Next ETC General Assembly hosted by the National Theatre of Albania in Tirana 21 – 24 March 2013
European Theatre - the chance to be different!
In 2013 the ETC turns a quarter of a century old and we are very much looking forward to celebrating with you this 25th anniversary throughout the year with many planned activities.
The General Assembly in Tirana, Albania, will be an important moment, not just to look back, but to look forward. Joined by other European performing art networks we want to address common challenges for theatre in Europe - while each theatre has the chance to be different, just like the people of Europe.
Founded by 3 theatres in 1988 in France, Germany and Belgium, the ETC has developed since then to become the now largest pan-European network of public theatres with members represented in over 20 countries. The political and cultural landscape drastically changed over those years: the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 marked the beginning of a new era with Europe now becoming a key dimension for our national societies, and the Internet and digital technologies were born and irrevocably changed the habits of cultural and creative production and consumption.
Within those times of change, theatre and the way we work, network, collaborate and create also evolved. It is not without some pride that we feel very lucky to bring together under the umbrella of the ETC the numerous member theatres, the creative spirit from so many theatre makers from across Europe to promote theatre and theatre talents. But above all, in 2013 we want to look forward into the future of theatre and redefine its role in our cities and societies along the rhythm of change. Theatre, as diverse as our European cultures, remains an art that bridges languages, generations and cultures. In our current times of crisis and recession, the ETC plays an important role, not just in representing the needs of its members on an EU level, but to strengthen each member and offer the space for exchange and collaboration - hence increasing mutual understanding.