You will find below the full programme of the Young Europe IV Festival (17 - 19 April) and the ETC International Theatre Conference (18 - 21 April).

Wednesday 17 April 2024

08:50 - 10:25 [Students Only]

Young Europe IV Festival
Performance: 'Room Rumours' by Matin Soofipour Omam (a production by Badisches Staatstheater Karlsuhe)

 

Followed by After-Show Talks

High School Nova Gorica

 

08:50 - 10:25 [Students Only]

Young Europe IV Festival
Performance: '(Surviving) The Substitute Lesson' by Emel Aydoğdu (a production by Staatstheater Braunschweig)

 

Followed by After-Show Talks

High School Nova Gorica

 

12:00 - 13:00

Young Europe IV Festival Opening

- Heidi Wiley, ETC Executive Director
- Paulien Geerlings, Artistic Lead of Young Europe IV, Head Dramaturge at De Toneelmakerij, ETC Board Member
- Samo Turel, Mayor of Nova Gorica

Keynote:
- Dr. Aminata Cairo
, Speaker and Lector (research professor) of Social Justice and Diversity in the Arts at the Amsterdam University of the Arts [Will be delivered via video recording]

 

14:00 - 15:30

Young Europe IV Festival
Performance: 'Room Rumours' by Matin Soofipour Omam (a production by Badisches Staatstheater Karlsuhe)

 

Followed by After-Show Talks

France Bevk Public Library

 

16:30 - 18:00

Young Europe IV Festival
Performance: '(Surviving) The Substitute Lesson' by Emel Aydoğdu (a production by Staatstheater Braunschweig)

 

Followed by After-Show Talks

France Bevk Public Library

 

19:30 - 22:00

Performance: ‘When We Dead Awaken’
Written by Henrik Ibsen
A production by Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica
Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Small Stage

Thursday 18 April 2024

08:50 - 10:25 [Students Only]

Young Europe IV Festival
Performance: 'Gutz' by Kurt Gabriel Meli & Alex Weenink (a production by Teatru Malta)

 

Followed by After-Show Talks

High School Nova Gorica

 

08:50 - 10:25 [Students Only]

Young Europe IV Festival
Performance: 'What's Up!' by Tereza Trusinová (a production by Slovak National Drama Theatre)

 

Followed by After-Show Talks

High School Nova Gorica

 

11:05 -12:55 [Students Only]

Young Europe IV Festival
Performance: 'Lucky' by Olya Voronkova (a production by Belarus Free Theatre/Young Vic)

 

Followed by After-Show Talks

High School Nova Gorica

 

11:05 -12:55 [Students Only]

Young Europe IV Festival
Performance: 'Little Stars' by Jaka Smerkolj Simoneti (a production by Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica)

 

Followed by After-Show Talks

High School Nova Gorica

 

13:00 - 14:30

Young Europe IV Festival
Performance: 'Gutz' by Kurt Gabriel Meli & Alex Weenink (a production by Teatru Malta)

 

Followed by After-Show Talks

France Bevk Public Library

 

15:30 - 17:00 

Young Europe IV Festival
Performance: 'Little Stars' by Jaka Smerkolj Simoneti (a production by Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica)

 

Followed by After-Show Talks

France Bevk Public Library

 

15:30 - 17:00

Young Europe IV Festival
Performance: 'Lucky' by Olya Voronkova (a production by Belarus Free Theatre/Young Vic)

 

Followed by After-Show Talks

Xcenter

 

16:30 - 17:30

ETC International Theatre Conference
Welcome Desk

Register to pick up your badge and performance tickets. 

 

Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica

 

17:30 - 17:45

ETC International Theatre Conference
Welcome

 

With:
- A representative of the Slovenian Ministry of Culture
- Marko Bratuš, Artistic Director Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica and ETC Theatre Advisory Council member
- Cláudia Belchior, ETC Board President and Executive General Coordinator at Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon/Portugal

 

Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Big Stage

 

17:45 - 19:15

ETC International Theatre Conference
ARTISTIC PANEL 1: PLAYWRIGHTING with Young Europe IV playwrights and mentors
"Young Europe IV: Authors' Night
- Writing for a diverse young audience"

Young Europe IV is an artistic collaboration project devoted to expanding the canon of European theatre literature, by writing new plays for young audiences. This panel with the playwrights and mentors involved in the project delves into the importance of new writing on non-dominant themes for younger audiences, and the callenges that can be faced along the way.

