The European dimension of OUR STAGE – 4th EUROPEAN BÜRGERBÜHNE FESTIVAL is underlined by partnering up with the European Theatre Convention (ETC). Founded in 1988, ETC is now the largest network of public theatres in Europe and is proud to count the Staatsschauspiel Dresden among its 40 members representing more than 20 countries. ETC promotes European theatre as a vital platform for dialogue, democracy and interaction that responds to, reflects and engages with today’s diverse audiences and changing societies.
Participatory theatre is a core pillar of ETC’s current four-year ENGAGE programme, together with digital and youth theatre in order to promote theatre formats for larger and more diverse audiences to enjoy and discover theatre performances. This comprehensive, groundbreaking programme is supported by the CREATIVE EUROPE programme of the European Union. In its role of network, ETC aims at introducing the idea of Bürgerbühne as a new form of creative community outreach via artistic collaboration and as a new artistic business model at a pan-European level.
Staatsschauspiel Dresden and OUR STAGE – 4th EUROPEAN BÜRGERBÜHNE FESTIVAL are moreover the host of the beannual ETC International Theatre Conference in May 2019, so the participatory theatre form and its future developments will be explored internationally with performing arts professionals of ETC Member Theatres and guest experts.www.etc-cte.org