European Theatre Forum 2020: European Performing Arts in Focus

9 November 2020

11-13 NOVEMBER 2020, ONLINE 

Read now the Dresden Declaration summarising the main points of discussion, commitments and requests of the European Theatre Forum.

The “European Theatre Forum 2020: European Performing Arts in Focus” is an international platform for vision, discourse, exchange, networking and policymaking to strategically strengthen the structurally highly fragmented theatre sector as one of Europe’s major art forms.  

The Forum will offer, for the first time, a European representation for the entire field of theatre and performing arts, within and outside Europe, gathering more than 150 theatre and performing arts representatives. It will take place during the festival "Fast Forward - European Theatre Festival for Young Directors" from 11 to 13 November 2020 online. In focus: Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the performing arts and perspectives for the sector.

Programme and speakers

During the three-day event, representatives of the European theatre and performing arts scene and key cultural policy makers will exchange views on current issues: theatre directors, artistic directors, choreographers, curators, dramaturg, actors, academics, cities and European representatives. Discover now all the speakers.  

The programme will be livestreamed online to offer open access and participation to the largest possible European professional audience.

LIVESTREAM: Available to watch anywhere in the world on the Livestream page.

Objectives of the European Theatre Forum

The aim of the European Theatre Forum is to make visible and promote the outstanding importance of theatre in Europe with its diversity of performance forms, across language barriers, both as an art form and an important public space for cultural-political dialogue. It establishes a creative dialogue process within the sector and with policymakers through partnership and international collaboration.

The three initiators - European Theatre Convention, International Theatre Institute Germany & Bundesverband freie darstellende Künste - will work with a Consortium of European theatre networks, that includes EFA, to coordinate a dialogue and work process in order to design the programme of this three-day high-level rendez-vous. Fabrizio Grifasi, General and Artistic Director of Romaeuropa, and Haris Pašović, Artistic Director of Mittelfest, represent EFA and the festivals community in preparatory meetings. 

Visit the European Theatre Forum's website for more information. 


The European Theatre Forum is an initiative of the European Theatre Convention, Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste and International Theatre Institute – German Centre, in the frame of the German EU Council Presidency, in cooperation with the German Minister of State for Culture and Media and the European Commission

Consortium Group 

Assitej InternationalBundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste (BFDK)Europe: Union of Theatre Schools and Academies (E:UTSA)European Association of Independent Performing Arts (EAIPA)European Festival Association (EFA)European Theatre Convention (ETC)IETMInternational Theatre Institute (ITI) – German Centremitos21Pearle*, Live Performance EuropePROSPEROUnion des Théâtres de l’Europe (UTE)