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Bratislava, 29 November - 02 December 2018

 

 

The next ETC International Theatre Conference will take place from 29 November to 02 December 2018. It will be hosted by and at the Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava/Slovakia. 

 

 

 

About the conference: Diversity in Action


Diversity is at stake. Recent discussions such as #metoo and their consequences have shown that the theatre world needs to react to urgent questions of equality, as well as ethnic and societal diversity. Focusing on “Diversity in Action”, the conference programme aims at discussing the different aspects of diversity within the theatre world, sharing best practices and developing a European Code of Conduct for ETC Member Theatres.

Taking place six months prior to the European Parliament Election in May 2019, the conference will also offer the possibility to discuss the future role of theatre in European cultural policy and ETC’s future initiatives to foster the importance of European theatre.

Keynote speeches by international experts, interactive formats such as panel discussions and tables talks as well as a space for networking with peers and colleagues from all over Europe characterise the programme of the next ETC International Theatre Conference in Bratislava, together with performances of Slovak National Theatre. 

 

The ETC International Theatre Conference is an exclusive event for ETC Member Theatres and invited guests.

 

 

SND Bratislava and the European Theatre Convention - a longstanding important relation

 

End of February 2009, my first visit as newly appointed head of ETC took me to Bratislava to join the proudly established new project Young Europe – Young Education and Creation in Theatre. A 3-day conference at the Slovak National Drama Theatre kicked off the project, which turned out to become ten years later one of ETC’s major activities, which received recognition as European success story by the European Commission. Maybe the fact, that at the time European Commissioner for Culture, Mr. Jan Figel, also came to the theatre to discuss with the participants the importance of such work in developing a new European drama repertory for young people to identify with, was a good omen.

 

Since then, the relation between the SND and ETC has constantly evolved and reflected the ongoing developments of the theatre as part of our international collaboration. With Roman Polak arriving as new head of drama, the ETC European Theatre Spring Tour stopped in April 2013 in Bratislava celebrating 25 years of ETC in Slovakia, representing the Visegrad countries. The newly created festival Eurokontext.sk in 2014 invited various theatre productions from ETC Member Theatres, it was an important occasion for the ETC board members to gather in Bratislava and we presented European drama tendencies at a panel discussion.

 

However, another highlight for me in the last years marked the successful collaboration of the SND as part of the European funded Art of Ageing project and its international co-production Fen Fires by the Georgian-German playwright Nino Hartischwili, a bilingual performance with Deutsches Theater Berlin (Germany) starring Dušan Jamrich, Emília Văsáryova, Gabriele Heinz and Erich Wehlan from both theatres. Using as starting point history and real-life issues that dominated the lives in the neighboring countries, divided by the Iron Curtain, the play showed to audiences in Berlin and Bratislava how the political level affected lives of ordinary people and how the stories of those are intertwined today, nearly 30 years after 1989. As Christa Müller, ETC Honorary Member and dramaturge of the co-production, put it: “I was thrilled to discover that our play would be a success – despite a few difficulties, for example there were language comprehension problems in this bilingual production, and that we assembled a dream team.”

 

SND has joined ETC in 2000, even before Slovakia joined the European Union. We are very pleased that this long-lasting relationship between our organisations has shown the strengths of international partnerships and collaborations connecting artists and audiences across language borders. We thank the entire SND team and its head of drama Mr. Michal Vajdička for their invitation to bring together the European theatre community this autumn in Bratislava and look much forward to the ETC International Theatre Conference Diversity in Action from 29 November to 02 December 2018.

  

Heidi Wiley
ETC Executive Director

 

 

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