Connecting the Separated – Reopening European Theatres

These are troubled times. The future is very uncertain for theatres: how can theatre respond to the current crisis and limit its impact? When will we reopen, and will the audience return? How will we need to adapt to the ‘new normal’? These urgent questions will be addressed during the next ETC International Theatre Conference, which will take place online. Although we will not be able to meet in person, ETC will remain a place for you to discover, network and exchange on best practice.

ETC International Theatre Conferences are open to members and invited guests. The panel discussion on Thursday morning will be live-streamed thanks to our partnership with Howlround Theatre Commons. 


All times indicated are in Central European Time (GMT+2). Last update: 03 June 2020.

Wednesday 10 June 2020

09:30 – 12:00 CET

Technical Support
An opportunity to test the Zoom software with the ETC team. Book a time slot through the registration form.


14:00 – 15:00 CET

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


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19:00 – 20:00 CET

Kitchen Revolution
in collaboration with ETC Member Belarus Free Theatre


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Thursday 11 June 2020


10:00 – 12:00 CET

Reopening European Theatres

This session will also be live-streamed for non-members


  • Welcome & Introduction with Serge Rangoni & Heidi Wiley
  • Opening message by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
  • Artistic Intervention: Nobody Waits for You in collaboration with Schauspielhaus Graz (Austria)
  • "Do the Arts Have a Lobby in Europe?": Interview with Veronica Kaup-Hasler, Executive City Councillor for Cultural Affairs and Science of Vienna moderated by Marina Maleni, Cyprus Theatre Organisation
  • Panel Discussion: Reopening European Theatres with Iris Laufenberg, Schauspielhaus Graz (Austria), Dubravka Vrgoč, Croatian National Theatre Zagreb (Croatia), Norbert Rakowski, JK Opole Theatre (Poland), moderated by Marko Bratuš, Slovensko Narodno Gledalisce Nova Gorica (Slovenia)


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14:00 – 15:30 CET

Digital Theatre Webinar: Deep Space Meets Theatre
in collaboration with ETC Member Theater Dortmund / Academy for Digitality and Theatre (Germany)

for members and invited guests only


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ETC Member Theatre Online Screenings

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Friday 12 June 2020


10:00 – 10:45 CET

ETC General Assembly

for members and invited guests only


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11:00 – 12:30 CET

ETC Coffee Break #3 International Networking

for members and invited guests only


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ETC Member Theatre Online Screenings

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ETC International Theatre Conference

10–12 June 2020

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