Every year a community of artists, spectators and operators meet in a special time and space, Short Theatre. A community founded on words, views, contact and the right distance. You can take part in a performance, a workshop or a conversation. Short Theatre is a chance for thinking and talking, for explaining a problem and investigating its consequences. Short Theatre is the right moment for a question and a few answers, and then for more questions.
This year Short Theatre presents projects that will show the audience the heart of theatre-making: workshop open to the public, non-show performances where the spectator is also the performer, shows with a peculiar set and dramaturgy that invade and get invaded by reality. With the support of European networks and Cultural Institutes, this edition will host even more international artists and more countries will be represented. Once again, the theme is contemporary dramaturgy, with a special focus on choreography and stage presence.
This year’s edition will take many forms: performances, meetings, training courses, dj sets and concerts, installations and open conversations.
Short Theatre does not represent generations or trends, but every year it tries to start a conversation and describe an idea of theatre-making, offering a chance to conquer new frontiers, once again and always conquerable.
BE FESTIVAL turns the notion of conventional theatre upside down. It crosses borders, creative disciplines and blurs the boundary between audience and artist.
The festival grew out of a spirit of exchange prevalent in Birmingham’s arts scene in 2010. Inspired by positive experiences touring to European festivals, Isla Aguilar, Miguel Oyarzun and Mike Tweddle were met with great enthusiasm to the idea of a new arts festival in Birmingham and soon fleshed out a plan on the back of a napkin at a Birmingham curry house. And so BE FESTIVAL was born.
BE FESTIVAL (shortened from Birmingham European Festival) takes place annually in June at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Each year a daring and innovative programme of boundary pushing theatre, dance, comedy, circus, music, visual and performing arts takes place turning the theatre’s rarely seen backstages into a den of creativity, discovery and exchange where diverse cultures are celebrated.
The BE ethos is firmly grounded in a sense of community and democracy. The festival wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the generosity of our hosts who open their doors to visiting artists and the many volunteers who become the backbone of BE leading up to and during the festival.
The youth performance programme, BE NEXT engages and empowers young Birmingham based artists performing a new piece of work on the last night of each festival. Many of young people speak English as a second language reflecting the diversity of the city and the international community of the festival. Since 2013 the project has expanded beyond the week of the festival and we have worked with different partners to provide performance opportunities and host the workshops throughout the year. BE FESTIVAL has a touring wing taking “The Best of BE” around the UK and Spain and continues to grow its wings.
The International Theater Festival (MESS) was first created in 1960 under the name, Festival malih eksperimentalnih scena Jugoslavije (Festival of Small and Experimental Scenes of Yugoslavia).
It was launched by Jurislav Korjenić, a theater visionary and enthusiast.
MESS was held even during the Siege of Sarajevo and, among their many other performances, the festival team put on the cult show, “Waiting for Godot”, which was directed by Susan Sontag in 1993 in Sarajevo.
The festival itself is actually comprised of several different programs: World MESS is dedicated to plays from other continents; Mittel Europe MESS brings performances from Southeastern, Southern and Eastern Europe; Children MESS is intended for youngsters and Future MESS continues the tradition of the Festival of Small and Experimental Scenes by presenting the works of young and innovative theater professionals.
There is also MESS OFF, which features a concert program and exhibitions, as well as MESS Workshops, which make contributions toward the education of young theater artists from BiH and the region.
Today MESS is the most prominent theater festival in Southeastern Europe and it’s the reason why so many international theater stars come to Sarajevo every year in early autumn.
Every year, at the end of June, the latest crop of performing artists will flood the city of Amsterdam. Graduating actors, dancers, mime artists, (film) directors and other performing artists – national and international – will make their first appearance at several professional theatres in the cityheart of Amsterdam.
The International Theatre School Festival Amsterdam is one the biggest European student festival where you can scout over 200 theatre talents in more than 50 unique productions. It is a wonderful opportunity to catch a glimpse of how the performing arts will look in the coming years. Alongside the productions, the festival programme is filled with inspiring debates, lectures and workshops.
A festival to be overwhelmed by the great energy, sincerity and candour of the young theatre makers’ efforts to realise their dreams – straight from the heart and with unique faith and determination.
1031 CL Amsterdam
ACT, has been run by BAI, Theatre School of Bizkaia, for the last 12 years.
ACT 2015 wants to be a point of reference not only for emerging artists of the Performing Arts and professionals but also for the public in general. ACT is a launching pad of new performing arts, and organizes its contest programme, as well as meetings and the interchanges between the participants.
The festival also offers the space to share experiences during the informal events like the lunch, dinner and night parties. Together, an environment to meet is shaped.
Post Box 182
Apart from the partner festivals, the network is in close relation with some other festivals, defined as ‘affliated partners’ like:
ItSelf Festival, Warsaw, Poland