 

Introduction:
-
Heidi Wiley, ETC Executive Director

 

Moderator:
-
Evein Obulor, Founder of Migration Hub Heidelberg and Coordinator European Coalition of Cities Against Racism

 

With Young Europe IV Playwrights:
- Tomer Pawlicki (De Toneelmakerij)
- Jaka Smerkolj Simoneti (Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica)
- Tereza Trusinová (Slovak National Drama Theatre)
- Matin Soofipoor Omam (Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe)
- Alex Weenink & Kurt Gabriel Meli (Teatru Malta)
- Olya Voronkova (Belarus Free Theatre and Young Vic)
- Zoe Apostolidou (Cyprus Theatre Organisation)
- Emel Aydoğdu (Staatstheater Braunschweig)

 

With Young Europe IV Mentors:
- Patty Kim Hamilton
- Mohammad Al Attar
- Dounia Mahammed
- Dino Pešut

 

Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Big Stage

 

19:15 - 20:00

ETC International Theatre Conference
Opening Reception
 

 

20:00 - 22:45

Performance: ‘The Best European Show’
Written by Marko Bratuš & Haris Pašović
A co-production between five ETC Members: Teatru Malta, JK Opole Theatre, Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Fondazione Teatro Due, National Theatre of Kosovo

Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Big Stage

Friday 19 April 2024

08:50 - 10:25 [Students Only]

Young Europe IV Festival
Performance: 'FAT' by Zoe Apostolidou (a production by THOC)

 

High School Nova Gorica

 

08:50 - 10:25 [Students Only]

Young Europe IV Festival
Performance: 'Hassan & Moos' by Tomer Pawlicki (a production by De Toneelmakerij)

 

Followed by an Artistic Educational Workshop with the audience

High School Nova Gorica

 

09:30 - 10:00

Impulse by Georg Häusler, Director for Culture, Creativity and Sport, DGEAC, European Commission (TBC)

 

10:00 - 11:15

ETC International Theatre Conference
ARTISTIC PANEL 2: EXPANDING THE SHARED DRAMA
"Non-dominant voices in theatre -Forgotten Plays"

Plays by writers from historically marginalised backgrounds have always been written but most of these plays didn’t get a place in the European theatre canon. We give these 'Forgotten Plays' a stage, also as a support for emerging playwrights, and as a proof that there are already many plays worth seeing that have been forgotten due to one-sided history writing.

 

Moderator:
- Teunkie Van Der Sluijs, Head of Artistic Development at Young Vic

 

With:
- Nina van Tongeren (The Netherlands), Excerpt reading of ‘Lucette’
- Marina Maleni (Cyprus), Excerpt reading of ‘Arkastos’
- Ana Kržišnik (Slovenia), Excerpt reading of 'A B*tch, a C*nt and a F***ot'
- Sonja Walter/Josef Bäcker (TBC) (Germany), Excerpt reading of ‘Worte’
- Mário Drgoňa (Slovakia), Excerpt reading of ‘The Burning Gypsy Camp’
- Teunkie van der Sluijs, Excerpt reading of ‘Pocomania’

 

Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Big Stage

 

11:15 - 11:45

Coffee Break

 

11:45 - 13:15

ETC International Theatre Conference
ARTISTIC PANEL 3: AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT & ARTISTIC EDUCATION
"Young Europe IV: Artistic Talks"
Looking back and looking forward at the legacy of Young Europe

Moderator:

- Evein Obulor, Founder of Migration Hub Heidelberg and Coordinator European Coalition of Cities Against Racism

 

Part 1: Reflecting on classroom plays as theatrical form for the youth

 

With:
- Paulien Geerlings, Artistic Lead of Young Europe IV, Head Dramaturge at De Toneelmakerij, ETC Board Member
- Young Ambassadors from Nova Gorica


Part 2: An international exchange on the needs of artistic education with theatre

 

With:
- Paulien Geerlings, Artistic Lead of Young Europe IV, Head Dramaturge at De Toneelmakerij, ETC Board Member
- Other experts

  

Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Big Stage

 

13:30 - 14:30 

Networking Lunch upon the invitation of the European Capital of Culture 2025 Nova Gorica

 

15:00 - 17:00

Young Europe IV Festival
Performance: 'FAT' by Zoe Apostolidou (a production by THOC)

