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ETC Newsletter Spring 2013    
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ETC Funding News
ETC network supported by the European Commission

EU grant approved
The European Theatre Convention (ETC) is delighted to announce that it has again been awarded an annual operating grant from the EU Cultural Programme (Strand 2).  The ETC, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, was one of 17 from 88 European cultural organisations to receive financial support for its work in 2013. This funding will enable the ETC to develop the significant intercultural work that it carries out as the leading public theatre network in Europe with more than 40 members in over 20 countries.   Full details here
Onwards with the Art of Ageing
Project funding approved by the European Commission
The ETC was also selected to receive grant aid for the Art of Ageing, a major intercultural research and new play creation project which engages with the realities and challenges of an ageing society and what it means to Europe today. It will run from 2013 to 2015 and will involve 8 leading theatres from Germany, UK, Romania and Croatia.  
Leading European Performing Arts Networks join next ETC Conference
ETC General Assembly, Tirana, Albania, 21 -24 March
The next ETC General Assembly hosted by the National Theatre of Albania is due to take place in Tirana, from 21-24 March 2013.  Three leading European performing arts networks  (European Festival Association, ITI and mitos21), have been invited by the ETC to join the conference as guest participants in a series of debates around the conference theme ‘European Theatre – A Chance to be Different!’. Full details here
New Perspectives for New Times
ETC Spring Theatre Tour, 18-24 April

In the year that it celebrates a quarter century of achievements as Europe’s largest theatre network, the ETC aims to demonstrate how public theatres are interacting with and challenging Europe in this time of tumultuous transition. To do so it offers a unique opportunity to key opinion leaders,  young artists and other theatre professionals to travel this April to eight ETC member theatres across West to Eastern Europe.  Those theatres are - Staatstheater Stuttgart, Germany, Théâtre de la Place, Liège, Belgium, , Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Switzerland, Teatro Metastasio di Prato - Stabile della Toscana, Prato, Italy, Slovenian National Theatre,Maribor, Slovenia, Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava, Slovakia  and Zagreb Youth Theatre (z/k/m), Zagreb, Croatia.

While guests on the bus will join diverse local audiences in watching an inspiring mix of productions in each selected venue, the theatres will all promote a specific theme which reflects or questions a central consideration relevant to them in the context of European culture today.  These themes will be addressed through a series of enlivening talks, activities, on-site tours and rehearsals, both at the theatres and during the bus journey itself.

More details here
Celebrating the multilingual theatre project Young Europe 2 in Berlin
2nd Young Europe Festival & 1st Young Europe Talent Campus 13-16 May

From 13 to 16 May, the European Theatre Convention presents in collaboration with the Theater an der Parkaue in Berlin the 2nd Young Europe festival and the 1st Young Europe Talent Campus. All productions which were developed in the framework of "Young Europe 2: Multilingual Creation and Education" will be presented in their own languages.

Apart from discovering theatre productions from Cyprus, Hungary, Norway, The Netherlands, France, Finland and Germany, audiences can talk to the theatre-makers and the young people in order to exchange about intercultural artistic processes. All works dared to try new and wider possibilities with regard to young people's participation. Questions and experiences arising from this will be dealt with in post-show talks, discussions and workshops. Within the 1st Young Europe Talent Campus programme, 16 young Europeans are invited from each partners theatre to form a European jury entitled to present at the end of the festival their impressions about the plays.  

