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The European Theatre Convention (ETC) is a network of European public theatres founded in 1988 to promote contemporary drama theatre, to support the mobility of artists and to develop artistic exchange throughout Europe and beyond.
With high quality creative and innovative theatre projects the ETC seeks to reaffirm the role of theatre, its intrinsic subversive force to shape a European public space, offering access to culture for all generations. Connecting theatre makers and the citizens of Europe, the ETC employs theatre to support intercultural dialogue and with its activities, to develop intercultural competence in our increasingly diverse societies in a hyper-competitive world. To respond to these challenges the ETC represents the member European theatres and participates in the exchange of good practices and good ideas between European institutions, member states and civil society.
The ETC has become the largest pan-European network of its kind, representing over 40 member theatres in 25 countries, 8,000.000 theatre goers, more than 11,000 taxpaying people employed by public theatres, thousands of artists in over 20 countries and 16,000 performances and public events per year.
The ETC is an artistic theatre collaboration network developing international collaboration and artistic mobility projects with a focus on multilingualism, artistic education and European citizens in theatre.
The ETC is a professional platform for theatre makers that encourages intercultural dialogue, organizes meetings, invests in education and training opportunities and initiates research and publications in the fields of translation.
The ETC is an advocacy network representing the European public theatre sector on a political level and nurturing long-term structured relationships with European political institutions. The ETC is the only organization representing the interests of the public theatres in the official European policy decision -making process. Especially in times of increased competition for the shrinking arts and cultural budgets, due to severe cuts at national levels, it is crucial to strengthen the position of the European public theatres continuously.