ETC European Theatre Convention presents Young Europe
2012/10/10
ETC PIONEERS NEW EUROPEAN REPERTORY OF CONTEMPORARY CLASSROOM PLAYS
Dates of the premieres

October 2012 - A series of plays which are part of a new and pioneering European repertory of contemporary plays for the classroom and the stage are premiering in venues across Europe over the coming months. The plays, which are the result of an initiative by the European Theatre Convention (ETC) with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Commission, are multilingual works created with and for young people in collaboration with professional theatre-makers.

> 16 October 2012: Fragen Fragen, Questionner les questionsTJP, Strasbourg (France)

(Fragen Fragen premiered in Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany, in June 2012)

> 26 October 2012Miskolc National Theatre, Miskolc (Hungary)

> 6 November 2012: 15:15Helsinki City Theatre (Finland)

> December 2012 : Cyprus Theatre Organisation, Nicosia (Cyprus)

> 23 January 2013: 15:15Theater an der Parkaue, Berlin (Germany)

> 22 February 2013:IK/EGDet Norske Teatret, Oslo (Norway)

> 12 March 2013: IK/EGDe Toneelmakerij, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

> 13 – 18 May 2013: Young Europe 2 festival – Theater an der Parkaue, Berlin (Germany)

Young Europe 2 at the European Commission Culture in Motion conference

Young Europe has also been selected to be presented as a model of best practice at the Conference ‘Culture in Motion: European Audiences 2020 and Beyond’, organized by the European Commission in Brussels on 16 and 17 October 2012.  President of the ETC, Dubravka Vrgoc will discuss Young Europe as part of a panel titled Hosting the audience: Cultural institutions under the microscope.

Further information
Young Europe since 2008

In 2008 the ETC began a project which would create a space for young students to discover not only the pleasure but the relevance of theatre to their lives. That project was called Young Europe: Young Creation and Education in Theatre and was based on a number of interactive youth workshops, conferences and collaborations led by 11 venue partners in eight different countries. Across a cultural and linguistic divide new theatre works were created that presented young people’s own reflections and realities of a new Europe.  Questions of migration, civil violence, citizenship, identity and ‘the other’ all came up in the students’ discussions. The resulting work, developed into plays by the affiliated theatre professionals and translated into the languages of the students involved, had premieres in the classrooms and theatre spaces they originated from as well as in a specially organized Festival and at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, in 2010.  Further tours to other schools in other countries were organized bringing the final figure of young people who were either involved in or attended a performance of the plays to 20,000, and a new, exciting way of exploring cultural contexts of theatre-making for young Europeans was born. 

Since 2010 Young Europe 2: Multilingual Creation and Education in Theatre, has developed the project even further. With a greater emphasis on multi-lingualism, 8 ETC member theatres initiated collaborations between theatre professionals and school groups in their home countries of France and Germany, Cyprus and Hungary, Finland and Germany and Norway and the Netherlands.  This time young people were involved more in the creative process and an exciting exchange of ideas through social media and online forums as well as in the traditional spaces of school and stage culminated in a further four new works.  The plays have been translated into 8 languages and again reflect present-day Europe through the eyes of Europe’s young citizens. Set to receive their premieres in European schools and theatres, the plays will also be presented at a Young Europe 2 Festival at the Theater an der Parkaue in Berlin, Germany’s only state theatre for children and young people, from 13 – 18 May 2013.

As part of the Young Europe 2 Festival the first ever Young Europe Talent Campus will also be held. This is a platform for project participants to continue exchanging ideas and building long lasting relationships beyond their own national boundaries. The campus originated in May of this year with a conference at the Miskolc National Theatre, Hungary.

Commenting on the Young Europe project, Doris Pack, President of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament, Germany, and the patron of Young Europe 2 says, ‘Culture serves as an important source of creativity and innovation. As there are various cultures in the European Union, cultural diversity has thus always been one of the European cornerstones in order to promote the intercultural dialogue between the different member states. For me it is consequently crucial that young European citizens learn to be receptive and open to other cultures and languages.”

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Note for editors

The European Theatre Convention (ETC) founded in 1988, is a non-profit-making membership organization representing the publicly funded theatre sector in over 20 countries.  It’s aims are to create, protect and promote the art of theatre and its linguistic diversity in Europe and beyond; to act as a transnational theatre network to foster cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue; to act as a platform for professional exchange, development and capacity building of theatre-makers in an international context and to advocate for the public theatre sector at EU, member state and local levels.

Further information
Press contact

For further information, press images or details on attending performances / the Young Europe 2 Festival, please contact: Project Assistant, Elsa Varenne at evarenne@etc-cte.org or Press & Communications Manager, Siobhan Colgan at scolgan@etc-cte.org

For further information, please contact
/ Pour plus d'informations, veuillez contacter

Elsa Varenne (project coordination and press):
evarenne@etc-cte.org

Heidi Wiley (General Secretary of the European Theatre Convention):
hwiley@etc-cte.org

Executive office / Bureau exécutif
c/o Deutsches Theater - Schumannstr. 13 a - 10117 Berlin - Germany/ Allemagne
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EU office / Bureau européen
c/o European House for Culture
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“Young Europe 2” is an artistic education project developed under the umbrella of the European Theatre Convention.

“Young Europe 2” est un projet d’éducation artistique développé sous l’égide de la Convention Théâtrale Européenne.