The very first online ETC International Theatre Conference took place last week with great success. A total of 74 participants from 25 European countries took part in the diverse programme, uniting ETC Members and guests separated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Under the theme "Connecting the separated – Reopening European Theatres", the conference's highlight panel discussion was livestreamed with the help of Howlround Theatre Commons. Watch it again below!
The other sessions (Digital Theatre webinar & Kitchen Revolution) will be available on ETC's website soon. Stay tuned!
Save and Support Theatres!
ETC Theatres Lobby for the Arts in Europe
As a result of the ETC International Theatre Conference, ETC Member Theatres have written the following statement:
1) We call upon our Member States and the European Institutions to ensure the survival of our rich and diverse cultural landscape in Europe.
2) We call for an appropriate increase of the Creative Europe budget in 2020 to save cultural places - without this additional support, thousands of theatre and live performing art venues across Europe will shut down by the end of 2020!
3) We call for the need of a strong Creative Europe 2021-2027 programme of the European Union, as the one and only dedicated European funding instrument for the creation and dissemination of art and culture with a European dimension.
New ETC Members
The General Assembly of the European Theatre Convention took place during the conference and three new members were unanimously voted. The ETC family is happy to welcome:
- Volkstheater Wien, Vienna, Austria
- Göteborgs Stadsteater – Backa Teater, Gothenburg, Sweden
- National Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia
These three theatres were all members of the ETC in the past and decided to join the network again, showing the strength and relevance that ETC has today. The ETC now gathers 42 members from 25 countries and remains the largest network for public theatres in Europe.
Next ETC International Theatre Conference
The next ETC International Theatre Conference will be hosted at and by Weöres Sándor Színhaz in Szombathely (Hungary) from 26 to 29 November 2020, if the current health crisis situation allows it.
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