Wednesday 9 June 2021

14:00 – 14:45 CET

Buddy Programme - Welcome for New Members 
for new members and designated ‘Buddies’ only 

 What’s a 'Buddy'?

Thursday 10 June 2021

10:00 – 10:15 CET

Welcome Speeches (LIVESTREAM)


Serge RangoniETC President, General Manager & Artistic Director of Théâtre de Liège, Heidi Wiley, ETC Executive Director, Iris LaufenbergETC Vice-President, General Manager & Artistic Director, Schauspielhaus Graz


Moderation: Annette Gerlach, Journalist


10:15 – 11:30 CET Panel Discussion (LIVESTREAM)

Silenced Theatres in 2021:

Illiberal Democracies & Effects of Covid-19 


with: Simona HamerFreelance Playwright and Dramaturg,   Niklas NienaßMember of the European Parliament, András Dömötör, Theatre Director and Assistant Professor at the former Theatre Academy in Budapest (SZFE, now freeszfe), & Marta KeilCurator & Researcher


Moderation: Anette Gerlach, Journalist


Features English Live Captioning


The covid-19 pandemic, and the restrictions most European countries have put in place to contain it, have hit our theatres particularly hard. Our stages have been silent for the better part of the last 15 months. Theatre halls are empty, while the online screen lights are flickering.


But these are not the only kind of interferences currently limiting freedom of artistic expression in Europe. We see nationalist cultural policies, intrusion from anti-liberal governments into artistic decision-making and the nomination processes for theatres’ artistic leaderships, financial pressure for publicly-funded houses… The covid-19 pandemic has mostly revealed and exacerbated challenges that already existed.


How can theatre stay an open democratic space, reflecting the multiple stories of our contemporary, multi-faceted communities, when it is either made invisible and silent - or forced to comply with nationalist retellings of history and culture? Can international exchange show us the way out, or is international artistic cooperation in danger?


11:30 – 11:45 CET

Comfort Break 

11:45 – 12:30 CET

Presentations Artists in Residency 2021 & Speed Meetings 

Meet the ETC Artists in Residency 2021 and (re)connect with them and your European colleagues through speed meetings 

with Beata Szczucińska, President of E:UTSA & Chancellor of The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw

Júlia Lévai, ETC Scholars / Artists in Residence Programme, National Theatre Belgrade; Zsófia Rebeka Kozma, ETC Scholars / Artists in Residence Programme, National Theatre Belgrade, Schauspielhaus Graz

12:30 – 13:00 CET

Gender Equality & Diversity in European Theatres: Self-Monitoring Tools 


With Sarah Sepulchre, Professor at UC Louvain; Annalisa Casini, Professor at UC Louvain, and Holly Tarquini, Executive Director of FilmBath and Founder of F-Rating


Moderation: Hélène Gauthier, ETC Project Manager & Network Manager


Following the Publication of ETC’s study on Gender Equality & Diversity in European Theatres on 8 March 2021, a few tools will be presented, for self-monitoring and making your theatre’s progress visible within your structure and to your audience.

13:00 – 14:00 CET

Individual Lunch Breaks 

14:00 – 17:00 CET

ENGAGE Festival: New European Drama: Collaborative Readings & Meeting with the Authors 


with Patty Kim Hamilton, Ondřej Novotný and Casper Vanderputte.


Moderation: Karla Mäder, Head Dramaturg at Schauspielhaus Graz, & ETC Drama Committee


With the objectives to highlight European contemporary playwrights and their work, create a pool of interesting contemporary texts for ETC Members and support the international trajectory of text-based theatre plays through translation, the ETC Drama Committee has selected three contemporary plays that are being be translated into English:


  • SEX PLAY, by Patty Kim Hamilton (Deutsches Theater Berlin/Germany),
  • Otec hlídá dceru, by Ondřej Novotný (National Theatre Prague/Czech Republic)
  • Sweet Sixteen, by Casper Vanderputte (de Toneelmakerij/The Netherlands)


Join your European colleagues to read and actively discover those plays together and meet the authors for Q&A sessions after the readings!

Friday 11 June 2021

10:00 – 10:30 CET

ETC General Assembly 

10:30 – 10:35 CET

Comfort Break 

10:35 – 11:05 CET

Project Pitching & Invitations to Collaborate 

If you already have concrete project ideas or want to put a call out for collaboration with other ETC Members, you can take the opportunity during the “Project Pitching & Invitations to Collaborate” session.


Please confirm your interest for this session by Tuesday 1 June and we will send you detailed information on how to prepare. 

11:05 – 11:30 CET

Coffee Break & Way to "Climate Pavilion"


11:30 - 12:15 CET

Closing ENGAGE: Policy Recommendations on Digital, Youth & Participatory Theatre 


With Barbara Gessler, Head of Unit Creative Europe, Heidi WileyETC Executive Director, and the ETC Board of Directors


Moderated by Tere BadiaSecretary General, Culture Action Europe

ETC’s four year programme “ENGAGE – Empowering today's audience through challenging theatre", co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, is coming to an end in August 2021. 


This session will be dedicated to sharing with theatres and for policy-makers our learnings and recommendations gathered during those four years, on the subjects of Digital, Youth and Participatory Theatre and Dramaturgies. 

12:15 – 12:45 CET

Closing ENGAGE: Action Plan for Green Theatres 

with ETC Green Theatre Committee, Frank Holldack,  Head of Design & Costume, Schauspielhaus Graz, Breathe Earth Collective 2021, Architects of Climate Pavilion


Moderation: Heidi Wiley, ETC Executive Director

In the frame of ETC’s ENGAGE programme and our focus on sustainability this season, ETC Member theatres have jointly developed an Action Plan for Green Theatres, which will be presented to the whole network during this session. 

12:45 – 13:00 CET

Closing Words: Looking Forward 


Networking on the Conference Platform 
Many open meeting spaces will be available for you on the conference platform to share informal discussions with ETC colleagues. You can also plan a meeting with other participants!

Is there a person or theatre within the ETC network who you would like to meet and talk to? Let us know and we will do our best to connect you.

(See our Members list here) 

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  • Be represented at European and international level
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