ETC European Theatre Convention presents Young Europe
Initiated by the European Theatre Convention, in the wake of a successful 1st edition, the 2nd edition of the project “Young Europe” is bowing out and is leaving behind it a great series of achievements.
Eight renowned public theatres, in seven different countries, have created and performed across Europe, six new European multilingual theatre plays for young audiences, all with the aim to integrate young people in the creative process whether as young writers, young actors or by working with theatre pedagogues on specific themes to provide playwrights with material based on young people's views. Before closing the page of Young Europe 2, we want to share with you the many different actions the project supported, elaborating new and multilingual ways to work with and for young people in theatre. We hope you find them inspiring for your own work!
Young Europe 2 festival and Young Europe Talent Campus

During the Young Europe 2 festival, organised from May 13-16 and hosted by the Theater an der Parkaue in Berlin, the only State theatre in Germany dedicated to young audiences, over 100 theatre professionnals from 7 different partner theatres accross Europe were offered the floor to present their new theatre plays. Within an extensive professional and outreach programme, they meet the audience, exchanged on the experiences made over the last two years and discussed the various practices learned  to offer  artistic education in theatre in combination with the creation of new plays with and for multilingual young audiences.

In addition, the first Young Europe Talent Campus took place during the festival. The young people across Europe involved in the creative process became throughout four days the European jury and participated in a theatre critic workshop.

In collaboration with the German-speaking theatre online critic platform,, 4 talented Berlin students were selected to follow the unique event with the Young Europe festival blog in English and German. Click here to read

For glimpse of those 4 days in May, full of theatre and theatre passionate young people and theatre professionals, watch the video documentary of the festival in clicking here.


During the Young Europe 2 festival, the ETC proudly launched the publication “Young Europe: European drama repertoire for young audiences - A selection of five plays from Cyprus, France, Germany and The Netherlands edited in partnership with the publishing house "Theater der Zeit". The  publication contains full five plays in French/German, Dutch/Norwegian/English, English and German commissioned by the Young Europe project as well as an overview of the complete list of new plays elaborated within the project frame since 2008. Read more

You can order it online, in clicking here

8th IDEA World Congress

Over 800 people attended the major world event on artistic education organized by IDEA in Paris from July 7-13, 2013. With the experience made through the Young Europe project, the European Theatre Convention was invited to co-host one of the special interest group on “Writing for young audiences”. Marina Maleni, project coordinator of the participating partner theatre Cyprus Theatre Organisation, animated the session and not only shared the Young Europe practices with theatre professionals from around the world, but brought back to the European theatre community valuable new input.

Read the reports of the Special Interest Group

Young Europe 2 selected as best practice example for the Culture in Motion conference, October 2012

Young Europe 2 was selected as best practice example to be presented at the "Culture in Motion" conference : "European Audiences: 2020 and Beyond" in Brussels from October 15 - 17 October 2012, organized by the European Commission. The conference showcased 23 European cultural projects with a particular focus on audience development and how best cultural operators respond to the challenge of changing expectations of audiences. President of the ETC, Dubravka Vrgoč, was invited to present the project in the panel entitled "Hosting the audience: Cultural institutions under the microscope". Over 1,000 participants attended the conference.

More information


The Helsinki City Theatre introduced to the Young Europe partner theatres a new tool named "Noodi", which was developed as EU project with the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. Noodi is a free software tool for online playwrighting and was used as part of Young Europe by the Helsinki City Theatre and the Theater an der Parkaue to create the play "15.15". Both theatres selected each 4 young people from Berlin and Helsinki to write with the guidance of 2 dramaturges from each theatre every week new texts based on the theme  "Chaos", which were then compiled and transformed into a final play. "15:15". While the writing was done in English, the final text was translated into Finnish and German, language of both staged productions. The bilingual writing collective of the young people, named "Berlinki", was awarded the annual price for a world's premiere by the Arts Promotion Institut Finnland.

Go to Noodi

Young Europe social media hub

To engage in a lively interactive process over 2 years, across European borders, across languages and to make visible the work of young people and theatre professionals, the ETC developed an interactive social media hub as part of the projects. The theatres and interested visitors can share at any time, pictures, videos, and comment on the project and the plays.

Visit the Young Europe 2 website

"Young Europe" offered the opportunity to more than 150 theatre professionals to meet, exchange, discuss and work together, inventing new theatrical forms and involving for the 1st time young people in the creative process. Over 6000 young people discovered new plays in theatres or in their classrooms and were linguistically stimulated while watching at multilingual plays in French, German, Norwegian, Hungarian, Greek, Dutch, Finnish and English. Thanks to Young Europe 1 and Young Europe 2, 16 public theatres in Europe gained new competences to develop plays for young audiences in a European environment. Finally Young Europe reinforced the debate on multilingualism in theatre and proved that theatre is reinventing itself while constantly on the search for new audiences trying out new aesthetic theatre work. 

The ETC would like to thank

Cyprus Theatre Organisation (Cyprus)
Miskolc National Theatre (Hungary)
Helsinki City Theatre (Finland)
Theater an der Parkaue (Germany)
Det Norske Teatret (Norway)
De Toneelmakerij (the Netherlands)
Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Germany)
TJP Strasbourg / CDN D’Alsace 

for their artistic work, and all their efforts to implement together with the ETC Berlin office the project Young Europe 2. 

In addition, the ETC would like to thank the European Commission and the Fondation Hippocrène for their support.

Note for editors

Founded in 1988, the European Theatre Convention is the leading pan-European network of public theatres in more than 20 countries whose aims are to promote contemporary European drama and theatre creation, artistic education and linguistic diversity in theatre. Central to ETC’s work is the support and international promotion of young European theatre talents, the mobility of artists through exchange programs, the creation of a platform for theatre education and drama schools as well as the initiation of new audience development strategies. The ETC is also a professional platform for theatre makers that encourages intercultural dialogue, organizes meetings, invests in education and training opportunities and initiates research and publications. As member of the European civil society platforms “Access to Culture”, “Creative and Cultural Industries” and consortium partner of, the ETC established a structured dialogue within the cultural sector and the European commission and presents pragmatic proposals that correspond to the theatrical reality in Europe today.

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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.