2013 ISPA June Congress to take place in Wroclaw from 17-22 June

11 April 2013

The Witold Lutosławski Philharmonic in Wrocław, founder of the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans, will manage the 27th June ISPA Congress of the International Society for the Performing Arts taking place in Wrocław, Poland from 17-22 June 2013. Register now as the early bird registration deadline ends on 12 April. The International Society for the Performing Arts is a non-profit organisation founded in 1948 in New York. ISPA embraces artists, arts managers and directors of cultural institutions and organizations active in the fields of theatre, music and dance. Among their members are the Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Kennedy Center, The Concertgebouw, Hong Kong Arts Festival, The Esplanade – Singapore, National Forum of Music – Poland, and many others, which can be found at The 27th June ISPA Congress in Wrocław will focus on ‘The Next Chapter’ of the performing arts. For the last 25 years the Central-Eastern European region has experienced significant changes in its social, economic and political life, and the artist has played a key role in the process of change. Through a series of panels, artistic programmes and networking the impact of these changes on the region and the world will be discussed. Panels and discussions will be led by performing arts institutions directors and managers as well as artists, ISPA members and guests from all over the world. In addition, artists and arts managers are invited to share and discover new cultural projects during the ‘Pitch New Works’ session (application until 4 April), as well as the ‘ProEX' information exchange fairs during the second day of the congress. Each June ISPA Congress also includes the ISPA Academy - two days of intensive sessions for emerging managers of culture led by leaders in performing arts field, among them also ISPA members (17–18 June 2013). The patronage of the ISPA Congress has already been taken by Bogdan Zdrojewski, the Ministry of Culture and Cultural Heritage of Poland, and Rafał Dutkiewicz, the President of Wrocław. The Wrocław Philharmonic also cooperates with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York. Furthermore, the organisation of the Congress by the Wrocław Philharmonic was a major advantage for the city of Wrocław as a candidate for the title of the European Capital of Culture in 2016.