Kitchen Revolution

The secret supper-club with a twist comes back!

10 June 2020 – 19:00 CET

A special online conference calls for an extraordinary opening event! The ETC International Theatre Conference, Connecting the Separated – Reopening European Theatres, will be kicked off with a special Kitchen Revolution performance!

What's the Kitchen Revolution?

Co-founding Artistic Directors of Belarus Free Theatre, Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, will introduce a session led by guest provocateurs, Mark Ball (Creative Director of Manchester Festival) and Birgit Lengers (Head of Junges DT / Deutsches Theater International, Berlin), focused on how to bring European audiences back to the theatre post-COVID19. 

In true Kitchen Revolution style, the secret supper-club with a twist originated by Belarus Free Theatre in 2017, conversations will be accompanied by delicious food. Participants will receive a recipe and a How-To video, so everyone can enjoy home-cooked food together during the session.

Who can join? 

This return of the Kitchen Revolution is open to theatre industry professionals with an interest in the future of European theatres post-COVID19. Places are free but limited and must be applied for in advance via our online registration form below.

Kitchen Revolution
10 June 2020, 19:00 – 20:00 CET
[18:00 – 19:00 BST]



Registration is now closed.

Update 03 June 2020

Participants have the option to cook a chosen recipe from Nicolai, to be eaten together at 19:00. Below you can find the recipe and a how-to video.


During previous Kitchen Revolutions, participants would all sit together around a large dinner table and share food cooked for them by Nicolai and Natalia. Through this shared meal, they explore their history, their stories.

For this special online version, participants are invited to cook a recipe, chosen by Nikolai, and eat it together at 19:00. Of course, different time zones and situations will mean this may not be possible for everyone. So, you are welcome to join with a glass of wine, a snack or just a hunger for the conversation!


Polenta a la Piedmont with tomato sauce

Ingredients (for 4 persons):

  • Cornmeal - 300 grams
  • Butter - 50 grams
  • Chicken stock - 300 grams
  • Cream - 100 grams
  • Water - 200 grams
  • Fresh tomatoes - 400 grams
  • Pickled tomatoes - 300 grams
  • Onion - 1
  • Garlic - 4 cloves
  • Red chili pepper - 1 pod
  • Cheeses: Parmesan, Taleggio, Pecorino, Mozzarella
  • Basil - 3-4 branches
  • Lemon half juice
  • Salt pepper


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About Belarus Free Theatre

Belarus Free Theatre is the only theatre company in Europe banned by its government on political grounds. Founded in Minsk in 2005, BFT emerged as a direct challenge to the absolute censorship of freedom of artistic expression in “Europe’s Last Dictatorship”.

The company was forced underground, faced with harassment and persecution for its role in challenging the status quo, demanding recognition for those hidden on the margins of an oppressive society. Since then the company has worked across borders to create, campaign and educate – building a movement for democratisation, human rights and artistic freedom.

In Minsk, where the company is outlawed, BFT’s permanent ensemble continues to perform over 100 times each year. Internationally, BFT tour, perform and campaign extensively for social justice and the protection of people stigmatised and ostracised by their societies. To-date BFT has created more than 25 productions and performed in over 40 countries. In 2015 alone it performed to live audiences of over 10,000 people internationally, and more than 500,000 viewed its work online.

About the Conference

The ETC International Theatre Conferences are held twice a year at an ETC Member Theatre. These high-level events are an occasion for ETC Members and invited guests to explore new trends in European theatre and an excellent forum for information, exchange, debate and networking.

This year, the usual 4-day conference programme has been adapted to an online and condensed format. This special event will aim at finding solutions to the coronavirus crisis in the theatre sector. 

Starting with the Kitchen Revolution (open to all), the programme also offers a livestream of the panel discussion, available for all to watch.

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