Wednesday 9 June 2021
14:00 – 14:45 CET
Buddy Programme - Welcome for New Members
for new members and designated ‘Buddies’ only
Thursday 10 June 2021
10:00 – 10:15 CET
Welcome Speeches (LIVESTREAM)
Serge Rangoni, ETC President, General Manager & Artistic Director of Théâtre de Liège, Heidi Wiley, ETC Executive Director, Iris Laufenberg, ETC Vice-President, General Manager & Artistic Director, Schauspielhaus Graz
Moderation: Annette Gerlach, Journalist
10:15 – 11:30 CET Panel Discussion (LIVESTREAM)
Silenced Theatres in 2021:
Illiberal Democracies & Effects of Covid-19
with: Simona Hamer, Freelance Playwright and Dramaturg, Niklas Nienaß, Member of the European Parliament, András Dömötör, Theatre Director and Assistant Professor at the former Theatre Academy in Budapest (SZFE, now freeszfe), & Marta Keil, Curator & Researcher
Moderation: Anette Gerlach, Journalist
Features English Live Captioning
The covid-19 pandemic, and the restrictions most European countries have put in place to contain it, have hit our theatres particularly hard. Our stages have been silent for the better part of the last 15 months. Theatre halls are empty, while the online screen lights are flickering.
But these are not the only kind of interferences currently limiting freedom of artistic expression in Europe. We see nationalist cultural policies, intrusion from anti-liberal governments into artistic decision-making and the nomination processes for theatres’ artistic leaderships, financial pressure for publicly-funded houses… The covid-19 pandemic has mostly revealed and exacerbated challenges that already existed.
How can theatre stay an open democratic space, reflecting the multiple stories of our contemporary, multi-faceted communities, when it is either made invisible and silent - or forced to comply with nationalist retellings of history and culture? Can international exchange show us the way out, or is international artistic cooperation in danger?
11:30 – 11:45 CET
11:45 – 12:30 CET
Presentations Artists in Residency 2021 & Speed Meetings
Meet the ETC Artists in Residency 2021 and (re)connect with them and your European colleagues through speed meetings
with Beata Szczucińska, President of E:UTSA & Chancellor of The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw
Júlia Lévai, ETC Scholars / Artists in Residence Programme, National Theatre Belgrade; Zsófia Rebeka Kozma, ETC Scholars / Artists in Residence Programme, National Theatre Belgrade, Schauspielhaus Graz
12:30 – 13:00 CET
Gender Equality & Diversity in European Theatres: Self-Monitoring Tools
With Sarah Sepulchre, Professor at UC Louvain; Annalisa Casini, Professor at UC Louvain, and Holly Tarquini, Executive Director of FilmBath and Founder of F-Rating
Moderation: Hélène Gauthier, ETC Project Manager & Network Manager
Following the Publication of ETC’s study on Gender Equality & Diversity in European Theatres on 8 March 2021, a few tools will be presented, for self-monitoring and making your theatre’s progress visible within your structure and to your audience.
13:00 – 14:00 CET
Individual Lunch Breaks
14:00 – 17:00 CET
ENGAGE Festival: New European Drama: Collaborative Readings & Meeting with the Authors
with Patty Kim Hamilton, Ondřej Novotný and Casper Vanderputte.
Moderation: Karla Mäder, Head Dramaturg at Schauspielhaus Graz, & ETC Drama Committee
With the objectives to highlight European contemporary playwrights and their work, create a pool of interesting contemporary texts for ETC Members and support the international trajectory of text-based theatre plays through translation, the ETC Drama Committee has selected three contemporary plays that are being be translated into English:
- SEX PLAY, by Patty Kim Hamilton (Deutsches Theater Berlin/Germany),
- Otec hlídá dceru, by Ondřej Novotný (National Theatre Prague/Czech Republic)
- Sweet Sixteen, by Casper Vanderputte (de Toneelmakerij/The Netherlands)
Join your European colleagues to read and actively discover those plays together and meet the authors for Q&A sessions after the readings!
Friday 11 June 2021
10:00 – 10:30 CET
ETC General Assembly
10:30 – 10:35 CET
10:35 – 11:05 CET
Project Pitching & Invitations to Collaborate
If you already have concrete project ideas or want to put a call out for collaboration with other ETC Members, you can take the opportunity during the “Project Pitching & Invitations to Collaborate” session.
Please confirm your interest for this session by Tuesday 1 June and we will send you detailed information on how to prepare.
11:05 – 11:30 CET
Coffee Break & Way to "Climate Pavilion"
11:30 - 12:15 CET
Closing ENGAGE: Policy Recommendations on Digital, Youth & Participatory Theatre
With Barbara Gessler, Head of Unit Creative Europe, Heidi Wiley, ETC Executive Director, and the ETC Board of Directors
Moderated by Tere Badia, Secretary General, Culture Action Europe
ETC’s four year programme “ENGAGE – Empowering today's audience through challenging theatre", co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, is coming to an end in August 2021.
This session will be dedicated to sharing with theatres and for policy-makers our learnings and recommendations gathered during those four years, on the subjects of Digital, Youth and Participatory Theatre and Dramaturgies.
12:15 – 12:45 CET
Closing ENGAGE: Action Plan for Green Theatres
with ETC Green Theatre Committee, Frank Holldack, Head of Design & Costume, Schauspielhaus Graz, Breathe Earth Collective 2021, Architects of Climate Pavilion
Moderation: Heidi Wiley, ETC Executive Director
In the frame of ETC’s ENGAGE programme and our focus on sustainability this season, ETC Member theatres have jointly developed an Action Plan for Green Theatres, which will be presented to the whole network during this session.
12:45 – 13:00 CET
Closing Words: Looking Forward
Networking on the Conference Platform
Many open meeting spaces will be available for you on the conference platform to share informal discussions with ETC colleagues. You can also plan a meeting with other participants!
Is there a person or theatre within the ETC network who you would like to meet and talk to? Let us know and we will do our best to connect you.