The European Theatre Convention (ETC)’s ETC International Theatre Conference will take place in Malta, with selected sessions available online, from 28 to 31 October 2021.

This is one of the first opportunities since the pandemic began for European theatres to meet in person and discuss what the past two years have really meant for their activity. Beyond the closed stages, the postponed performances, and the logistical challenges – what is the emotional and artistic legacy of the pandemic, and what do theatres need to be able to thrive again? What role does in-person theatre have in a society so used to online cultural experiences? How can we continue to build theatre as a public space that is sustainable, inclusive, and nurturing of artistic freedom and expression?

Finding the solutions will require listening to each other. It will require solidarity and strong networks. To support this, the event will feed into the European Union’s Conference on the Future of Europe, as a unique and timely opportunity for citizens and theatre professionals across Europe and to debate what theatre(s) can do for Europe, and what Europe – and the European Union - can do for theatre(s).


Practical information to plan your trip

Check out the performances planned

Discover the preliminary programme

The event will be hosted by Teatru Malta (Malta), ETC Member theatre and the county's first National Theatre without walls.

Important information: the final boat to leave Malta's harbour in time for the opening of the conference on 28 October is at 17:00.

Please plan your arrival in Malta with plenty of time to make this connection.


Book your hotel before 28 September!


We have preferential rates at the Grand Hotel Excelsior (EUR 90,00 including breakfast) with an exclusive discount code. We will send you the code once you have registered for the conference.

Please note the code is only valid until 28 September.

Bookings can be cancelled free of charge up to 14 days prior to arrival.

It is important to note, we cannot guarantee those rates or rooms will be available after 28 September, so please don’t be late in making your booking.

Contact Us

If you are experiencing any trouble during registration, please get in touch with Hélène Gauthier, Project & Network Manager:


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