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World Stage Design 2021 / World Congress of OISTAT /CITT/ICTS Rendez-vous

The International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OISTAT) has chosen Calgary, Alberta, Canada as the next destination for World Stage Design (WSD2021). From August 5th to 15th, 2021 the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) with the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology/Institut canadien des technologies scénographiques (CITT/ICTS), Canada’s OISTAT […]

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For Free Theatre and Independent Culture

Artists have published a petition against the destruction of Hungarian cultural life: Dear Members of Parliament! The government is about to systematically destroy cultural life in our country! According to a new bill they plan: – to bulldoze the National Cultural Fund – to give the minister of human resources the right to appoint directors […]

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Drastic cuts for theatre in Flanders

From 1.1. 2020, the Flemish Prime Minister Jan Jambon, member of the right-wing nationalist party Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (N-VA), will decrease the cultural budget of Flanders by a total of 22 million Euros. Subsidies for large institutions will be cut by either 3 % or 6 %. Funding for independent projects, amateur arts and socio-cultural organisations […]

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La Fenice after the floods and before the start of the season

After the tidal waves of the last few days, when the peak of 110 cm was reached for the first time in several decades and damage amounting to more than 30 million euros was caused, the city begins to clean up. According to the Milan daily „Corriere della Sera“, 3,000 young people arrived from all […]

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Call for help from Tel Aviv

For the first time I have to resort to ask your support for our major theatrical project, the Alfa Theatre, Tel Aviv. In its 9 years of existence, our theatre, combined with the Academy of Performing Arts, has produced non-commercial theatre productions, involving professional actors both Jews and Arabs; trained actors for stage, TV and […]

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We introduce: the Oistat Ballet

We introduce: the Oistat Ballet The executive committee and the governing board meet for a three-day meeting in Oslo. The hosts are the Norwegian OIstat Centre, the Academy of Fine Arts (here on the photo of the ballet rehearsal room) and Creo – the union for arts and culture.  

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World Performing Arts Capital

Shanghai and Wrocław are the two pilot cities for a project that the ITI World Federation counts among its most prestigious: They will be the first cities to bear the title „World Performing Arts Capital“ for one year from May 2021. The project will be accompanied by an advisory board under the auspices of UNESCO, […]

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The European Union (EU) awarded funds for a three-year grant-making programme to support human rights defenders (HRDs) in Turkey

A Comprehensive Support to Human Rights Defenders in Turkey program has been funded by the European Union. The project aims to protect human rights defenders at risk and to support human rights defender organizations in Turkey. The project will give priority to those who are working in the most difficult situations such as remote areas […]

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Egypt: Crackdown of Freedom of Expression and Assembly

An outburst of anti-government protests began September 20 in Egypt. The government has instated a harsh anti-protest law, is leveling falsified charges to quash media outlets that confront the established national narrative, introducing a law that fines journalists for reporting “false news,” and prosecuting individuals who express different religious or political viewpoints with punishments of […]

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Tadeusz Kantor, Virtual Reality and Tinguely’s Machines in Basel

The Tinguely Museum in Basel is dedicating a special exhibition to the Polish avant-garde theatre man Tadeusz Kantor from October this year to 5 January 2020. The exhibition also includes a virtual reality performance Croterie by Auriea Harvey and Michael Samyn based on Kantor’s play of the same name. Tadeusz Kantor lived from 1915 to […]

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WhatsApp also dangerous for directors!

Mahmut Canbay, director of a Hamburg Mut Theatre, has been arrested on his arrival in Turkey. Canbay told the German Press Agency on Friday that he had been interrogated for eight hours. He was banned from entering the country on Thursday evening. According to Hamburger Abendblatt, Canbay is a German Turk of Kurdish descent and […]

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Public battle for a theatre

„Long live the theatre!“, „Down with the dictatorship!“. In Albania’s capital Tirana, artists and citizens occupy the National Theatre in order to save it from demolition. by Lindita Komani in taz from 30.07.2019, see also here: https://blog.dthg.de/albania-will-the-national-theatre-be-demolished The National Theatre of Albania has been the scene of protests for a year and a half, first […]

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Dutch lighting designer Henk van der Geest has passed away after a serious illness.

Dutch lighting designer Henk van der Geest has passed away after a serious illness. We mourn the loss of a good friend, active partner and friend of the DTHG and the Oistat. Henk van der Geest was a lighting designer and worked in the fields of theatre and architecture, including exhibitions, museums and public spaces.

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Year of Theatre in Russia. The time has come

Pic.1 Year of Theatre *On 28 April 2018 the President signed Executive Order On Holding the Year of Theatre in Russia to further develop the art of theatre.* by Tatyana Badina, St.Petersburg The Year of Theatre started on December 13 2018 with an opening ceremony held on the stage of the Russian state academic drama theatre  in Yaroslavl. The choice of venue was not accidental. The […]

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The 27th International Benois de la Danse Festival 

by Tatyana Badina, St.Petersburg   The 27th Awarding Ceremony and Nominees Gala were held in Moscow on the Main (Historic) Stage of Bolshoi Theatre on May 21. Prix Benois a major international dance prize for ballet professionals, named also “ballet Oscar”. This year the festival was complemented by the special gala-concert of ballet stars, Benois laureates […]

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Creative Skills Europe – Help if you want to make lifelong learning possible

Creative Skills Europe, the European Platform on Employment and Training in the Audiovisual and Live Performance sectors, is a project which aims at collecting information and at developing tools to help the cultural and creative sectors adjust their skills to the realities of the field. Ran by a partnership of European trade unions, employers’ organisations, […]

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World Theatre Day 2019

World Theatre Day 2019 In 1961 a World Theatre Day was proposed by the Finnish ITI and supported by the other Scandinavian centres. The IX ITI Congress in Vienna (1961) unanimously accepted the proposal and proclaimed the traditional annual opening day of the festival „Theater der Nationen“ in Paris, 27 March, as World Theatre Day. […]

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Theater at 100 Places: Unicef Launches Live Performance

03-06-2019, 5:52 p.m. | dpa With a simultaneous live theatre performance at 100 locations in Germany, the UN Children’s Fund Unicef will call for a dialogue on the future of children on 11 May. In Rhineland-Palatinate, campaigns are planned in Koblenz, Trier and Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, in Saarland in Saarbrücken and in St. Wendel. 100 players […]

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Lighting design workshops at „KRONACH leuchtet®“

Since 2016, the small Upper Franconian town of Kronach has organised the „KRONACH leuchtet®“ light festival every spring. In the meantime, it is not only known nationally, but also internationally. This is not least due to the International Lighting Design Workshops for Students which take place as part of the festival. For six days, renowned […]

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Practical insights – Focus on exchanging knowledge and interactive formats at Stage|Set|Scenery 2019

Practical insights – Focus on exchanging knowledge and interactive formats at Stage|Set|Scenery 2019 Trade show and conference from 18 to 20 June 2019 in Berlin, Germany What are the latest stage equipment and stage technology trends? What sound system and lighting innovations are there? What precautions need to be taken when working under suspended loads? […]

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