The European Theatre Convention (ETC):
An Artistic Platform for Creation, Innovation and Collaboration
As the largest network of public theatres in Europe, the ETC has more than 40 European Member Theatres from over 20 countries, reflecting the diversity of Europe’s vibrant cultural sector. Founded in 1988, the 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.
ETC fosters an inclusive notion of theatre that brings Europe’s social, linguistic and cultural heritage to audiences and communities in Europe and beyond. Powerful and professional ETC governance ensures that the network will thrive and grow, taking into consideration the latest trends and developments.
The ETC’s current four-year ENGAGE programme offers our members many opportunities and project possibilities. This comprehensive, groundbreaking programme is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
European Theatre Lab: Drama goes digital – short project description
Duration: October 2016 – September 2018
Europe’s first virtual think tank devoted to researching the theatre of the future
The digital shift changes how we create, share and monetise content, including theatrical works. European theatre needs to increase civic engagement by bringing theatre to new audiences and sectors – through instruments such as participatory theatre and new technologies that break down barriers, encourage dialogue and help Europe’s rich cultural tradition thrive. In light of these challenges, the ETL brings together 6 of Europe’s leading theatres and scientists in the pursuit to use new technology to bring Europe’s stages into our communities and online.
Stage Your City is a project of the partner theatres Centre Dramatique National Nancy-Lorraine, Théâtre de la Manufacture (F), Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (DE) and Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre (GE), coproduced by the European Theatre Convention (ETC) as part of the European Theatre Lab: Drama goes digital. The European Theatre Lab is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU.
“Stage Your City” is merging the trends of digitisation and participatory theatre. It plays with augmented, mixed and virtual reality, 360° video, gaming elements and an app-guided audio walk. The participatory approach encourages the audience to co-create the way out of a dystopian fairy tale: In the future the city will be controlled by an artificial intelligence called Zigmagora. The participants are asked to explore their city interactively, focusing on topics like future health, security, identity – and love.