|ETC - European Theatre Convention|
IntroductionThe European Theatre Convention (ETC) is a public theatre membership network founded in 1988 to promote contemporary play writing, to support the mobility of artists and to develop the artistic exchange throughout Europe. The ETC advocates for the sector on a political level, intensifies the relations with the future theatre audience and encourages the intercultural dialogue between theatre professionals through outstanding common multilingual artistic projects.
Counting today 38 member theatres in 23 countries, the ETC has become the most important pan-European public theatre network.
The ETC is legally represented by the board of directors: the president, two vice presidents, a general secretary, a treasurer plus four additional board members (representing seven different countries). According to the statutes, the board of directors determines the ETC policy and its activity programme to be ratified by the General Assemblies, which take place twice a year.
The ETC management is assigned to the General Delegation office in order to implement the ETC policy. The main office is located within the premises of the National French Theatre Centre in Paris, another office is situated within the Comedie de Saint Etienne.
The ETC is an artistic network to foster European theatre collaboration and to engage in the multicultural dialogue amongst theatre professionals and with the audience.
With its members, the ETC advocates throughout its programmes and across Europe for the emergence of a European identity and the linguistic diversity on European stages with a focus on activities for young people.
The ETC promotes and defends the richness of European languages in contemporary drama and has established a wide range of artistic activities.
Three working committees have been created within the board of directors to enforce the activities of European theatre institutions within three domains: “Artistic education”, “Project development and festivals”, “Political affairs”.
• Encourages transnational mobility of artists and theatre professionals with its « staff and performance exchange programmes»
• Disseminates and circulates European drama works
• Initiates paneuropean collaboration projects focusing on young audiences and young professionals to strengthen a European identification: “Young Europe – young creation and education in theatre” , “Theatre Youth Forum”
• Offers mobility for the European public: all subscribers of each member theatre have free access to a performance of another member theatre (speaking a different language) across and beyond Europe with the programme «European Theatre Public»
• Supports the translation of works with translation and staging residencies: “TRAMES” or “Transfer – Translation on Stage”
• Opens new public spaces for the encounters between theatre and audiences and brings multilingual performances into classrooms or train stations, e.g. “Theatre Orient Express”
• Organises international professional workshops
• Holds two pan-european meetings per year to offer theatre professionals a platform to exchange know-how and best practices and initiate collaboration project development
• Publishes and disseminates the biannual selection of Europe’s best contemporary drama plays “European Theatre Today”
• Represents its members and the Theatre of the European society on its interactive website
• Advocates as member of the following structured dialogue platforms between the European civil society and the European Commission for the sector: Access to Culture, Cultural and Creative Industries and Multilingualism for the sector
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