 

France Bevk Public Library

 

15:00 - 17:00

ETC International Theatre Conference
Coaching session for ETC's Women Directors Networking Group 

Moderators:
- Iris Laufenberg, Artistic Director of Deutsches Theater Berlin and ETC Board Vice-President

- Susannah Tresilian, Theatre Director, Radio Producer and Coach at The Leadership Collective

 

Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Small Stage 

 

15:00 - 17:00

Individual International Collaboration Meetings

 

17:30 - 19:00

Young Europe IV Festival
Performance: 'Hassan & Moos' by Tomer Pawlicki (a production by De Toneelmakerij)

 

Followed by an Artistic Educational Workshop with the audience

France Bevk Public Library

 

17:30 - 19:00

Young Europe IV Festival
Performance: 'What's Up' by Tereza Trusinová (a production by Slovak National Theatre - Drama Ensemble)

 

Followed by After-Show Talks

Xcenter

 

20:00 - 21:45

Performance: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’
Written by William Shakespeare
A production by Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica
Slovene National Theatre, Big Stage

Saturday 20 April 2024

10:00 - 10:30

ETC International Theatre Conference
Participatory Readings of the four European contemporary drama texts selected by the ETC Drama Committee

 

Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Foyer

 

10:30 - 11:00

ETC International Theatre Conference
After-Show Talks and Professional Exchange about Slovenian Performances

 

Moderator:
- Paulien Geerlings
, Artistic Lead of Young Europe IV, Head Dramaturge at De Toneelmakerij and ETC Board Member

 

Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Foyer

 

11:00 - 12:00

ETC International Theatre Conference
Talent Market with Table Talks 

 

With:
- Artists in Residence 2024
- Women Directors Networking Group
- Laura Kutkaitė, Winner of the main prize of Fast Forward – European Festival for Young Stage Directors 2022, and Salim Djaferi, Winner of Fast Forward Audience Award & Jury Prize 2023

 

Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Foyer

 

12:00 - 13:00

ETC International Theatre Conference
Peer-to-Peer Learning Sessions
ETC Members and Conference participants discuss issues faced in the everyday working life – ranging from community engagement and leadership to the diversification of audiences – with theatre peers from across Europe. Up to four sessions will take place in two rounds, each focused on specific topics. The conversation will be led by ETC Members.

 

13:00 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

 

14:00 - 16:00

ETC International Theatre Conference
ETC Theatre Green Book Launch

Exclusive ETC launch and presentation of the newly created ETC version, the international version of the Theatre Green Book to devise the process and measure progress for sustainable transformation and change in theatres across Europe and the new ETC self-certification label of the ETC Theatre Green Book (TGB).
The launch and presentation is followed by an interactive workshop with all ETC members to use the ETC TGB, kicking off the multi-annual programme of sharing, learning and improving for ETC theatres to become net-zero.

 

With:
- Paddy Dillon, Renew Culture/Theatre Green Book
- Lisa Burger, Renew Culture/Theatre Green Book
- ETC Theatre Green Book Focus Group members

 

Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Big Stage

 

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break

 

16:30 - 17:00

ETC International Theatre Conference
Project Pitching
ETC Member Theatres present concrete project ideas, look for partners and call for artistic collaborations.

 

17:15 - 17:30

ETC International Theatre Conference
TRANSFORMATIONS Milestones Meeting
An in-depth look at the next six months of activity at ETC.

 

17:30 - 18:15

ETC International Theatre Conference
General Assembly

 

19:00 - 20:20

Performance: ‘Five Kinds of Silence’
Written by Shelagh Stephenson
A production by Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica
Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Big Stage

 

20:30 

Joint Dinner at Gostilna pri hrastu
Registration required

Sunday 21 April 2024

10:00 - 12:00

Guided Walking Tour

Discover the charm of Nova Gorica on a guided walking tour. From standing with a foot in each country at Europe Square to a quick stroll in Italy, this excursion promises a blend of history and architecture, as well as stories of coexistence.

 

Programme:

  • 10:00 am meeting point at Europe Square, where will we stand each foot in a different country (Slovenia/Italy
  • A short walk in Gorizia (Italy), with a visit to the main square where the Church of St. Ignatius is located
  • We continue the tour through the city centre of Nova Gorica where we will see, among other things, the municipal palace
  • The tour will end in front of the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica theatre.

Registration required

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