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IETM Rijeka: preliminary programme is now online!

IETM – International network for contemporary performing arts – is a network of over 450 performing arts organisations and individual members working in the contemporary performing arts worldwide: theatre, dance, circus, performance, interdisciplinary live art forms, new media. Their members include festivals, companies, producers, theatres, research and resource centers, universities and institutional bodies. IETM holds two plenary meetings a year in different European cities, and smaller meetings all over the world. Their upcoming plenary meeting will take place in Rijeka, from 24 October 2019 to 27 October 2019 and for all those who want to participate – the applications are open.

Please note that this is a preliminary version of the programme. The final version will follow soon.


Wednesday, 23 October

Pre-meeting trip


Thursday – Saturday, 24 – 26 October

Artistic programme unveiled
After a presentation of the meeting’s artistic programme, we will talk about the inherent tension between being representative and selective when programming.

Who’s there?
A session to introduce our new members, give advice to newcomers, connect faces to names, and an opportunity to ask questions about IETM. Everybody is welcome!

Newsround by new members
This Newsround session is a space for our new members to introduce themselves and their organisations, as well as their current projects, in a series of short (max 3 min) presentations. Apply now.

Sound & music theatre
Focusing on key questions related to sound and music theatre, this session will consist of presentations by local artists, a discussion and a short lecture about the situation of music theatre in Croatia.

IDEA working group

Training on audience engagement
Climate crisis – Zero waste event
How can we work internationally in the era of climate change? We will explore how sustainable tourism policies can be achieved through the adoption of “green” actions.

Advisors corner
An opportunity to meet with the IETM advisors, ask them your questions about the network and share your thoughts and possible recommendations.

Opening keynote: Are we doing it for the money?
A call for more democratic and art-centered public funding which supports all kinds of work – both created with the audience and for the audience.

Speaker: Goran Sergej Pristaš, BADco, Croatia

Rijeka 2020 participation programme: 27 neighborhoods / Artistic walk #1
Following an introduction to Rijeka 2020’s 27 neighborhoods programme, we will set out on a walk through the city to see its implementation first-hand.

Talk of the day
Between cultural democracy and cultural democratisation, what could be the role of participatory practices in fostering cultural participation, and what are the challenges for participation-oriented cultural strategies?

Speaker: Dea Vidovič, Kultura Nova Foundation, Croatia

What are contemporary performing arts for audiences?
How can we stop projecting the same expectations onto our audiences and open the performing arts to all?

Speaker: Zvonimir Dobrović, Domino, Croatia

Who is in the room?
Starting off by questioning whether we are there to mirror or create our audiences, we will attempt to gain a better understanding of performing arts audiences.

Balkan arts networks
We will explore the needs for a regional network for the Balkan performing arts sector.

Newsround by members and local participants
A series of short (max 3 min) presentations of current projects from our members and local participants – some of whom are still looking for partners. Apply now.

Education, mediation, empowerment
How to bring both the people to the arts and the arts to the people?

Speaker: Alma R. Selimović, Bunker, Slovenia

Audiences, the other creators of content
Discussion on how audiences can reclaim their role as a generator of meaning.

Digital community – opportunities and challenges
Session on how art organisations can master the public digital sphere to better connect with their audiences.

Speaker: Vuk Ćosić, Artist, Slovenia

Programming with the audience
How can we establish good programming that keeps on challenging our audiences?

Speaker: Luca Ricci, Kilowatt Festival, Italy
Moderator: Darko Lukić, Writer, Cultural Theorist and Playwright, Croatia

Talk of the day
In times of division and distrust, why is cultural participation a policy myth? How to foster real social and cultural inclusion and dialogue?

Speaker: Goran Tomka, Independent researcher, Serbia

Rijeka 2020 participation programme: Civil Initiatives and Green Wave / Artistic walk #2 & #3
Following an introduction to Rijeka 2020’s Civil Initiatives and Green Wave programmes, we will set out on a walk through the city to see their implementation first-hand.

Immersive creative processes
We will look at the different types of engagement that can result from the development of immersive performances.

Moderator: Simón Hanukai, Kaimera Productions, USA

Please turn off your cell phone
Reflection on what can be done to better engage and keep the new/non-traditional audiences.

The evaluation puzzle
Session on how to measure the impact of audience engagement policies and strategies.

Speaker: Vassilka Shishkova, Independent researcher, Bulgaria

Rural audiences
We will explore the differences between audiences in rural and urban areas.

Participatory governance
An analysis of the different models of participatory governance in the arts.

Culture of consent
How can we manage the risks involved in performer-audience interactions and how can we embed the culture of consent into our practises?

Moderator: Jenny Wilson, Irregular Arts, UK

Engagement: art & activism
Session on different ways the performing arts can connect with the citizens and contribute to changing societies.

Speaker: Andrej Mirčev, Academy of Art – Rijeka, Croatia
Moderator: Igor Stokfiszewski, Krytyka Polityczna, Poland

Forces of the market, take 2: Mapping IETM’s spheres of influence and imagined audiences
In many countries, the performing arts sector is focused on ‘market’. How does this emphasis on business practices, money and transactional relationships affect our behaviours, the art we make and our audiences?

Talks & Listens
An interactive discussion in which IETM members get to express their views on the role of art in society and the strategies that will help our sector survive and thrive.


Sunday, 27 October

Farewell brunch