-dominant canon and the topic of diversity for younger audiences. Titled ‘The Young. The Bold. Break the Mould’, the Festival took place alongside the ETC International Theatre Conference, from 17 - 21 April 2024.

A full artistic showcase, the Young Europe IV Festival featured eight original productions by nine ETC theatres on diverse themes for young audiences – created as part of our award-winning Young Europe IV project.

Discover the programme

Discover the Young Europe IV Classroom Plays

Download the Young Europe IV press dossier 

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17 - 21 April 2024

(c) Saša Mrak / David Verlič (SNG Nova Gorica / European Theatre Convention)

For further inquiries, kindly contact ETC Project Manager, Annabell Blank:

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Young Europe IV is co-funded by the European Union. 


This initiative is generously supported by the Art Explora - Académie des Beaux-Arts European Award.


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