In addition, an experimental blog will be initiated in collaboration with and with the participation of 4 young people to follow every step of the festival and to keep the event alive for the online community.  
Full details here
Plenary Meeting of Civil Society Platform
A Plenary meeting of the Civil Society Platform, of which the ETC is a member, takes place today (8 March) in Brussels.  The meeting will discuss the positive reaction from the Commission to the Platforms earlier response to the Rethinking Education package, which highlighted the links between creativity, innovation and economic growth. The Commission’s initial acknowledgment of creativity, and performing arts in particular, as a key motivator for a multilingual, integrated and prosperous Europe, is a major achievement for the Platform. Further details about the Civil Society Platform here.
The 117th edition of the Internationale Maifestspiele (International May Festival), under the artistic direction of Dr. Manfred Beilharz, will transform the city of Wiesbaden into a stage showcasing international theatre treasures. Theatre fans in Wiesbaden can experience 35 festival days featuring 36 productions from 15 countries and 8 German premieres throughout the month of May.  Highlights include Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Händel’s Alessandro, (Opera),  Oedipus’ City from Deutsches Theater Berlin, the Misanthrope from Schauspielhaus Zürich and a second production of Woyzeck from Cameri Theatre Tel Aviv (Theatre). More details here
Roman Polák was named a new director of Drama starting January 1. 2013. This move was announced earlier by the General director of Slovak National Theatre Mr. Marián Chudovský. He is replacing Mr. Emil Horváth, a director and actor, who held this position since May 2011.More details here
In 2012 playwrights and theatre makers from the East Midlands embarked on unique voyages to inspire 7 new theatre shows.  Writer Andy Barrett went to Kosovo with ten little objects of hope and theatre artist Michael Pinchbeck went to Sarajevo to remember ice skaters Torvil and Dean’s 1984 Olympic-winning Bolero. On 7 April,  ‘Making Tracks’ sees Michael Pinchbeck, actor Ollie Smith and four performers from Sarajevo and Berlin share an extract from Finding Bolero after an intense week of devising and Andy Barrett discusses his collaboration with playwrights Jeton Naviraj and Arian Krasniqi from Kosovo to write a new play for a teenage audience. More details here
Staatstheaters Braunschweig present their second annual Intercultural Weekend from 7 to 10 March 2013. The festival, which was a huge success when it was organised for the first time last year, recognizes the cultural and artistic influences of the city’s richly diverse communities with a wonderful programme of performance, exhibitions, installations, debates and workshops aimed at stimulating dialogue, reflection and debate.  Braunschweig is home to people from 140 nations with the proportion of people with a migration background approximately 17 per cent.  The multiculturalism of the city is reflected in the Staatstheaters Braunschweig itself with people from a vast variety of ethic and racial background working either on the stages or behind the scenes.  For further information please check here
Manfred Beilharz, founder of the Theatre Biennale NEW PLAYS FROM EUROPE (together with Tankred Dorst and Ursula Ehler) at Staatstheater Wiesbaden, announces his new team of Artistic Directors for the next edition of the festival which takes place 19 – 29 June 2014. They are: Ann-Marie Arioli, festival dramaturge and currently working at the Theatre Chur (Switzerland), the Frankfurt writer and journalist Peter Michalzik and Manfred Beilharz. More details here
Other Network News
Europe of Theatres Festival 2013 Application
Applications for the Europe of Theatres Festival 2013 are being taken up until 21 March.  The festival is an initiative of the Maison d'Europe et d'Orient (MEO/House of Europe and the East) in partnership with Eurodram, the European network for theatre translation, and its core purpose is to promote theatre translations in Europe and in the neighbouring areas. Further information on or by contacting Anthony Smal on antsma@sildav.orgPlease click here.
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ETC’s events are jointly financed by its member theatres.
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Europe Culture Program The ETC project "European Theatre Lab: Drama goes digital" is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Le projet "European Theatre Lab: Drama goes digital" est cofinancé par le programme Europe créative de l'Union européen.
Federal Foreign Office The ETC project "Theatre is Dialogue - Dialogue of Cultures" is co-funded with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office.
Le projet de la CTE "Theatre is Dialogue - Dialogue of Cultures" est cofinancé par le Ministère fédéral des Affaires étrangères
Kulturstiftung des Bundes
Allianz Kulturstiftung... for Europe
The ETC project "NADIA" is co-funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and developed in cooperation with Allianz Kulturstiftung.
Le projet de la CTE "NADIA" est cofinancé par la Fondation culturelle de l'Etat fédéral et développé en coopération avec la Fondation culturelle d'Allianz